Color Psychology for Kids
Deciding on Nursery Colours
What Should I Choose?
Deciding on nursery colours for your little bundle of joy can be notoriously difficult. You don’t want to get drawn into the clichéd blue or pink or blue routine, but you don’t know exactly what fits. The art of colour surely can throw out that many problems, can it?
To be brutally honest, it most definitely is. Marketing executives have spent many hours trying to find the ideal solution, ploughing millions in for good measure. Influential psychologists studies have shown (initially undertaken by marketing firms) that the colour of a room can dictate behaviour, mood and body language. Supposedly, it can even affect a baby’s well-being.
Marketing experts have been adopting colour psychology as a ploy for years. The interior of your gym, your day dos or even your favourite restaurant have been strategically designed to change mood, atmosphere and ambience. Colour psychology has more to it than some unproven,misguided studies — scientific studies have proven that some colours can positively effect sleep patterns. There are many advantages of taking your time when choosing the colour of a room/nursery. Interestingly, some studies have even shown that some colours can improve memory and bolster academic achievement; thus, there are major benefits for young minds.
So, if you’re considering giving your toddler’s room a revamp or completely changing your teenagers living space, take time and give psychological intervention a chance. So before you unclip the paint lid, think about how the psychology of colours will contribute to a more positive mind-set.
Warm and Enriching Colours
Simplistically, warm colours symbolise contentment and comfort, crafting a close-knitted feel making a living environment feel safe. Strong shade of red, orange and yellow and reinvigorate and regenerate the body, pathing the way to positivity.
Warm colours are sensible to use for growth and regeneration, but should be used in moderation, as when it comes to bedtime an energetic toddler may have other ideas! Therefore, instead of painting am entire living space a bold shade of orange, opt to paint one accent wall, accessorising accordingly. You may even consider co feasting warmer and colder colours in a room to create a sense of equilibrium.
Evocative, energetic and emotional, this colour makes the heart pound, the blood flow and gets the body moving. Do you have a little Usain Bolt on your hands? Studies have shown that red can have a positive impact on developing athletic technique and ability.
Nevertheless, red also has associations with aggression and severe headaches. Some studies even go so far as to say red may compromise academic ability.
Universally accepted as a feminine colour, pink symbolises empathy and femininity, creating a relaxing environment wherever it is used. Nonetheless, over a period of time pink can become extremely annoying, leading to anxiety and nervousness. A toddler or young girl may initially love it, but make sure you are prepared for non-acceptance in the later years.
Yellow is bright, breezy and cheery symbolising happiness and a get-up-and-go attitude. A marshmallow yellows promotes concentration whilst starker shades can help increased memory and metabolism. Nevertheless, too much can provide an individual with feelings of inert anger, anxiety. Unfortunately, this results in over-exerted, over-stimulated babies.
Orange is magnanimous and welcoming; it lends many of its parent’s positives faculties. Orange is a social colour, one linked with personal communication, whilst putting communities at ease. Much like yellow, orange in its starkest form can be over-the-top, so shades should be chosen and used thoughtfully.
Cooler colours have a relaxing effect on the body and can breathe space into a child’s room; it can make a living space feel open and comfortable. It has connotations of open skies and crashing waves. Nevertheless, darker cool colours can evoke feelings and emotions of melancholy and have connotations of an impending thunderstorm.
Even though cool colours have a soothing and relaxing nature, they can be rather uninviting and leave people feeling isolated and confused, especially if the ambience is too stark. Therefore, mixing cooler colour with creamy features and neutrals will make a living space feel more welcoming.
The complete reverse of red on the colour spectrum, blue calms both mind and body, decreasing blood pressure, rectifying respiration and eliminating feelings of anxiety and aggression. Children who have a naughty streak or who have a tendency to have a temper may find a blue room may be more calming and relaxing. The physical presence of blue is a coolant on the body, subsequently evoking an oasis in heated and humid conditions.
Purple has associations with intelligence, spirituality and magic. Purple interweaves the sturdiness of blue and fieriness of red, adopting the faculties if either, depending on the starkness of the shade. Purple can emanate a feeling of luxury and is associated with power and prosperity.
Green is the colour of nature and provides quietness and relaxation is troubled environments. Green is associated with health, metabolism, self-awareness and well-being; it has a particularly soothing effect on the spiritual body and mind, decreasing feelings of nervousness and grounding concentration. Continued exposure to green means a person is likely to read more and be more studious. One particular study interestingly found that resting a thin, green transparent sheet on the top of text meant that students significantly improved their reading inference, speed and comprehension.
The Colour Conundrum
Science can make useful assumptions, but you have to keep in mind that psychological colour responses are really personal. Importantly, you may a different views on a colour dependent on your colour, culture and social standing. It’s okay to have an opinion and it’s okay to find a colour distasteful or beautiful. if your little girl adores the colour red, try not to focus on the negative connotations. The brain is hard-wired to pick out what it like and dislikes and will therefore reward us for following correct directions. Basically, if your little girl is happy, her brain is contented too.