Childhood is a period of carefree time, when without going out you can experience incredible adventures in the colourful world of fantasy. The only thing you need is a piece of blanket, some chairs and lots of imagination…. and within seconds you can impersonate a favourite fairy tale character. Children’s fantasy is stimulated by surroundings, including colours, which can significantly influence their mood and activities.
Colours surrounding a child can also be calming and relaxing as well as stimulating to actions. Colours of children’s walls are essential and should be adjusted to emotional sensitivity of the young occupant. In the event of children rooms, the best option is to use vivid, joyful colours which stimulate to actions, it’s worth considering that too intense colours may lead to tiredness.
Properly selected colour
Colour psychology can be useful when it comes to arrangement of children’s rooms, which points out a role of particular colours and their influence. Taking advantage of tips, which are given by this theory, we can create functional premises, where a child will stay with pleasure.
Saturated, joyful colours such as red or intense orange fill the interiors with huge energy, which contribute to have a lot of fun. If our child is bursting with energy on everyday basis, it’s better to use vivid colours on only one wall. They can be used to paint small elements (e.g. pillars, which often can be found in rooms in the attic),close to more ‘relaxing’ colours. Blue colour is calm and positively improves child’s concentration. It can be applied upon one wall only, e.g. in the corner where the child does his homework. Green also has a relaxing and calming properties – often used in children’s rooms. Apart from the colour itself, its shade is also very important. For example, a bright and vivid green will add life to the interiors, but dark green has a completely different effect, a melancholic mood.
White, which makes impression of cleanness and order, contrasts well generally with most of available colours. Too much white ,however, may make impression of excessive coolness and severity of interiors. Yellow is totally different , whose various shades make the painted children’s room look warm and cosy. In rooms where small children play, it’s a good idea to use bright pastel colours, which calm them down and are associated with affection.
Health and functionality
When selecting a colour for walls of children’s room, one should never forget about health issues. Such paints designed for the aforementioned premises should contain minimum VOC (volatile organic compounds) and mustn’t be irritating. Thus, it’s better to use water based paints, which in comparison with solvent based paints, consist of small amounts of chemical substances. Another issue is a selection of paint for a child who suffers from allergy. Some manufacturers, e.g. Sniezka, offer special hypoallergenic paints, which underwent tests conducted by independent laboratories, which deal with the issue of allergy. These kinds of paints do not show any irritating evidence, thus, they are safe for allergy sufferers, as well as persons who are very sensitive.
Children’s rooms, in comparison with other premises, are particularly exposed to different kinds of contaminations and stains. Such places where fun seems to last forever must be cleaned very often, which can be annoying. The walls within the room become surfaces where children can test their artistic skills – we can find palm prints or stains of poster paints.
A good solution is to paint the walls within a children’s room with paint resistant to washing and wet scrubbing. Thanks to using the aforementioned paint, it will significantly facilitate and save time when cleaning surfaces of walls and eliminate the need of painting the interiors again – most contaminations can be removed by using a wet cloth.
Child’s room is often an arena where various games take place. By using many different colours (and a little bit of fantasy) such interiors can be change quite easily into a fable-like land, full of various creatures. Thanks to particular patterns and paints, the walls of the children’s room can be covered with images of characters from their favourite cartoon or motifs which are associated with flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle. It’s worth encouraging children to participate in painting – definitely it will be a perfect opportunity for them to have fun as well as develop their artistic skills. Available paints on the market allow to create almost unlimited colourful variants. Most importantly ,however, the child itself must feel comfortable in the room.