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How Nursery Colours Affect Baby's Mind, Emotions And Health?

02 February 2018 by Babios
How Nursery Colours Affect Baby's Mind, Emotions And Health?

Colour has its own language which speaks out loud about the mind, emotions, and nature of an individual. It plays a vital role in our lives.

A number of leading psychologists agrees with the notion that colours can stimulate relaxation and mindfulness. Therefore, being a parent means that choosing the right colour for the nursery is essential.

Each colour has its own attributes and sound knowledge can help us select the right colours for our children.

The objective of this blog is to help you make an informed decision in the selection of colour(s). You can choose the colour of the nursery depending on how you would like to raise your child.

Take a look around you for a while. You see the sky is blue, the grass is green, the soil is brown, the sun shines yellow, night looks black, the moon is white and evening has indigo, flowers are red, pink, yellow, orange and purple. You must have enjoyed the whole journey of gazing and picked up a message or two from each colour.

  • Blue sky makes us feel as free as a bird
  • Green grass feels fresh
  • Brown soil feels like down to earth
  • Yellow sun brings vision
  • Black night feels strong
  • White feels pure
  • Indigo evening brings mystery
  • Different shades of flowers bring happiness

This list of colours and their meanings show that nature has everything for us.

Your baby will get precisely the messages from colours you select and bring it to their room, including the colours for decorating the walls, curtains, rugs, furniture, bedding, and toys. Evidence shows that colour is associated with an individual's emotions, and may also influence their mental state.

Attention to detail can make a huge difference, especially in the early years of experience and developmental stage. We therefore have to make a wise selection in terms of the colours our children are surrounded in. A typical example is the colour red. Studies have shown that some children looking at red resulted in an increased heart rate, which further led to additional adrenaline being pumped in to the blood stream.  

Let's take a look at each colour in greater detail, focusing on the effects and how it elicits a different and unique emotional and behavioural response on a child.

Colour Infographics

Black Colour

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Black colour creates an elegant and bold aspect of your baby's room. Smart way of using black colour gives an elegant and sophisticated impact in the interior design. 

The black colour is usually an absence of colour. Black is ideal to focus certain things in the nursery. If black is used as neutral background colour, this will make everything stand out in the nursery.

The black colour is associated with power, strength, elegance, mystery and authority. Black is formal, prestigious and elegant colour. This colour represents seriousness and intensity that evokes strong emotions.

The black colour will affect the mind and body of your child by helping to create an inconspicuous feeling, boosting confidence in appearance.

Black will increase the sense of potential and possibility in the child. Black may produce feelings of emptiness, sadness or gloom in the child. 

The black colour is authoritative and influential. Avoid too much black as this can be overwhelming. Use it to highlight the things in the nursery, such as an accent wall, frames or piece of furniture.

Additional words that represent different shades of black such as jet, ebony, coal, lampblack, charcoal, soot, midnight, raven, onyx, sable and obsidian.

Blue Colour

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Blue colour creates inspiration and wisdom aspects of your baby's room. Blue represents sky and sea that associates with open spaces and freedom.

The blue colour is the symbol of intuition, imagination, expansiveness and sensitivity. The use of blue will give depth, confidence, stability, trust, faith, loyalty, sincerity, intelligence and heaven impact on the interior design.

The blue colour affects positively on the mind and body of the child. As blue is the colour of spirit, it invokes rest. Blue will help the body to produce chemicals that are calming. This will exude feelings of tranquillity. 

Blue colour helps to slow the metabolism system in the body. Blue is the more refreshing colour of nature, promotes balance and self-expression to the child.

However, blue has variations, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, express exhilaration as an engaging colour. 

Too much use of blue or some shades of blue in the nursery may come across as cold or uncaring or even can dampen spirits. Too much blue also creates feelings of negativity, self-righteous, melancholy and self-centeredness. Too little blue brings qualities of suspicion, stubbornness, depression and unreliability.

The different shades of blue colour have various meanings, and dark blue seems elegant, sophisticated, wealthy and intelligent. Royal blue represents superiority and light blue means creativity, honesty and trustworthiness. Sky blue is calming shades that help to relax. 

