Designing a calm environment for children with autism can seem like a daunting task. Even though every child is different and may react differently to certain environments, there are five key design points to consider in order to successfully achieve a calm and structured space.
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Color selections can seem overwhelming with the millions of options out there. Therefore, choosing the right color for the room is an essential step. Important colors to consider are light neutral colors. Just as bright lights can affect the mood of the child in a negative way, certain colors can have similar effects. Colors to stay away from are bold and dark. Although primary colors tend to be the norm when choosing room colors for children, it is not the case when choosing a room color for a child with autism. Bold colors are allowed in small accents, such as their toys. In addition to bold colors, wallpapers with busy patterns or stripes can be distracting for the child. It is best to stay with paint colors that are not only low in VOC, but that are not hazardous to the child.
Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.
Barnard is currently working on commissions of private residences in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica Canyon, Brentwood, Los Feliz & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.