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The best colours to use in a child's room

Wed June 21, 2017

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How do you decide what paint to use in your home? Perhaps you're after a palette of your favourite colours, or maybe you refresh as the new Pantone colours come out. Taste and preferences aside, have you ever considered picking your paint based on the way it makes you feel subconsciously? 

Believe it or not, colours really can influence mood, especially the moods of growing young minds. Today we dig into interior design psychology and explore why you might want to tone down that red in your child's room.

The power of colour 

Studies have found that the colours that surround kids can impact everything from mood to health.

Colour psychology might sound a bit far out - but there has been a great deal of research on how different shades affect the subconscious, specifically the development of kids. Multiple studies have found that the colours that surround kids can impact everything from mood to health. A lot of these feelings have been engrained in our minds due to years of conditioning.

This is how marketing experts choose brand colours. When you see yellow and red together, you probably get a little hungry. Why? Because they make up McDonalds' signature colour scheme, of course. But colours can be used for more than creating an appetite.

Green is a great colour for your kids room!Green is a great colour for your kids room!

The best colours for children's rooms

Ready to start with the interior design of your children's room? Let's explore the best colours to use, and delve into the psychology of what each means.

Yellow: Already used as a gender-neutral colour, yellow is common in kids rooms. And for good reason. Softer shades of yellow are associated with warmth and happiness. Just be careful if you're using bright shades, they can be overpowering and create agitation. 

Orange: This is the colour of confidence, independence and extroversion, and because it's a warm colour it also can be very relaxing. It's a great option that will encourage your kids to become social.

Purple: If you want your kids growing up wise and creative, then purple is the selection for you. In the past, purple was a colour linked with royalty so it can also be a good colour to promote confidence. 

Green: Au natural! Green, not surprisingly, is associated with the environment and therefore soothing for kids. Scientists also believe that this colour improves reading and comprehension skills. Just be careful with the shade you pick - some shades (like an avocado green) can be overwhelming if you use too much of it. 

Too much red could lead to aggressive behaviour and inability to focus.

Are there any colours you should avoid?

Some colours are better in moderation. Red, for example, is a symbol of passion and aggression. Too much red could lead to aggressive behaviour and inability to focus. If you don't want to get your kids too wound up, this colour should be avoided or used in moderation.

Blue is also a tricky one to decorate with. Typically, it can be a relatively calming colour, however, it can be overpowering to use all in one place. The darker the blue, the less you want to use. 

Studies have also found that kids associate darker colours, like brown, black or grey, with negative emotions, so it's best to stick with brighter colours. However, that's not to say that you can't use these as good accents. Just like red, you want to use them as the accent colour - not the main. 

If you have any property related questions, don't hesitate to call our team here at Laing+Simmons. We'd love to help you out. 

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