If you are considering repainting your child’s room there is more to consider than the color you prefer. While you will want to use colors that appeal to both you and your child you also need to be mindful of a color scheme that adapts easily as your child grows and develops. One way to do that is by choosing neutral or pastel colors as the base and changing the room furnishings as your child matures, but this does come with some pitfalls.
Baby’s and Toddler’s Rooms
Babies and toddlers do not see colors the same way adults do. In fact, according to Parents.com, babies can’t see color at all until they are about three weeks old. By four weeks, their color vision is in place, but they still only discern bold primary colors and probably see red and green best. This holds true of toddlers, too. Even older children choose primary colors over pastel colors when given the choice.
If you are painting a toddlers room, keep primary colors in mind. While you may need to change the color scheme of the room once your little one transitions to kindergarten and beyond, it is one time when the benefits of choosing colors appropriate for the age outweighs the need to redecorate in a few years. You can certainly begin with neutral walls and add bright borders or colorful furnishings to satisfy the need for color. However, fairy tale pastels are more likely to be enjoyed by older children.
Elementary School Children’s Rooms
This is the age to concentrate on color schemes that can grow with the child. Try soft shades of yellow, green and orange to create a playful area for young children that will transition well as your child matures. Other choices include several shades of earthy browns and golds or airy shades of blue and white. While your child is young, the colors serve as a backdrop for play areas or reading areas and transition to areas for studying or listening to music as your child enters her teens.
Effects of Color
Color can set the mood and enhance the space. But specific colors aren’t the only thing to consider. Keep these effects of color in mind when choosing colors for your child’s room.
Dark Colors: Dark colors make spaces look smaller. They can be used effectively in large rooms, but may be overpowering in small areas, as dark colors tend to promote a depressed or dreary mood, too. If you child insists on dark colors, opt for using the dark color as an accent instead.
Light Colors: Light colors brighten the room and make it look more spacious. Use light colors to make small areas appear larger and to create a cheery, lively atmosphere.
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