THE POWERFUL WORKINGS OF COLOUR ON YOUR CHILD'S BRAIN
We delve into the psychology of colour & how they influence mood, learning and behaviour
It’s fun, radiant and engaging.
Unless you’re Batman or Darth Vader, it’s guaranteed to put a big smile on your face.
You might not know it, but it also has a positive behavioural impact on children.
What is it? It’s none other than wondrous, vivid, enriching COLOUR!!!
Colour brings so much joy and brightness to our lives, so it makes sense that it enhances kids’ learning and behaviour.
Most of us already know colour affects mood. But did you know it also impacts a child’s learning abilities and behaviour?
How colour impacts kid's brain
Bright colours stimulate the brain and help boost memory. Psychologists have linked colour with brain development, decreased absenteeism, enhanced productivity and smooth transition from childhood to adulthood. Studies show that when colour is transmitted from the eye to the brain, the brain releases a hormone affecting emotions, mind clarity and energy levels. Of course, different colours have different effects, but we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of it all soon enough.
THE EFFECT OF COLOUR ON MOOD
Learning isn’t the only thing affected by colour. Our moods are also influenced by its seemingly unworldly powers. Every colour is different, as is every person, so the effects of colour on mood vary. Feelings of excitement, calm, anxiety and tension can all be evoked at the sight of colour. While we're all impacted by colour, children are more sensitive to the effects.
AND HOW DOES A LACK OF COLOUR IMPACT A CHILD'S MOOD?
Too little colour stimuli can lead to anxiousness, sleeplessness, excessive emotional reaction, loss of concentration and nervousness. So while muted colours and white walls are some-what trending right now, you might like to reconsider the colourway of your little one’s room. A colourless room leads to a lack of stimulus and while you might presume neutral tones would have a balancing, calming effect, it can have the complete opposite reaction.
Okay, let’s get to what you really want to find out…
WHAT EFFECT DO EACH OF THE COLOURS HAVE?
Considered a joyful colour, it represents wisdom and kindness. The colour of the sun, lemons and daffodils, it inspires warmth, fun and optimism. It stimulates our nerves, glands and brains, making us more alert and energised. Yellow boosts our memory and encourages communication, promoting activity and interaction.
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Known for enhancing creativity and creating a cool, relaxing environment, it reminds us of the sky and sea, both vast and expansive. With a deeply calming effect, blue should be used for easy, peaceful transition into sleep or to help settle lively children.
Some people find red can be a little over-exciting, but this bold and audacious colour is nothing if not energising. If you want to inspire creativity and increase appetite, red is the one for you. Red can even increase athletic ability, causing people to react with greater speed and force. A colour of passion, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Mmm mm. When we think green, we think of lucious rainforests, nourishing veggies and dazzling emeralds. It symbolises nature, spring and rebirth. In the presence of green, your pituitary gland is stimulated and your muscles become more relaxed. It’s been shown to improve reading ability and creativity.
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Pink evokes feelings of warmth and peace, having a deeply soothing effect. Many of our favourite flowers are pink - think roses, geraniums, cherry blossoms and peonies. It’s the perfect, femine colour if you’re looking to create a calming atmosphere for your little ones to chill out in. It’s also been linked to toning down aggression, which is just another reason why pink gets a big YESSS from us!
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Orange uplifts, gives confidence and injects a whole lot of fun! Of all the colours, orange has the strongest measurable physical effects. It stimulates appetite, increases energy level, and enhances critical thinking and memory (which is why so many schools use this powerful colour). If your child is introverted, consider infusing hints of orange in their space. It might not contain vitamin C like the fruit, but the colour orange has many benefits of its own.
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We choose our colours very carefully, with the power of their effects in mind. So yes, while our colours are playful and sure to brighten up any space, they’re also more than that. They help kids' brains expand and grow, and we think that’s pretty cool.