Interior Design For Special Needs

Interior design isn’t all about making things look their best; it’s about making a space as functional as possible for its inhabitants. But that’s not to say that if your home requires specialist facilities it has to look cold and boring. By combining enhanced functionality and beautiful aesthetic ideas, you can create a space that both looks great and is accessible for the people who live there.

Interior design for wheelchair users

Wheelchair access in a home can be problematic. Where corridors are too narrow or furniture is too large, wheelchair users can find they have no way of getting to certain areas of the house. This has to be a key consideration in interior design. Simultaneously, so does the issue of high kitchen worktops and cupboards that are unreachable.

Creating kitchen environments with low worktops and even cooking facilities that are in easy reach allows individuals to regain a level of independence. This Skyline Lab kitchen proves that great-looking, accessible kitchens can be created for wheelchair users. The only limit is your imagination.

Wheelchair kitchen

Sensory rooms

Sensory rooms can be used in an array of different circumstances – from relaxation and stress release to communication and physiotherapy. Users have the ability to interact with and control elements within the room, through touch, smell, light, sound and even taste. They are often used to great effect with children suffering from sight and hearing problems, as well as those with attention deficit disorders, encouraging hand-eye coordination, providing comfort and calm. However, any child or adult can reap the benefits of a sensory room.

Catering for allergies and asthma

Allergies range from the mildly irritating to the severe, but your home should be a haven away from elements that trigger a reaction. Asthma is a common complaint, especially in children, and there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of an attack in the home. These include:

  • Avoiding products which use volatile organic compounds – these can be found in everything from paint to plywood and are considered one of the main causes of asthma in children.
  • Choosing hard surface flooring such as wood – this doesn’t capture dust mites or mould so it improves air quality indoors.
  • Heat and ventilation – you can reduce the spread of allergens by using in-floor radiant heat and improve air quality with air flow management systems.

If you’re looking for interior design for a home with special needs, asthma or allergy sufferers, speak to Hannah Barnes Designs today.