Painting a Church's Children's Room With Multiple Colors?

I want to update a small room at our church that we use as our children's room. Currently it has brown paneling everywhere and just looks boring.


I want to make the room look bigger and more like a room for children. I have seen rooms using a multicolor design and I thought this may work in this space. I just wanted to get some feedback on that.

Should I even try this, should I stick to one or maybe two colors, what should those colors be? We are on somewhat on a tight budget for this project, so we want to make sure to complete this project wisely.

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By Allison (Guest Post)
March 7, 20050 found this helpful

You might want to check a store like Lowe's or Home Depot for gallons of paint that have been mixed incorrectly or were returned by customers--these are often sold at a discount. Be open-minded when it comes to colors, and you might find something to fit in your budget and look great at the same time.

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March 7, 20050 found this helpful

Something to think about--the cooler colors (such as green and blue) are soothing, whereas the warmer colors (yellow and orange) tend to be more stimulating. You might consider doing something whimsical--sky blue with white clouds on the ceiling, continuing down the walls.


If you have a chair rail along the walls (as many church buildings do), you could do a solid color of grass green from the rail down. It might even be fun to enlist the children in painting a meadow of flowers in bright tempera paints, available at most craft stores. Fun!

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

You could use one or 2 light colors like white or antique white and brighten it up by making a rainbow out of the colored noodles that are used for swimmimg pool activities. They are foam like, float in the water and appr. 5 feet long. I seen this on a daycare wall once. They are about $2 a piece at Walmart. I hope ya'll know what I'm talking about.

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

Since you are on a tight budget, I was thinking you could do the entire room one color, than buy wall decals (Pooh, princesses, etc) that you can buy @ Walmart or Home Depot. If you do have a chair rail (which I'm not sure you do with the paneling), you could do two different colors and even add a border, but this gets pricey. Good luck!

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

Try painting the walls white and then buy little quarts of primary colored paint (or just red and blue) and have the children make handprints on the wall. either in a pattern or scattered. Just pour a small amount of the colored paint on paper plates and have the kids dip their hands in.

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By mommy of two (Guest Post)
March 10, 20050 found this helpful

Consider 'advertising' in church paper beforehand. People might have excess paint in their basements that is not enough to cover a whole room but maybe a wall or so. That would cut your costs tremendously.


You could consider making one wall multicolored and paint with large squares of different colors.
That would make it fun and brite.

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January 23, 20060 found this helpful

I Know you mentione painting, but you also mentioned paneling and this is *PERFECT* for paneling.

There's a wallpaper product that is great for kids to HELP's called PaperIllusion by Village (See, and they just came out with five NEW colors...geared specifically towards kids (bright and colorful).

Read this article about A Wall Covering for Wood Wall Paneling :

I don't know the age group you're talking about but my nephews (aged 6 & 8) and 10 year old son have helped hang it and they love it! It's safe for kids and SO EASY. You can create a great memory if you are able to make an event of it.


The paper is torn into various shapes, dipped in water and applied directly to a primed surface, overlapping each peice. Unlike regular wallpaper, this paper is made to stick to itself. Also, you don't need to "book" the paper (wait for the glue to activate) just wet it and put it on. I personally love this stuff!

As for making the room bigger, you could use the Hearthstone Cream/Bone color on all four walls and then create a stained glass effect using a combination of colors. You can make a cross with one color (in Bubble Gum), create rays of sunshine coming out around the cross in another color (Sunset) and make the background blue (Sky Blue) OR make an ark in one color (in Multi) floating on water (Ocean) against a sunset sky (Sunset). Instead of buying whole boxes of each color, you can get samples, mini-rolls or craft packs depending on how much of each color you need.


Whether you tear the peices or cut them into little shapes, it will still adhere to the primed wall.

As for keeping it affordable, you can just create the stained glass effect directly onto the paneling (be sure the area is primed first with wallpaper primer).

This application is VERY's practically impossible to mess up.

Also, this product is really easy to remove should you decide to make a change. Being prepasted, it is REALLY easy to remove...just wet it real good and peel it off.

If you decide to go this way, email me...I'd love to hear how it turned out! ~ Carrie

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