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Ever since conception a child has been submerged by colours. A child in its mother’s womb is wrapped in a golden-red light. Born in a colourful setting a child goes on growing surrounded by colours at home. Since an early age (4-5 years) a child realizes the world by colours, in fact when it has to tidy up its toys it will sort them out by colour and not by shape.
Colour has therefore a strong influence on a child’s daily life bringing about spiritual and psychological effects as well as therapeutic and revitalizing influences.To allow ourselves to be led only by our own taste does not suffice: the results could be poor also because our colour sense has been misled. We have been less in contact with nature, the grey of concrete and the strong shades of synthetic colours have inevitably upset the natural and inner chromatic balance of man.
” If we want that our children do not lose their colour balance we should choose colours carefully and match them harmoniously. ” A room painted in white, even though conveys a sense of cleanliness and order, often tends to inhibit socialization and creativeness due to the total lack of colour. It is important to choose just one colour for the walls: relaxing and comforting colours are recommended but they should not be too cold: the most suitable ones are pale purple, dark rose, cream- and ivory colours. These colours match nicely with the primary colours of the sun, the sea and the grass which are so much loved by children. The same room can change shape and size according to colours: as a matter of fact light colours give the impression of a larger room whereas dark colours make the same room look smaller. Every colour should therefore be chosen and applied following the right criterion. “It seems that the most relaxing, pleasant and beneficial colour loved by babies is sky-blue. If this colour is corrected with a little red it becomes purple which is the most conducive to sleep.
Colours can also be chosen in different shades, the important thing is that they are always balanced so as to allow the child’s soul to breathe. Children are very sensitive to light. Not only does light allow them to see things better but it also makes them feel safe from the anguish of darkness that make mum, dad and the dearest objects vanish before their eyes. Sunlight in a blue sky together with mother’s milk are the most important stimuli for a healthy growth and development of the child. As soon as a newborn baby sees the light of day it opens its eyes but since it has been used to the semi-darkness of its mother’s womb it closes them at once. The baby starts to look in all directions only with the passing of days and this is the right time to make it familiar with light.
Newborn babies pass almost all day sleeping but they do not need to sleep in darkness, they can also sleep close to windows on condition that the windows are protected by curtains made of naural fibres. As a matter of fact synthetic fibres can be injurious to health because when heated by UV rays they give off gases causing damage to the sight and skin of children.
Moreover we could place some coloured tissue paper on windows choosing relaxing colours like sky-blue or light green in order to avoid annoyance and dazzling. Growing up in a environment friendly house means to rely as little as possible on artificial light and therefore it is necessary to let in natural light and reduce the light of lamps to a minimum.
Sunlight is mainly featured by changeability which has a strong influence on the psychic balance of the child. Since artificial light is necessary in a house one needs to make it as pleasant as possible by adjusting the intensity.
A light too intense can cause nervous disorders, anxiety and overexcitement whereas not enough light can cause bad mood, tiredness and depression. Therefore, growing up and playing in a place furnished with a varied lighting brings relaxation and joy. It would be advisable to use different lighting sources featured by different sorts of lamps. Among the many artificial lighting sources we can find: incandescence and fluorescence. The former does not cause any problem and generates light with warm shades creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere in the rooms where children dwell. As far as the latter is concerned you can use it to obtain effects of intensity-colour-shadows since fluorescent sources generate light with cold shades, which is useful to create a better “luminous landscape”. A particular attention should be paid to the room below. If, for example, the sleeping location of a child is above a cellar or garage, which are usually furnished with neon overhead lights, we should not place the little cot in line with the light below since the electromagnetic field would pass through the slab generating electromagnetic pollution.
It is always indispensable to maintenance all electric appliances which are present in the home as well as change all electric light bulbs before they are used up in order to avoid the emission of harmful substances. A luminous source dedicated to the child: if the child does not like to sleep in darkness you could place a small luminous source far from the cot so as to avoid that electromagnetic waves reach the baby during the sleep or, even better, you could install an ecological disjunctor that would eliminate any tension in the electric network.
You could choose a salt crystal lamp which will not only be a psychological aid but it will also bring other advantages. A salt crystal lamp helps improve indoor air quality substantially. You will obtain, for example, a natural rebalancing of the air that will be enriched by negative ions emitted by this natural source of light: this way children will be breathing fresh and vivifying air similar to the one you can breathe in a location of absolute wellbeing. The emitted light is a mix of colours ranging from white to apricot, till orange.