9 Calming Colors to Have Around the House
Colors can often determine our emotional states in certain environments or at certain times. We often talk about enjoying the ambiance of a room or any sort of atmosphere, and there are many works of art that we don’t find aesthetically pleasing simply because we don’t like the way color schemes make us feel.
Well, the same can be said for babies and toddlers. Kids may not necessarily be thinking about the idea of aesthetic pleasures, but the moods of children and babies can still be affected by the way an atmosphere feels based on the way it looks. It happens for adults, so there really isn’t much reason to think it doesn’t happen for children.
We often worry about the emotional comfort of our children, but giving a child comfort goes beyond just being there for her; mainly because you can’t always be there for your child at every moment. This means you have to think about the environment that your child inhabits. Creating a pleasant and comforting environment for your child means creating an atmosphere that makes her feel calm.
While we certainly think about what exactly is in an environment that makes a person feel calm, we also think about how that environment looks. When you think about creating a visually calming atmosphere for your child just simply based on the way it looks, you’re going to have to think about the colors you choose.
Let’s look at some colors you might want to take in account to give your kid a relaxing environment, and ways in which you can use these colors around your home to create good vibes in a variety of ways.
When people think of being surrounded by nature (although there are lots of different ways to surround oneself with nature in a variety of environments), we typically think of lush greenery. Many people feel at peace when being in nature, so associating the color green with tranquility makes perfect sense.
A great way to keep the color green spread throughout your home is simply to fill your house with plants. Not only do you and your kid get the comfort of green, but your home will also be full of life. And let’s not forget that taking care of plants is a responsibility, so having plants in the house is a great way to teach your kid early on the value of being responsible.
Blue is another color that evokes certain aspects of nature such as beautiful clear skies and softly moving ocean waves. If you want to have blue throughout your house, you should definitely consider lighter shades of blue—shades that closest resemble colors of the sky or a crystal clear ocean.
If you want to keep the ocean in mind, blue curtains are always great to have around. You can open up the window a bit—letting the curtains sway back and forth in a lightly undulating motion—almost mimicking the very movement of the sea.
Light blue blankets are also a good way to go simply because of the soft texture and the capability to envelop oneself in a blanket (not smother or suffocate—just surround).
Try not to go with any blues that are too dark, just in case your child finds darker colors to feel a bit ominous or brooding.
If you can’t decide between blue or green you can always go in between with turquoise.
White is a simple color, and it’s hard to really develop any negative associations with it. It’s possible that sometimes white may feel overly sterile or cold, but if you have white walls or various white objects around the home that aren’t an overwhelming shade of white, you should be fine.
One way to surround your kid with white is to maybe give your kid a white bathrobe. It’s something you wrap around yourself, and bathrobes are comfortable and soft. Of course, white blankets are great too. If your baby is surrounded by white blankets in her crib (or light blue as previously mentioned), your little one will feel calm simply because white is a neutral color.
Yellow often makes us think of sunshine—and many find sunshine to be peaceful—so just remember that if you choose to use yellow throughout your home that you don’t use a shade that’s overly bright. It can just be sort of tough on the eyes, and bright yellow is more of a stimulating color.
A fun way to expose your child to yellow is through a sort of arts and crafts project (really this only works if you have a toddler). You and your kid can find soothingly yellow construction paper, and cut out little suns to put throughout the house as decorations. It’s a fun activity and a nice way to spend time with your kid.
If it’s a baby, you can simply cut out the paper yourself, and maybe make a mobile of sorts to hang over your baby’s crib. Mobiles don’t have to be used only with babies (toddlers like mobiles too—really everyone likes them), but a mobile is definitely an easy way to give your baby a dose of yellow if you want to do more than just wrap her in a yellow blanket.
If you don’t really feel like painting your whole home with purple, having a flower garden is a great way to give your kid some exposure to purple. You might want to consider violets (that one’s pretty obvious), lavenders, clematises, or verbenas—there’s just so many to choose from. Having a flower garden filled with purple will make for a beautiful sight, and it’s always nice to just relax outside with your kid.
Most of us don’t think of grey as the most exciting color, but the idea here isn’t to get excited—it’s to keep calm. If you’re going for grey you might just want to focus on the color of your walls.
Gentle and light shades of pink are actually considered to be productive for good Feng Shui—so it’s definitely something to consider if you’re looking for soothing colors for your kid’s room. If you really like the flower garden idea, there’s also tons of flower choices you can turn to.
Brown is a good color to consider seeing as how it’s an earth tone. Like most of the colors you want to expose your little one to, you probably want to stay on the lighter side.
Again, being in a garden of sorts is a great option—so keeping your kid around soil isn’t really that bad of an idea (it might be messy at times, but mess and kids go hand in hand).
Wooden furniture around the house is a solid way to go, as is light brown or beige carpets. If you feel safe with hardwood floors that’s ok too. Though, putting in hardwoods is a huge commitment so you might want to just stick with furniture, walls, or playing in the dirt.
So, whether you want to paint your walls, decorate your home, do a fun art project, or just let a garden bloom in your backyard—all options are an excellent way to expose your child to colors that are guaranteed to keep her calm.