Color can have a profound effect on people. They are even used to describe how we feel: “I’m feeling blue” or “It is a gray, depressing day.” If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that the colors you choose for your child’s room could also affect their behavior. Here are just a few décor tips for using common colors, and the pros and cons of each:
A calm color, pink is typically used for girls’ rooms, although design trends are changing and making many color combinations non-gender specific. On the plus side, it can inspire feelings of nurturing and empathy. On the downside, pink can become overwhelming and may cause headaches or nervousness. To counteract the disadvantage, combine pink with a warm neutral brown or a cool gray with furniture or accent choices.
Blue, traditionally a choice for many boys’ rooms, is also a calm color. It can be a great color choice for children prone to fits of temper. Some of the benefits of a blue room are that it is known to lower heart rate and blood pressure. However, going overboard on blue can make children feel down or depressed. Just remember to add in some splashes of cheerful primary colors with lamps, pillows or rugs, as well.
Green is a wonderful choice for kids’ rooms. It is popular for classrooms because it is thought to help children with reading and comprehension. Another pro is that it is soothing. A con is if you use darker shades of green, it can be depressing, unlike a mint or apple green. Keep the palette light when using green and only use darker greens in smaller touches.
A color associated with wisdom and creativity, purple is another popular color. It evokes feelings of thoughtfulness and spirituality, which can cause children to slow down and consider the feelings of others. However, it can tip the scale toward gloomy and lethargic if the child is already sensitive. In that case, it may be best to use purple for accents only.
When choosing a color scheme for a child’s room, consider how they will use the room as they grow. If you are planning for a new baby, soft neutrals or use bright primary colors in wall decorations and bedding. As they grow, you can take cues from the child’s personality before using predominant colors on the walls. For help with planning your décor, see the talented team at Design Depot Furniture.