Color Psychology in Baby Nurseries

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Though there is still debate over how color effects infants, there is tons of research regarding the psychological influence of colors on adults.  As consumers, we are constantly manipulated by colors from hunger inducing colors placed in restaurants to the order of shirts hung on a rack at the store.  

Why not use this information that we have in your nursery design?  While it takes some time for babies to correctly perceive colors, as they grow they will begin to be influenced by their surroundings.

Below is the information we've collected on color psychology and how it can help you choose the right colors for your baby's nursery.

Red - Red is a bold, attention getting color that invoked energy and excitement.  Red is commonly associated with love, however it is also heavily associated with anger.  Red incites rage and intensity.  Red can work well for minor accents in a nursery but you may want to avoid it in the grand color scheme.

Orange - Orange is warm and comforting.  It is a welcoming color that is exciting, enthusiastic and inviting.  As a combination of red and yellow, it is energetic, happy and associated with things such as fall, sunsets or citrus.  A darker orange works well to create a cozy atmosphere in a nursery.  Bright orange accents will be exciting and energizing.

Yellow - Yellow is a sunny, bright color that can invoke feelings of happiness.  It also increases metabolism.  While yellow gives an overall happy feeling, it is the most visually fatiguing to the eye.  In fact, it has been shown that too much yellow is overwhelming for babies and they tend to cry more in yellow rooms.  If you want to use yellow in a nursery, use small amounts and make it a soft, subtle yellow.

Green - Green is a natural color that promotes thinking, improves reading ability and concentration.  It is a stress relieving and healing color heavily associated with the earth and nature.  It is an excellent choice for a nursery due to its natural sereneness and intellectual properties.

Blue - Blue is a cool color that creates a relaxing atmosphere.  It is peaceful, tranquil and invokes feelings of calmness and serenity while actually lowering pulse rate and body temperature.  On the other hand, blue can be associated with sadness, depression and loneliness. Blue is an appetite suppressor and shouldn't be used in kitchens, but it can create a soothing, peaceful atmosphere for a nursery.

Purple - Purple has long been associated with royalty and wealth.  It is not commonly found in nature so it is sometimes considered exotic or unnatural.  It is one of the hardest colors for the eye to distinguish. Regal jewel tones give a sophisticated, powerful impression to a nursery while softer purples like lavender and lilac are more calming.   

Pink - Pink is associated with femininity and romance.  Because of pink's connection to girly things it is often also connected with softness, kindness, sincerity and passion.  While pink has a calming effect when people are initially exposed to it, it can actually become an agitation over time so use caution when debating pink as a nursery color.

Brown - Brown is a natural, earthy color.  It can evoke a sense of strength and reliability but in large quantities it could create a sense of vast loneliness.  Brown often brings to mind feelings of warmth, comfort and security.  Brown is a great color to pair with green for a natural looking nursery.

Black - Black is an authoritative, powerful color.  It is strong and dark.  It could also be associated with fear or grief.  Black and white when placed together are considered the most visually stimulating for infants.  It can be a great accent color for nurseries, but be wary of over-use and over-stimulation.

White - White is a color associated with cleanness, purity and innocence.  It is considered angelic and sweet but can come across as cold and sterile.  If you use white in a nursery, use it as a backdrop to bring in other colors and keep in mind, white is easily stained.

Gray - Gray is a contemplative color which can encourage one to think deeply.  However, it is heavily associated with depression and sadness.  If you want to use gray in a nursery, it's best to bring in splashes of bright color as well.

While choosing the color to paint the walls in your nursery is largely up to your personal attraction to certain colors, it can be helpful to keep in mind the psychological and emotional influences of colors on your little one.

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Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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