Gold Colour

Gold colour creates extravagance and traditional aspects of your baby's room. Gold colour represents wealth, richness, cheerful or sombre impact on the interior design.

The gold colour is the cousin to yellow, and shares similar attributes to brown. The gold colour is a warm colour associated with illumination, love, compassion, passion, courage, magic and wisdom. 


The gold colour will affect your child in terms of achievement, accomplishment, success and worth. The gold colour is associated with wealth, triumph, quality, advancement, polish, esteem and advancement.

The additional words of gold colour are goldenrod, yellow gold, honey, copper and bronze. 

Grey Colour

Grey colour creates formal and sophisticated aspects of your baby's room. The grey colour is calm, balanced and neutral.

Grey is usually expressed as emotionless and moody, yet it complements every colour in contrast. The grey colour is associated with being conservative, dull, dirty, dingy as well as formal.

The grey colour will be timeless and practical in the nursery. Often grey is associated with loss or depression. Grey is a sophisticated colour that lacks negative attributes of black.

Dark, charcoal grey communicates strength and mystery of black colour. Light grey gives some attributes of the white.

The grey colour affects mind and body of your child by causing unsettling feelings. Light grey colour is feminine and dark grey colour is masculine.

Additional words of grey colours that represent different shades such as charcoal, iron grey, slate, lead, ashen, gunmetal, mousy, dove grey, silver, powder grey, pearl, oyster, sere, taupe and Payne's grey.

Green Colour

Green colour creates nature and relaxing aspects of your baby's room.  Green colour represents life, renewal, energy, growth and harmony impact on the interior design.

The green colour is associated with safety, fertility, and the obvious one to suggest is the environment and outdoors. The green colour traditionally was associated with money, Wall Street, greed, jealousy, ambition, banking and finances.

The green colour has healing power, most restful and relaxing to have in the nursery. Green will help to enhance vision, stability and endurance to your child.

Green is the dominant colour in the nature that can create spacious look in the nursery. The green colour is a natural choice for the interior design. The green is an ideal background or backdrop to see as we humans are used to seeing around.

The green colour affects your child physically and mentally in several different ways. Green is relaxing, soothing and youthful, which helps to alleviate anxiety, nervousness and depression. 

Green brings a sense of hope, renewal, health, adventure as well as self-control in your child. The green colour is used for compassion, harmony and indicates safety.

Too much green colour can cause a child to become lazy, placid, moody, slow, lethargic and depressed. Too little green colour can create feelings of apathy and fear of rejection in a child.

Different shades of green colour have various meanings, such as dark green represents greed, wealth and ambition. Yellow-green stands for jealousy, cowardice, and sickness. Olive-green represents peace.

Additional words of green colour are emerald, sea-foam, sea-green, olive drab, olive, grass green, pea green, mint, apple, lawn green, forest, spring green, leafy green, lime, beryl, aquamarine, chartreuse, fir, pine, Kelly green, moss, sage, jade, sap and viridian.

Orange Colour

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Orange colour will create happiness and freedom for your baby's room.

Orange colour represents success, creativity, fun, balance, stimulation and health impact on the interior design.

Orange is the combination of yellow and red. The red colour filled with stimulation and energy and the yellow colour is responsible for the cheerfulness and happiness.

Orange is a more active colour that will make your child react with a gut feeling.

The orange colour is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, enthusiasm, heat, sunshine, encouragement, change, determination, enjoyment, expression and fascination.

Orange colour promotes a sense of emotional energy and general wellness that should be shared, such as passion, compassion and warmth.

Orange is colour of joy and creativity that helps your child recover from disappointments, a wounded heart.

Orange colour creates physical effects, such as increased hunger, increased socialisation, heightened sense of activity, boost in aspiration, stimulated mental activity and enhanced assurance.

Orange colour increases oxygen supply to the brain, and increased contentment helps aid decision making, understanding, enhances happiness and confidence.

Orange colour stimulates the appetite in your child. Orange is a standard colour in citrus fruit, associated with healthy diet and vitamin C.

Orange is a prevalent colour that will free your child from shying away and enhance communication. The orange zest is very inviting, it improves mood and talking more pleasant. Use lighter shades of orange colour in decoration or surroundings.

