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Design Talk: How Color Affects Your Baby

When it comes to decorating and designing for babies, color can have a profound effect. It’s a common misconception that babies need bold, highly contrasting colors to recognize shapes and be mentally stimulated, such as black-and-white or primary colors. However, the psychology of color shows that certain hues can affect our moods and even our behavior. For example, advertisers know that red stimulates the appetite, so you’ll often see logos and advertisements for food brands rich in this color. Red is an energizing color so needless to say it’s not a good overall choice for a nursery or toddler’s room! What babies and young children need is a soothing sense of security and calming atmosphere in which to grow and learn. 

Miniware’s Swedish lead designer Adam Bonnier follows Scandinavian design theory which integrates children’s spaces and playthings into main living areas and creates harmonious spaces through modern design and the use of soft and light colors. You can see a beautiful example here in this house from the Swedish Design Museum’s Home Viewing Exhibition.

Beautiful Backdrops

Dishware is more than just a surface upon which to eat food. Its secondary function, a very important one, is to attractively frame and enhance the beauty of our meals. Our collection of Miniware celebrates the clean, modern style of Swedish design and its muted color palette. We selected colors that would be pleasing for baby and non-distracting, so they can focus on food at mealtime, not tableware. Bright colors are over-stimulating and eating should be done in a calm environment. Since color affects your baby’s mood, we chose kid-friendly hues created from all-natural pigments to keep them happy, calm, and healthy. We selected natural and serene support colors as the basis of our tableware. Each color provides a lovely background for food, increasing plate-appeal without over-stimulating babies and young children. 

White is a popular dishware color because it provides a perfect backdrop for beautiful food platings. Our Vanilla color is a softer, more calming version of this classic dish color. Our colored PLA is designed with diversified hues to adapt to the baby’s moods and behavior. Go to our shop to discover our colored collections.

Warm Colors

Warm colors tend to reflect comfort, happiness, enthusiasm, and energy.

Often associated with femininity, Pink color elicits also tenderness, softness, innocence, and empathy and creates a calmer and more sensitive feeling. Miniware’s Cotton Candy tableware reminds of the love and warmth of the mother and will help foster positive and supportive learning in a calming atmosphere. Cotton candy plates and bowls are both pleasing to the eye and mood. Many people find pastel pink soothing as well as joyous. 

Based on earthy colors, and halfway between the brown color and a darker orange, the Toffee color promotes a welcoming and friendly feeling which increases the desire to interact with the environment. It creates a super-cozy atmosphere that puts reservations at ease encouraging your child to feel safe to explore and learn.

Cool Colors

Cool colors tend to be calming, relaxing. They are the colors of water, of nature, and promotes usually a serene and calming environment.

Blue colors evokes the vastness of the sea and the sky and stimulate a cool and relaxing environment by calming the mind and lowering blood pressure and respiration which decrease the feelings of anxiety and restlessness.

Miniware’s lighter light blue series, with the original aqua silicone parts, like the gradient of nature, make people feel tranquil and peaceful, and help stabilize the baby’s personality. The healing power of the blue will let your child learn to eat independently while making food look delicious.

Gray and green colors are both down-to-earth tone. Gray inspires wisdom. Green represents freshness and nature and thus promotes a serene and calming environment. It is associated with stability and trust. Their combination is soothing, yet alert and wakeful.

The mix and match between grey, blue and green helps your baby to reducing anxiety and promoting concentration to develop the fine-motor skills and move towards the next development milestone.

Fun Colors That Soothe

While our Miniware basics adhere to the guidelines above, our accessories come in an array of playful pastel colors that bring a joyful feeling to the table. Delightfully happy colors that kids love like peach, lavender, pink, and aqua make both design and baby’s food pop. Everything works together for a lovely, peaceful, and harmonious table setting.

When it comes to sleeping and eating, a calm, peaceful environment is best. By selecting soothing colors, you can help foster certain moods in your kids. Bright, energetic colors are best for the playroom while muted pastel colors encourage a low-key, harmonious experience. Of course, color preferences don’t apply to everyone. By taking a moment to observe how different colors affect your baby, you can better use color theory to set the desired mood in all of the baby’s spaces.

Want another peek into beautiful and stylish Swedish homes? Check out this amazing online gallery from the Swedish Design Museum and see modern design and color theory at work!

What colors do your kids love? Have you noticed how color affects your baby? Share your experience on our Instagram!

