The Science Behind Choosing What Colour to Paint Your Kids Room

The Science Behind Choosing What Colour to Paint Your Kids Room

At a loss at what colours to paint your kids’ room? Perhaps you’re looking at a new coat of paint to add some life to your child’s room. Read on for the top 10 hues to paint you kids room and why...

Psychological studies suggest that colour selection can influence mood and behaviour. Exposure to certain colours can stimulate the brain and body, improve sleep habits, increase memory power and even enhance academic performance – excellent benefits for growing minds and bodies. Whether you are planning your baby’s nursery or giving your preschooler’s room a much-needed update, take a minute to consider the psychological effects of your colour choice.

#1 Blue – Rest and relaxation

The Science Behind Choosing What Colour to Paint Your Kids Room

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The favourite pick of most little boys, blue has been proven to lower the body temperature of those in the room.

Light baby blue has a very calming effect and often gives a room a relaxing vibe. Children who experience tantrums or other behavioural problems may appreciate the soothing effects of a blue room.

The only set back with baby blue is that it lasts about two years. If you prefer something a little more long-lasting go for a marine blue that doesn’t go too dark. Match it with white trim, so you get a bright nautical theme.

In FengShui, blue is a Yang colour that symbolizes rest, peace, relaxation and tranquillity.

#2 Yellow – Lively, Energetic, Cheerful

The colour of hope and happiness! Studies also pair this bright and cheery color with motivation; softer yellows can aid concentration, while brighter ones can increase memory. Your child is sure to have a more positive outlook living in a yellow space compared to dull colours that may promote negativity. However, beware of using too much bright yellow as in large doses it may create feelings of agitation and even anger.

#3 Lilac – Dignified, Luxurious, Tranquil

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A solid choice for little girls’, lilac or purple is known to stimulate brain activity. Lilac is associated with the flower Lavender, which induces a sense of soothing serenity. It’s also the colour of luxury, wisdom and spirituality. Overall a great colour for great for inspiring sensitivity and compassion in children.

In FengShui, lilac is a Yang colour that symbolizes rest, peace, relaxation and tranquillity.

#4 Red – Passion, Excitement, Emotional

Red represents energy flow and excitement. Although it is more appropriate for adult bedrooms or dining rooms, kids with low energy levels will benefit from the effect red produces. Try to use it as an accent colour through and avoid using it in rooms if you have a restless child.

#5 Green – Calming, Refreshing, Nurturing

Green represents nature and relaxation and provides a soothing effect for rooms as well. It also comes out as the colour of freshness, fruits and vegetables. Who knows, your kid might start eating veggies more after painting their room in green! Scientists have also found that green may improve a child’s reading speed and comprehension.

In FengShui, green is a Yang colour that symbolizes rest, peace, relaxation and tranquillity.

#6 Pink – Romantic, Loving, Feminine

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Pink, the most common colour found in a girls’ room. It’s the perfectly fitted colour for little girls and it creates a bright atmosphere. Little girls may feel prettier and calmer surrounded in this colour.

#7 Grey – Introspective, Intuitive, Emotional

Grey interior walls are getting popular these past couples of years. This colour delivers a chic elegance to most homes. The sophisticated contrast of grey allows furnishing and art decorations to pop in your kid’s bedroom. Also, you won’t be worrying about those dirty smudges as grey will help cover them. Just remember to add a pop of colour on a feature wall. Grey goes with orange, yellow and even pink or baby blue.

#8 Silver- Elegance, Technology, Entreprenuership

A shimmering cross between grey with a tint of blue, this colour can be within the interior of a modern home. A classy choice suitable for both boys and girls.

In Feng Shui, silver represents entrepreneurship and versatility.

#9 Black – Authoritative, Powerful

Black is a depressing colour, as most may think. Black serves a good backdrop for your kid’s artwork and bold decorative pieces. Have a black wall that your kids can draw on with chalk– it will be your kid’s art wall. Yet another idea…who wouldn’t want the night stars glowing in the dark in their own room, or the solar system displayed beautifully across the walls?

#10 White – Clean, Pure, Innocent

White has the ability to make any room appear bigger. A symbolic representation of cleanliness or purity. It is easier to make the room POP with bright furnishing and colours on a white on-set background. To add a touch of hue, just have brightly coloured sheets or props that will indeed pop.

We hope this article on why and what colours to paint your kids’ room was useful for you.

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Written by

Wafa Marican

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