The orange colour is excellent if you want your child to learn new things and look for new ideas. Orange will lift your child's limits to assimilate more and encourage development. Orange colour gives greater self-respect and the impulse to respect others in your child.

The orange colour has different shades, and each shade has a particular meaning. The peach colour is associated with excellent communication, influences good manners and calms you down.

Golden orange is excellent for vitality and self-control. Amber shade helps with confidence and self-esteem and to some degree with arrogance too.

Burnt orange is the colour of pride, aggression and tension. Dark orange represents advantage taker, making a selfish earn out of everything.

Too much orange gives self-centred and self-serving qualities, including arrogance, pride, and lack of care for others. Too little of orange provides loss of motivation, loneliness and lower self-esteem.

Additional words for different shades of orange colour are pumpkin, fire, copper, gold, brass, flame, apricot, rust, peach, citrus, tangerine and mandarin.

Pink Colour

Pink colour creates sweet and charm in your baby's room. The pink colour is delicate, represents gentle, playful, cute, and feminine impact on the interior design.

The pink colour is associated with tenderness, bubble gum, flowers, babies, cotton candy, little girls and sweetness. Pink represents universal love, love for oneself and others.

Pink colour will give friendship, affection, harmony, approachability and inner peace to your child. Pink is the sweet side of red colour.

Pink is a different colour. The meanings of pink colour much depend on the culture and context in which it is presented. This colour is linked to feminine and masculine, tenderness, shallowness and many other things.

Pink colour has a calming effect on a child, it is not aggressive like red. The small doses of pink calms a child but when overused can lead to irritation and inspire feelings of weakness.

Pink colour is linked to childhood sweetness and innocence. It helps to see the world with excessive optimism. Pink colour represents hope but sometimes with negative aspects of reality.

Additional words for pink colour are salmon, hot pink, fuchsia, coral, flesh, blush, flush and rose.

Purple Colour

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Purple colour creates power and luxury in your baby's room. The purple colour represents royalty, nobility, wealth and ambition.


Purple colour combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. Purple is associated with extravagance, creativity, dignity, wisdom, devotion, grandeur, independence, peace, pride, mystery and magic.

Purple is a rare colour that can be found in nature. It has a sacred meaning. The flowers, such as lavender, orchids, lilac and violet are considered delicate and precious.

The purple colour affects the mind and body of your child in several ways. Purple will uplift spirits, calm nerves and brain, enhance the sacred and create feelings of spirituality.

Purple is associated with spirituality, higher self, the sacred, third eye, passion, vitality and fulfilment. The purple colour helps align oneself with the whole of the universe, increasing nurturing tendencies and sensitivity, encouraging imagination and creativity.

Different shades of purple has various meanings. Light purple represents feminine energy and delicacy, as well as nostalgic feelings.

Dark purple evokes feelings of sadness, gloom and frustration. Bright purple is associated with riches and royalty. 

Light purple or lavender is a graceful, feminine, elegant colour that has long associated with wealthy and refined women. While purple colour represents royalty, lavender represents femininity and beauty.

Lavender considers being the "grown-up" pink colour. Lavender suggests specialness and uniqueness without the profound mystery of the purple colour.

The purple colour is the result of the combination of an intense warm with an intense cold colour. Purple contains the properties of warm and cold together. On one side purple colour boosts imagination and creativity, on the other hand, too much purple may cause moodiness.

Too much purple brings out the qualities of impatience, irritability and arrogance. Too little purple colour brings out feelings of negativity, apathy and powerlessness.

Additional words representing purple colour are violet, lavender, plum, lilac, puce, orchid, thistle, magenta, mauve, amethyst, royal, wine, eggplant, pomegranate, mulberry and purple. 

Red Colour

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Red colour creates radiance and willpower in a baby's room. The red colour represents passion, desire, longing, heat, sensitivity, joy, strength and determination impact on the interior design.

The red colour is associated with leadership, courage, willpower, vigour, anger, rage, anger, wrath, malice, stress, action, vibrancy and radiance.

The red colour is daring, assertive, energetic, determined, powerful, enthusiastic, exciting, impulsive and aggressive. Red represents energy, desire and passion.

The red colour symbolises confidence, action and courage. Red is mostly linked to emotional, primitive physical, self-preservation and financial needs to survive.

