Colour science

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Most people know that colours are associated with different behaviour, cultures or emotions, but not really why. For example, red makes us feel more alert, or excited, whereas blues and greens are known to be soothing and relaxing.

It is some of the principles of colour theory that are key to the Minimello product range and a great deal of research has gone into honing the designs based on these principles. 

Without getting too complicated, the concept is based around the colour, or more specifically, wavelength of light, as that's really what a colour is.

Energy is required by the eyes and brain to process certain colours. 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.

Minimello's surface designs and patterns have been developed after much research and engagement with sleep specialists, including sleep consultants and a professor of colour. The resulting range of bedroom bedding and accessories is designed using a preferred palette of colours, we call this the "Calm Spectrum" to help create a sleep environment that sets kids up for a relaxed bedtime routine.