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Colour their little world right.

Joseph Muriithi Dec 15, 2016 22:12 0 comment(s)

There are houses you enter and all the rooms are adorned in the same colour. Such houses have adapted a safe monochrome that may do justice to only one room in the entire home. A great part of your life is spent in the bedroom

No matter your age, the bedroom is the place you sleep at night, curl up in your duvet on a chilly day as you take mugs of hot chocolate. It is the room you wake up to and the last place you go as you retire in the evening.

For children, it is their safe space where they play and have fun with their friends and take a rest after a tiring play-day. It is their little castle or palace where they are princes and princesses. They need that space to have the right colour to elicit the right mood and complete their crowns.

In this article, we explore the different colours that are appropriate for the little ones’ bedrooms depending on their age.


As you prepare a room for your bundle of joy, you may be tempted to colour their room in colours that reflect your mood at the time. As you do this, be sure to keep them subtle. Loud, strong and bright colours are not advisable for young babies as these may be agitating or shocking making the baby restless. Primary colours: red, yellow and blue are bright and intense. They may lead to the lack of sleep for infants. Patterns and contrasting colours can also be overstimulating. Soft tones exude warmth and peace and are emotionally soothing thus recommended for babies.

We know soft blues and pinks as synonymous with baby rooms. If you want to wait until the bundle comes to know the gender, try creamy yellow, peach and minty greens as they are appropriate for both genders. This means that you don’t have to repaint the room in case a girl comes after a boy or vice-versa. If you have to go green or blue, try shades that are mixed with yellow. This lowers the colour intensity and the risk of being cold.

Babies need to be surrounded by colours that reflect love and security. As such, comfort colours for the very young ones are pinks, peaches, beiges, and lavenders. Keep it soft and add minimal bold touches through drapery and beddings to style it up.

Older Children

For these children, they are a little older now and their playful nature is beginning to manifest, their brains are growing and this is the age they become imaginative and their mental processes heighten.

For them, blue greens are good for study areas. Yellows are also advised as they stimulate energy but they must be selected with care to ensure they are not too bright and irritating.

It is worth noting that children have different personalities and they all go with different colours. You should, therefore, identify your child’s personality before painting their room with any colour.

Children who are active and outgoing may be happy in a bright coloured environment. Grey is a no-no for children’s rooms because it is neutral, indecisive and with no direction. It is plain and may dampen the moods of the children.


At this age, children assert their individuality both physically and emotionally. As such, their rooms have to reflect this. Some may go through identity crisis and use black to hide it as they feel it is a safe colour. However, this has to be combined with bolder colours to enhance their emotional growth.

Use small amounts of bright colours coupled with lighter shades to avoid the feeling of isolation or withdrawal. Red is a good colour for this age group as it is vibrant representing intense energy. In later teenage years, you can adopt purple and its shades as they become more socially aware.

Before choosing a colour for your teenager, be sure to ask them their preference. This will enable you to understand what they like. Involving them in the whole process to ensures their room matches their style.

Whatever colour you decide to go with for your child’s room, be sure that it reflects their personality, helps them grow and gives them a sense of elegance.

Article By:   Betty J. Kiptum 
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