Interior Design for Kids and the Brain


Brain plasticity suggests that our brain is malleable. It suggests that our environment can change the way our brain processes information. Certain environments can stimulate the brain to create new neural pathways or reorganize existing ones. In other words, we are what we surround ourselves with.

 My entire design philosophy is based on creating optimal environments. A space must have a clear direction and purpose. Think “Brain Plasticity.” A space without a goal and direction ain’t nothin’ but a pretty room!

 This is my design of a children’s room. It addresses all of the senses. The direction and goal of this space is to stimulate, cocoon and anchor the child. I believe it is the optimal, positive environment for a child to thrive in.


A “sensory space” provides an environment in which you amazonitem2amazonitem1camazonitem3an create events which focus on particular senses such as feel, vision, sound, smell and taste as well as abstract senses of well being, space, time and togetherness. My focus as a designer, is about creating optimal sensory environments for children and adults.


– Deborah Rosenberg

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About Deborah rosenberg

Deborah DiMare is a PETA advocate, was a featured interior designer on TLC, has appeared on NBC’s 'The Today Show' and continually lectures and writes articles on Humane and Sensory Design.