Colors of Childhood

Color provides a bright side to childhood and it’s fascinating to understand why they are so enamored with it. Color is a big part of their world. The playful, visually stimulating variations of ‘reflected light’ that we see as ‘colour’ provides a dose of happy energy like that of a child. Bright color aligns with their energy - young kids are drawn to it and desire playful interaction with it. They play with color like playing with toys. Like the joy of a kaleidoscope they are exploring with an experimental curiosity about what color means to them.

Children and the different colors for their rooms

Color has the ability to inspire, excite, soothe, heal and even agitate. This is particularly true for children, who can be extra sensitive to color’s impact. So the importance of picking out just the right color for a young child’s room shouldn’t be underestimated.

While scientists have learned a lot about the way color influences our minds and bodies keep in mind that every child is different; these generalizations don’t apply to all. But if you’re curious about how to bring color into your child’s room, this information from The Complete Book of Color by Suzy Chiazzari can help you get started.

  • Red

    Red has the ability to energize the body and excite the mind, increasing heart and breathing rates. Red is the color of passion and strong feelings of threat, love or excess stimulus. In school rooms it can be used in combination with other colors as it can help in detail oriented or repetitive tasks.
  • Orange

    Largely underused, orange is perhaps one of the most misunderstood colors in the paint deck. This warm, friendly and youthful color is actually great for children since it’s said to encourage confidence, extroversion and independence. The social nature of this color also puts children and their friends at ease, inspiring communication and cooperation
  • Yellow

    Most of us associate yellow with feelings of happiness and cheerfulness. Studies also pair this bright and cheery color with motivation; softer yellows can aid concentration, while brighter ones can increase memory. This is indeed the color of happiness and sunshine for children. Yellow stimulates intelligence and is ideal for use in kids’ rooms, study rooms and play areas Beware of using too much bright yellow, though. In large doses it may create feelings of agitation and even anger.
  • Green

    This calming, natural color has a soothing impact on a child. Scientists have also found that green may improve a child’s reading speed and comprehension. The color of abundance can relax and contribute to better health in kids.There’s no need to keep this anxiety-reducing color to a minimum.
  • Blue

    Blue enhances creativity and stimulates a cool and relaxing environment. blue decreases feelings of anxiety and aggression and lowers blood pressure and heart rates. Children who experience tantrums or other behavioral problems may appreciate the soothing effects of a blue room.
  • Purple

    Often associated with royalty, purple is ambitious and self-assured. It’s also the color of passion, creativity, wisdom and spirituality. This deep and emotive color is great for inspiring sensitivity and compassion in children. This color ideal for kids as it is attention grabbing. But if your child is particularly sensitive, you may want to keep this color limited to accents.
  • Pink

    This is a calming color..Although it’s usually associated with typical girly spaces, pink has a calming feel that can translate to both sexes. Any child can grow out of too much pink quickly, though, so try pairing pink artwork, accessories and textiles with a neutral background.
  • Warm Colors

    Warm colors inspire happiness, coziness and comfort in most people. They can also make large, open spaces feel more intimate for young ones. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re limited to brown and tan — use these easy colors as a platform for brighter and more daring shades.
  • Cool Colors

    Some of us associate cool colors with sterile, hospital-like environments, but lighter cool colors can have a calming effect on children. Plus, many of these colors help small spaces seem a little bit more open. Try layering in shades of cream for some softness and contrast, and consider comfortable and cuddly textiles for warmth.
Comfort colours for young children are pinks, peaches, pale almond beiges and lavenders as these equate to love and security.


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Comfort colours

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Resene Hint Of Grey
Resene Perano
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