Parents' Week 2013- Colour in the Nursery

22nd Oct 2013

colourwheel-trans.gifWe had a blast meeting with some mums and grandmas at Swiss Cottage Library on Monday, 21st; our talk was on ‘How to use colour in your nursery or child’s room.’ Here are some highlights.

A lot of research has gone into the psychology of colour, and that knowledge is being used by corporations large and small worldwide. Ever wondered why fast food restaurants use similar colours of reds, oranges and yellows? Those colours whet your appetite, a requirement for going through the next drive through!

In decorating your home or nursery, decide on the effect you want to recreate. For example if you entertain a lot, warm colours like reds and oranges will enhance conversation  Where your child’s room is concerned it will encourage imagination, and stimulate their minds but its best used in measured quantities as it can overstimulate them resulting in hyperactivity. Our view on red is that it won’t exactly calm down a child with a tantrum, so don’t cover all your walls in it. Do you have a particular item that you’d like to draw attention to? Use a complementary colour to do so, in this case green.


Orange comes after red on the colour spectrum. Now orange is calmer, softer and has a comforting effect on your little one. It is a welcoming, friendly colour and babies and children react well to it. Orange encourages conversations and is a ‘friendly’ colour. This makes it great for playrooms. For an ultra-modern look use a large dose of orange on a feature wall. Orange works well with aqua for a unisex nursery.

Green, the colour of nature is the easiest and possibly safest colour for your child’s bedroom or nursery. Being the colour of nature it is found in everywhere and gives the same effect that a walk in the park does. Green walls or furnishings relaxes you and creates a serene and peaceful space for your baby or toddler. Use lighter shades for rooms that don’t have a lot of natural light as too dark can leave a feeling of broodiness. Green works well with almost any colour, pay attention to the shade of green though as some work better than others.

Too much blue especially darker shades can give a feeling of broodiness as well, but baby blues teamed with white creates serenity, innocence and purity. Blue is a cool colour, think of evenings as the sun goes down and works well with green and even pink. Blue is great for home offices and studies as it aids concentration.

White has that clean, modern effect and will soften almost any look. White can also be used alone for an all-white nursery, giving you that clean, fresh modern look. Add different textures to give your nursery depth and interest, especially if it is a large room to prevent it looking stark. For a traditional baby room, use off-white instead. We like Farrow and Ball’s Wevet


Purple has always been the colour of royalty, and the full effect can be achieved with plush fabrics and soft rugs.  Purple works well with yellow or green for a dramatic effect. It is also an unnatural colour as it isn’t widely found in nature. Consequently will work well for playrooms encouraging imaginative play.

Brown, like green is found abundantly in nature and forms a good base for most room or nursery styles. Great as a neutral shade and can be successfully combined with warm or cool colours but again shouldn’t be used excessively as you can easily become bored of it.

Colour can be introduced not only via paints but also via bespoke baby furniturebedding and room accessories. The mood in a room can be enhanced by having a mural painted on one or all walls, which will encourage your child’s imagination.

Questions about colour or room design? Email our design team at .uk and we’ll be happy to help.