Painting Your Kids' Walls? You Might Want To Look Into These Colour Psychology Tips First

Painting Your Kids’ Walls? You Might Want To Look Into These Colour Psychology Tips First

Relaxing and study space

Did you know that colour has the ability to inspire, excite, soothe, or even agitate us? Psychologists believe that the environment we live in impacts our mood, outlook, behavior, and even our wellbeing. According to a study done by the University of California, children are extra sensitive and impressionable about their surroundings. From their study, they found that younger kids respond positively to lighter colors while dark shades tend to have a more negative association.


Most of the time, when you’re thinking about painting your kids’ room, fun, vibrant colors might come to mind. But colour psychologists recommend painting your child’s room with a calming palette to help prevent overstimulation and anxiety and assist in promoting calmness, relaxation, and learning. 


So before painting your kids’ walls, let’s take a look into the best paint colours according to colour psychology.




Teenager's bedroom with sheep stickers


Probably the most common and safest colour to paint your kids’ room are off-whites. Not stark white, but off-whites like cream, eggshell or ivory, as they will add some warmth in addition to opening up the room, space-wise, which could be beneficial for smaller rooms.


If you think it’s a little too boring, try adding accents of a very pale pink or green to create a calming combination while adding a bit of depth to the decor.



Soft Blues

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If your child is prone to tantrums, you might want to go for a soft, calming blue. According to colour psychologists, blue is shown to lower heart rate, blood pressure, and slow the breathing of agitated people.


Make sure to avoid darker hues too. Creating a room that is overwhelmed with blue can overshoot the calming effect and wind up having more of a depressing effect.


Colours play a big role in creativity. Including a good mixture of them in a room will spark their imagination.


Light Greens

Relaxing and study space


Light greens have been known to promote health as well as concentration for learning.  Scientists have also found that green may improve a child’s reading speed and comprehension. So if your child will be doing the majority of their homework in their room, green might be an excellent choice. 


Try using subtle greens like sage, moss or a faded mint shade. They also make a great gender-neutral colour option.



Soft Purples

Interior of toddler room.


Often considered the “runner-up” for girl’s rooms, purple, or their lighter options like lavender is a color which inspires thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and spirituality. Go for softer purples like lavender, lilac, violet and periwinkle to promote relaxation in the room. These powdery tones can create a more serene environment compared to a darker, more intense purple.




Kids may sometimes use walls to express their creativity, which makes them feel confident and willing to explore their talent. Instead of suppressing their creativity, try painting a corner with Nippon paint Satin Glo – a paint that can be used as a chalkboard paint with good scrub resistance.





Warm Beige & Greys

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Neutral, earthy tones have been a crowd favourite lately. With warm properties that will also add feelings of calm and contentment to your child’s room, these colours are also a great choice for siblings of different genders that share a bedroom.



Colours Matter, But So Does The Type of Paint You Use

Besides choosing the right colour, there are a few things that you should also consider when it comes to buying paint. In general, you should purchase coatings that are:

  • Low in VOC
  • Water-based
  • Low odour during application and drying
  • Easy to clean / superior washability
  • Mercury and lead free


Besides the features above, one of the most important features that you should look into these days is a paint that has an anti-virus and anti-bacterial effect.



Formulated with Silver Ion Technology, Nippon Paint’s newly improved Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial coatings can destroy microbes with high efficacy and is proven from lab-test reports by Antimikrop R&D and Biocidal Analysis Laboratory to be 99.9% effective against harmful viruses and bacteria on painted surfaces. 


The technology inhibits the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach – destroying the viruses and bacteria cell wall or membrane making them non-functional, reducing their reproduction capability, and inhibiting their survival which ultimately causes the death of the viruses and bacteria.


By coating your walls with Nippon Paint’s Anti-Viral & Anti-Bacterial Range, you’ll have increased wellness in your home and have less to worry about. For more information on Nippon Paint’s Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial Range, please visit Nippon Paint’s authorised dealers to confirm your colour choices, or browse


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