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Color: The use of red in a daycare decor

Red, a color associated with passion, love, and Christmas can also represent power, excitement, and energy. At first glance, it may appear to be the perfect color for daycares, but this isn't really the case. We must be wary of the impact this color may have on a group of children, since it can also be linked to anger and aggressiveness. Among other things, studies have demonstrated that the presence of red can increase one's blood pressure.

 

In a daycare setting
Red must be used sparingly when decorating a daycare. I recommend using it only for accessories or furniture items. In general, it should be avoided on walls. Of course, if you have a very large daycare that receives plenty of natural sunlight, it is possible to paint one wall red. If you do choose to paint one of your walls red, be sure to "dress" this wall with plenty of posters, frames, etc. Otherwise, you may also paint a wall containing a window or door with red paint. Often, the sight of a completely red wall can swallow up everything else that is in the room and give the impression that it is the only color that is present. Visually, red is the color that takes up the most space.

 

What can red be paired with?
In order to harmoniously pair red with another color, it is best to use its complementary color: green. Unlike many other colors, it can be interesting to pair red with very bright greens: lime green, olive green, apple green, etc. I do not recommend mixing red with other warm colors (next to red on the chromatic circle) within a room. Doing so would surely create a suffocating environment or one that is overly-stimulating on a visual level. In fact, the space may be "tiring" for the eyes. In addition, red can be used along with light or pale yellow.

 

What must be avoided
In general, light blues and pastel colors such as light purple or lilac, light greens, light orange (peach), etc. do not go well with red.


Annick Dufresne
Interior designer (Créations Addap)


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