Kids’ Décor Colours That Encourage Play

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Looking to redecorate your nursery or child’s bedroom? Consider the perfect colours to promote their development.

See red. Get the blues. Turn into a green-eyed monster. Be tickled pink. The connection between colour and emotion is almost a given. Scientists have studied the effect of colours on our mood and performance for centuries. Indeed, way back when, the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese practised chromotherapy – the healing power of colour – an alternative therapy still carried out today.

Colour is a powerful element in design. And when it comes to your mini-mes, any tools to unpack the catalysts behind their moods are welcome! When you’re choosing the colours to decorate your nursery or child’s bedroom, a consideration of the emotional response they might provoke proves handy!

Living Textiles Jabali 6-Piece Nursery Set
Living Textiles Jabali 6-Piece Nursery Set. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester and decor online. 

So, can colour really inspire, excite, even endow your children with confidence and sensitivity? The experts say yes. There’s been much research on the effect of colour on our psyches, and children are believed to be even more highly sensitive to colour than adults.

Inevitably, the results rely on generalisations, meaning this guide is more rule of thumb than paint by numbers. However, if you’re blessed with your very own little person(s), you’ll be accustomed to playing it by ear! 😀

The Winning Shades

Orange

Little Sticker Boy Woodland Wreath Fox Wall Decal
Little Sticker Boy Woodland Wreath Fox Wall Decal. Browse our baby and kids’ furniturewall stickers and decor online.

Orange is perhaps the best-kept secret of the kids’ décor palette. Cheerful and charming, orange is said to encourage confidence, cooperation, autonomy and sociability. This friendly hue can both soothe and inspire conversation!

Bright primary colours encourage brain stimulation from 3+ months. Add in colour pops in your child’s lamps, cushions and throws.

Green

Living Textiles Juniper 6-Piece Nursey Set
Living Textiles Juniper 6-Piece Nursey Set. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester and decor online. 

Green is a soothing organic colour that has been associated with reducing anxiety and improving your child’s reading speed and comprehension. Nice! It’s naturally beautiful and fresh. And it’s gender-neutral.

Consider introducing green hues into your nursery or child’s bedroom through kids’ rugs and wall decals. Wall decals allow you to change up your décor as your child grows from toddler to tween. Peel them off without damaging your walls when your little one’s tastes change.

Blue

Rug Republic Cloudy Kids Rug
Rug Republic Cloudy Kids Rug, available in various colours. Browse our baby and kids’ rugsfurniture and decor online.

Blue hues exude a sense of serenity that’s ideal for a child’s bedroom. They’re a known antidote for anxiety. Blue has stability and a restorative quality, recognised for lowering blood pressure and heart rates. And yet, it’s also said to boost creativity.

If your favourite little person is prone to tantrums or behavioural issues, blue can create a tranquil environment and encourage repose.

Pink

Living Textiles Sparrow 6-Piece Nursey Set
Living Textiles Sparrow 6-Piece Nursey Set. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester and decor online. 

Pink is a calming and nurturing hue in your nursery or toddler’s room. This hue works well in tandem with neutrals and more organic hues. It’s also a great neutral in itself, adding warming accents to your child’s room.

Children’s manchester in baby pink + white pairs well with soft green accents. Not so keen on pink en-masse? Add it to an otherwise neutral room for pretty pops of colour.

Use In Moderation

Yellow

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Replica Charles & Ray Eames Kids Eiffel DSW Circular Table and chair. Browse our baby and kids’ furniture and decor online.

This happy-go-lucky hue has been paired with motivation in colour studies. In softer shades, it promotes concentration; darker shades assist with memory – perfect for when your tween turns teen and has to study! 😀 But beware too much of this good thing – an overdose of yellow can bring about agitation and anger.

Yellow works well with shades of grey and white. It makes a vibrant addition to your child’s room in your wall art or a breakfast cushion. Alternatively, a cosy muted yellow armchair makes a great spot for feeding in the corner of your nursery. And it adds a sunny colour.

Purple

Living Textiles Surina 6-Piece Nursey Set
Living Textiles Surina 6-Piece Nursey Set. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester and decor online. 

This majestic hue is aligned to passion, creativity, wisdom and spirituality. That’s a serious slew of credits! Purple’s said to lead to greater self-assurance, empathy and sensitivity in children. Got to be happy with that.

However, if your little one is particularly sensitive, limit yourself to just a few accents.

Use With Care

Red

Little Sticker Boy Carnival Balloons Wall Decal
Little Sticker Boy Carnival Balloons Wall Decal. Browse our baby and kids’ furniture, wall stickers and decor online.

Exciting and energising on the positive side, red is a stimulating accent colour for your child’s room. However, let the saying “like a red flag to a bull” serve as a warning when it comes to degree. Red is perhaps a better colour for a playroom than a child’s bedroom.

Red has been associated with increasing heart and breathing rates. And too much exposure to red is said to provoke aggression and prevent focus. Not such a great choice, even as an accent colour, for a child with attention deficit disorder or other behavioural challenges.

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L to R: Living Textiles Poppy Seed 2-Piece Cot Bumper Set, Whimsy, Bright Kids Jungle Kids Rug, Brink and Campman Robots Kids Rug, and Living Textiles Poppy Seed 2-Piece Cot Bumper Set, Lovebirds. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester, kids rugs and decor online. 

Warm vs Cool

Warm hues add cosiness and intimacy to your child’s room. We associate these hues with comfort and happy feelings, making them great for nurseries, child’s bedrooms and play spaces.

However, if your child’s bedroom or nursery is on the small side, cooler hues are space enhancing. Cool hues are calming, and by balancing them with rich woods in your cot or toddler bed, you can achieve a warmer effect.

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aden + anais Dream Baby Blanket, Night Sky/Owl & Starburst. Browse our baby and kids’ manchester and decor online. 

Layer cream and neutral hues throughout to create a harmonious look. Opt for soft textiles in your cushionsthrows and a sheepskin or plush rug underfoot for that cocoon-like feel.

Americanflat Cat And Bicycle Print Art Replica Charles Ray Eames Replica Kids Eiffel DSW Chair Americanflat Play-Einstein Print Art Willow & Wood Everyday Red Storage Shelf
L to R: Americanflat Cat And Bicycle Print ArtReplica Charles & Ray Eames kids tables and chairs, Americanflat Play-Einstein Print Art and Willow & Wood Everyday Red Storage Shelf. Browse our baby and kids’ furniture and decor online.

Want to know more? Check out Suzy Chiazzari’s The Complete Book of Colour for more insights into the effect of colour on mood, personality, lifestyle, even nutrition! 😀

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.