When you have a messy child, they can wreak havoc on house and home. Pristine walls and carpets may be laid low by budding artists or mud-caked explorers, so if you’re a parent, how can you keep your house in order?
There are many different types of paint, and some are more up to the challenge than others when it comes to standing up against the destructive chaos of a messy child. Learn more now about the best paints to use to keep damage to a minimum after your child has torn through.
The Best Paint Type for Children By Finish
Not all paints are created equal. Paint comes in every color under the sun, as well as in different finishes, different sheens, and different grades of quality. When shopping for paint that will withstand the test of childhood, it’s important to spring for a paint that will last through repeated cleaning without chipping or rubbing away. The best way to guarantee this is by evaluating the sheen. The type of paint sheen spans a broad spectrum, from matte to high-gloss, as follows:
Matte paint is the hardest to clean of all existing paint finishes, though it has become more durable in recent years with increased popularity encouraging paint manufacturers to improve the formula. Semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss paints are the easiest to clean, with marks, artwork, and scuffs wiping off with minimal effort for you and minimal damage for the wall. It’s often advised to use satin paint on the walls and high-gloss paint on the trim in children’s room to ensure durability and style don’t clash.
Other Considerations for Paint Type in Your Child’s Bedroom
Though sheen is the most important factor in how suitable a paint will be in a house with children, there are some other important considerations as well. In a home that has children with severe allergies or health concerns, you should consider an eco-friendly paint rather than one with a traditional finish. Eco-friendly paints that utilize clay, lime, and milk have fainter odors and don’t contain the same volatile organic compounds (VOCS) that come standard in other paint formulas.
You should also consider painting the walls in a way that will provide an outlet for your kid’s messiness. If your kid is creative, consider using chalkboard, whiteboard, or magnet paint on the walls of their bedroom. This sort of installation gives your child a chance to express themselves in their bedroom, and it may even curb some more destructive tendencies in the rest of the house.
There are a lot of factors to consider when painting your home to ensure it lasts with children growing up within its walls. Learn more about our 5 Point Promise and our 15 Steps to a Great Looking Paint Job to find out if Perkins Painting LLC is the right fit for you!