You’ve chosen the perfect room for your kids, and you’re all pumped up to begin setting the place up for them. You know your tiny tot’s favourite colour(s) and how they’d like the room to look once it’s painted! But alas, paints these days are full of chemicals and other potentially harmful substances that, while mostly tolerable for adults, can be unsafe for children. This, therefore, calls for safer kids room paints that your children don’t have to shield from.
While buying safe paint for your kids’ room, it is important to keep in mind that not all chemicals are bad, and that paints are made out of chemicals in general. Therefore, it is recommended that you pay attention to the individual substances that are added or are part of the paints you buy.
Choose the base
Begin with picking out the right base for the paint. Water-based paints are always safer than oil-based or latex paints because there are usually no risks associated with water, as opposed to oil-based paints, which may use petroleum by-products as a primary ingredient. Latex paints can be environmentally unfriendly as they are made up of polymers. Overall, water-based paints, therefore, are relatively safer options.
Choose a paint that contains zero volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs, while not overtly toxic, can have long term negative effects on your kids’ health. Additionally, because the symptoms of illnesses caused by VOCs can take years to develop, there has been very little medical research in this area. As a result, preventive measures, if any, are unknown. Zero VOC emission paints usually have less than 5 grams per litre of organic compounds, making them safe to use in any home. Using zero VOC paints can help your children avoid allergies and respiratory issues.
Use paints which don’t require a primer
Avoid using paints that need a primer to be applied first on the walls. While the necessity to use primer is a topic of debate among home improvement experts, avoiding it altogether can help keep away a bunch of chemicals that will otherwise be a part of the air your children will breathe. Avoiding all chemicals is impossible. Therefore, cutting out steps from the process that are mostly redundant can help minimise the overall risk involved in painting your kids’ room.
Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find paints with anti-microbial agents that prevent microbes, mould and mildew from growing on your walls. When you buy your paint, taking this into consideration will definitely be worth it, as microbes and mould can pose health risks to your children. Using these paints can help prevent you from creating an unhealthy children’s bedroom.
Say no to excessive fumes
Finally, pick a paint that does not produce too much paint fumes. While fumes are generally unavoidable while painting the house, there are brands of paint that are odourless or have an added pleasant odour. While paint fumes can certainly be gotten rid of by ventilating the room for a while, it is easier to use odourless paints that your children won’t complain about. After all, it is yet another step in ensuring your children’s comfort and safety.
With your kids’ room all painted and pretty, it is time to set it up and give them a fantastic little space they’ll never feel like leaving! And just like the paints, it’s important that the furniture you get for them is safe and comfortable too! Fortunately, there are kids’ furniture packages available from furniture rental services that are designed ergonomically keeping your little ones in mind.
We hope you have a great time setting up the most perfect rooms for your little dreamers!