Why do people choose pastels for nurseries? Life begins at its most intense. Every moment of a baby’s life is fear and hunger and screaming, except when they sleep, and I understand that isn’t often. Nurseries should be painted in day-glo neon colors.
Eventually life becomes a little less stressful: once you can walk and talk the intensity scales back to the three primary colors, then the teenage years add in orange and purple and the blends, then adult life mixes all that with shades of grey and nuance. (With a big surprise splat of red for menopause.)
Hopefully in old age you can deal with all but the most extreme stresses, and all the colors fade until you are in a residence decorated in shades of white and pale grey.
Sadly, some people I know operate in baby day-glo intensity all the time. No therapy helps. Medication can only take it to toddler levels.
I think this must be why I look forward to old age. I recognize there will be boredom in the nursing home, but I prefer that to drama.