By Kajal Gaba
Photographs: Courtesy Kajal Gaba
Sift the positive from the negative with colour cues...your child’s best ally.
Research indicates that a growing child’s ever-changing preferences for colour can be attuned to a collective response rather than isolated colours or instances. It helps to remember that today’s child is individualistic, sensitive, and confident, with defined likes and dislikes. The correct use of colour can thus show very positive results in him.
Here’s how you can experiment with different colours and watch your child dissipate his mental stress; help him cope with anger or anxiety, boost concentration and confidence, influence a meditative calming effect and the like…
· Forest green or emerald are ideal for a reading area; even when sparingly incorporated, they encourage the child to spend more time in this area.
· Use shades of pink, light blue and mauve in the bedroom - it will induce peaceful sleep.
· Red and its varying hues should be used very sparingly and carefully in a bedroom.
· Keep bedroom walls as pastel as possible. Bright coloured accessories or toys can lend colour and chirpiness to the room.
· Shades of blue, violet, indigo and emerald enhance concentration. Let the pinup board or the wall where the study table is located be painted in a pleasant indigo; since it is a very spiritual colour, it will help the child to concentrate better.
· Too much yellow and orange can make a kid too emotional and cranky.
· If the child is a little aggressive by nature, the use of blue and a cool form of green will help around the study area.
· Black, brown, ochre (brownish yellow), and grey should be banned in kiddie areas – they can have a very negative effect on them.
· Choose some cool colours for the curtains for west-facing windows.
· If a child is very lazy, depressed and not very confident –red or orange, balanced well with a lighter colour as mentioned earlier, would be the ideal motivational colour.
Always remember, light plays a vital role in the effect of the colour not only in an interior but also in the reaction of the kid to the colour surrounding him.
Kajal Gaba is a Colour & Theme Consultant designing “Interactive Interiors” for children since the last 16 years. She is well admired for her focussed work for institutions and individuals alike.