When it comes to thinking about interior design, which room in your house do you think of first? The kitchen? The living room? Or even the dining room perhaps? Maybe you think of your own boudoir, or would your mind wander to the family bathroom? But would it immediately jump out at you to consider the interior design scheme of your child’s bedroom?
The first point that many people might consider first, with any design scheme, could be what’s going on the walls. Will it be painted? Wallpaper? An abstract form of cladding? (Or a scary mix of all three) And in what colour? In ordinary spaces, such as the living room and dining room, the conclusion to most of these decisions are ultimately based on the overall sought after aesthetic, and what’s going to impress those who visit.
Spaces which are visitor-friendly within our homes are often designed to impress, or to elicit a mood, or to simply cater to regular happenings – such as the weekly Wednesday brunch, while the private spaces in our homes often fall into neglect and are sadly treated like the “other spaces” – simply there to house the unsightly necessities of life.
But from textiles and paint, storage solutions to accessories, the basic rules of interior design are the same no matter which room you allocate them to. Whether you are actually sprucing up the family kitchen, or are designing an atmospheric dining space to host guests, the thought process behind working out what you need that room to do, and how a design scheme can announce that need to those who see it, is the same process for designing a child’s bedroom.
And let’s face it, the aim of the game there is to design a space which is relaxing and calming, yet is engaging and somewhat stimulating – suitable for a child to sleep in with ease at night, but play in during the day. And just as though you were designing your dining space, a lot of thought needs to go into choosing the right colours, textures, and fabrics that will all pull together and give off the right signals to the child who occupies the space.
“There is a lot to think about when designing a child’s bedroom in particular, it’s crucial to think about how the colours and textures will affect the child,” Says Joanna Dunn, owner of children’s bedding brand, minimello. “There is time for kids to have fun and be excited during their day, but bedtime is a time to be calm, and a calming bedroom environment helps create a relaxed bedtime for kids and parents.”
minimello is an online brand of children’s GOTS Certified organic cotton bedding, and other high-quality bedroom accessories, which are designed and made with the child in mind. Featuring simple designs set against scientifically-backed calming colours and created with high-quality materials, the results see a range of duvet covers, pillowcases, towels and table lamps that will help a child drift of to sleep.
“Mini-mellow started when I was searching for a new duvet cover for my little girl,” Joanna explains. “I was hunting for one around all the shops, but none of them were quite right, and then I settled for one from a certain high street shop. It was bright with colours and the design was really busy, but when I got it and had actually felt it, I found that the material felt really cheap and the quality was just not that great at all.
“And then it suddenly dawned on me. When my child was a baby, I would take the time and make sure that they were swaddled in high-quality, soft feeling materials that were good against their skin in soft hues of colour – so why not now? Why, when they are no longer babies, do we stop doing that and insist on buying lower quality, garishly bright products that contribute to a disruption of their sleep ?”
So, that saw the birth of minimello.com, where all of the bedding is made with organic cotton, and where all of the colours are from what Joanna calls the “calm spectrum”, which are also gender-neutral. The minimello “calm spectrum” is derived from Joanna’s own extensive research into the effects and applications of colour theory, by exploring certain hues of colour, and noting the effects that they can have on us. The basics of Colour Theory are that every colour has a meaning and a vibe that they can trigger within those who look at it; for example, red for danger, yellow for happiness and joy, etc. However, all colours can also minutely, but impactfully, affect the energy levels of the onlooker – thus the importance of choosing the right colours featured within any of your interior designs.
“Energy is required by the eyes and brain to process certain colours.” Joanna shares on minimello.com. “Some colours are easier to process than others, requiring less energy, due to the ability of the receptors in the eye to quickly manage these wavelengths. However other colours are not as easily managed, requiring more energy, therefore stimulating the brain unnecessarily.
“And when there are multiple colours on one surface, the eyes have to process each of these simultaneously, which can cause the brain to become even more over-stimulated. Over-stimulation can be a real challenge for kids, and adults too, and with increasing sensory demands around us, sound from TV, light from devices, artificial light, etc. use of colour can really help minimise unnecessary stimulation easily.
“Interestingly, under-stimulation can also be an issue too. Neutral or flat “colours” such as whites and shades of grey can require too little energy, and the brain becomes dulled over time as these colours do not encourage enough cognitive stimulation for growing children.”
To help get your mini to visit the land of nod, visit minimello.com and invest in their sleep with organic cotton, scientifically-backed calming colored bed sets, and a selection of high-quality bedroom accessories.