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  • Colors for the Baby Nursery: One Is Said to Help Improve Reading Ability!

    Blue or red? Yellow or green? The color you choose can have an impact on his growing years.
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Colors for the Baby Nursery: One Is Said to Help Improve Reading Ability!
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  • Before welcoming your baby, one of the exciting tasks on your to-do list involves transforming an empty room into a bright and cozy nursery. Aside from investing in a safe and sturdy crib, you also need to make sure you have enough room for storage, a breastfeeding corner, and a diaper changing station. Once you’re ready to work on the room, we’re sure one of the things you can’t seem to decide on is the color scheme. Do you go the classic route by choosing between blue and pink or are you going to play it safe by sticking to neutral colors?

    In a previously published article on SmartParenting.com.ph, experts say how you decorate your baby’s nursery can help stimulate his vision. Black and white stripes as well as light and dark contrasting colors not only develop his vision, but can help improve the overall ambiance of the room, too. Aside from these options, you can also get insights based on color psychology to create a room that can “stimulate the brain and body.”

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    What colors can be used in baby’s nursery

    According to Houzz.com, “color has the ability to inspire, excite, soothe, heal and even agitate. This is particularly true for children, who can be extra sensitive to color’s impact.” While color can affect each child differently, you can look into the possibility of painting it red as it’s known to excite the mind; yellow, to aid concentration; green for its soothing impact; or orange to inspire confidence. Here are more color options you can take note of:

    Blue

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    Cool and calming blue can help create a serene environment where your child can feel relaxed. If your baby has problems getting sleep and often has tantrums, he might appreciate staying in a blue-themed nursery. Houzz.com explains that it “decreases feelings of anxiety and aggression and lowers blood pressure and heart rates.”

    Pink

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    A classic favorite, pink can help you achieve a sweet, whimsical vibe in a room. It’s a color that many outgrow over time so consider incorporating it through décor, pillows, and accessories.

    Orange

    According to The Spruce, “orange has a distinctly social nature, inspiring interpersonal communication and putting people at ease.” Since it can be a little too vibrant for the walls, you can incorporate it through an accent wall or by adding orange-colored furnishings.

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    Green

    A calming color that can instantly make your child feel like he’s outdoors, green is often associated with health and well-being. If your little one is starting to grab books and flipping through pages, a green room can help improve his reading skills.

    An article on The Spruce explains that “exposure to the color green may even increase reading ability. One study found that by laying a transparent green sheet on top of the text, students could improve their reading speed and comprehension.”

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    Red

    While red can be an energizing color, choosing to paint your little one’s room in the said color may have other effects. An article on Houzz.com shares that “some research suggests that too much exposure to red encourages aggressive behavior and an inability to focus.” If red is a color you’d love to work with, skip painting the walls and pick accessories in the fiery hue instead.

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    What an interior designer says

    Mom of one and interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila says that before choosing a color for the nursery, keep in mind that the room will grow with your child. “Choose a color that will help keep him calm and happy. Don’t go too loud on the general colors and save those as accents,” she explains.

    To give you another set of color options for the nursery, Vera gives these recommendations:

    Neutrals and pastels

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    Neutrals and pastels are easy on the eyes and can be updated with only a few décor pieces. “I wouldn’t go too wild on the color because most of the children’s toys and other items are already in bold, solid colors. You need to tame it with soft colors to tie the look together. Neutrals are not gender specific and will more often than not, go with your existing furniture and soft furnishings,” the designer shares.

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    Beige

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    Pick this timeless color to create an inviting space that’s comforting and warm.

    Gray

    “This cool neutral shade makes an interior appear brighter and more spacious. Depending on the shade you choose, it can make a room feel more relaxed,” Vera says.

    Pastel Yellow

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    Work with this color if you want to create a happy and cheerful vibe.

    Pale Aqua

    “It has the characteristics of blue and green. Pale aqua gives a sense of serenity, calmness, and clarity,” explains the designer.

    Remember that these are only color suggestions. An article on The Spruce says that, "if your little one loves the color red, don't worry about the negatives. The brain is designed to identify what it needs and likes and will reward us for the following direction. In other words, if your baby is happy, their brain is happy too.”

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