Colours stimulate babies' minds, but when they're new in the world, they need some peace and quiet. Experts agree that one should give babies a calming environment filled with soothing pastels or even white, and avoid busy patterns. Using a soft peach or pink on the ceiling of your children's rooms is a happy foot in to the world of colour: it will remind your li'l one of the security of the womb!
In fact, it's the very same wisdom that's behind the simple white cotton baby dresses our parents made us wear! Colour therapists and astrologer Bejan Daruwala alike say that newborns should wear white, and you should introduce them to pastel-coloured clothes only when they're eight-ten weeks old.
In the famous book Colours of the Soul, June McLeod says that colours are a great way to stimulate the senses and intellectual development in toddlers. But loud, stimulating environments are great only in short bursts, like at a playgroup. If you notice carefully, you'll realise that bright colours and busy walls can make young kids hyperactive and restless.
Keep your toddlers' rooms a calming pastel backdrop-green provides balance and harmony-with toys and accessories adding the energising reds and yellows, soothing blues, and other colours. Simply store them away at bedtime!
My view on colour therapy is: well, why not? If you're already redecorating a room to make it a nursery, why not give it a shot? What do you think about it? If you'd like to share your ideas or want advice on how to decorate the nursery, comment below for other mothers to reply. Or write to us on email@example.com. And do send in pictures of your kids' rooms. We, and other parents here would love to ooh and aah on them!