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Best Color Recommendations for Your Child's Room

Updated on July 8, 2016
Do your research before you start painting!
Do your research before you start painting!

Feng Shui tips included

The Importance of Color

Choosing the right colors can made a huge difference in your children's concentration levels, growth and sleeping patterns. Using colors that closely approximate natural colors will enhance your child's development. According to general Feng Shui principles, a child's room should have as many natural elements in it as possible to emulate nature. Simulating natural surroundings in your child's bedroom creates a calming effect. Children need a place of balance, and their mood will stabilize with a room in close approximation to nature. Plants are a great way to bring nature inside and your child can learn the responsibility of caring for something at an early age.

Natural materials, like clay or stone pots for plants, wooden toy boxes, and the colors green and brown, can help create a positive environment when spending time outside is not an option.

Some current trends use primary colors like red, blue and yellow in childrens' bedrooms. These colors work great in playrooms in moderation, but they are too vibrant to use in a room where your child sleeps.

Children at almost all ages will be drawn to colors that will lead them to behave in an off balanced way. If young girls are drawn to the "Princess" models, they could actually surround themselves with highly-charged pink colors. There has been research done on pink, and too much of that color seen on a daily basis can actually cause stress and anxiety, so you will have to work with your child to have a few things that are pink, but balanced by the more natural colors. Even if children have been raised with the natural environment, because of their peers and advertising, they will be drawn to the metallic, highly-charged colors in the media. You will have to work with your children to help them balance their wishes, so communication is important from the very beginning. Always try to stay away from the bold overstimulating color choices.

Keep in mind when you are choosing colors for your child's room that the room needs to easily transition from one area for play and one area for winding down and sleeping. The color trends for children's rooms fluctuate through the years but the main colors to avoid stay the same. Any bold colors in the bright primary form like red and yellow are too dramatic and represent high activity. Stay away from any colors that can be distracting for a child. Even heavy patterns can become exhausting to the eve and cause irritability after awhile. If you have a bookshelf filled with toys and books, sometimes storing it in the closet is the best solution because at night the doors are shut, causing a calming effect.

Soft green is a great color choice for a boys or girls room because it helps them concentrate. Medium blue is also a great choice because it has a calming effect on children and is very soothing. Avoid dark blue on the walls because it can give the sensation of drowning. White stark walls are not recommended because they reflect a lot of light which makes it hard for concentrating. If you need to add light to a room because it is dark or in the basement, use creamy off white to soften the brightness.

Good Paint Color Choices;

Green: represents growth and nature. It is a calming color that helps concentration.

Blue: is soothing and calms hyperactive children. It is used in hospitals and sometimes referred to as "cardiac blue." Combine blue with orange if your child has a hard time relaxing and focusing.

Apricot: creates a warm, soft, inviting atmosphere that is especially good for nurseries.

Creamy Yellow or Cream: is good in any room because it is soft on the eye and can expand smaller rooms so they appear larger.

Purple: represents prosperity and works in a violet shade or a medium purple. Do not go too dark because a dark shade of purple can be too overpowering. Violet is good for teenagers because it is a cool color that is relaxing.

Light Grey: is a fantastic color to use for ADHD children or restless teenagers. It is a subdued color good for introspection and deliberating. Accent with art pieces to give it some zest.

Poor Paint Color Choices;

Bright Yellow: avoid bright yellow because it has been known to make babies cry more and creates a feeling of oncoming stress for toddlers and adults. The yield sign on the roads combine bright yellow and black so you will know that danger might be nearby.

Tan or Earthy Colors: these colors are great for everywhere else in your home. For a children's room, the colors need to be warmer when they are infants and more interesting when they are toddlers and teens. Also, if the walls are too monochromatic they can be non-motivating. Use earth colors as accents to balance a room. Dark brown should be avoided because it is too overpowering painted on all four walls. Dark brown can also close the room in making it seem smaller and sometimes feel claustrophobic. Only use it as an accent color.

Red: increased the heart rate and causes blood presses to rise. It is one of the worst color to use in a pure form on the color spectrum. Red works well as an accent color in a playroom or another room in your home.

Pink: the color pink represents youthful, feminine energy. When painted in an entire room, initially, it promotes calmness, but be careful, this soon turns to irritation and anxiety. It has the same effect as red does when used in large quantities. Use as accents, not dark or for all four walls. A washed out peachy/pink is the best choice.

Another key point to remember is before you choose the color you want for your child's room look at the lighting. If it is a dark, small room, choose colors that will expand and visually make the room seem bigger. Any cream, light grey or lighter tan will open up the room. If you have a large space to work with your choices are greater because you can play with different combinations.

Murals are fine as long as they are easy on the eye. Bold, complex drawings with too much going on will be distracting and at night can take on a whole new scary look,making it hard to sleep.

When you do make your final choice make sure to get a large sample of the paint color (8 x 10) and put it on the wall checking it at different times of the day to see how the light in the room changes the color during the course of the day. Also, if your child is old enough let them be a part of the process along the way! They will feel invested in the change and just might want to keep their new room clean too!


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