The role of colours in the nursery in early childhood development

We’ve all read articles about the benefits that certain colours have for concentration and stimulation, but did you know that it is important to adapt the colours of your baby’s environment as they grow older and as their senses develop?

New parents take special care with getting the nursery just right before baby arrives, but often don’t realise the importance of constantly updating this environment as time goes on. Here are a few colour tips for the nursery that will check all the boxes.

Babies from 0 to 3 months

When babies are just born, they can only see in shades of black, white and grey. This continues for a few months, and makes high contrast in the nursery invaluable. Sticking to a monochrome colour scheme that is full of contrasting patterns and shapes will provide baby with lots of visual stimulation, which will aid nervous system development and memory, as well as improving attention span and stimulating a sense of curiosity.

From 3 to 6 months

Experts agree that babies start seeing colour from the age of three months, so this is a good time to add some colour to your baby’s environment. At this age, babies have a preference for bright primary colours that stimulate the brain, which are easily added to a black and white monochrome colour scheme. Pops of colour can easily be added with cushions, throws, lamps, rugs and other pieces of décor.

From 6 to 12 months

As a baby’s colour vision is well developed at this age, now might be the time to move away from monochrome and consider a different colour scheme. When considering colours, keep in mind that colours should stimulate a child’s brain, but should also be balanced to allow for relaxation and restful sleep. In this regard, consider muted tones rather than bright colours on the walls, and create bright focal points with décor and accent pieces.

From 1 to 2 years

At the age of about 18 months, babies start to differentiate between colours. Introduce even more colours to baby’s room to stimulate cognitive development, and start engaging in colour recognition games.

From 3 to 4 years

At this stage, your child will start to recognise, identify and name some basic colours. Adhering to a colour scheme that allows for the clever placement of furniture, bean bags, lamps, rugs and cushions doesn’t just make the nursery look aesthetically pleasing, but also lets your child match colours and develop their oral language skills by, for instance, playing colour eye-spy and other colour-related learning games.

As they grow older, children will start to express their own preferences in terms of the colour scheme of their room. Allow them to choose colours that they find stimulating, and their room will always be a place where they’re cognitive development is constantly being boosted, and a haven that they can retreat to when they want to relax.



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