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3. The psychology that guides the design process. Color and psychophysical well-being

If you have heard of "chromotherapy" at least once, you will know that it is a branch of natural medicine designed to study the effect of color on the mood of man. In fact, it is well known how much the environment can contribute to the well-being or, on the contrary, to the disturbance of those who live it; science argues that color with its variable wavelengths influences the mood and mood of the observer. This premise serves to introduce the theme of color applied to environments and the importance of color choices in the design phase. If it is the children's room, then the attention increases because a good design can guarantee the comfort of the child who will grow up in that space dividing between playful and educational activities. As for the walls, they will play a fundamental role in the mood of those who spend a lot of time in the bedroom; the ultimate goal is to ensure cheerfulness and liveliness but at the same time sound sleep. Below is a brief overview of colors that can help you make informed and informed choices.

BLUE synonymous with relaxation and tranquility, it keeps your heart rate and blood pressure regular. It helps to dissolve tensions and is particularly suitable for the newborn even in its pastel shades.

PINK for those who love tradition, it is the most used color in the case of daughters. Romantic, it helps sleep and evokes the world of fairies. For this reason it is particularly suitable for childhood, less so for adolescence.

YELLOW paired with orange, it refers to the warm colors of the sun. As it promotes concentration and stimulates creativity, it is perfect for teen rooms. It is often chosen with green as an additional color to neutral tones to enliven them. If it is a smaller child's room it is better to choose them in pastel shades.

GREEN the color reminiscent of nature, adapts very well to environments intended for adolescents as it promotes open-mindedness and optimism. According to recent studies, this color contributes to the formation of personal character, facilitating its balance, self-esteem and good mood.

The tones of PURPLE, BLACK, BROWN AND ANTHRACITE are not the best choice for the bedroom because they are too dark and not very stimulating during childhood.

If you want to be a little more daring, you can also mix several chromatic shades in order to create a more original environment. The choice of combining a warm color with a colder one may seem risky and not optimal, but if you opt for a bright and pastel tone the result will be unexpected. In any case, asking the child's opinion can be useful to satisfy not only your taste but also that of your children. 

Furthermore, in case you choose a brighter tone, it is recommended to place it on a single wall or create an insert, thus leaving white or more subdued walls, space for drawings, frames, photos and shelves. This is also to avoid getting tired in a short time of a color that in any case is more demanding. When choosing the tones for the environment that we want to set up or renovate, it is essential to take into account how the colors are useful for dressing the room and changing its characteristics on a visual level. The warm shades tend to compress the space while the cold ones widen it; for example, if the room is small in size, a single cold tone will be perfect, avoiding the multicolored choice.

In this regard, the white color is the most suitable for creating greater depth and optically enlarging the spaces; if the choice falls on white, you can give free rein to the imagination as regards complements and accessories that will stand out with harmony in the neutral whole.

4. Needs that change over time: bedrooms that grow with the child

As previously mentioned, when you have to furnish the room of a new unborn child, you find yourself faced with a choice: to renew the environment over time, adapting it to the growth of the child or to choose neutral furnishings that transform over the years? Of course, the choice also depends on the budget you have available.

Today on the market there are many solutions designed to change with the needs: made up of modules that can be added or subtracted, they adapt to the physicality and growth of the child. Height-adjustable desks, high chairs that with a gesture become tables, the rocking horse that transforms into a simple chair and the cradle that becomes a bed and then a sofa. Some companies offer wardrobes made up of modules that can be added progressively, becoming real wardrobes for teenagers.

Other brands, on the other hand, have preferred to create real kits necessary for the transformation of the furniture rather than standardized modules. In any case, the concept of an environment in continuous evolution, flexible and suitable for different needs, is at the base, which is therefore modeled on the needs of children. Here are some interesting examples of how furniture can live different lives satisfying the needs of the passing of time.

Convertible cot - Dot and Cross

The Dot and Cross brand offers a series of design furniture intended for children but ready to change with their needs. An example is the flexible bed that can become a comfortable sofa useful as the child grows.

Convertible changing table - Famille Garage

The designer Richard Lampert has created this comfortable, versatile and modular chest of drawers with drawers of different sizes and materials. This is how from a changing table with an essential design, it becomes a colorful chest of drawers ready to house toys and accessories.

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