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How the Colors you choose for their room can affect your child

19/05/2013 | Bedtime, Room to Grow, Sleep | by Catherine Godiva

Let’s be honest; most new parents, once they find out the sex of their baby, will paint a boy’s room in a light blue motif and a girl’s room in the standard pink theme. While we have no problem with this per se we do find it a little bit limiting. Indeed, what most people don’t realize is that the colors that they select for their child’s room can have an immediate and long-term affect and influence on their mood and behavior. The fact is, choosing the colors for your child’s room is more of a science than you might think.

If you don’t believe us then all you need to do is take a look at what marketing experts have been telling businesses to do for years, especially those that cater mostly to children. For example, the colors and color schemes that McDonald’s uses have been scientifically tested over quite a few years to find the ones that were not only most pleasing to children but most conducive to spending more money. Aside from that however, there have been many scientific studies done that show that sleep habits, memory, performance in school and many other traits that a child gains are influenced by their exposure to colors.

No matter the age of your child, whether they are newborns, pre-teens or anywhere in between, the colors that you choose will have a direct effect on their psyche and should be chosen with the right amount of care.

When it comes to the base color that you should choose for your child’s room the best, as far as scientists are concerned, are warm colors like blue and brown. These colors create a bit more intimacy and can make larger rooms feel cozier. Bright, bold colors like red, orange and yellow aren’t necessarily bad and can definitely stimulate and energize a child but should be used sparingly.  Using them to create accents around your child’s room is a better idea than using them to paint all four walls.

Below is a list of some of the most common colors and what they are best used for as far as the types of emotions that they can stimulate.

·         Pink is a color that the average young girl adores but it can lead to agitation and anxiety if used too much.

·         Red energizes the body and some studies have suggested that it can increase energy. It is also associated with increased aggression and even headaches and so should be used in moderation

·         Green promotes serenity and calm and is associated with nature and thus can have a very soothing effect on a child’s mind and reduce their anxiety. It is also been found to be a boon to a child’s ability to read.

·         Yellow is normally a happy and cheery color but has also been shown to cause frustration and even anger as well as too much stimulation for infants.

·         Blue is calming, lowers blood pressure and decreases anxiety and aggression. It is basically the exact opposite of red and behavioural scientists have seen that children who are prone to tantrums or sleep problems can benefit from having a bedroom painted in this color.

·         Orange, like most bold colors, has a positive effect on a child’s sociability but can be over stimulating as well and so should be used sparingly.

Keep in mind that these are scientific generalizations and that all children are different and thus will have different responses to different colors. If you are son adores red or your daughter is super keen on orange don’t fret too much about the possibilities that these colors could cause negative emotions and just remember that, for most children, their favorite color is the one that makes them most happy. Generally speaking, if the color makes them happy the child will be happy.

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