Colour and meaning - YELLOW

Colour and meaning - YELLOW

Since I’ve started geeking out on colours and their meaning and effects on behaviour, I've become more and more interested in how they can be applied to children's behaviour. There are so many examples and experiments out there over the years, links between colour and behaviour are becoming more recognised and theory has been applied in interior design for professional and medical environments for many years, but it is only now that it is being applied to home interiors products for kids.

Individual colours do have different effects on behaviour, due to both psychological and physiological factors - how the brain and eyes process the "colours" they see. Find out more in the colour science section on, but in the meantime, here are some interesting factoids about colour that I've learnt about that I thought you might find as interesting as I did!


Yellow is actually my favourite colour. I managed to persuade my parents to paint their living room a very bright yellow back in the late 90s, it replaced a very dark brown and white palette and it felt as though someone had opened the curtains for the first time in 20 years once it went on the walls. I loved it, but on reflection, it was a bit much. And apparently studies have show that people are more likely to lose their tempers in a yellow room and babies seem to cry more in yellow rooms, in an experiment carried out, creating feelings of frustration. That could explain the cause of some of the disagreements I had with my mother at the time, but that's a whole other blog post...

Anyway, yellow is a fantastic colour for spaces like kitchens and spaces that you want to feel energised, a big bunch of daffodils is my favourite thing in March, but it would be best to keep it out of the bedroom to reduce the risk of over-stimulation.

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