Colour has the power to change moods and influence people. There has been a surprising amount of research on just this topic and the results all seem unanimous. Colours can excite, calm, anger, inspire and more, just by existing. It’s all subconscious of course and isn’t is strange that something that seems so unimportant can have such an effect on our feelings.
This scientific fact is the reason why choosing the colour for your child’s bedroom is so important. We can impact their behaviour just by using paint, how fantastic is that! Of course, every child is different and may react differently with different colours, so take all of these points with a pinch of salt.
A blue room can help to calm feelings of anxiety and aggression and may even lower blood pressure and heart rate. Having the colour blue for your child’s room would be great if they have certain behavioural problems or are prone to tantrums. It may help to soothe them.
Pink is such a stereotypical ‘girl’ colour, but it can be soothing for most sexes. It’s so common for young boys to really like the colour pink, but there is such a stigma around it and they usually grow out of it pretty quickly thanks to certain comments made by others. However, pink can be really calming for both genders.
The warm, friendly colour of orange is so often ignored for room design because of its seeming brashness. But it is said to be great for encouraging confidence and extroversion. It’s also suggested that the colour orange can inspire social scenarios and can make children and their social group more cooperative with more communication.
Red is a really exciting colour for children and should be used with caution. While it can bring quieter children out of their shell and get them more interested and lively, with restless children it may make them too much to handle. Overexposure and large sections of red walls may be too much and can make children aggressive and less focused.
Green doesn’t have to be minimised at all, it is calming and soothing and gives rooms a natural vibe. It can reduce anxiety and could improve comprehension and reading speed, so go wild and get creative!
Purple is a great colour to inspire creativity, compassion and sensitivity. It’s often associated with passions, wisdom and spirituality and is the colour of royalty. I’d advise you to avoid it as the main theme though if your child is already sensitive and prone to taking things to heart.
The perfectly cheery colour, we so often think of happiness and laughter when we see yellow but it can also aid motivation and concentration and memory. It seems strange therefore that overexposure to yellow can create anger and agitation.
Whatever colour you choose to use for your child’s room and play areas, make sure you assess what kind of person they are and how they can benefit from mood changing colours. Like I said before, every child is different so maybe run some trial runs at a furniture store or Ikea to analyse how they react to certain colours.
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