Best Color For Your Child’s Bedroom

New parents have a lot to worry about when they’re setting things up for their bundle of joy. Choosing the best color for your child’s bedroom shouldn’t have to be one of them. Whether you have a new born or an 8 year old, there are many factors you should probably consider before putting your painters pants on. From the color, to the types of paint which work best, we’ve done the research to ensure that you’ll get exactly what you need.

Children’s Color Palette 

The color of a room cam be more than a choice between tacky and stylish. Indeed, studies show that some colors can have a positive or negative psychological impact on your child. With that in mind, you’ll want to do choose the right color. For some inspiration and information check out this article titled Kids’Room Color Wisdom: How Colors Affect Behavior.

Avoid Reds?

Studies show that bold reds can have an energizing impact. This vibrant color can also produce feelings of agitation and even increase heart rate for the people living in it. Painting your child’s room bright red is probably not as bad as spray painting “Let’s Go Crazy” over the dresser, but red is probably not the best color for your child’s bedroom.

Note: pink is not red! Lighter shades of pink can have a calming effect. Also, pink can be a great starter color for a new baby’s room!

Whitening Things Up

White, and its many variants, are traditional colors for rooms. White makes a room look bigger and affords the opportunity for using color more boldly in accent pieces, bedspreads, drapes, etc. My favorite technique is to paint an accent wall in a bold primary color and leave the other three walls a soft white.

The problem with white is it can cause a room to look sterile and cold. The good news is that most kids are not going to leave a white wall white! My kids have covered their white walls with finger prints, paint and some how oatmeal…

Blue and Yellow

When considering the best color for your child’s bedroom, blue and yellow are at the top of most lists! These colors are known for their calming effect on children, and trust me, you will be thankful for anything that helps the kids get to sleep faster. Additionally, blue and yellow are primary colors which lends well to many color schemes. We’d recommend avoiding over use of dark cobalt blues or really bright yellows, a more subdued hue can be more peaceful. Before going further, you may note my recommendations center around getting kids to be calm and sleep. I’m biased and I admit it!

Picking the Paint

Once you have the right color for your room, you’ll find out there’s still an astounding number of different paints to choose from. Spend some time learning about them, since some are much more suitable for children’s room than others.

Satin or Semi-gloss

The finish you choose can have a big impact on the overall feel of a room. I think of the paint finish as the bass guitar of color scheme. If you pick the right one you might not notice it, however, if the finish is off it can destroy the feel of a room. I prefer satin to flat when painting most rooms. Satin has a warmer feel than a flat and enough sheen to look nice without being overwhelming. Every paints different, but if your using Benjamin Moore or Valspar you should be good to go.

Semi-gloss paint is ideal for trim, doorways and window sills. A semi has much more of a sheen and in most cases is not appropriate for a wall. If you’re not going to be getting into specialty paints, then our best recommendation is to use satin on the walls and semi-gloss on trim. The contrasting paint finishes can also make for great aesthetics if you’re careful about your choice of colors.

Eco-friendly Paints

Let’s face it, kids tend to get into things. The younger ones like to explore, and having a paint which is super safe can be a great way to increase your peace of mind. These paints generally don’t use any of the harmful solvents which are found in nearly any other type of paint. This obviously makes them attractive but they have another use: they’re much less likely to trigger any allergies which your child may have inherited. Each of them is a little bit different, however, so make your choice carefully. The color range can also be a little bit subdued compared to traditional paint finishes.

Specialty Paints

For parents, there are two kinds of paint which stick out as above and beyond.

Chalkboard paint… turns the wall into a chalkboard. It’s a good way to foster creativity within your child, and it avoids the problem of drawing on walls quite neatly. There are also magnetic paints available. By using them and magnets you can avoid the troublesome holes which tend to be caused by hanging things with pins. Once again you’ll be a bit limited in colors, but it’ll allow your child’s interests to evolve naturally without having to put tons of holes for hangers in the walls.


