Bedroom / June 26, 2018 /
A better option is to create a base of soft neutrals like grays and taupes mixed with pastel colors—try lavender and celery green if you want to avoid the standard pink and blue. Also avoid high-contrast palettes and busy patterns on walls, bedding, or rugs or risk making your child feel energized instead of relaxed.
Plan for the light. Lighting is the first and most important element we discuss in every project. Choose full-spectrum light bulbs, available in all kinds of configurations, not fluorescent tubes or spiral bulbs. Poor lighting—too warm or yellow and too cold or blue white—causes anxiety and depression. While you want to let the natural sunlight in during the day to encourage a happy mood, lighting at other times should be subdued to encourage quiet and rest. To transition from day to night, consider adding dimmer switches and attachments with three levels of intensity to overhead lighting as well as floor and table lamps, and choose the right window treatments. There are so many choices, everything from delicate light-filtering shades and sheers to certain blinds and draperies that offer complete black-out.