We’ve tacked the topic of the psychology color for doors and bedrooms before. Now if you’ve got a new addition to the family, color takes on a whole new relevancy. Yes, clothes and swaddling blankets, of course, but the color of the walls of a baby’s room can affect their—and therefore your—mood, and how your day (or night) will go. Consider the connotations of these colors and get ready to reap the rewards of color theory for the littlest one’s room.

1. Green

Refreshing and nurturing, green is a natural color that promotes calm, concentration and learning. It’s one of the best colors for decorating because it’s abundant in nature.

Green Baby Room


2. Blue

Healing and subtle, blue is calming, but be careful. If you tip toward gray on the color continuum it may connote sadness. Use warm or bright blues for a more cheerful affect, and navy or darker shades only for accents, but don’t overdo it.

Blue Baby Room


3. Purple

Dignified, luxurious and even a bit mysterious, purple has historically been associated with royalty (think  a deep amethyst-like purple). Pastels like lavenders and lilacs are serene and calming.

Purple Baby Room


4. White

White is a clean color that is associated with purity and innocence. For interest and stimulation, use pops of color, but beware that white shows dirt and stains readily.

White Baby Room


5. Gray

Introspective and intuitive, gray inspires contemplation, but be careful as it can feel sad if it’s not a warm tone. Mix it with brighter colors as accents.

Gray Baby Room


6. Brown

Earthy and grounded, a dark chocolate brown or a light beige or tan is a great choice for a nursery. A strong pop of earthy color like red, blue or turquoise will brighten and enliven a room.


Tan Baby Room


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