The best color for your child’s room is something you should think through, but it isn’t rocket science. As long as you don’t paint the little ones room black or spray paint “Let’s Go Crazy” above the bed you’ve already made a great start! It’s all about planning for the future and making sure that the choice you make work for both you and your child. The below video is not specific to children’s room’s, but offers great advice on picking a color.

Before you start your project make sure to click here to see my article on how to paint a wall!

What Ladder Should I Buy?

Whether your painting, cleaning the gutters, or hanging a picture, having a properly sized ladder will make the task at hand faster and safer. One of the most frequent questions I receive are “What Ladder Should I Buy” or “Do I Need a Step Ladder or a Jump Ladder (12-14 ft extension ladder)”? There are a variety of ladders out there in different sizes.  Depending on the job, you might need everything from a step ladder to a 40 footer. That kind of investment could cost well over a thousand dollars and if you move around a lot or don’t have the money it might not be a feasible option.

For this article I’m going to focus on three different types of ladders that you might need for inside the house or outside of a 1 story home: the step ladder, the jump ladder, and the multi-use ladder.

Step Ladder

A step ladder can come in a variety of sizes. See the featured image to help you decide what size step ladder you need. The main point I would like two make is that you want a work platform on your step ladder. This is where you can rest your paint, tools, etc. Below is a link to a standard aluminum step ladder that can help you through most projects. Keep in mind that if you have higher ceiling you may require a larger step ladder or a jump ladder.

Jump Ladder

A 16′ extension ladder or “jump ladder” is a necessity for any homeowner. Whether you live in a single story home or a triple decker you’ll need a jump ladder. My experience is the jump ladder is a much more stable platform when working outside compared with the step ladder. A jump ladder can get you into areas that a step ladder can’t handle. Additionally, this is the ladder you want when working on any kind of incline or decline. I listed two different types of 16′ extension ladders below. One is a standard aluminum ladder. The other is a telescoping ladder. The telescoping ladder gives you a bit more versatility and easy storage. The aluminum ladder is a bit more stable.

Multi Use Ladders

Multi-use ladders (MUL) can transform into a variety of shapes and lengths. Typically you can convert a MUL into a step ladder (A Frame), staircase ladder, extension ladder and in some cases a trestle-and-plank scaffolding system.  What’s nice about these is you can replace your step ladder and jump ladder with one multi use ladder.

If you’re going to go with a multi-use ladder I recommend the Little Giant Alta one 22 foot ladder with the work platform. Little Giant makes many of these that do not include the work platform. This platform is critical for any house painting that you will be doing, as that is where you will put your paint bucket, and probably a coffee…

What Ladder Should I Buy?

My recommendation is if you have the space, then buy a standard step ladder and 16′ jump ladder. If you plan on moving or your in an apartment the multi use ladder  may make more sense.

Once you know what ladder you should buy make sure you watch a few video’s on proper ladder operation. I always tell people two things when working with ladders: 1. Learn to use a ladder properly and 2. Be safe! If something doesn’t look right then it probably isn’t. I encourage you too view the ladder safety video below from Consumer Reports. Additionally you can read about ladder safety at OSHA’s web site.

Once you’ve purchased your ladder and your ready for a project make sure to check out the below articles for tips and inspiration!

  1. How to Paint a Ceiling
  2. How to Paint a Wall

As always if you have any questions please feel free to shoot us an email.

How to Paint a Wall

Knowing how to paint a wall before you launch into handling things is priority one. Many people take something of a haphazard approach when they’re working on their home and… well, it leads to haphazard results.

Following simple directions is usually the way to achieve the best results, so let’s dive right in so that you’ll know everything you need before you even pick up your roller.

Step 1: Planning Your Approach

You’ll want to get everything organized before you even approach the wall that you’re planning on painting.

Most of the time that means you’ll need to move any existing furniture and decorations out of the way. You may also want to place a drop sheet, whether you use plastic or cloth is entirely up to your budget and tastes.

For a single wall, you’ll want to cover at least a few feet back. Basically, you should have enough room to place all of your tools on the drop sheet without having to stack things.