The red colour is an intense colour packed with passion, anger, violence and emotion ranging, which represents cupid and the devil together. The red colour is intense, hot and stimulating, symbolising excitement and energy.

The red colour will create physical effects on your child, such as increased respiratory rates, metabolism, enthusiasm, confidence, elevated blood pressure, enhanced libido and a higher level of energy.

The red colour is primary and highly visible amongst other colours, which is able to focus attention quickly. Red helps to make quick decisions.

The variations of red colour includes scarlet and crimson. Each variety has different meaning, such as darker colours like maroon or burgundy represents an action that is restrained and sophisticated. Brighter shades (e.g. scarlet) imply more energy and less dominance.

Too much red causes loss of temper, anger, overbearing, agitation, demanding and oppressive behaviours. Too little red is linked to being lethargic, cautious and manipulative feelings. To control emotions add green, the opposite of red colour. To get rid of exhaustion add more red colour. 

Additional words that represent different shades of red colour are scarlet, vermilion, crimson, maroon, carmine, ruby, burgundy, madder, rouge, brick, blood red, fire engine red, blush, cinnabar, rust, russet, Venetian red, tomato and flame.

White Colour

White colour creates light and cleanliness in your baby's room. The white colour represents spirituality, sterility, beginning and faith impact on the interior design.

The white colour is inherently positive, connected with purity, virginity, light, innocence, goodness, heaven, brilliance, safety, illumination, possibility, understanding, humanity, sincerity, softness, perfection and protection. 

The white colour represents an auspicious beginning, simplicity and coolness. The white colour affects the mind and body of your child by aiding in mental clarity, promoting new feelings, encouraging purity in thoughts and actions.

Too much white colour have negative aspects of isolation and emptiness, an ignorant environment. Positive characteristics of white are purity, innocence, openness, neat and new beginning.

The negative characteristics of white are distant, dull, giving traits like ignorance, cold, empty and critical. If white colour used in balanced proportions it helps as a saviour from the dark side in times of distress.

Additional words represent white colour, for example snow, antique white, pearl, ivory, milk white, chalk, lily, seashell, smoke, cream, old lace, ghost white, linen, cornsilk, beige, paper, alabaster and whitewash.

Yellow Colour

Yellow colour will create hope and happiness in your baby's room. The yellow colour signifies warmth, cheerful impact on the interior design.

Yellow colour has different associations. On the one hand, yellow colour stands for freshness, positivity, happiness, energy, clarity, optimism, enlightenment, intellect, remembrance, loyalty, honour and joy. On the other hand, it represents deceit, cowardice.

The yellow colour will increase your child's mental activity, muscle energy, enhance vision, activate memory, encourage communication, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system.

Yellow colour unclogs the thinking process and helps to find a solution to tricky problems. The yellow colour will help your child to study hard, contributing to become more creative and even find out logical solutions.

The yellow colour is associated with high energy, hope, enthusiasm, cheerfulness and fun. Yellow flowers will brighten the nursery.

The yellow colour will make your child a communicative person and enjoy challenges. Yellow is the colour of self-depending, not being connected to emotional feelings. Yellow colour may feed ego and self-esteem.

Positive traits of yellow colour are optimism, confidence, enthusiasm, wisdom, originality, analytical thinking, fun and creativity.

The negative traits of yellow colour are impatient, critical, egoist, impulsive, fixated, pessimist, coward and cold from the emotional point of view.

Different yellow colours have various meanings, for example, bright yellow is great for clearing the mind. Lemon yellow means order in life. A cream yellow stands for the creation of new ideas.

Citrine yellow is linked to emotional instability and deception, lack of taking responsibilities seriously. Golden yellow stands for more sensitive to criticism, represents curiosity and attraction for the investigation.

Dark yellow is associated with being complacent and pessimist, lack of love and even depression.

Too much yellow colour may disturb your child. It causes loss of focus to complete a task. Too much yellow colour makes a child cry. This colour creates feelings of isolation, fear, low self-esteem, insecurity, critical and demanding. Lack of yellow colour may cause your child to become rigid, possessive, cunning or defensive. 

