The association between autism and colours has been a long-standing one, with various colours having a particular effect on those with the condition. In this guide, we will cover which are the autism-friendly colours, and therefore which is the best room colour for autism. We’ll also include sensory products that are autism-friendly and can be used as part of autism colour therapy in a sensory room.
Autism Friendly Colours
Greens and Blues
When it comes to calming colours for autism muted tones of greens and blues are a great choice to help calm a person. Colours such as these have much shorter wavelengths than brighter colours, meaning much less stimulation in the brain occurs. Softer tones of greens and blues, banish the feeling of chaos and can often soothe people who have a variety of sensory conditions, including autism. By introducing greens and blues and reducing over-stimulation, it can help autistic users in a sensory room truly digest and process the environment.
As well as being one of the best room colours for autism, you can even go one step further by introducing sensory products into the room of the same colour. To blend products in with the wall colour, why not introduce a bubble wall into the space, in either green or blue to complement the surroundings? If you wish to know more information on the benefits of a sensory room, then please read our previous post.
Pinks and Lilacs
Both pastel pinks and lilacs can have a very positive effect on autistic users, with both colours creating the feeling of safety and love. The pastel tones evoke a peaceful feeling, which can sometimes cause someone with autism to adopt a tranquil state, hence why it is one of the best bedroom colours for autism. If you want to create a sensory bedroom, then we recommend adding a bubble tube to the space in one of these colours to compliment the space. You can read an informative article on the sensory benefits of bubble tubes on our blog.
Autism Colours to Avoid
As well as there being autism-friendly colours, there are also autism colours to avoid. Bright and fluorescent colours can leave those who are autistic feeling distracted and unable to focus. Fluorescent lighting, in particular, can cause irritation and also headaches, leaving some feeling disorientated and confused.
The colour red, in particular, can have quite a strong effect on those who are autistic. Referred to as a high-energy colour, red can increase blood pressure resulting in tension or hyper action. Red is also sometimes associated with parts of the body that are in pain, which can trigger tantrums or upset.
Overall, bold patterns and primary or very bright colour tones should only be limited toys in a room. All of these can be a cause of overstimulation in any space and in particular a sensory room. Should you wish to know how you can design or plan your own sensory room, to ensure the space is beneficial to the user you have in mind, then please read our informative guides.