Little Artists: Letting Kids Draw on the Walls

Before you dismiss the idea of actually encouraging your children to draw on the walls, consider the possibility of free artwork and design. When you allow your children to draw on the walls, you give them the freedom to express themselves and have a hand in the home’s decor. Unless you want them to have a hand in the decor in every room, it is a good idea to set some basic guidelines and have the proper drawing materials on hand. Explore the ideas below and select the methods for drawing that will best suit your family’s needs.

Good Guidelines

Before telling your children that they can draw on the walls, it is important to figure out where in house they can safely do it. You may not want them drawing on the dining room wainscoting, but the playroom might be perfect. By making it extremely clear to them where it is and is not okay to draw, the chances of your formal living room walls be covered in crayon are slim. To be sure that your children understand, ask them to explain to you where it is and is not okay to draw on the walls; it’s important that everyone understands the rules and the consequences for not following them.

Wall Material

Think about the wall itself before you select the ones that your little artists can draw on. A plaster wall is probably not going to be the best choice, as it is difficult to repair if accidentally damaged or heavily marked. Drywall can be a good option, but you can also hang materials on the wall itself that are perfectly suitable for drawing. For instance, consider hanging large white boards on the walls and having children draw on them. If you want something a little less glaring, use chalkboard paint to paint half of the wall or large picture frame size rectangles down the hallway. While you are encouraging children to draw on the walls, there is nothing that says that the walls cannot be covered with another material or paper first.

Drawing Tools

What children draw with on the walls is just as important as where they draw. Keep a stash of dry erase markers, washable markers, or colored pencils close by. Pens, pencils and permanent markers should be avoided as they are difficult to conceal with a fresh coat of paint. You might also want to avoid crayons if your children are drawing directly on the wall surface, as the wax material makes it difficult for paint adhesion when it is time to repaint.

Not Just for Kids

By letting your children color or draw on the walls, you guarantee that your home’s interior decor will be truly unique. You may find that mom, dad, and older siblings enjoy coloring on the walls just as much as the younger group. Get guests in on the action by painting the guest or powder bathroom with chalkboard paint and encouraging them to sign in. They will enjoy the whimsy and your bathroom will have character and style all its own.

Alyssa Davis is a home style expert who writes regularly for She is especially knowledgeable on decorating with metal Tuscan wall art and metal welcome signs.

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