Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Why do children need bright colors? Give them the same color scheme as the rest of the house, I say.
In the old days, when children were regarded as (defective, because immature) mini-adults, their furniture was the same as adult furniture, only scaled smaller. Then a bunch of prosperity and progress and whatnot happened, and people recognized that childhood is its own distinct phase of development, with its own special needs and so forth. Children are not small adults. And then children's stuff--furnishings, clothes, etc.--began to be dramatically different from adult stuff. Mainly I think that is why kid furniture is brightly colored -- to remind everyone that kids are not adults. Expectant parents celebrate this in way to brace themselves for the experience of raising kids. A little somber gentleman's room for your little five-year-old son would look cute in pictures, and maybe, if everyone is reasonable, it would not lead to unrealistic expectations regarding the behavior of your little man. Also if you are in the furniture or paint business, it is a good trick to sell something that will be obsolete and replaced in five-ten years.