In most cases you’ll want at least the following:

  1. Tapered 2.5″ paint brush
  2. Rolling arm
  3. Rolling Pan
  4. Roller
  5. Roller Brush
  6. Drop cloths
  7. Plastic sheets
  8. Painters tape
  9. Putty knife
  10. Rags
  11. Sand paper
  12. Sander
  13. Dry Wall Patch Kit (optional)
  14. Step Ladder. See my article on which step ladder to buy!

Indoor sprayers are nice to have, but unless you can rent one for cheap they’re a bit overkill for the average usage in the home.

Step 2: Repair Any Damage to the Wall

If the wall has any damage you’ll want to take care of it before you start painting. If you have small holes from nails pr screws you can simply fill them with joint compound then sand smooth when it dry’s.

For bigger holes you may pick up a patch kit. They can be readily found online and are usually the way to go. They come in a variety of sizes. You’ll simply place the steel mesh in place and then putty.

If you’re a perfectionist you may want to take things a step further and apply and smooth mud over any imperfections that remain on the wall. You can sand it down to the surface later, leaving you with a very smooth wall.

Step 3: Finish Prepping the Wall

Remove the faceplates from any electrical outlets which are on the wall in question. Use masking tape to avoid getting paint in there for the best results.

You may also want to tape off the corners of the wall if you’re only painting a single wall, for instance, if you’re creating an accent wall in a differently colored room. You’ll also want to place masking tape around any windows which might be on the wall and other details which you don’t wish to get paint on.

Protip: Running masking tape can seem much more difficult than it actually is at times. Place the first couple of inches square, then slowly extend the tape in a straight line. Hold things tight and gently press down every four to six inches along the length, this will let you adjust the “line” in case things get bungled along the way.

You’ll also want to place tape on the baseboards and any ceiling trim which may be in place. Even if you’re going to end up painting these you’ll usually want to cover them after you’ve done the bulk of the wall.

Step 4: Get Your Materials Ready

Whether you need to tint the paint with primer, you’ll need to get everything ready.

Your best bet is almost always to follow the instructions on the can, although if you’re looking to mix colors then you should mix small amounts in a measured ratio in order to determine what you’re going to need for the tint you want.

Then add the paint to the tray and you’ll be ready to go.

When you purchase your paint you’re going to want to ask what kind of roller or brush to use. Different paints require different tools, after all.

Step 5: Paint the Wall

Whether you’re using a roller or a brush, the first thing you need to remember is this: you always paint from top to bottom.

The reason for this is to allow you a chance to eliminate drips as you go down the wall. Establishing correct technique when learning how to paint a wall is critical.

Roller Tip: Paint in a three-foot by three-foot area. For each section, start with a W-shape which spans from one end of the area to the other. Then you can fill in the W and continue in this pattern in order to ensure you have even distribution of the paint along the entire wall.

Wall Brush Tip: If you’re using a wall brush instead, then you want to use long, vertical strokes to ensure a smooth pattern. Unless you’re specifically going for an aesthetic including brush strokes you’ll want to dip the bottom third frequently and allow it to drain to avoid blotching and drips.

The longer your strokes the easier things will be on you.

Obviously, you’ll want to continue until the entire wall is covered. If you’re not painting baseboards or trim then you can skip the next step.

Step 6: Painting Baseboards and Trim

After the wall has been finished, you’ll want to remove the tape from the baseboards and trim. Do it carefully, in order to ensure that you don’t damage the paint which has already been laid on the wall.

For the best results: use an angled brush on the edges of the trim and a 2” flat brush for the rest. It’s a bit time consuming, but if you’ve placed all of the paint evenly then you’ll be in good hands at the end of the day.


Learning how to paint a wall isn’t that big of a deal, you just need to prepare correctly before you begin. With a bit of forethought and moving along carefully, you’ll soon have something looking great in your own home.

Just make sure that you use the right tools for the job, follow the correct procedures, and have fun.

Check out my article on how to paint a ceiling!

