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Sensory Rooms are neutral spaces designed to calm a user’s mind and body.
They’re typically used when someone is feeling overstimulated or anxious, as the room’s calming features help to reduce the risk of a meltdown or an anxiety attack; because of this, Sensory Rooms are beneficial in schools, hospitals and public spaces that are typically loud, busy, and overwhelming.
Neutrality is a key aspect of a sensory room. Not in a chic Swedish minimalistic design sense. But in the sense that your space can act as a blank canvas for any user to quickly transform into their own colourfully comforting sensory environment. A neutrally designed Multi-Sensory Room allows anyone to create their own personalised, immersive sensory environment whilst in the space. Whilst one user might like a dark space that’s great for focusing on a bubble tube’s changing colours, another might prefer a brighter space filled with natural light so that they can connect their senses to nature.
Our Sensory Design Team has put together a list of 5 Sensory Room Decoration Tips for you to follow – they’re simple and will help you create an inclusive sensory space.
There’s a good reason why you wouldn’t paint your bedroom a lively lime green; it’s not the most soothing colour to help us relax before a night’s sleep.
This same logic should be applied to your sensory space.
We’d recommend using cool and neutral colours to decorate the walls of your sensory room. Although if you’d like to add a splash of colour, keep it simple and natural with a calm duck egg blue or a soft sage green.
White-ish, plain-coloured walls are the best for projection and light effects as they reflect their wonderful colours and patterns without augmenting any sensory magic.
The plain walls also create a brilliant blank canvas for you to create a personal sensory experience. Project, reflect and create imagination portals around the room and design a personal immersive sensory world.
Bright white colours can be overstimulating for people with sensory processing difficulties. White paint is excellent at reflecting light, making a sensory room too bright and overstimulating.
Whitewashed walls can also feel imposing, sterile, and scary – far from the warm comfort, your sensory room should bring.
We’d recommend darker coloured carpets to cover the floor of your sensory space as they’re less likely to show marks.
Darker floors are also great for making sensory spaces more inclusive for people with visual impairments; the contrast between a dark floor and a light wall helps them map out their environment better, so they can safely explore their senses.
If you want to create a special Dark Room, we’d recommend using dark colours on the walls to enhance the room’s sensory experience. For example, dark blue walls could quickly become galaxies filled with stars and relaxing dreams. Whilst dark green walls could become a hidden forest perfect for nature explorers.
Now you should be ready to start preparing your sensory space decoration plans. But before you do that, make sure you avoid these sensory room design mistakes!
Our key Sensory Room Decoration takeaway: Remember to think practically and with your senses instead of creating an insta-perfect space.
If you’d like more room advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sensory design team – who will be more than happy to help.
Did you know that our installation team offer complete room redecoration services? Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.
Our sensory experts have created a sensory room colour guide to help you design your perfect sensory space. It’s filled with inspiration, colour pallets, and case studies. Download it for free right here.