How Kids’ Room Colors Can Affect Behavior
It’s no secret that colors can nurture sensitivity, encourage confidence or pacify restlessness in children. Let’s find out how different hues affect behavior and how to use them to your advantage.
While science has revealed a lot about how color influences the human mind and body, do keep in mind that every child is different — these generalizations may not apply to all.
Although red is known to energize and excite the mind and body, too much exposure can encourage aggressive behavior and a lack of focus. Consider using red as an accent color and avoid using it as a wall color for a restless child.
A warm, friendly and youthful color, orange is actually a great choice for children. It encourages confidence, extroversion and independence, and because it is a social color, puts kids at ease and inspires conversation and cooperation.
Often associated with cheerfulness and happiness, yellow also pairs with motivation. Softer shades can help concentration while brighter ones aid memory. Try not to use too much bright yellow, however. Too much may create feelings of agitation and anger.
A calming, natural color, green tends to soothe children. In addition, it may also improve a child’s reading speed and comprehension. Feel free to use this color liberally.
Basically having the opposite effect of red, blue reduces anxiety and aggression in children, and can lower blood pressure and heart rates. The soothing effects of a blue room may go a long way with children experiencing tantrums or other behavioral problems.
Ambitious and self-assured, purple is often associated with royalty. It is the color of passion, creativity, wisdom and spirituality. When used in a children’s setting, it is great for inspiring sensitivity and compassion, so may not be best for a child that is particularly sensitive. In that case, limit it to accents.
Most often associated with girly spaces, pink carries a calming feeling that can translate to both sexes. Be aware that a child can quickly grow out of too much pink, though, so consider pairing pink accents with a more neutral background.
In general, warm colors bring happiness, coziness and a sense of comfort to a room. In addition, they can also bring intimacy to large, open spaces. Don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to just brown and tan. Instead, use them as a backdrop for brighter and more daring shades.
Although some relate cool colors with sterile, hospital-like environments, that doesn’t have to be the case. Lighter cool colors can have a calming effect on kids, and many of these hues are known to help small spaces seem a bit more open. To add some softness and contrast to a cool colored room, try layering shades of cream and adding soft and cuddly textiles for warmth.