Colours that affect us in all stages of life, change in time. That creates our colour preferences at different ages. Children have colour likes and dislikes according to their individual character and development.
Colours have a deep effect on emotions as well as physical health and well-being. Surrounding children with soft pastels and rounded furniture forms at the ages between 2-7, progressing to central shared learning areas with stronger vibrant colours for older children between ages of 7-10, then larger shared areas with soft greens and blues from 10 to teenage years, can be less distracting in concentration of each stage of age development.
Very Young Children and Colours
Strong, bright colours can affect the baby’s inner vibrations negatively. That can make the baby unsettled and restless and even sleepless. Bright, intense colours such as primary red, yellow and orange can make a child sleepless and even can cause them to cry as well. Bold patterns and strong contrasting colours are also over-stimulating, so for a small baby soft tones in yellow or cream, peaches or pinks are more fun and relaxing. They radiate warmth and peace that brings soothing and comforting.
Older Children and Colours
In childrens’ rooms, it will be better to stay away from bold geometric patterns on walls as they are distracting. Various shades of blue-greens are learning colours and coupled with yellow-creams and lesser amounts of orange-yellows create stimulation and energy.
Soft fruity coral reds and violet blues are good in social areas as they create inspiration and imagination. Reds are hard for the implementation of ideas into goals as they stimulate but don’t encourage achievement. Violets open both sides of the brain – both the logical and the creative part – and children often do their most interesting work in such colors.
Like adults, children have distinct personalities and they like colours that appeal to their souls. This means that some children who are active and outgoing are happy in brightly coloured rooms. But for the learning environment, that may not be suitable. Work or study areas should ideally be decorated in more muted colours.