Psychology of Colour

Written by Deborah Norton.

Holidays are ending and we are entering into a calmer state of being again. Children although are still filled with the excitement of new toys and computer gadgets along with constant company and entertainment. As parents we certainly could use all these new items for leverage to get the behavior we would like from our kids, but wouldn't it be comforting if we could take a more subtle approach where everyone didn't have to go down kicking and screaming.

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I would like to suggest using the simple psychology of colour and applying it in your child's room to encourage the attitude and behavior you would like to see be present in them.

A bedroom is a resting place where relaxation and sleep through the night occur. This sanctuary is where a child can feel secure and safe. colour has more than just an aesthetic quality, it has a major impact on our mood and over - all well being, so it is important to be thoughtful when choosing wall colours. Including your child in the selection process can also give them a sense of feeling in control at a time in life when they feel as though they have little control.

Here are a few psychological effects of colour:


More people lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more often is the most difficult on the eye and can be overpowering if used too much.


Stimulates a faster heartbeat, quickens breathing, and raises blood pressure.



In a violet shade used in excess, can actually dampen the desire to purchase.

This information is just a quick guide to a few colour examples to help you make the best choices for your child's room. So remember: red may over-stimulate your little one, citrus yellows are too intense, blue can calm hyperactivity, green has soothing healing qualities great for those with learning difficulties, and pink is a soothing, loving colour.

Also keep in mind, lighter softer colours are best for younger children. Climate should play a role in selection as well. A blue room is perceived to be three to four degrees cooler than a red one, so if you live in a cool climate you may want to think about colours from the warm end of the spectrum. In a warm climate lighter shades of blue will be cool and refreshing. Finally, if the room is small stick to one colour throughout to make the room appear larger.

Children's behavior can be affected by the colours around them. As parents, it's easy to take the quick fix right now of taking away the beloved new toys in exchange for the behavior we would like, but before we find ourselves going down the road again next year of If you're not good, Santa won't bring you any presents, let's not underestimate the significant impact that colour has on our children's overall health and well-being and try a more subtle approach to good behavior with wall colour.

Deborah Norton is a certified Design Consultant and Professional Fine Artist for over a decade.

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