Think about the way you feel when dressed in your favorite color. Colors have the power to elicit feelings of contentment. We tend to feel very happy when we surround ourselves with the colors we love.
Choosing garments with beautiful colors could make a positive difference in your child’s life.
The psychology of color can be powerful. We live in a colorful world. Color is all around us, even in our vocabulary. We may use color to express how we feel.
Experts believe that there is a connection between color and emotions. Often, our color preferences elicit happy emotions.
How does Color Affect Your Child’s Mood?
As parents, we notice that children can name a favorite color almost as soon as they learn to recognize them by name. Children experience emotions associated with colors. A study performed by the Journal of Genetic Psychology found that young children were able to verbalize and demonstrate a distinct color-emotion association.
Some of the findings in this study claim that children had a positive reaction to bright colors such as pink, blue, and red. Children demonstrated the happiness and excitement associated with these colors. Negative emotions were associated with dark colors such as brown, gray, and black.
I must say that my daughter was happy living in her cotton candy pink room. Yes, pink was the color she chose for her bedroom at the age of three. It was not quite what I had in mind. I had imagined a soothing wall color that depicted the serene greenish-blueish turquoise hue reminiscent of the Caribbean coastal waters. Ultimately, I did not have to spend most of my time in this room; my daughter did. She loved spending time in her room, playing, drawing, singing, and dancing during the day.
Nighttime, however, was a different story. My daughter did not sleep much. Naps were not something her body seemed to require. She would also sneak into my room in the middle of the night.
It seems as if the color pink was not inviting to rest or very conducive to sleep.
The color pink, however, may have contributed to a world of creativity. My daughter was always smiling and happy. She is a beautiful dancer, with the sweetest voice. At times, she may surprise us with a sweet melody on the piano. My daughter did not sleep very well in her bedroom. She has developed a multitude of talents. She created the most memorable childhood moments in her lovely pink room.
The Pantone Color Institute supports general findings in the color-emotion association. According to their research, people have the strongest reactions to the color red. Experts believe that red is the first color babies can see.
Can the emotion elicited by a particular color vary among individuals? It is important to note that vision may play a role as individuals may perceive color differently. Cultures around the world deeply associate colors with traditions, celebrations, and religious ceremonies. The most obvious example of the color association is the colors of the flags of each country of the world. The colors in a flag symbolize a special meaning to its people.
Colors are significant and relevant to our lives. Colors directly impact the way we see and experience our world. Color theory has classified colors on the color wheel as warm or cool colors. The warmth or coolness of colors is also known as its temperature. According to color psychology, color temperatures evoke different emotions. Warm colors are associated with the sun. These are said to elicit feelings of coziness, energy, and warmth. Cool colors are associated with water, which appears to evoke feelings of serenity.
These findings can be very beneficial. We can make informed decisions when choosing the color for a nursery, the colors that we use for our living environments, and the colors in the clothing our children wear. Observing children’s reactions to colors could also help us to create environments that are better suited to the individual child. We can choose colors that are more conducive to the child’s emotional well-being.
Alfa Baby considers these findings when choosing the colors used in our designs. We explore ways to make the lives of the children we come in contact with a little more pleasant. We focus our attention on providing excellence. We take the time to research what is best for our precious clients.
Children are our source of inspiration. We use beautiful and colorful fabrics in our designs. We hope the colors used in our garments elicit happy feelings in each child that wears them. Our designs are inspired by children; for parents to love.
Chris J. Boyatzis & Reenu Varghese (1994) Children's Emotional Association with Colors, The Journal of Genetic Psychology 155:1, 77-85
Laurie Pressman (2015) Color Intelligence-Red-Feel the Excitement, Pantone Color Institute