The article “Young Children’s Color Preferences in the Interior Environment” includes the information about the results of the different studies focused on children’s perception of the basic colors. The author also included the information about the experiment that was held in a small town in Pacific Northwest. The aim of the reading is to help the designers to define the most preferred colors for children in order to prepare the children’s environment.
Basing on the previous studies of different researches the author informs us that color is an important aspect for child’s perception, moreover the preferred colors change with age, so it would be a mistake for designers to choose colors basing on their, or other adults’ taste. According to the previous studies we know that young children under the age of 7 prefer red color over blue, moreover red is the number one choice for all children.
In order to provide more ensuring results, the author provides us with the information about the research, the purpose of which was to define color preferences of 3-5 years old children. 45 kids took part in the study, the interviewer talked to each of them for 5-10 minutes showing 7 pictures with a photo of their classroom in different colors: red, purple, blue, green, gray, yellow and orange, their task was to point on the most preferable image among the selection. According to the received results purple turned out to be the most preferred color, then it was red and blue, gray was detected as the least preferred choice, orange and yellow also got less results.
The author points out that though the results are accurate, they may be different if the selection included the real colored environment, and not just pictures or toys. Yet, the reading and the described experiment proves the importance of the design for children’s centers and other space and it’s relation to the child’s perception.
Read, Marilyn A., Upington, Deborah “Young Children’s Color Preferences in the Interior
Environment.” Early Childhood Educ J (2009) 36:491–496 Web.