Why not have some fun and bring your home to life at night with glow-in-the-dark paint? Not only can it look “cool,” but it can also be functional. Here are some innovative and creative ways to bring a glow to your dark rooms with specialized paint.

Liven Up the Little One’s Room

Who loves anything that glows in the dark more than kids? Painting fun and inspiring murals or designs with glow-in-the-dark paint in your child’s bedroom will be a hit. Shutting off the lights no longer will be frightening when a whole new world appears on the walls and ceiling.

Some ideas to liven up the little one’s rooms with glowing paint include:

Celestial images. Create a milky way or beautiful universe on the walls and ceilings with colored glow-in-the-dark paint for your kids to enjoy as they drift off to sleep.

Basic shapes. Paint the basic shapes, letters, and numbers in the baby’s room for them to see and learn in the dark. It is never too early to begin developing their perceptions of the world around them.

Favorite characters. What characters or stories do your children love? The dark will not be scary when they have their favorite characters watching over them when the lights are turned off for the night.

City skyline. Does your child dream of New York or Paris? Create a city skyline with lit-up buildings and landmarks that they can enjoy at night.

There are thousands of options for designs for kid’s rooms that can be painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Let your kids help choose the design they want and make it a family project. As they grow older, you can create new designs and new memories that will last forever.

Illuminate Dark Places

There are many places that stay dark, even in the light of day. Closets, basements, attics, and garages can all stay dark 24-hours a day. These places can be difficult to illuminate and find what you need. While glowing paint does not emit light, it can be of help with just a quick charge from an ultraviolet light bulb.

Some ideas for using glow-in-the-dark paint to make dark corners easier to navigate include:

  • Labels painted for storage items
  • Pathways painted through dark rooms
  • Light switches painted to make them easy to find
  • Shelving painted for easy identification
  • Use glow paint for important items to find in the dark, like fuse boxes

These functional options can make it safer and easier to find items in dark rooms or when the power is out. Many glow-in-the-dark paints are almost invisible in the light, so they do not impact the décor of the rooms when the lights are on.

How to Use Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Most glow-in-the-dark paints go on clear and are invisible in the light. However, if too many coats are applied, it can change the color of the paint it is covering; making it noticeable.

A few tips when using this paint to get the best results:

Less is more. Do not paint heavy lines. Do a light, even coat and then let it dry and check it with an ultraviolet light for accuracy. Add another light coat if needed.

Light backgrounds work best. If you are planning a large mural, you may want to paint the wall or room a light color before you begin. Light backgrounds will allow a brighter glow than dark backgrounds.

Charge the paint. Glow paint needs ultraviolet light to “re-charge” and glow. Add ultraviolet or blacklights to rooms that use this paint to give them the charge they need. Open the curtains for natural light when possible to let in the sunshine.

There are many different options and colors in glow-in-the-dark paint. You can experiment with different types to get the affects you prefer. Try paints and powders to create different effects for creative efforts and have fun with the process.

Start with a Blank Canvas with New Interior Paint

Glow-in-the dark projects will look their best if they start with a solid, light background. Before creating glowing images in your child’s bedroom, bathrooms, or other rooms, consider scheduling an interior paint job for those rooms. White, beige, pale yellows, or light blues can be excellent options for creating the right canvas for your glow-in-the-dark project.


Before you start your glow-in-the-dark project, give our team a call at The Painting Company in Nashville. We can help give your walls a beautiful background for all your decorating projects; with quality paints and exceptional service. Contact us to get a free quote for any interior or exterior painting project you need for your home or business in the Nashville area.