Kid's Rooms and the Psychology of Color

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pink bedroomWhen we first moved into our new home a few months ago, I began repainting every single room in it, starting with my 8-year-old's bedroom. I let her choose the color (lavender) and help with the work. It turned out beautifully and I think it is one of the prettiest rooms in the house. She hates it. Within days of completing the job, she began experiencing color remorse. "Should have gone with pink," she says.

Months of begging have finally worn me down and I have agreed to repaint her room over winter break. In looking for the perfect shade of pink, I have been researching the psychology of color. The current lavender shade is perfect not just because it matches all her stuff, but also because this soft bluish purple is supposed to promote feelings of calm and relaxation.

The color she wants now, however, is a somewhat electric shade of pink. This color is said to stimulate energy, increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. In other words, the absolute worst color for the bedroom of a kid who has trouble winding down at the end of the day as it is. We will likely compromise with a softer shade of pink with some hot pink accents.

What color are your kid's bedrooms? Did you give any consideration to the psychology of color when choosing that shade?

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Who chose the paint color in your child's room?
I did - I pay the bills, I get to choose the paint.581 (16.7%)
My child did - it's her room , after all.864 (24.9%)
We worked together to find a color that we both liked.1583 (45.6%)
Wait, I have to PAINT HER ROOM?!?445 (12.8%)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.