Color application for the moderately color-sensitive

Color application for the moderately color-sensitive

Recommendation 116
Establish a balanced color scheme, avoid stark contrasts and vivid and glaring colors

Chapter (theme)
Interior design (color)

Because of
Moderate sensory hypersensitivity (for color)

In order to
avoid sensory overload and stress.

In the theme ‘color’ the rule of thumb is mentioned that hypersensitivity to colors generally increases along with the seriousness of the autism. (There are exceptions in both directions: less serious autism and more serious color-problems and vice versa.)

Because it’s unnecessary to take far-reaching color-measures in all homes, these recommendations can be useful for everyone on the spectrum. Further reaching measures are proposed in recommendation 117. Of course it’s important to find out which color problems the family member on the spectrum has and how serious they are.

It’s advisable to consider the colors in the home as a whole: do they match, isn’t there too much contrast?
Furthermore it’s recommended to employ soft, muted colors and/or pastels and to avoid strongly reflecting colors.
Generally colors at the ‘cool’ (lower frequency) end of the color-spectrum are advisable that is to say green, blue and white as well.
Colors with higher frequencies, i.e. red and yellow often have an over-stimulating effect and can even be stress-inducing.

It happens regularly that, contrary to the general rule, people on the spectrum have a strong preference for specific strong colors. In order not to burden other family members with these it’s advisable such preferences are enjoyed in ones own room.

Color-sensitivity is a complex issue which is expounded upon in the theme ‘color’.