Color is a fun way to make a statement but it can be much more than that if you let it. Color communicates a feeling, a mood, a state of mind, a vibe. Kids are very visual and interactive and react greatly to color because it stimulates them. For example, kids love cartoons and colorful toys for this reason. When dressing your baby it’s always a great idea to infuse color into their outfit. You can do this using Colorful Baby Headbands and other accessories. Also, besides fashion, you can infuse color into your kid’s life by how you decorate their rooms or baby nursery. Like I said, colors communicate a state of mind and the vibe of the room. So before you decide what you want the color in your baby’s nursery to be, let’s discuss the different colors and what they represent. I have divided the colors into warm and cool hues. First warm colors:
Warm Colors in general elicit happiness and comfort, creating intimacy by making large, open spaces feel a little cozier and they are beneficial for growth and development. Bold shades of red, orange and yellow can stimulate the mind and have an energizing effect on the body. The set back is that warm colors are likely to keep your baby up past their bedtime because of how highly stimulating they are. You can control this by using them in combination with cooler colors. Instead of painting an entire room a bold red or bright yellow, try painting a single accent wall and tying in a few matching accessories. You might also consider pairing warm colors with cooler shades to create a sense of balance and temper any negative effects.
Rich and highly emotive, red excites and energizes the body, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. Have a little athlete on your hands? Some studies suggest that physical effects associated with the color red increase athletic ability. However, red is also associated with increased aggression, an inability to focus and even headaches. Some research suggests that exposure to the color red may even hurt your child’s academic performance. Red also communicates anger. Red is not a very common choice for nurseries because of how harsh it is.
Pink is more associated with girls even though it wasn’t always the case. Pink evokes empathy and femininity and creates a calming atmosphere. However, despite an initial calming effect, pink can become irritating over time, leading to agitation and anxiety. Too much pink can get tiring and overwhelming.
Yellow is associated with happiness and motivation. Soft, subtle yellows promote concentration while brighter shades can stimulate the memory and increases metabolism. However, too much yellow can evoke feelings of anger and frustration, resulting in fussy, over-stimulated babies. Yellow can also become tacky if it’s not used properly in the design.
Orange communicates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Orange has a distinctly social nature, inspiring interpersonal communication and putting people at ease. Like yellow, too much orange can be over-stimulating, so use bold shades sparingly. Orange is friendly and puts reservations at ease. Use a darker orange for a super-cozy atmosphere or bright orange for a punch of modern.
Cool colors have a calming effect on the body and can make your child’s room feel spacious and relaxing. However, dark, cool colors can evoke all the doom and gloom of an impending storm or cause a morose feeling and so it should be used in moderation. Despite their soothing nature, cool colors are not particularly inviting and can leave people feeling cold and reserved if the atmosphere is too stark. To soften the effect, pair cool colors with creamy neutrals, and dress your space in soft fabrics and comfortable accessories.
Blue is the exact opposite of red on the color wheel, blue calms the mind and body, lowering blood pressure, heart rate and respiration and decreasing feelings of anxiety and aggression. Children who have trouble sleeping or are prone to tantrums and other behavioral problems may benefit from spending time in a blue environment. The physical effects of blue also cool the body, creating a refreshing oasis in hot, humid locations. Blue is calming, but be careful with the shade. Gray-blues can lean towards sadness. Blue increases productivity, but should not be used around food. If you have a child who refuses to eat, avoid blue plates! In the nursery, use warm or bright blues and avoid overusing navy or dark shades. Blue is also cooling, which is good for a baby who gets warm easily.
Purple is associated with wisdom and spirituality, purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red, taking on the characteristics of either, depending on the shade. Purple can also have a luxurious feel and is associated with wealth and royalty. It is, however, a very mature color and if overused in a nursery it could make the room not look like a kid space anymore.
Green symbolizes nature and thus promotes a serene and calming environment. Associated with health, healing and well being, green has a soothing effect on the body and mind, reducing anxiety and promoting concentration. Exposure to the color green may even increase reading ability.
White is angelic and sweet but can also promote secretiveness. Stay away from all white by using splashes of color to evoke emotion and openness. And beware that white is definitely prone to stains. You have to be really dedicated to your design to pull this off.
Gray is introspective, intuitive, and emotional. Gray inspires you to contemplate—the same way you may feel a bit down on a cloudy day (which is why raincoats are yellow). Be careful with gray. Its advantages are that it promotes thought and emotion, but that includes sadness and loneliness. Many famous poets and writers have been known to retreat to overcast locations to write, like Seattle. If you want to use gray, use a warm tone and mix in some brighter colors.