The influence that colour has on our lives is huge, everything from how we perceive spaces to how we can feel in a room is impacted by the colours that surround us.
Focusing on children's bedrooms which double up as study rooms we were recently asked to recommend colours which would suit. This in itself is a clash of interests, as ideally bedrooms for children should be for rest and play, to allow them to switch off once they are finished their studying.
Also children's age is seen to affect their interaction with colour - For young children up to primary school pastels and light tints of colours are best in bedrooms and strong primary colours for play areas. During adolescence, their tastes have a tendency to change and develop away from the strong primary colours through to bright medium tones maturing to slightly more mixed colours such as turquoises, burgundy and greys.
For a mixed use bedroom / study room an earthy green is ideal, as it calms and balances the mind to help with concentration and relieve stress. Mix this with a complimentary pink to bring out a child's creative side.
Pink has some of the energetic principles of red but shouldn't cause sleep problems or aggression which can so often be associated with more vibrant red tones.
Violet is connected with dignity and respect and is also used to inspire creativity. A violet with blue tones is excellent for encouraging restful sleep. For study purposes this can help children focus as the blue tones are associated with calmness, serenity, communication and imagination. Mix in soft yellows for cheerful energetic positive feelings, but do be careful with yellow as stronger shades can inhibit sleep.
Colours to steer clear of in a bed / study room are reds and oranges as they are to distracting and energetic. Orange tones are excellent for energetic and creative activities, fantastic for the development of your little social butterfly but a no for any bedroom.