The psychology of colour

Set the mood for your baby's nursery.
Set the mood for your baby's nursery. 

Colours aren’t something you pick at random; you are drawn to them because of how they make you feel. Just as different sounds can stimulate certain reactions from your little one, the same applies for colours. Each one can influence aspects such as mood, behaviour and sleep habits.

However, don’t be alarmed if your toddler or baby finds colours with a negative side appealing. Colours can affect people differently depending on their age, gender and climate, so an attraction to red does not mean your baby will be full of anger and defiance.  

To help you set the mood for your baby’s nursery below is a list of colours and the affect they can have on a room.

Red – Passion, excitement, defiance

Red is a highly-emotive colour that excites and energises the body, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. At the same time, it can be perceived as demanding and aggressive. While a bold shade of red can have a stimulating effect on the body this might not be appreciated when trying to calm a toddler down for bed.

Pink – Romantic, loving, feminine

The universal colour of all things girly, pink evokes empathy and femininity. Perfect for a little girl’s nursery, pink soothes rather than stimulates. However over time pink can become irritating and lead to agitation and anxiety.

Yellow – Cheerful, lively, energetic

Yellow is associated with happiness and motivation so it’s no surprise that a bright shade can instantly brighten a mood. A soft subtle, yellow can promote concentration while brighter shades can stimulate memory. The downside of yellow is that it’s fatiguing on the eye and too much of it can over-stimulate a baby and arouse feelings of anger and frustration.


Orange – Warm, comforting, cozy

A positive colour that is friendly and inviting but like yellow it can be overstimulating if used too boldly.

Blue – Healing, subtle, calming

Blue calms the mind and body whilst decreasing feelings of anxiety and aggression. A pastel blue is a standard colour for a baby boy and beneficial to any children who have trouble sleeping or are inclined to throw a tantrum here and there.

Purple – Wisdom, spirituality, dignified

Typically the colour of royalty, purple combines the stability of blue and the vitality of red, depending on the shade. For a nursery, pastel purples like lavender and lilac tend to have a calming effect.

Green – Nature, calming, healing

Green is associated with nature and promotes a peaceful and calming environment for your little one. Connected with health and wellbeing, green can have a soothing effect of a child’s mood and mind, whilst reducing anxiety.

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