Additional words for yellow colour are lemon, golden, yellow ochre, saffron, cream, mellow yellow and mustard.

Brown Colour

Brown colour creates elegance and warmth in your baby's room. The brown colour represents reliability, honesty, security, stability, hope and healing impact on the interior design.

The brown colour is the colour of earth, stone, wood, wholesomeness grounding and foundation. The brown colour is natural and neutral, typically associated with autumn and winter.

The brown colour is warm that stimulates the appetite. This colour is sometimes considered dull that represents simplicity, steadfastness, health, dependability and friendliness.

Brown colour can replace the black, bring warmth and comfort to the nursery. The Brown colour affects mind and body of your child by creating feelings of peace, stability and wholesomeness.

Brown provides feelings of an organisation, connection, history, as well as cosy feelings of relaxation and warmth for your child.

The brown colour is stable and grounded, believed to create a wholesome feeling, a sense of orderliness, a connection with the earth and convention.

Additional words for Brown colour are sienna, sand, bay, wood, Auburn, dapple, nut-brown, chestnut, cinnamon, tawny, russet, tan, chocolate, brunette, liver-coloured, fawn, oak, mahogany, terracotta, bronze, umber, toast, coffee, cocoa, copper, ginger, ecru, hazel, khaki, puce, ochre and snuff-coloured. 

Turquoise Colour

Turquoise colour creates calming and creativity in your baby's room. The turquoise colour represents sophistication, refreshing, feminine and wisdom impact on the interior design.

The turquoise colour is the blend of blue and green having same cool and calming attributes. Turquoise is associated with energy, wholeness, serenity, emotional balance, good luck, friendship, love, spiritual grounding, joy, patience, tranquillity, intuition and loyalty.

Tints of turquoise brings sweet feminine feeling. Teal brings sophisticated feeling. Variations of turquoise colour are often used to represent water and referred to aqua and aquamarine.

The turquoise colour is associated with connections to the world of spirituality, sensitivity, psychic, negative energy and protection from harm. Turquoise will be a symbol of friendship and bring peace to the nursery and good fortune for your child.

The turquoise colour has healing properties that affect the mind and body of your child. Turquoise is believed to be an anti-inflammatory that helps to enhance communication skills and calm the body and mind.

Turquoise colour is believed to help neutralise over acidic, alleviate gout, increase growth and muscular strength, helps stomach problems, rheumatism and viral infections.

Too much use of turquoise colour may cause to become over analytical, allowing to let guide decision-making, fussy and egocentric. Too little application of turquoise colour cause to become secretive, confused, closed off, sneaky and even paranoid.

Additional words for the turquoise are teal, blue-green, ultramarine, aqua, and aquamarine.

Silver Colour

Silver colour can create a playful and a high-tech atmosphere in your baby's room. The silver colour represents sleek, modern, ornate, glamorous, graceful, elegant and sophisticated impact on the interior design.

The silver colour is a refined metallic colour, the unique colour of riches. Silver has cooling properties like grey but more fun and lively colour.

Silver is a precious metal like gold symbolising richness and wealth. Silver colour is believed to be a mirror of the soul that helps to see oneself like others know the one.

Silver colour represents unconditional love, hope, mystic, meditation, visions, kindness, tenderness, psychic abilities and sensitivities.

Silver colour affects the mind and body of your child as a communicator and conductor that aids in eloquence and speaking in public. Silver colour is believed to draw negative energies out of the body by replacing it with positive energies.

Additional words for silver colour are grey, metallic grey and gunmetal.

Beige Colour

Beige colour creates flexibility and relaxation in a baby's room. The beige colour represents calming and elegance on the interior design.

The Beige colour is neutral, calm, dependable and conservative. Beige colour offers the warmth of brown colour, crisp and coolness of a white colour.  Beige is a relaxing colour, often seen as dull colour.

A similar colour of beige is ivory, relaxing, calming and neutral colour has same pureness as well as the softness of the white colour but with the warmer tone. Ivory represents pleasantness and quietness, sets the relaxed tone of understated elegance.

Additional words for beige are buff, oatmeal, camel, sand, tan, cream, biscuit, mushroom and ecru. Other words for ivory are milk-white, off-white, opaline and pearl.





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