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Our environments impact our mood and behaviour, with plenty of different aspects playing a part including colour. Kids are even more sensitive to their surroundings, so think about it from that perspective as well as a design one when thinking about colour schemes for their bedrooms.

Off white
  • If you’re looking at it from a scientific approach, the goal should be to create a comfortable space that feels safe and serene.
  • One of the best ways to do this is with colour schemes that are pale or muted. Using off white is a great way to hit the right balance between dark and light shades.
Earth tones
  • Gentle earth tones are especially ideal for a nursery, providing a relaxed and calming backdrop to the room. The uniformity of beige, tan and soft greys promotes peacefulness and rest.
  • Muted greys and browns are also easy to build a room around. A neutral background lets you get creative with how you introduce little splashes of colour to the space.
  • Greens evoke associations with nature and energy, and there’s a really wide variety of shades to choose from.
  • It’s ideal for a feature wall if you worry that having an entirely green room could be slightly overwhelming.
  • Sage green brings a sense of peace and serenity, while mint green is a bit livelier if you wanted some additional brightness while staying within the pastel shades.
  • Blues have been shown to have a positive emotional effect on children, but it’s important to stay away from darker hues and stick with soft, warm colours.
  • Lighter tones, such as pale or sky blue, are actually said to slow heart rates and reduce blood pressure.
Other ways to add colour
  • If you want a bit of colour without committing to the entire room, a feature wall is a great way to add some character. Pair it with white or other neutral hues to create a big contrast.
  • Painting the walls isn’t the only way to add colour to your children’s bedrooms; colour scheme involves more than just four walls.
  • Furniture is important to think about when it comes to colour scheme- do you want stuff that will contrast or complement?
  • Bedding and cushions are another, and they’re the cheapest and easiest to change. Try out a differing shade of the wall colour or maybe one that matches if you have decorations and furniture of differing hues.

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