How Does Color Inspire Play Area Design?

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Autumn is upon us. A time when nature puts on a magnificent show of color as hunter green leaves transform into fiery red, brilliant yellow and warm orange. This season of vibrant hues has us reflecting upon what inspires the bright color choices we love to incorporate into the children’s play environments we create here at Center Stage Productions.

High-energy colors and our children’s playspaces go hand in hand. The colors we select have been thoughtfully chosen with pint-sized preferences in mind. We first consider which colors appeal to children and why. Children prefer brighter colors at an early age because their eyes are not yet fully developed. They actually perceive bold colors better than muted shades. Bright colors provide more contrast and stand out visually, and therefore are more interesting and stimulating.

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Colors have been known to dramatically shape moods, feelings and emotions. Warmer colors like red, orange and yellow can stimulate the mind and have an energizing affect  – great for growth, development and creativity, while cooler colors like blue, green and purple create a sense of well-being and calmness.

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Simply put, color infuses space with excitement. Check out the high energy here:

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Kids love crazy and bold but adults want safe and elegant. Meet in the middle with something like this. It’s playful but has elegant touches like this rich wood enclosure that provide cohesion with the rest of the environment.

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We get it. Young children enjoy a variety of vibrant colors, and we love them too. That’s part of what makes creating children’s play areas so much fun for us. In business for 30 years, we’ve developed a good habit of incorporating a rich variety of bright colors in our play environments to keep children entertained and engaged!

What colors would you incorporate into a children’s playspace?

 

Sources:

https://www.kaplanco.com/ii/using-color-to-enhance-learning

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4474725.stm

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2012/01/how-you-plate-food-kids-matters

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5476948_do-bright-colors-appeal-kids.html

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