Converting that spare bedroom into a nursery, but not sure taupe walls jive with your baby room style? Before you paint, consider the psychology of color.
According to color experts at the Paint Quality Institute, the color of the walls in a room can affect your mood and the mood of anyone who enters the space. In fact, they say color psychology is so real, it can actually alter your physiology.
Blue has been shown to lower body temperatures and slow pulses, making it a popular choice for bedrooms.
Green also creates a calming effect, but also represents “renewal, youth and vigor.” Since green is often associated with growing things, it is a great option for a dining room. It also tops the list for bedroom color selections.
Red incites excitement and raises the heart rate and blood pressure. Apossibility for adult bedrooms, but not for children's nurseries, say the experts. (However, pink—which is just a lighter shade of red—is actually quite tranquil and works perfectly for a nursery.)
Yellow is often used in many rooms in the house, including the kitchen and bathroom. Paint Quality Institute experts say, “Studies have shown that the brain actually releases more seratonin when the eye takes in yellow—creating positive psychological vibes.” Yellow is a warm, happy, neutral color that has graced the walls of many a baby room.
Orange, like yellow, is an energetic and cheerful color, but the experts caution, ““Orange is clearly not the color of calm, so it’s best to bypass it when painting a bedroom or any other area where you want to relax.” (Or want a very tiny and potentially loud person to relax.)
Purple is popular with teenage girls and can stimulate brain activity. In lighter shades it can create a lovely abode for your babe.
Whatever color you decide to go with, remember—you'll be spending almost as much time there as your baby will, so make sure it's a shade you're pleased with. And if you choose wrong, you can always break out the painters tape and drop cloths one more time.