HOW COLOUR AFFECTS YOUR BABY……. How should one decorate one’s baby’s bedroom? How much colour should one use in the baby’s bedroom? Do we decorate according to the baby’s needs or our own? Often when decorating a room, we base our colour choices and styles on our own preferences and not necessarily the needs of your little one. The bedroom is a wonderful place to introduce a colour scheme. The colour should be an inviting space to feel comfortable, relaxed and safe whilst you are spending precious, special bonding time with your little one. Your baby may not perceive colours correctly for a while, but as they get older and become more aware of their surroundings, they will be influenced by the colours around them. Colours can influence mood and behaviour, stimulate the brain and body and even affect your little one’s health. There is still much scientific debate about how colour affects infants, I truly do believe that colour does have an influence and affect on your little one. The colour selection is not exactly a simple process. Each colour has a different effect on the human body and mind and it’s important to take these into consideration when decorating the nursery room. Choose the right paint colour for your baby’s nursery. A few examples below of how colour influences your little one’s room: Grey – Introspective, Intuitive, Emotional Grey inspires you to contemplate—the same way you may feel a bit down on a cloudy day. Be careful with grey. It’s advantages are that it promotes thought and emotion, but that includes sadness and loneliness. If you want to use grey, use a warm tone and mix in some brighter colours. Britney Horton Nursery White – Clean, Pure, Innocent White is angelic and sweet but can also promote secretiveness. Although white is fresh and invigorating, Stay away from all-white. Perhaps use splashes of colour to evoke emotion and openness. All White Nursery by Little Crown Interiors Yellow – Lively, Energetic, Cheerful Yellow is sunny and bright but use with caution. Too much or too bright yellow can agitate a baby. Subtle yellow promotes concentration and emotive thoughts. Yellow is associated with happiness. It is lively, energetic, cheerful and happy colour which livens up the room and gives it a bright look. Depending on the shade and density of the yellow, subtle yellows stimulate concentration and the brighter shades of yellow can stimulate the memory. Add a touch of earth tones to soften the yellow. Blue – Healing, Subtle Blue has a calming effect on the ambience of the room, but be careful with the shade. Grey-blues can lean towards sadness. It lowers blood pressure and decreases anxiety and aggression. Blue is a great colour choice if you wish to create a cool environment in a hot humid location. Pink –Romantic, Loving, Feminine It’s no coincidence that little girls love pink. It is the universal colour of all things girly. Pink is very calming as well, particularly with children who are prone to throwing fits or tantrums. Feel free to go nuts with pink in a girl’s nursery—the only ill effect may be a bit of a princess attitude! RH Baby and child When you decide to plan your little one’s nursery, take a few moments and do some research. Bear in mind, your baby will be in the bedroom that you have chosen for the length of time until you decide to change or re-decorate. Be wise and thoughtful in this process. If you choose, call us for an appointment to discuss your needs. We offer advice or full service in this regard. There is an endless amount of information on color out there. If you’re planning your nursery, take a few minutes and do a little research. After all, your baby will be in this room until you decide to repaint.