The power of color can’t be understated. The color of a room impacts several key parts of your life including your mood, your sleep patterns, and your productivity. If colors can make such a strong impression on you, imagine the ways they can affect your children. Here are things to consider when coordinating colors for your kids’ rooms.
Warm colors and earth tones such as tan and brown can add a sense of intimacy to a larger room. By increasing how cozy the room feels, children can feel more comfortable and safe. This doesn’t mean the entire room has to be tan or brown, but with these as bases for the color palette, you can introduce brighter accent colors.
Cool colors such as shades of white may at first seem sterile, but they can be calming to your children. Like warm colors, a white room provides a blank canvas for fun accent colors. Just as warm colors can make a larger room seem smaller, cool colors can make a smaller room seem a bit more spacious, a great thing to consider if your newest addition to the family has the smallest room in the house.
Before you default to traditional colors that have been considered gender-specific (blue for boys / pink for girls), give some thought to what color of the rainbow may best match the uniqueness of your child.
Just for girls? Not anymore. Assigning colors to children simply based on gender has become passé. Pink is a great color for boys and girls. It can create a calming environment and facilitate nurturing and empathetic behaviors. Pink doesn’t age well as other colors, meaning children tend to can tire of the color faster than others. If using pink in the décor, consider using it in ways that can be easily removed or covered.
It’s the color of fire, a hot stove, a stop sign, a thermometer, the pen used on a graded paper… Red is often associated with things that are hot, urgent, and possibly negative. This gives some credence to how red walls in a child’s room can increase levels of aggression. Studies have proven red can increase breathing and heart rates. The color can be a good source of stimulation for those that need it which makes it a great accent color. However, using it as the primary color for your child’s room may make focusing on homework and other low-key moments more challenging.
While not always at the top of everyone’s “favorite color” list, studies have shown orange can increase a person’s social side. Enhancing independence, communication, and confidence, orange in a child’s room can help them be more extroverted and cooperative. That said, as with red, too much of the color could prove overwhelming, especially for children who tend to be much more introverted. Orange is an excellent accent color to a more neutral pallet.
“Cheery,” “happy,” and “upbeat” are words that are often used to describe a room painted with yellow. Studies have shown bright yellows can improve memory while a softer yellow helps a child concentrate. If you have an early riser or a night owl on your hands, getting them and keeping them in bed can be a challenge if the walls add a sunny feature to the room. For that reason, it can be another option as an accent color, best paired with green, blue, or gray.
The color of nature, green can help relax a child who tends to be anxious. In terms of learning, studies show green could increase reading skills and comprehension. As with all the colors we’re discussing, picking the right shade is key. A dark or forest green could be overpowering and depressing while a lighter green such as mint can be soothing and refreshing. It’s a wonderful color for a book worm!
An easy “go-to” color for boys, blue is a great choice for all children. A calming color, blue has been shown to lower heart rates and blood pressure and decrease levels of aggression and anxiety. When considering the relaxed responses most people have to bodies of water, the connection of the color to the resulting emotions makes sense. If using blue as the primary color of the room, don’t allow the calming nature of the color to take over and invite depression; accent with brighter, upbeat colors like yellow to provide balance.
Purple is associated with strength, often symbolizing royalty. The color has been shown to enhance tendencies towards sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and spirituality. It has been connected to inspiring compassion and creativity. Too much purple may lead to an overabundance of emotions for a more sensitive child, so using it as a well-placed accent color might be just the right amount. Otherwise, there’s plenty of positivity with purple!
There is not a right or wrong color for a child’s room. The key to picking a well-suited one depends on the personality of your child. If anyone knows the best color choice for your kids, it’s you!