Perhaps you work in the care sector, or have a relative or friend with special needs. If so, you will be very familiar with the requirement to have certain colour pallets and patterns which are not over-bearing, and can be easily defined. Or introduce into schemes colours that are bold and inspiring to increase moods and enhance productivity. Much like dementia care, autism and other sensory needs require careful consideration when interior designing. Something that I find particularly exciting and interesting about my role!!
Since focusing our specialism within the care industry, and creating schemes for various care homes for young people with complex needs- I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of fun in fabrics for young people. Why is it that FR rated, automatically means dull?
Now, don’t get me wrong- there are some strong contenders out there for vibrant, enthusiastic, and delightful contract fabrics such as Vescom Designtek range for upholstery, Clarke & Clarke, and of course Style Library, whose brands I never fail to boost in my blogs. But many contract fabrics either cater for Hotels, which generally means classic plains or textured fabrics to prevent rooms from dating too quickly or for Care where there are a range of beautiful fabrics aimed at the elderly generation. This is all fabulous if that’s the project in hand, but what about the young people?
Mood Interiors decided to break the rules, step out of the realms of generic care designs and create their own range of fun but classy fabrics (to compliment the brand of course!). Working with specialist fabric designers, using their expertise on colour ways and pattern matching and combining this with our passion and knowledge of young people in care- we are at the early stages of launching our first collection ready for 2017!
Consisting of bold jungle themes, wild flowers and the odd flamingo thrown in for good measure. This collection of fabrics will be aimed at young people with a range of special needs from Autism to Severe Complex Health. Understanding the specifics behind colour and pattern our collection will enable our own team, and other specialist interior designers to access fabrics which balance design vs functionality within care.
We are a few months away from perfecting our collection, but I was too excited to not share it with you all. Have you ever struggled to find contract fabrics for your special needs clients? Or perhaps you have a young relative or friend with special needs that would thrive from tailored and bespoke interior design, we would love to hear from you!