Colours play an important role in our daily lives. For babies and young children, recognising and understanding colours is an essential building block that they’ll use for learning in all areas of their life. Throughout their developmental years, there are certain colours which are beneficial to their behavioural and cognitive growth, which also helps to stimulate their creativity along the way.
So when it comes to designing kids’ spaces, colour is one of the most important elements to consider as it can affect their mood and stimulate their minds. Check out these popular colour choices and how they benefit a child’s developmental journey!
- Blue: Blue is a calming shade that works to create a peaceful environment for a child, as it decreases a sense of stress and anxiety
- Yellow: The colour is associated with feelings of happiness and helps to promote a sense of motivation amongst children.
- Green: Green is a neutral shade that has a soothing impact on a child. This hue also promotes a child’s reading speed and comprehension – which is why green is a colour often used for spaces such as study rooms.
- Orange: Orange is a bright and cheerful tone that is known to enhance communication and socialisation skills. It is found that children who spend a lot of playtime in rooms with an orange colour scheme tend to be more extroverted, cooperative, and confident.
The Connection between Paint & Your Child’s Wellbeing
A study that Nippon Paint conducted found that children spend an average of 8 to 20 hour indoors daily and air pollution is also an indoor problem. It is harmful especially to the young ones who are just growing up. But how so?
Wall space is one of the largest surface in a home. As naturally curious beings, children tend to touch surfaces around them. 80% parents agree that their children touch the walls during play and 76% reported that their child uses the wall as a support to learn how to walk. However, 86% confessed that they do not clean the wall as often as they clean the floor, which leaves walls the perfect surface for the spreading and growth of viruses and bacteria.
ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?
86% of parents confessed that they do not clean the wall as often as they clean the floor.
According to the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI), one out of three Malaysians is currently suffering from some form of allergy. Air pollutants are also higher indoors than outdoors, resulting in more than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under five. The causes include:
- poorly ventilated rooms
- tobacco smoke
- biological pollutants such as fungi, mold, volatile organic compound (VOCs), such as formaldehyde, and other gases
Paint with functional properties such as anti-viral and anti-bacterial (silver ion technology), anti-formaldehyde (active carbon technology), anti-allergen, and has superior washability (anti-stain technology) helps to maintain optimum indoor air quality and potentially decrease the likelihood of falling sick.
Picking The Right Paint
When it comes to buying paint, there are a few things to consider besides the colour. It is important as parents that you also look into the functional attributes of the paint. In general, you should purchase coatings that are:
- Low in VOCs
- Low odour during application and drying
- Anti-viral, anti-bacterial
- Easy to clean / superior washability
- Mercury and lead free
For example, Nippon Paint VirusGuard uses silver ion particles on its paint film to inhibit the growth of viruses and bacteria, whereas Nippon Paint Odour-less AirCare absorbs harmful formaldehyde, converts it into water vapour and refreshes the air- both of which are from the Nippon Paint Child Wellness Range which promotes clean air, safe touch and creativity.
“Our focus on the concept of wellness goes all the way back to 2006 when we launched the Nippon Paint Odour~less AirCare, the industry’s first odourless paint,” says Datin Wong Meng Lee, Assistant General Manager (Marketing), Nippon Paint Malaysia Group. “Today, Nippon Paint’s Child Wellness range includes protection against viruses and bacteria - common viruses and bacteria illness among children, which include HFMD, Influenza, and Staphylococcus Aureus infection which can be found on walls around us as well as the ability to abate formaldehyde which is one of the many forms of VOCs which can be found in indoor environments.”
The Child Wellness Range is a range of functional coatings that enable clean air, safe touch and promote creativity for a Safer and Better Learning Environment. Its paint solutions are water-based, lead and mercury free with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as well as Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) emissions, which is safe for the environment as well as indoor spaces. Decorate your kid’s room with Child Wellness Range today!
Nippon Paint Child Wellness Range is a range of functional coatings that enable clean air, safe touch and promote creativity for a Safer and Better Learning Environment. Its paint solutions are water-based, lead and mercury-free with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as well as Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) emissions, which is safe for the environment as well as indoor spaces. Decorate your kid's room with the Child Wellness Range today!
*Based on independent market research
All colours shown are close to the actual Nippon Paint colours as modern printing techniques permit. Visit your nearest Nippon Paint authorized dealer to get a colour card. For more information, log on to www.nipponpaint.com.my/childwellness.