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Family Table Setting Ideas for Instagram-Worthy Meal Photos

There isn’t much the internet can agree on, but cat videos and food photos are two of them. People love sharing pictures of beautiful food online. With the advent of social media, much of our experience is now conveyed visually, from photos and memes to emojis, the modern hieroglyphic. Once upon a time, you might tell your friends about an amazing meal you created or enjoyed, now you can just post a photo. A picture is worth a thousand words as the adage goes.

Social media is unavoidable in today’s culture. Getting your kids involved in posting fun and healthy social media content will show them the positive aspects of the internet and lay the foundation for making good choices later when they have more control over their own accounts. Be sure to set your own rules as to how much time can be spent on social media posts, when photos are edited and how often you post. It should be a fun family activity, not a distraction or source of conflict!

Family table setting ideas with props

How can you make your family table worthy of likes from friends and strangers alike? We’ve provided some family table setting ideas for taking Instagram-worthy food photos plus tips on how to get the kids involved in this fun food project!

1. Use props. If you’re not taking close-up photos of food, you want to make sure the background is enticing but not distracting. Spice up simple foods and plating with a few props to bring your photos to life. A few fall gourds or a spray of spring wildflowers can provide a boost of color and sense of season or occasion to your table and your photos. Brainstorm with your kids on what appropriate table décor might be for the meal you’re serving and let them pick out something special to place for the photos.

2. Play with plating. A clean white dish is a traditional (and boring) backdrop for food. Play with texture and color on your tabletop from mixing textile patterns to combining dish materials. Mix-and-match wood dishes with colorful plates and bowls. Use vibrant, patterned serving dishes with wood-handled utensils. You can even put cutting boards or paper bags and other craft supplies to work. Let the kids get creative, their unique family table setting ideas might surprise you!

3. Compose the photo. Experiment with colors and textures on your table to see what complements your food best. This is a great time to teach young children about colors, textures, and shapes. Older children will enjoy choosing color combinations and backgrounds to try. Review the photos together and choose your favorites to post.

Colorful and textured family table setting ideas

4. Practice good photography habits. Shoot in natural light whenever possible and avoid using a flash. Instead, have someone use the light from another phone or flashlight to provide extra lighting. If you have a space near a window, dedicate it as your food picture corner. The kids can decorate it in advance and it saves time setting up lighting. It will also create a cohesive look throughout your photos. Hold the camera steady and instead of zooming in, which lowers the quality of your photos, just move closer. These are good skills to pass on to your kids who will be taking their own social media photos someday. The internet has enough photos of blurred, fuzzy food!

5. Make it active and engaging. Which looks more appealing, pasta piled on a plate or an artfully twirled forkful of saucy pasta? A stack of pancakes may photograph okay but add dripping golden syrup or a melting butter pat and you’ve got a click-worthy photo. This is where it’s useful to have extra pairs of hands. Involve your kids is helping you create the perfect food action shots!

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Design Talk: Keeping Your Identity as New Parents

As parents, we adapt and mold our lives to fit the needs of our infants. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in our kids and forget that we have our own preferences, needs, and wants too! 

3 tips for keeping your identity as new parents:

  1. Purchase what you love, not what you think appeals to your baby. The accessories you choose should integrate with your personal style, not detract or distract from it!
  2. Be true to yourself. Don’t give into peer pressure from parenting or playgroups. Although young, our children absorb everything we say and do. Show your kid from the very beginning that it’s okay to just be yourself.
  3. Keep your own interests. It’s easy to fall into the routine of spending every waking moment attending to our precious child’s needs, but that’s not doing anyone any favors! Allot time for your own activities and joys. This will create a happier, more balanced parent!

You don’t have to lose your adult identity when you have a baby. You just need to know where to shop!

It’s common for children’s products to be plastered with pictures of baby things, little ducks and bears, rattles, pink or blue puffy prints. Maybe those things are fine if the baby is toting around the diaper bag, but we wanted something that showcases our style as parents! That’s why we’ve created an entire children’s line around clean, modern, understated Scandinavian design that parents and kids love.   

Miniware Designs Are Made for Parents and Children

Miniware design is more than made for just children, it’s made for parents too. We put great thought into practicality, long lifespan, and sustainability. Our GrowBento is one of our most popular products. The stainless-steel shell is durable enough to withstand years of kid’s snacks and lunches without cartoon characters and wild colors your child will likely outgrow. It’s portable, easy to clean and it’s stylish enough for mom or dad to take to work in a pinch!