How to Paint a Ceiling

Paint a Ceiling in 5 Easy Steps

You wake up in the morning, the sun is shining through the windows, the birds are singing, it’s going to be a great day! That is, until you look up and discover that your kids had a crayon battle and the ceiling lost! Now you have to figure out “How to Paint a Ceiling” or hire someone to do it A pro can cost $300-$500 per ceiling. However, you can do it yourself for under $100, half that if you already have the tools. In this article I’ll cover the basics of painting your ceiling. If you have peeling paint and require plastering I’ll cover that in another post.

Step 1: Planning & Prep

First let’s gather the tools you need. If you read my post on how much it costs to paint your house then you may have some of these already:

  1. Tapered 2.5″ paint brush
  2. Rolling arm
  3. Rolling Pan
  4. Roller
  5. Roller Brush
  6. Drop cloths
  7. Plastic sheets
  8. Painters tape
  9. Putty knife
  10. Rags
  11. Sand paper
  12. Sander
  13. Step Ladder. See my article on which ladder is right for your project!

Next is set up. Take it for granted that anything not covered with a drop cloth will have paint on it when your done (including you, so wear your painting clothes!). Lay drops  on all the floors and furniture. If you have used your drop cloths before make sure you put the clean side down!  I would take everything off the walls and cover anything remaining with a plastic sheet.

Next you need to decide if you are using painters tape. My recommendation is to use it unless you have a lot of experience painting and a steady hand.  You’ll need to set up your step ladder and make your way around the room taping the wall/ceiling joint.

For paint I recommend a flat latex white ceiling paint. If you have heavy staining or discoloration consider using KILZ stain locking ceiling paint. The brand listed below goes on pink and dries white. The benefit of this is it makes it easier to thoroughly cover your ceiling.

Open the ceiling paint with your putty knife or paint can opener. Pour the paint into your rolling pan until 1/3 filled. Make sure you have a brush handy so you can wipe the excess paint from the lip of the can.

Step 2 : Cutting in the Ceiling

At this point you should have your room set up with drop cloths and the paint and brushes prepared. Set up your step ladder and start cutting in the ceiling from one corner of the room . Use your tapered brush and paint an approximate 4″ wide cut all the way around the room. Have a damp rag handy, if and when you get a spot of paint on the wall it should wipe off pretty easily. Once you are done it’s time to roll out the ceiling.

Step 3: Roll it Out

Put the roller brush onto your rolling arm and insert into the pan. Roll back and forth until the brush is thoroughly covered in paint. Next roll the brush back and forth on the slanted part of the rolling pan to remove excess paint. If you skip this part you’ll drip paint all over the place. Seeing as how you’ll be standing under the roller you’ll probably want to perfect this skill…

When you start rolling the ceiling give yourself at least a foot from where you cut it in. This will give you the space you need to roll out the excess paint. I usually start in the middle of the ceiling by the wall and move across. It’s important to pay attention to where you are rolling. If you are not using a color changing ceiling paint you may find it difficult to distinguish what is rolled out vs. what is not. The reason for this is you are most likely painting a white ceiling white, meaning the same color. Additionally, ceiling paint tends to dry fast, which can make the ceiling appear blotchy before it dries.

Step 4: Check for Mistakes

Once you are done walk away for an hour before putting the paint away and picking up your drop cloths. Give the ceiling a good once over for holidays (spots that you missed with the roller/paint brush) after everything is dry. If you missed something you still have your paint out so it will be easy to fix.

Step 5: Clean Up

Once you’re done its time to clean up. See my separate lesson on how to clean your paint brush and rollers. Once your drops are picked up and paint is put away make sure you check the walls, floor, furniture etc for paint. The time to clean paint spots up is right after you paint. Latex paint is pretty simple to remove, especially within an hour or so of painting. A little warm water and a rag will clean most mistakes up.

Congratulations! You just learned “How to Paint a Ceiling” and saved the $300-$500 you would have spent to hire a pro.

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Thanks – Ricky