Best Interior Paint Choices When You Have Kids

Friday, July 1, 2022 12:00 AM

The most important things in our lives that bring us joy tend to create the most messes. Our children are a prime example. We love them so much and would not trade them for anything, but sometimes we wish we could reduce the damage they do to our homes. 

While you can’t eliminate all the damage your kids may cause, planning ahead and choosing child-friendly interior paints and designs allows you to spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying your children.



Walls get dirty sometimes, but it is more difficult to clean them when children are present. You can only clean up spaghetti sauce stains or fingerprints on the kitchen wall so many times. If you have children living in your house, choosing a paint color to hide fingerprints and scuff marks is essential.

White paint shows almost any handprint, scuff mark, or stain. Instead, choose an off-white, cream, or neutral hue if you want white walls. These moderate colors are available in tan, gray, and beige shades. They all look beautiful in your home and don’t show dirt or get stained as easily. This effect is stronger for darker colors, such as a medium or navy blue. 


When pets or children are living in the house, it’s essential to have walls that can be cleaned easily. Your new paint won’t last long if it starts flaking or comes off as soon as you wash it. Use semi-gloss paint on trim and doors, as this is where most dirt and fingerprints end up. Semi-gloss interior paint is highly durable, stain-resistant, and washable.

Satin is an excellent choice for walls; it’s just as durable but not as glossy. Also, high-quality paint is much more durable and withstands cleaning (and your kids) than cheap paint. Consider investing in high-quality paint for the long-term benefits.


It’s crucial to be healthy and avoid exposure to harmful or hazardous chemicals, especially when children are involved. You can achieve this by using low-VOC and zero-VOC interior paint, which won’t give off as much harmful gas as traditional paint. Although it may cost more initially, the results will be well worth it.


Children often use the lowest third or half of the walls; these areas wear out the fastest. Why repaint the entire wall if only the lower portion is dirty or stained? A chair rail is a simple solution!

A chair rail is a horizontal trim placed at waist height and can be installed in any room or hallway of your home. When it’s time to repaint, you only need to paint the bottom half of the wall. Half the effort, half of the time, and half the cost! Explore some creative and fun design possibilities with a chair rail by painting the bottom half a dark and bold color, then paint the top half a semi-gloss white or other light neutral. 

Trust Stanford Painting

Need durable, washable paint that can withstand whatever your kids throw at it (sometimes literally)? Look no further than your friends and experts at Stanford Painting! We can help you select the best interior paint to meet your needs. 

Need to request a quote for your next paint project? Visit our office at 2330 Old Middlefield Way # 8 in the heart of Mountain View, call us at 650-321-9302, or fill out the contact form on our website!