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How different colors influence your kids

This is a long one

Send: 2019-09-09

Dit you know some colors help with sleeping, or eating, while other colors boost creativity?

For thousands of years, color has been thought to have influence over our emotions. It is believed that color therapy uses the visible spectrum of light and color to change a person’s mood and their physical and mental health.

Research shows that certain colors can increase blood pressure, metabolism, and adrenaline. Other studies have found that certain colors can improve sleep habits, boost memory, and enhance academic performance.

So how can we as parents use colors to guide our children’s mood? Does the color we paint their rooms in really affect how happy they feel or how well they sleep?

Red ❤️
  • Excites and energizes the body, increases heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration
  • Creates alertness and excitement
  • Encourages creativity
  • Increases appetite
  • Can increase athletic ability, causing people to react with greater speed and force
  • Associated with increased aggression, an inability to focus, and headache
  • May be disturbing to anxious individuals

Pink 🌸
  • Evokes empathy and femininity
  • Creates a calming atmosphere
  • Can become irritating over time, leading to anxiety

Yellow 😁
  • Associated with positive feelings of happiness and motivation
  • Encourages creativity
  • Soft, subtle yellows promote concentration
  • Bright shades stimulate the memory and increase metabolism
  • Too much can lead to anger and frustration

Orange 🍊
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Increases alertness
  • Inspires interpersonal communication
  • Puts people at ease
  • Too much can be over-stimulating

Blue 🦋
  • Calms the mind and body, lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration
  • Minimizes feelings of anxiety and aggression
  • Creates a sense of well-being
  • Decreases appetite
  • Can even cool the body

Purple 💜
  • Creates calmness
  • Encourages creativity
  • Light purple engenders peacefulness and relieves tension

Green 🌲
  • Symbolizes nature and promotes a serene and calming environment
  • Associated with health, healing, and well-being
  • Soothes the body and mind
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Promotes concentration

Ways to use color in our children’s lives

Now that we know how specific colors affect our mood, what steps can we take to use color to help our children?

To help them relax

Use calming colors like blue and green in quiet areas to relax children. On hot days, dress them in blue to cool down body temperature and mood. Yes that is right, blue actually cools down the body.

To help them sleep

If you want your children to sleep well, try using cool colors like blue, green, or purple. Their calming effect can make your child’s room feel spacious and relaxing, like the blue sky or the ocean.

Avoid painting your child’s room dark, cool colors because they can inspire gloomy, stormy day feelings.

To help them eat

Use bright red, yellow, or orange dishes and placemats in the kitchen as these colors are associated with food and stimulate appetite.

To help them play

Bright, warm colors are known to enhance growth and development as well as creativity.

To help them study

Surround your child with yellow during homework time to enhance attention and focus. Maybe a yellow t-shirt becomes the go-to productivity costume. A yellow tablecloth or placemat at the homework station may help, and keep a yellow folder, pencils, and pencil case handy.

How do they use colors themselves?

In addition to these specific actions, spend time talking to your children about how different colors make them feel. Ask them if they agree with the research. As they get older, work with them to choose a new paint color for their bedroom. Pay attention to their artwork and the colors they use, then talk to them about why they chose specific colors and if it made them feel a certain way.

Have fun playing with color and exploring what works best for your family.

Talking about all these colors, have you seen the new AW19 drop from Alba?

Alba AW19 collection
Alba AW19 collection

We can help you find expresive clothes for your kids, you may order your Småkassen here and tell us all about your child using our style quiz.

Happy unpacking!

-Mona & Mark


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