Welcome back Edgers! Today I’ve been thinking a lot about colour. My husband and I just painted in our house, and since I love neutrals (so that my splashes of colour can be rotated elsewhere), we chose a grey for our entryway which bleeds into our dining room and kitchen. As I was staring at the grey walls in my dining room (trying to train my eye to ignore the difference in shade due to the walls needing another coat of paint), I was thinking about how the winter months can also feel very grey. During the months of January, February and usually March, the sun is hard to find, and the days feel gloomy. Needless to say, the world almost goes into hibernation.
Since I had this thought, I decided to make this week’s post all about COLOUR!
Now, did you know that every colour in the world has some sort of psychology to it? It’s true! The colour we choose for the front door of our house says something about the people inside! Or it could be the opposite- the people inside the house are trying to send the message of that colour to those visiting. Neat, hey?
Well, then I started to think about children and how colour could pertain to their psychology if we used it in their bedrooms!
Here is what your child’s bedroom walls could be emulating:
Well we all know the basics of red. Stop, anger, passion etc. However, the colour red has the ability to give energy to the body and the mind, which would then increase heart rates and even breathing. Some studies show that too much red could even lead to aggressive behaviour and may cause your child to not be able to focus. Therefore, when using red, the rule of “less is more” would definitely apply here.
Orange is one of those ‘gender neutral’ colours that can be found in the nursery of those who may not wish to find out the gender of their unborn child. It is also on of the most under-estimated colours in the colour wheel. This warm and sometimes bright colour is said to encourage the confidence in children, as well as extroversion and confidence. When the owner of an orange room has a friend over, that friend will even feel the effects of the colour and start to feel at ease, co-operative and communicative.
The basics of yellow tell us about the sun, which reminds us of happiness and cheer. Not only is it capable of making you feel happy, but if you apply a softer yellow and you could be left feeling concentrated, and a brighter yellow can activate the memory. Studies show that the colour yellow is often associated with motivation in marketing but beware of too much yellow because it may create feelings of agitation.
The colour green, often linked to objects of nature, is definitely the most calming of the colours of the rainbow. Scientists have found that the soothing attributes of the colour can lead to improved reading in children as well as comprehension. This is a colour that you can never have too much of.
It is said that blue has the opposite impact as the colour red. Which means blue has the ability to decrease feelings of anger or aggression, and lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Children who often have tantrums or any behavioral problem would benefit from having a blue coloured bedroom. Or if you are looking for a healthy medium, red and blue could work as a great pair!
Ah, the colour of royalty. Who wouldn’t want to be lavishing in luxury? Purple is also associated with feelings of ambition and self-assurance. It is also the colour of passion, creativity, wisdom, spirituality and aiding sleep-disorders. This deep, emotional colour is great for inspiring sensitivity and compassion in children. However, if you’ve already got a sensitive child on your hands, you may want to keep this colour to a minimum.
Well, edgers that is the scoop.
I hope that you found this post informative and that you are able to choose your colours wisely for your next painting project!
Until next time!