The Psychology Of Colour In Decorating A Baby's Nursery

14 February, 2017

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When it comes to decorating your new baby’s nursery, it is natural that you want everything to be perfect. From the carpet to the cot, you will want your bundle of joy’s own space to be a safe, comfortable and stylish place for them to sleep, feed and play.

One of the most important aspects to consider when you’re planning the nursery is the colour scheme. Some parents choose the traditional pink and blue style, while others go for more neutral tones if they have chosen not to find out the gender of their baby. But did you know that the colour scheme of a nursery has a deeper effect than just aesthetics?

Every colour on the spectrum actually has a different effect on the body and the mind, especially for little ones. Intrigued? Here is a little more about colour psychology to help you decide which colour to choose for your baby’s new nursery. 

Traditional colours: pink and blue 

Pink for girls and blue for boys has been a longstanding tradition in the production and marketing of many baby products. Well, both are good colours for nurseries. Blue is a colour associated with calmness and serenity – it is a wise shade to choose if you’re concerned about your baby’s sleeping habits. Pink is also a calming colour, as long as it is a pastel shade rather than vivid magenta.

However, it is important to remember that, while pink can initially be calming, it can lead to agitation over time. If you’re planning on a pretty pink nursery, choose neutrals for the main features (walls, floors, cot, furniture) and add pink accents which can easily be changed.

Bright and vibrant yellow

For many parents who have decided to keep the gender of their baby a surprise, yellow is a popular shade – but be warned! This vibrant, energetic colour can end up stimulating babies a little too much, making it difficult for them to sleep. It’s also the colour most likely to strain the eyes.

Back to nature with green

Green is a wonderful gender-neutral colour for any nursery – especially lovely earthy greens that exude serenity and peacefulness. Green also offers a link with nature, promoting health, wellbeing and healing. Combine with neutral beiges and natural materials like wood and cotton for a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Grey tones 

Decorating your nursery in predominantly grey tones is a great idea if you are planning to have more than one child. Grey works well with pops of colour, so you can decorate the room with bold accents, changing them for each child. Grey is down-to-earth and calming, but it can look dull if you’re not careful.

Be sure to experiment with different textures, tones and shades to keep things interesting and ensure the nursery remains a luxurious and comfortable place. What colour will you be decorating your little one’s nursery? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below.





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