Sometimes when we choose the colours in our child's room it can be more indicative of our owns preference or cultural norm rather than the child’s needs. Do boys really prefer blue and girls pink?

Pink and blue or fully-saturated primary colours are not necessarily what children prefer. Children are careful observers and can distinguish subtle colours and shading even if they cannot yet verbalise this understanding.

Most experts agree that the large areas in a room–such as the walls, floors, and ceilings–should be neutral or subdued, in effect mirroring the way that colour occurs in nature. Bright, saturated colours can be applied in small, focused areas, just as one might find a vibrant flower in vast green field.

Here are a few general ideas to keep in mind when selecting colours for a child’s room:

  • Bright colours are best used in small amounts and neutral tones in larger amounts to mimic the proportions found in nature.

  • Highly saturated colours work best when juxtaposed with an absorbent, complementary colour to balance it. For example, pair red with a moss green.

  • Children do most of their playing on the floor, so it is best to keep this area neutral.

  • Pale blue and pink reflect cultural norms, but not necessarily children’s preferences.

  • Add colour in unexpected ways with plants and rich natural woods.

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