Visualize a monochrome world and the phase of ‘black and white’ movies and songs. Many of you must have been transitioned back to the times of Raj Kapoor or Elvis Presley, right? Surely, it was a mesmerizing era but nobody can deny that our world would be dull and boring without the beautiful combinations, shades and hues of colours around.
Colour often relates to memories; like having mango ice-cream on a sunny morning or having hot tomato soup in the cold winter nights. From the romantic red of a rose to the intriguing red that agitates a bull, every being reacts differently to each colour. Ever wondered why? The energy produced by the light that colours emit, is capable of inspiring, energizing, healing, exciting or soothing a person.
Colour Psychology and Kids
A child in a mother’s womb is confined and protected in a space that is isolated from the real world full of colours and sounds. Imagine the peace that the baby is at! Hence after birth, babies experience discomfort when they are exposed to sudden bursts of colours. To replicate that feeling of the comfort of the womb, many designers use shades of peach in a newborn’s nursery to imitate the colour of light penetrating through the mother’s skin.
As toddlers are not accustomed to reading or writing in their childhood days, they rely more upon the visual medium they are surrounded in. The colours of the walls and floors of a kid’s bedroom must secure the child’s sight, physical and mental health and provide an environment leading to a good sleep. Each kid reacts differently to colours, and keeping the psychological and design considerations as a priority, the kid’s bedroom can be transformed into a space full of positivity.
Parents know their kid’s personality and mood more than anyone else. Is your little one hyper-active and requires a calming environment around? Does he/she lose concentration quick and easy? Maybe they require a colour that does not cause exhaustion of the eyes. Children are emotional and are generally quite attached to a space they spend their maximum time in- be it playing, studying or even cuddling with mom! Thus, a good blend of colour plays an important role as it enhances the ambience and vibe of the space.
Warm v/s Cool
The broad range of colours can be classified into warm and cool. Shades of red, orange and yellow fall in the category of warm colours which are known to provide a cozy and comfortable feeling. Used in excess, these colours can cause the reverse reaction, making it difficult for the child to sleep or concentrate. Blue and purple are cool, which have a calming effect in the room. As the name suggests, cool colours soothe the environment and make the room feel more spacious and lighter.
Let’s talk about the general colours that parents opt for their kids’ bedrooms, play rooms or nurseries:
Known to be a stimulating colour that can increase heart rate and ignite aggression. For kids showing high signs of hyper-activity, red is probably not the best option as it might aggravate this behavior more. It is better to use red as an accent colour that can be used in smaller portions, for contrast.
People generally equate the qualities of red and orange as they lie closely in the spectrum of colours but orange is known to increase confidence, and communication. With that being said, orange being a warm colour should not be used extensively in a kid’s room as it can cause irritation.
We associate yellow with happiness and summers; everything positive! It is known to create a cheery atmosphere and boosts concentration. On the contrary, yellow used in abundance can cause anger.
The most neural colour as it lies in the center of the spectrum, is known to have the best effect on child as it soothing and increases reading speed as well as concentration.
Known to have qualities exactly the opposite of red, blue can decrease levels of anxiety and improves heart rate. Preferably better for kids with mental discomfort and tantrums.
Impact of Colour on Behavioral Disorders
There has been a growth in the rate of children with autism, ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and learning dishabilles like dyslexia. The kids in this spectrum usually experience a distortion of colour leading to anxiety and hyper-activity. Learning disabilities can even lead to a kid being an introvert, which means that colours like yellow and orange will lead to higher energy levels and a kid with already higher energy can utilize calming colours like blue and green for a peaceful environment.
Combinations of duller colours like shades of white and grey are known to have a calming effect and out of all, pale pink has been voted as the most pristine and favored colour for kids with autism. While just plain white walls can lead to monotony and depression of kids with behavioral disorder, combining white appropriate warm and cool colors would be the best. Warm colours like red and yellow should be avoided in large areas as it can increase the hyperactivity and thus cool colours are more preferred.
Vastu and Colours
While vastu enables us to study the best suitable directions for the spaces in our homes, the correct combination of colour and direction for kids’ bedroom will lead to positive influences on the mind. As per vastu, bright colours like blue, orange and yellow are much better than dark colours like black and dark blue/grey. Green lies at the center of the colour spectrum and is said to have the best soothing effect, helps concentration and is relatable to the natural surroundings.
Vastu experts strongly believe that bright colours should be avoided in the walls, doors and windows facing south and west direction to avoid a negative impact on children. If the room gets direct sunlight from windows, bright colours like yellow and orange should be avoided to not let bright colours overpower the subtlety of the room.
A little thought into the colour scheme for kid’s bedroom can yield drastic results in the overall development of the child’s personality. While it is no rocket science, a good colour combination in the bedroom, play area or study room can benefit the kid in the early years of development.