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The effect of colours on children

The effect of colours on children

What should I colour my baby’s nursery?

Are you a mum-to-be? For every mum-to-be, preparing the nursery is one of the exciting things on the to-do list, but taking certain decisions may not seem as easy and fun as they sound. A friend of mine is about to have a baby girl, and when it came to choosing the colors for the nursery she didn’t want to have the traditional pink theme; as we all know many other things such as clothes and toys will have plenty of that colour.

While researching Google for some inspirational ideas and images to help her out, we came across several articles about the effect of colours on children including their development and stimulation, especially newborns. This caught my attention, as we all know color has been used for several years in creating a feeling to a room, marketing purposes, and many other purposes.

Some of the colors I came across were the following:

Green: represents good luck and health, also known for its calming effect and relieving stress.

Yellow: while it may be considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers and babies tend to cry more often in yellow rooms. However, it also is the most attention-grabbing color.

Orange: as it’s a combination of red and yellow, it has similar characteristics to yellow, being an exciting color and attention grabbing.

Pink: has a calming effect on people. Interestingly, pink is sometimes used in prisons and detention rooms to calm inmates or children under detention. An article I found on the New York Times called “COLOR HAS A POWERFUL EFFECT ON BEHAVIOR, RESEARCHERS ASSERT” explained this in more details.

Blue: Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It’s often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.

We can either choose to go by what color psychology indicates about each color when choosing to redecorate or paint a room/nursery, or simply stick to what you think and feel looks nice.