The Four Best Colors for a Child’s Bedroom

· May 4, 2019
Color is all around us and it's a huge influence in our mood. In order to select the best colors for a child's bedroom to ensure they'll be calming and pleasant, it's important to learn a little more about them.

Today, we’ll talk about how to select a color palette to decorate your house and colors to paint your child’s bedroom, in particular.

The Power of Colors

We’re surrounded by colors. That’s more than obvious. However, what’s not so evident is that colors greatly influence our mood. Believe it or not, they do.

That said, what colors should you choose to decorate your child’s room if you want them to sleep in a harmonious environment?

You may have noticed how rainy days flooded with grays affect your mood. Grey colors depress some people and relax others. In the same manner, the walls of a hospital are usually a calming white or green and the interior of a nursery is a cheerful yellow. Plus, most schools are painted with soothing colors such as blue.

That’s how many organization already use colors to maintain a certain mood.

In order to decorate your child’s room, even if you’re not an expert in color psychology, you must be aware of some basic concepts about their physical properties.

According to psychologists, artists and marketing professionals, colors have the ability to inspire, excite, calm, heal and even stir us up. Learn how to use them before you head out to the paint store.

The Best Colors: Warm and Cool Tones

Best colors for a child's bedroom: A room with vibrant blue walls with a desk, a lamp and a yellow chair.

First, you must choose the temperature you’d like to have in your child’s room.

Would you like for it to feel warm or fresh?

This will depend on your type of climate and the position of the sun in relation to the position of the windows of a room.

Note that these are merely temperature perceptions that most of us attribute to certain colors when we connect them to their natural elements. For example red = hot fire, blue = cool water, yellow = sunny, etc.

Within the color wheel, there are two groups: warm colors and cold colors. These are grouped as follows:

  • Warm tones: These derive from fire tones like reds, oranges, and yellows.
  • Cold tones: This group contains the colors of the sky and the water like blues and greens.

Keep in mind that there’s a point within the color wheel in which the warm colors acquire cooler tones and vice-versa.

On the one hand, the use of warm tones creates a feeling of comfort and turns large, open rooms into cozier intimate spaces. On the other hand, cool tones have an overall calming effect. Also, they “open up” smaller spaces.

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The Best Colors for a Child’s Bedroom

A bedroom is a sort of sacred space. For a child, this is the space where they sleep and even play every day. It’s also where they spend most of their developmental stage.

That’s why decorating a bedroom is not just a matter of aesthetics. Further, the color with which you paint the walls is a tool that you can use to influence everyone’s mood and bring out the best in them.

It’s always best to select a palette for a child’s bedroom that will make them feel awake and energized but that will also relax them enough to sleep well at night.

Finally, don’t forget to keep in mind their personality before you make a selection. (No, we don’t mean blue for boys and pink for girls. We’re talking about their true preferences here!)

High-Energy Colors

1. Green

Best colors for a child's bedroom: A nursery decorated with green tones and wooden furniture.
Every child is energetic, but if yours is like a hurricane, then perhaps you’d like to choose colors in the green-blue range.

Green is associated with the calmness of natural spaces, be it forests, prairies, etc. Therefore, a room painted this color will be highly relaxing.

Also, it encourages play and has a calming effect. In addition, it helps reduce anxiety and may even calm a hyperactive child. According to color specialists, green can greatly improve reading comprehension and speed.

2. Blue

Children who are great at tantrums and masters of other manipulating behaviors may benefit from the soothing effects of a blue room. This color diminishes feelings of anxiety and aggression.

You can select a palette in the range of lighter blues to grey and watch your ferocious lion turn into a playful kitten.

 Colors for Reflective Children

Oranges and purples are quite powerful and they could be the best colors for a quieter and thoughtful child’s bedroom.

 3. Orange

This color is warm, friendly and youthful like a ripe fruit, so it’s ideal for children. Some think it fosters trust, sociability, and independence.

Less intense or pastel tones are great for younger children and brighter, more saturated ones are better for older ones. Orange is such a fun color and a fantastic choice for children of both genders.

4. Purple

The color purple is commonly associated with royalty. While we’re not big fans of social rankings, it must be said that colors in the cyan-magenta range (purple) can definitely inspire creativity and influence mental growth and deep thinking in those who are surrounded by them.

Purple merges the tranquility of the blues and the energy of the reds, making it a fairly balanced color. It’s highly linked to the empowering of one’s intuition.

The Best Colors for a Child’s Bedroom: Black and White

Colors for a child's bedroom: A child sitting in a suitcase accompanied by a dog with a dark background and pictures of animals.
With black, you could create a fun room with blackboard walls all over.

Some parents may think that white is a bad idea for a child’s bedroom. It gets dirty easily and it’s not very fun, right? It’s too institutional!

However, a white room could be great when added to a color palette that brings out its vividness and adds originality to a bedroom. Think of the bright color compositions by Miró and of Mondrian’s paintings.

Another color that many people avoid, not only in bedrooms but in a home in general, is black. Black is associated with eternal sleep, so of course, nobody wants it for their children’s bedroom. However, a black wall with chalkboard paint could be a great backdrop for bold works of art.

The best way to keep children from scribbling all over your walls is to give them permission to do it in one of them. Further, chalk is easy to erase, so children can express themselves freely without getting bored with the same work of art. Black works better when complemented with other bright colors in a room.

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The Key to Using Colors According to a Child’s Personality

Although the best colors for a child’s bedroom should be determined by their individual characteristics, remember to also take into account their preferences at the time of decorating their space. Let their personality emerge and reflect as you help them choose a palette for the space in which they’ll sleep and spend a lot of time in.

Most children intuitively know the colors they need. (We do, too, but they trust their intuition more than we do. This courage is something we should relearn from them!)

Give your children simple opportunities to be independent and prepare them to confidently make decisions at a later stage of life. By choosing the appropriate colors, the walls will reflect the well-being of your child and perhaps even yours.

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