In Print

I have started to contribute to the Child and Parent focused free magazine which is distributed to schools and businesses in the the Kildare and West Wicklow area.  The magazine is called Optimum and the link to their site is www.optimummagazine.net

The launch issue was released just before the Easter Holidays 2010.  I’m happy to receive suggestions for the next article or answer any interior design questions in the OptiMum Interiors section.

Its a wonderful magazine packed with useful information and valuable articles that are child focused. 

The article I had published follows:

How colour can influence your Child’s mood. 

Colour can have a wonderful effect on us and our mood, it brings an interior space to life and can create atmosphere.  Though this can be said for each area within our homes and workspaces it has a vital part to play when put to use in a child’s bedroom or indeed a playroom or area where a child studies.

Whether the colour chosen falls within the ‘Pastels, Bright, Darks, or Neutrals’, it will affect the overall setting and the mood created.  A child’s space within the home is their special space – their safe haven and the theme used should reflect the child’s interests.

 

The range of pastel colours are in effect soft tones of brighter colours.  They are perfect for use in nurseries and children’s rooms.  They create a sense of balance and harmony.  Bold bright colours are best used sparingly – maybe for some items of furniture or for accessories.  Examples of bright colours would be as seen in many toys i.e. Lego.  Dark colours should again be used sparingly, though that’s not to rule out their use completely.  Dark furniture would be acceptable if it fitted into your overall scheme.  The use of neutral colours need not be boring; they can create a warm, restful atmosphere.  Whether you use shades of grey or even pure white, a combination of tones in soft, mellow colours will help create a lovely comfortable room for your child.

Some suggested schemes for children’s’ rooms: - For Boys

·         Spacemen

·         Cowboys

·         Nautical

·         Castles

·         Sport

 Some suggested schemes for children’s’ rooms: - For Girls

·         Princess

·         Flowers

·         Butterflies

·         Fairies

·         Mermaids and Underwater

Colour affects us all, we don’t even realise that it is affecting us.  Children have preferences for a particular colour – a favourite toy or even a favourite T-shirt or dress.  Colour can influence behaviour and mood; some of the ways are detailed below.

Red

Pure red is a very busy, energetic and stimulating colour.  It is best avoided where concentration is required.

Orange

A good colour for use with children in mind, it works well in playrooms.  It has the effect of making children more sociable and cheerful.  It has been proven to have an effect on academic performance.  It is not a suitable colour for bedrooms.

Yellow

Pale shades of yellow work well in bedrooms.  It stimulates the creative mind.  It is warm and suited to study areas as it aids mental clarity.

Green

Green has a wonderful, soothing and calming quality.  It can help when treating hyperactivity.  It can be used as a balancing colour, particularly when used with Pink.  Green would not be the best colour choice for study areas.

Blue

Like green, blue is a calming colour, producing restfulness and may help in reducing stress, relieving tension headaches and can act as a sedative.  Blue is an ideal colour to use in a bedroom and also works well in study areas.  It is not suited to playrooms, due to the fact that it encourages lethargy.

Purple

Is a very strong colour and not suited to a child’s living space.

Pink

Is a calming colour, can be balanced with the use of blue and green.