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How to use colour

green-childrens-bedroomSpring is always a great time to try new things and tackle chores that we put on hold during the cold months in hibernation!  Using paint and changing wall colours is a fairly easy and effective way to change and update children's bedrooms.   Choosing the right colour can be daunting, however we hope the below info will provide some practical tips regarding the use of colour and inspire your creativity.


Choosing colours for children’s rooms

The effect of colours on emotions is widely accepted, and this is an important consideration when choosing the right colour for your child’s room.  Another very important factor is to take your child’s colour preferences into account, since after all this will be their space and they need to feel comfortable and relaxed.

When babies are born they only see black, white and grey.  Within a week they can see red and begin to reach out to this colour as it help to develop perception skills.  For this reason it’s best to decorate baby’s room with soft tones instead of bright primary colours as it may confuse their sensory skills and overwhelm them.

Although all children will have their own colour preferences, the youngest of children aren’t yet affected by the cultural influences of colour.  Colours also have a healing effect on the body and should therefore be selected for the positive effect they have on your child.


Warm colours

Found on the red side of the colour wheel, warm colours communicate warmth, intimacy and relaxation and create a sense of closeness and comfort.  However, intense warm colours such as red and oranges tend to stimulate and exite the viewer.

Cool colours

Found on the blue side of the colour wheel, cool colours have a calming effect although intensely cool colours (very dark) should be avoided.  Light cool colours such as blue-green, light blue and blue violet have a calming effect and make rooms feel more spacious.

Earth tones

Ground colours like grays, browns and being are grounding and are a good choice for hyperactive children.  Muted ground colours are best and have a relaxing effect.


Best used sparingly as traditionally this colour represents darkness, despair and sorrow and subconsciously it is associated with death.  When use in large amouns it absorbs light and can draw energy from the viewer.


This colour represents peace, faith, joy, and purity.  Since white reflects light, it makes rooms seems brighter and larger than rooms painted in other colours.  White is also a great anchor colour that can be combined with other fun room colours.

In a nutshell:

Red:  although red creates a sense of warmth, it can overstimulate and therefore best use sparingly to counterbalance neutral colours, and bring life and sparkle to a room.

Orange:  has some of the same effects of red but to a lesser degree, by adding the happiness of yellow.  Softer oranges are warm and inviting.

Green:  Said to reinforce self-esteem, green is also a relaxing colour.

Blue:  often signifies harmony,loyalty, confidence and stability.  Has a calming effect which prepares the body for sleep.  It can soften bright rooms but care should be taken that it doesn’t make the viewer feel cold.

Purple:  Lighter shades of purple are great for peaceful spaces and for little girls room especially.

Yellow:  Stimulates, energizes and is sunny and cheerful.  Pale yellows make rooms seem larger while stronger yellows create warmth and brighten dim rooms.

Children love to have bright, bold and uniquely colored rooms - however, don't go too bold. Bright colours reflect the liveliness of their nature.

You want to play around with a combination of bold colors and subtler accents to create a room where your child can feel awake and alive but still get relaxed enough to sleep at night!

And you don't want to discount the power of neutrals, whites and blacks when decorating a child's room because these can add a different dimension to what you would typically expect to find when walking into a child's bedroom.

In the end, of course, the key is to find the right colors for your own child.  Not all girls like pink and not all little boys are happy with cool blues.  Let your children's personalities come through as they help you to pick out paints and help create the space that they live in.