Choosing the color for the walls of a daycare requires careful thought as well as consideration for how each room will be used. The choice starts with the realization that color affects children and adults differently. However, there are basic human responses to every color of the rainbow. Some colors breathe energy into a room, stimulating everyone who enters. Others evoke a more calm response, encouraging children to sit back, relax, and relish the soothing environment.
Decide on the mood of each room. Color choices for play areas should be different from nap time areas. You want to choose colors that stimulate the children during playtime and soothe them into a restful daily nap.
Consider how the room will be decorated with the children's artwork and treasures. Painting the walls a vibrant green might be pleasing to the eye when the walls are empty. However, adding artwork creates a very busy effect to this dark color. Take into account what furniture will be added, and any plans for adding wall murals to the room.
Choose yellow to create an environment that exudes sunshine and warmth. Yellow encourages memory and activity as well as creativity. Paint the walls with a lighter hue of buttercup yellow to provide the perfect backdrop for fun and energy in the daycare.
Avoid too many vibrant colors. Reds, purples and oranges stimulate the senses, creating a sense of frenetic energy. It's best to leave these colors for the kid's artwork. Primary colors are fine as accents, but not for entire walls.
Select blues to create a crisp and cool environment that can be readily used as a backdrop for a mural of the sky or ocean. Choose lighter shades of blue to generate calm feeling in the room. Blue is a good choice for the nap time room, as well as nurseries for younger children.
Create a soothing environment with one of the many natural shades of green. Children associate green with grass and trees, so this color provides the perfect backdrop for their daily activities. Green hues tend to decrease anxiety and encourage relaxation since this color most perfectly mimics nature. Stay away from the duller colored or very dark green colors to keep the room relaxing and comfortable.
Use white colors sparingly. White might seem ideal for the backdrop of hundreds of hand drawn pictures and paintings. However, white is much harder to clean than other colors and shows every dent in the wall. White gives the feeling of cleanliness and sterility that might not be so comforting to children.
Blend the ceiling and woodwork into your color scheme. Choose a shade just slightly lighter than your wall color for blending the room. Woodwork can be either neutral white or off white, or choose a darker shade than your walls.