Congratulations! Now that your baby is almost here, its time to create a wonderful and inviting room she’ll grow to love over the next couple of years. While you may have already selected the perfect rocking chair and a crib that will grow into the toddler years, the color on the walls is what will give the biggest impression to your new little one.
If you don’t want to stick to the standard blue and pink coloring that has long dominated nurseries across the globe, how do you proceed?
Is there a way to get it right? And what if you get it wrong?
While there isn’t an exact science when it comes to choosing a nursery color, there are many studies that have been conducted from a psychological aspect. They suggest that color can influence mood and behavior, stimulate the brain and even affect one’s health. All important reasons to pay attention to color when making your final selections.
When it comes to choosing warm colors – bold shades of red, orange and yellow – use them in moderation. Bold shades can stimulate the mind and have an energizing effect on the body. While that may be great for the daylight hours when you’re teaching and playing with your little one, it may be counter productive at night when you’re trying to get her back to sleep.
When it comes to warm colors, think accents instead of bold statements.
Reds are rich and highly emotive. While some say red may increase athletic ability, others suggest red may hurt your child’s academic performance.
Pink is universally loved by little girls everywhere. Despite its initial calming effect, pink can become irritating over time, leading to agitation and anxiety.
Yellow is bright and cheery, meant to bring on happiness and motivation. While soft yellows promote concentration, and brighter shades can stimulate memory, too much yellow can go too far, resulting in fussy, over stimulated babies.
Cool colors have a calming effect on the body and can make it feel spacious and relaxing. Despite their soothing nature, they can leaving people feeling cold and reserved if the wrong color choices are made. Remember, everything should always be done in balance. To soften the effect, pairing cool colors with creamy neutrals and soft fabrics and accessories can change a room around for the better.
Blues have the exact opposite influence from reds – direct opposites on the color wheel. They decrease anxiety and aggression, and can calm the mind and body. Children that have trouble sleeping or are prone to tantrums can often benefit from spending time in a blue environment.
Greens symbolize nature, which means it provides a serene, calming effect. It associated with health, healing, well being and concentration. Its been shown to possibly increase reading ability, and can provide a soothing environment to help a child relax after a stressful day.
Purples are associated with wisdom and spirituality. It combines the stability of blue with the energy of red, making it the perfect shade for your little one. It can bring out a luxurious feel.
While science can suggest options, only you can give your nursery love. Choose a color that is right for you, and you’re sure to find something that is perfect for your new little one.
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