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Three ways to let your child get creative with paint

Every child is an artist. But early in their careers, it helps to have a plan for art-related mishaps. Here are three ways to let creativity flow freely – clean and simple.

Kitchen worktop with two cupboard doors beneath swung open, revealing a complete miniature art studio hidden within.
Kitchen worktop with two cupboard doors beneath swung open, revealing a complete miniature art studio hidden within.

1. The art studio with built-in cleaning

A shower’s glass partition works wonders as a canvas for watercolours. Kids can express their artistic will, (almost) without any limitation. When the session is over, you decide how long the gallery will last – before easily washing it away.

An all-weather colour palette

Whether they’re used for toiletries or for assisting young painters, suction-cup baskets hold everything you need right where you want it, come rain or shine.

Your next empty canvas is a stroke away

Doubling as an eraser for wet conditions, a squeegee keeps the shower glass clear. Either to clean a surface for the next painting, or when the art studio is closed altogether.

2. The mini studio in the cabinet

When painting and drawing sessions are frequent, it may be time for a full-time studio (a very small one). Let a pair of cabinets house it all. The activity is easy to contain, and can be taken out and hidden away in no time.

Make a face for all to see

Simple and clever, a poster hanger on the inside of the cabinet door offers full flexibility. Whether to use for hang-drying fresh work, easel or one-frame gallery, it’s all up to the artist.

Keep your (very) recent work in check

With a lot going on in a small studio, a bit of order can be useful. Paint bottles go on the spice rack and a pot lid organiser makes it a joy even to watch paint dry.

3. The painter’s den under the table

Children’s imagination runs free, and so do they. Therefore it’s a good idea to have an art studio with full mobility. Easily moved equipment, something to handle possible accidents – and they’re free to go where inspiration leads them.

Your magic clean-up carpet

No matter how much we appreciate the artistic ambitions of our kids, some cautionary measures apply. Like a floor protector to avoid permanent art where it’s not supposed to be.

A portable toolbox of creativity

Pens, brushes, paint and more – all the equipment collected and organised wherever it goes. Needless to say, perfect for budding artists. Now it can take them anywhere.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Geneviève Jorn
Photographer: Martin Inger
Writer: Henrik Annemark