The best paints for kids' rooms

From low-VOC formulations for easier breathing to magical sparkly finishes, there’s more than you might think that can go into making the best paint for kids’ rooms

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If you've already been considering colour schemes for the little ones' rooms recently, it’s quite understandable that you've moved seamlessly onto considering which paint to buy. But if you’re already internally groaning at the thought of dealing with Blu Tack stains, scratches, chips, and all manner of other (often mysterious) marks, don't worry, because our guide to the best paint for kids’ rooms can help ease some of the stress. 

While our list features paint options that are practical and fun, that’s not to say the two are mutually exclusive. There are durable scratch-proof and wipeable finishes to ensure the paintwork stays pristine and lustrous shimmering finishes that’ll make them feel as if they’re living in a magical castle; dirt- and water-resistant paints to outwit even the stickiest of fingers and even chalkboard paint that lets them draw on the walls without repercussions. 

Overall, our top choice is Dulux Easycare, which repels stains and stands up to cleaning like a champ.

The best paint for kids' rooms

1. Dulux Easycare Washable & Tough Matt Emulsion Paint

Hard as nails, and washable too, this Easycare paint gets our top spot

Specifications
Best for: Stain-resistant
Finish: Matt
Drying time: 4 hours
Coverage: 13m² per litre
Reasons to buy
+ Stain-resistant, liquid-resistant and washable 

'Washable' and 'tough' are arguably the magic words when it comes to decorating children’s rooms, and in that arena, Dulux’s Easycare paint literally does what it says on the tin. Said to be 20 times tougher than the brand’s standard offerings, it’s designed to repel liquid, so you have a chance to quickly wipe them away before they have a chance to soak in, leaving you with unsightly spots. If something a bit tougher gets on there, this paint is designed so that you can remove marks without risking damage. 

Rust-oleum Magnetic Matt Chalkboard Paint

2. Rust-oleum Magnetic Matt Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard-style magnetic paint for decoration without damage

Specifications
Best for: Creative kids
Finish: Magnetic
Drying time: 30-60 minutes
Coverage: 5m² per litre
Reasons to buy
+ Hang pictures and draw without damaging walls 

This seemingly magic paint doesn’t just turn your child’s bedroom into one huge, scribble-ready blackboard, it’s also magnetic, meaning they can adorn those four walls with anything they want (within reason) without damaging the paintwork or the plastering. An easy way to adjust to their changing tastes, it’s a low-commitment and fuss-free means of self-expression for your budding Picassos. If they’d find an all-black room a bit oppressive, why not paint one wall for a real feature? 

Wickes Colour @ Home Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint

3. Wickes Colour @ Home Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint

Goes up in a flash, and dries to a tough finish

Specifications
Best for: Easy application
Finish: Matte
Drying time: 2-4 hours
Coverage: 13m² per litre
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent opaque coverage 

Not many of us have the spare time to apply millions of coats in the hopes that the new paint will cover the dark shade that preceded it, and Wickes know that, which is where their ultra-opaque vinyl matt emulsion steps up. Reviewers say it goes on beautifully, is easy to apply and quick to dry to a flawless, full-coverage finish. Where it really comes in useful though is in its wipe-clean finish, making smears and rubbed-away patches a thing of the past, even with the most determined of mess-makers. Brilliant. 

Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

4. Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

Non-smelly, non-smudgy, and stunning, this is a great bet for kids’ rooms

Specifications
Best for: Wipeable
Finish: Matte
Drying time: 2 hours
Coverage: 35m² per 2.5 litres
Reasons to buy
+ Low-VOC and low-odour formula 

This Matt Estate Emulsion from Farrow & Ball is surprisingly well-suited to a room that sees a lot of punishment, whether of the accidental kind or the ‘adventures in finger painting’ kind. Its chalky matt finish is not only less likely to show up mucky smudges in the first instance, it’s also designed to be fully wipeable, so any marks can be dealt with efficiently. Nervous decorators will no doubt be pleased to hear about its eco-friendly water base too, and love the lack of smell from its low-VOC formula. 

Colours Feature Wall Emulsion Paint

5. Colours Feature Wall Emulsion Paint

With just a hint of glint (or more if you like) this buildable wall paint comes up a twinkly treat

Specifications
Best for: A hint of glamour
Finish: Glitter
Drying time: 2-4 hours
Coverage: 10m² per litre
Reasons to buy
+ Subtle, buildable sparkly finish 

Reviewers were blown away by the effect of this glitter paint, saying that while the effect is subtle for much of the day, it really comes into its own when the sun hits it and it gives off a wonderful lustre. If you’re not too keen on the idea of painting your kid’s room in stimulating brights, this is a lovely alternative that adds some texture and interest to the soothing neutral tones. Users loved the colour Stardust, a soft grey with particles of silver glitter, although they did note that you’ll need to set aside the time for two coats. However, by all accounts, the results are worth it.  

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