Color Psychology

Color psychology is actually a field of psychology that studies the impact of color on human feeling, behavior, and mood.

Despite many people's interest on this immature field of study, color psychology has not yet been accepted by most psychologists, they doubt that colors have a general effect on everyone because colors are known to have different meanings and interpretations in different cultures.

No matter what the psychologists think about this, we're definitely interested to know more about colors, right? Of course it's right, otherwise you wouldn't open and read this page, would you? :)

After reading this page, it's up to you whether or not to believe that colors have effects on people. If you do then you can apply the suitable paint colors for your kid's theme room. Even if you're not 100% sure you can try it and see if it's actually true or not!

OK, now let's review each color's effect shall we...

Green Color Psychology

Green is often known as the color of nature, peace, and harmony. This mix of Blue (cool) and Yellow (warm) undertones represents freshness and tranquility.

The use of Green in a room is believed to have a calming effect, it soothes your mind and makes you feel more relaxed.

Painting your kid's theme room with Green or putting many Green items in it might help to overcome or reduce his/her nervousness and anxiety. For example, he/she might be more calm and not get too stressed out when studying for a major exam or preparing for any other huge event.

Blue Color Psychology

As a cool color, Blue is also known to have a calming effect that can even lower the pulse rate. That's why many people choose to have their bedroom in this extremely popular color.

Studies show that people are more calm, focused, and creative in Blue rooms, so they become more productive. This becomes the reason for companies to use Blue in their offices.

Even though Blue is known as a passive color, but painting a room in very bright or electric Blue can make the room feels more lively and dynamic. I don't recommend using electric Blue as the main color for your kid's theme room though, since colors that are too bright are not comfortable for the eyes.

Red Color Psychology

Red is a warm primary color that is often admitted as the color of love. This is a powerful intense color that can make you feel on fire. It stimulates energy and excitement. People in a room painted with this color often feel that they have more enthusiasm.

But Red is also known as a strong color that can stimulates faster heartbeat and breathing which leads to strong emotions and anger, so be careful not to use this color too much when decorating.

Since this color attracts attention, it's good to be used for accents in your kid's theme room, but I don't recommend using it as the main color, especially for the walls. A lighter variant of this color, pink, is great for girl's theme rooms though.

Yellow Color Psychology

This is a cheerful and bright color that parents love to use in their kid's bedroom. But be careful not to use this color too much, the brightness of it that's caused by the high amount of light it reflects can make your eyes feel tired more easily and a long term use can lead to frustration and stress. So using this color for the bedroom's walls is a big NO NO, especially the extra bright tones of Yellow.

Using Yellow for accessories and accents in theme rooms are great 'cause this warm color tends to attract attention. Right dose of Yellow can even bring happiness and optimism, it can activates memory and increase metabolism.

Orange Color Psychology

Orange is a blend of two warm primary colors, Red and Yellow.

This blend makes Orange inherit some of the effect that those colors bring, that is warmth, excitement, energy, and enthusiasm. This is also a color that attracts attention, especially the bright shades of it.

Good thing about Orange is that although this is considered a bright color but it's not as eye-tiring as Yellow and doesn't trigger as much emotion as Red. So this is a great color to use in you kid's theme room.

Just remember that brighter shades of Orange contains more Yellow in it, so avoid these shades as the main color (e.g. for the whole walls), otherwise the room will have almost the same effect that Yellow brings. Use brighter Oranges for accents and accessories.

On the other hand, besides bringing more effect of Red, darker tones of Orange also make the room looks dark which is not good for kid's bedroom. So be a little picky on this one... :)

Purple Color Psychology

Purple is the shade of color between Blue and Red. This blend of cool and warm colors is often known to represents the symbol of wealth, royalty, wisdom, and spirituality.

Known to be loved more by females than males, this calming color is more suitable for girl's bedroom. But Purple accessories and accents can still look good in a boy's bedroom, just remember not to use too much of these.

Brown Color Psychology

Brown is the color of earth so it reminds us of nature every time we see it. This is one of the most favorite colors for furniture since Brown brings out natural sense of a room.

Besides being natural, using Brown as a room's main color can also make the room looks conventional and down to earth. The use of this color will bring the feel of comfort, reliability, stability, and security.

Since Brown is a great neutral color for any gender, it can be used for either your girl's or boy's theme room. Use different shades of Brown for furniture, accessories, and walls to make the room even more attractive. Then blend in other colors for accents. Since this is a neutral color, it won't be hard to match other colors for this bedroom.

White Color Psychology

Even though White is often referred as "no color", but it's actually a combination off all colors of the visible light spectrum. White is a neutral color that represents innocence, cleanliness, and purity.

The use of this color for a room's walls can make it feel more spacious, so it's a good idea to apply this color for smaller rooms. White painted ceiling makes the room feels taller.

Even though painting a room White makes it look classic, but it often makes the room boring. A white painted room with fewer accessories is even worse, it feels empty. So I recommend avoid White as a room's main color unless the room is really small or you plan to add lots of accessories and accents to it.

Black Color Psychology

Black is often considered as a strong color, while the fact is it's scientifically NOT even a color! Black absorbs all lights and doesn't reflect any of them, that's what makes it look so dark.

Black clothing makes a person who wear it looks thinner, and black paint makes a room looks smaller.

Black is associated with death, mourning, and evil in many cultures. This color (yes, I still call it a color like millions of people do, even after knowing the fact :D) can also evokes a mysterious feeling.

Using Black as your kid's bedroom main color is not recommended, it'll make the room looks dark which is just not suitable for kids. Some Black furniture or accessories is fine though.

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Planning on painting your kid's theme room? Go from this Color Psychology page to the Painting Tips page to learn how to get a professional result.

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