The Best Colors to Paint an Infant Day Care Center

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The Best Colors to Paint an Infant Day Care Center
Toddlers and younger children may like bright, bold colours, but pastels are better for infants. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

There is a lot of consideration that goes into painting an infant day care centre. Certain colours are known to stimulate learning, calm and relax children, or promote energy and creativity. Classically, pink pastels are appropriate for infant girls, and blue pastels are assigned to infant boys. The best colours to paint an infant day care centre depends on the goals and mood you would like to invoke in the rooms.

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According to feng shui, the colour white is associated with creativity, making it a good option for the nursery. However, depending on the shade of white it may seem too sterilised or even boring. Avoid black and white colour schemes because they provide too much contrast.

Muted Colors / Pastels

If the day care centre has an area for resting or nap time, any muted colour, being any colour toned down by the addition of white to the palette, will promote health and rest. Select colour palettes that are close to one another and harmonious, such as pale green and sea foam blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.


There are many feng shui colours for encouraging and promoting lifelong learning in children. Blues and greens are especially known to contribute to positive learning, knowledge and wisdom. Blue is thought to contribute to self-exploration and green to new beginnings and learning. Green is also associated with nature, which creates a calming creative environment. Yellow is also a good paint colour to use in day care facilities because it is known to stimulate the intellect.


Avoid too many very vibrant colours. Reds, purples and oranges stimulate nerves and the senses, creating a sense of frenetic energy. These colours are good for accent pieces around the room but are overwhelming for children when painted over an entire wall. These bold colours will overwhelm infants. The bright colours will not allow infants to be calm, making them harder to take care of at a day centre.

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