The Meaning Of Colors In Children’s Drawings

Most children love to draw. Drawing is a resource through which they express their emotions and give free rein to their imagination, but it is also a way to reflect their concerns and concerns. From the precision of the strokes and the position of the figures to the order in which they draw says a lot about how children perceive their environment. However, there is a detail that can reveal a lot about the mood of children in drawings and that we often overlook: the choice of colors.

What Do The Colors In The Drawings Say About The Children’s Moods?


This color expresses joy, happiness and enthusiasm. Children often use it when they are happy and have a lot of contained energy, which is why in this setting it is often considered a “positive” color. It can also be synonymous with creativity and good adaptation, an excellent indicator in children who have just faced a major change in their lives. However, the repetitive or excessive use of yellow can indicate the existence of conflicts and tensions in the child’s environment, usually in the family or with the parents in particular.

▪ Blue

Blue is the color of calm and serenity. In general, it is associated with sensitivity, the capacity for reflection and emotional balance. Its predominance in children’s drawing can be understood as a synonym of maturity, emotional intelligence and capacity for self-control. When used in a soft or light tone to draw, for example, the sky or the sea, it conveys great sensitivity and means that children have adequate emotional development. However, in some cases, excessive use of blue could be a sign of enuresis, the way in which little ones reflect their problems with incontinence.


Green is the color of nature. We usually associate it with calm, hope, and sensitivity. However, its meaning may vary depending on the tonality. Choosing a light green is synonymous with calm, rest and tranquility, whereas the strongest tones reveal great hope for the future and a firm decision-making capacity. However, this apparent tranquility can turn into rebellion and be a sign of dissatisfaction and little tolerance for frustration when green is used to color elements where they do not correspond to this color in reality, such as when the green sky is drawn.

▪ Red

Many children like the color red. Its meaning is usually associated with energy, vitality and excitement, which is why children often use it when they are cheerful and happy. Its balanced presence with other colors is a sign of emotional balance and great self-control. However, when children use red too much it usually indicates ambition, irrationality and a lack of self-control. In some cases, it can also be a sign of premature sexuality. And, in very intense tones, accompanied by too strong lines and little definition of the drawing, it can indicate aggressiveness, hostility and even violence.

▪ Pink

We often associate the color pink with the feminine world, but pink is not exclusive to girls, little ones use it too. Its use in drawing is often associated with great sensitivity and deep emotionality, as well as a dreamy mind. Its use is common among children who love fantasy stories and fairy tales. It is also often related to creativity and can sometimes indicate the need to escape from reality. The predominance of pink in the drawing could indicate a disconnection with reality, especially when it comes to children older than 7 or 8 years.

▪ Black

Traditionally, the color black is associated with sadness, grief and death, which is why it is often used by children who have recently lost a loved one. It can also be a sign of melancholy, sadness, and depression. However, its use is also related to power and elegance, so it can sometimes reveal a perfectionist character in children who care a lot about their appearance. A predominance of this color can indicate a rebellious, sad and emotional personality. However, when combined with red, it refers to hyperactive children, with very little patience and impulsive and aggressive tendencies.