Bedroom colour combinations may feel right for the eyes but in fact, they can influence you in a lot of different ways. Children have a very sensitive cognitive thought process wherein they can be moulded in different emotions very easily. During the period of innocence, adolescents have a high rate of creating identities. Colour Psychology is a term used for the study of behaviour caused by colours. In our previous blog ‘Calming colours of a bedroom’, we have mentioned what colours are best to soothe your minds. In this article, we will discuss how colours affect behaviour in ‘Children’ and what are the best colour combinations for kids rooms.
Let us first understand how children perceive colours in their adolescent age.
- Children have colour absorbent mechanisms: Each child has their own personality, some are calm, some are physically enthusiastic and some are introverted in themselves. Colours play a two-fold role in contributing to a child’s mind. The colour red encourages activeness and a child with active behaviour can have academic difficulties if they are surrounded by it throughout their day.
- Colours create filters for Objects: Most often children associate colours with objects. For them, red might stand for apple, orange for orange, green for grapes. Growing up they also start relating colours with emotions such as red might stand for danger or happiness, pink might stand for calmness or sad and so on. Like human beings children also have a psychological and physiological understanding of the environment. Recent studies indicate that colours play a huge role for kids between the age of 3-10, as it helps them to communicate with the environment.
- Colours induce moods: Children have a series of moods in a day and a bedroom is a place they interact with the most. Unlike parents and adults, children spend their time in a bedroom to play, sleep, create imaginary friends, study and whatnot. Colours in a space like this play a major role to calm them down or inducing enthusiasm. But it is rather harmful if used without thinking through. For example, a child might be angry and seeing a bright red colour space, can negatively affect the mood and make him more aggressive which in turn affects the creative and intellectual instincts both.
Children are very sensitive to what they visualise in terms of colours and in terms of objects and shapes. These visual elements create a behavioural path to learn and live with other human beings. Environmental factors that are, light, colours, shapes, objects and other species become a natural part of their cognitive processing which in turn categorises their various aspects of personality like problem-solving ability, communication skills, active learning quality and thought processing ability. An aesthetically soothing bedroom involving a multi-colour palette with expectations of imprinting positivity can be negative for children instead.
According to recent studies, children who live in a plain colour or a monochromic environment do not show enthusiasm or energy as compared to the children who live in an environment with a multi-colour palette. A bedroom has more importance than we think it has. A child grows into an adult when they communicate with the environment naturally.
Let us now understand what are the best colours for a kid’s bedroom.
- Red: Red is the most dominant colour among all the other colours with strong stimuli. Red can be highly aggravating as it encourages active behaviour that often results in restlessness. A child becomes too aggressive when surrounded with bold red. Adding a hushed red or a scarlet red colour with a touch of pink on the other hand can maintain a child’s sensitive nature.
- Yellow: Yellow is a colour that induces joy and can be very spiritual. In fact, involving a yellow tone in the room encourages child’s creativeness as they connect yellow with warmth and joy. Although it is a bright colour like red it does not affect negatively a child’s being.
- Blue: Blue induces contentment and calmness. Although if used with black it can induce a depressive and melancholic vibe in the room. As blue is referred to the colour of the sky and ocean, kid’s obtain openness to exploring new idea as it refreshes their learning capability every time they look around. A blue bedroom for kids is highly recommended.
- Green: Green stands for energy and healthy environment. Involving green colour in kid’s bedroom can be meditative for the kids which keep them mentally healthy all the time. Pastel greens on the other hand can be considered as gloomy for kids as they do no respond to the colour very well. When green is used with undertones of yellow it soothes a child’s mind and thus helps a kid to feel safe and comfortable. Green is highly recommended with shades of yellow to reduce a kid’s hyperactive moods.
- Orange: Orange strengthens a child’s mind with warmth and composure. Orange is a mix of yellow and red that give vibes of energy and a calm mind. A room with orange elements and walls can be very encouraging for the socially introverted child. Orange boosts a child’s mind to interact socially and can encourage to boost their physical confidence as well. Orange can be a good combination for a room with shades of red and yellow. It can be a mind blocker if combined with bright white and yellow.
- Purple & Pink: Purple brings serenity and solitude to a child’s mind that ponders to their highly creative thoughts. Purple and pink rooms are usually preferred by girls and is highly recommended for the calm pressures they create. Pink and purple with different shades have different effects on children. And so purple can be beneficial for hyperactive kids to calm them down.
Deciding on a room paint is very difficult and catering to the needs of your child's personality is another level of difficulty. It is better recommended to talk to experts before you go on for interiors paints for your kid so that it does not affect their health negatively.
Comment in the section below which colour would suit your child the most!