Designing for neurodiversity

29 June 2023

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Disclaimer: The following blog post provides general information and suggestions related to designing for neurodiversity. The content is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional or medical advice. The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog post are based on research and experience, but they may not apply universally to all individuals or situations.


Designers from all over the world are becoming more aware of designing inclusive spaces for individuals who are neurodiverse. In a neurotypical space an individual who is neurodiverse could struggle with various sensitivities to their surrounding environment, impacting overall productivity and feeling comfortable in the workplace.

As designers, we can use design to tailor spaces to fit the needs of individuals who are neurodiverse. We can do this by creating areas in office or educational environments that vary in design specifics from colour palette to print and texture, carefully catering to various sensitivities.

In this blog, we will be looking at suggested colour palettes for creating a hypersensitive and hyposensitive interior space. We will also be looking at products we would suggest using for creating flooring that caters to all individuals in the office.

We always look to design exhibitions, shows, pantone colour, and interior design studios such as Jolie Studio and Masquespacio for our colour inspiration.

Hypersensitive space

Hypersensitivity is when an individual is sensitive to their surroundings and environment. Colour, pattern and texture in interior spaces can have a big impact on individuals who are highly sensitive to the space they work in and may find it hard to concentrate in a visually loud environment.

A calming colour palette which can be found in the image below can promote and increase productivity, a sense of calm and wellbeing.

The colour board focuses on key colour interior trends for 2023 / 2024.


Our suggested Burmatex® products for a hypersensitive space


An example of a previous office installation we designed that could be used as a calming installation. This plan demonstrates a calm space using our products in harmonious colours. By choosing products from our ranges that are quiet in terms of pattern and colour it allows us to create a flooring space for an interior environment that is tranquil. In this example installation we use our balance collection®: balance grid® balance grade®  and balance ground® with a hint of tiltnturn®

Hyposensitive Space

Hyposensitivity is when an individual has a reduced sensory response to their environment, meaning the individual could be more comfortable and productive in an interior space that is luminescent with bright colours, textures and pattern.

Similar to hypersensivity you can find our suggested hyposensitive colour palette below, this can be used in an interior space to help with productivity and wellbeing.

The colour board focuses on key colour interior trends for 2023 / 2024.



Our suggested Burmatex® products for a hypersensitive space


An example of a Hyposensitive interior space

An example of a previous office installation we designed that could be used as an example of a stimulating environment. This plan example demonstrates how our products can be used in a creative way to add a striking pop of colour to a floor. In this example installation we use tivoli®, tivoli mist®, vibe® and tiltnturn®.


We hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post and it has given you creative ideas on how to create a space which is considered and inclusive.

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