Ramp up the look of your kid spaces using decorative painting tips from Sunny Goode, whose new book is Paint Can! Children's Rooms. Washington Post Use patterns low on a wall for children's rooms so they can appreciate the art at their level.
Personalizing a room, such as creating a monogram or using the child's first name or initials, makes the child feel a sense of ownership.
Use a low-odor paint. If your house was built before 1960, beware of lead paint layers below. Get your walls tested.
Take inspiration from a favorite item, whether a book, a blanket or a favorite place. Paint a height chart on the wall and record your children's growth, marking it with the date. They will be delighted to see their progress.
An easy-to-use, inexpensive stencil can give the look of wallpaper in a room, but you can control the color and pattern yourself.