When decorating a room, we base our colour choices on our preferences and, while that’s ok most of the time, colour selection is not exactly a simple process. Each colour has different effects on the human body and mind and it’s important to take these into consideration, especially when decorating the nursery room. After all, you want what’s best for your baby. Learn how colour influences the development and behaviour of your child and find the best colour for his or her room.
Red is one of the colours that is not recommended for the nursery room, the reason being that the colour is associated with aggression, inability to focus and headaches. Of course, this only happens if you use it in excess. If used correctly, red can actually have good effects such as energizing the body and increasing athletic ability.
Warm colours usually stimulate the mind and energize the body. They make large spaces feel cozy and welcoming. However, they are not particularly relaxing so they’re not that great during the bedtime, especially for very energetic kids.
Yellow is a cheerful and energetic colour which gives the room a sunny and bright look. It’s a colour associated with happiness. Depending on the shade and intensity, subtle yellows stimulate concentration while brighter shades can stimulate the memory.
This is the universal colour associated with girly things and princesses and that’s no coincidence. Pink is a calming and relaxing colour and it evokes femininity and empathy. Initially, it has a calming effect but be warned that it can lead to agitation and anxiety so don’t decorate the whole room with pink
Compared to warm colours, cold tones usually have a calming effect on the body and mind. They make rooms feel spacious and relaxing. Dark shades, however, should be used in moderation to avoid creating a gloomy atmosphere.
Blue is the opposite of red. It has a calming effect, it lowers blood pressure and decreases anxiety and aggression. Blue is also a good colour choice if you wish to create a cool environment in a hot and humid location. Some particular shades however, such as grey-blues, can create a rather sad ambiance.
Green is a calming and nurturing colour so you can’t go wrong with it. Green is abundant in nature so use this as inspiration
Green is associated with nature and symbolizes health and well-being. It has a soothing effect on the body, increases concentration and some studies show that it can even increase reading ability. This makes it the best colour for learning environments.
Purple takes on the attributes of blue and red, depending on the shade. This colour is associated with royalty and luxury but also with wisdom and spirituality. Pastel shades like lilac and lavender are calming and serene while darker shades pack a punch
Angelic and pure, white is associated with innocence and promotes a calm and breezy atmosphere. White is also associated with secretiveness, modern, so it’s best to also add a splash of colour to evoke openness
Even though grey can be perceived as a gloomy, sad and cloudy colour, it also evokes other emotions. For example, grey inspires you to contemplate and thus has a calming and relaxing effect. Still, it mostly promotes loneliness so use it in combination with warm tones and brighter colours
Nursery rooms rarely include black features. That’s because this is a colour that should be used in moderation. It’s powerful and dark so use it if the room has big windows, lots of natural light and in combination with contrasting shades
Earthy, warm and grounded, brown is a great colour for a nursery. However, try to use either dark browns or light beige to avoid creating an unpleasant décor because of the associations with, well, ugly things.