Like a box of Crayons, there are so many colors to choose from when decorating your baby’s room. But before you purchase that bright pink and orange baby decor, take a moment to think about how the colors might affect baby’s attitude. Just like with us, colors can have a profound affect on your baby’s mood. Whether colors are active, passive or neutral, they have influence. Advertisers and retail stores understand the power of the palette. They know the colors that make people buy, and the colors that soothe them. Applying this same idea to your baby’s room decor can help you create a sanctuary that is soothing for the baby and comfortable for you.
When choosing a color for your baby’s room, stay away from trendy colors that you may get tired of easily. Remember when mauve and light blue were the “in” colors for decorating. Now, the combination looks quite dated. Choosing colors based on mood is a much better option. Here’s how:
Red stirs up excitement and increases the energy level. That’s why most fast-food restaurants choose this color. Because it stimulates conversation, it’s considered too active for bedrooms. However, Pink, a lighter shade of red, can provide a sense of being cared for.
Crimson can make some people feel irritable, which is why it may not be a good color for baby.
Yellow is considered to be happy. But be careful. It’s also an energizing color, and it’s said that people are more likely to lose their tempers in a bright yellow room. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room. This color is the most fatiguing on the eyes, therefore soft tones would be best used in moderation as an accent color.
Blue has a calming and relaxing affect because it brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. That’s why it’s often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. To keep it from appearing too “chilly” in the room, balance it with warm hues in the furnishings and fabrics. However, stay away from darker blues as they can have a saddening effect.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. It’s relaxing and pleasant. Sage or medium green cools things down. Creating a calming affect often begins with the color green.
Purple in its darkest shades (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. Lighter shades of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
Orange is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a bedroom, it would be great for other areas of the house where you might want to increase energy levels.
Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) don’t necessarily evoke a particular mood. They are a great way to ground more vibrant colors when used as a base. Use other colors to liven things up or calm things down.
If you’re not sure which color combinations will work well together, stop by your local hardware store and take a look at the paint palettes. Mixing and matching each strip of color can help you decide what’s hot and what’s not.
With all that said, to create a calming and nurturing environment for baby, the use of colors like pink, green, lavender and blue as well as earth tones would probably work best. These colors can be carried out in all aspects of the room’s decor, including the paint, wallpaper, furniture and lighting. Accenting the room is easy with items like the beautiful wall art that’s been featured in this article.