Design Flows and Goes..
We are living in a weird time. Our world is upside down and everything we thought we knew has been shaken up. Our collective psyche is being tested.
The Global furniture Group, one of Schroeder Solutions trusted partners in commercial furniture, hosted two brilliant virtual webinars. The lectures focused on the “Use of Color” and “Fabrics in Healthcare.” The impact of color on our psychology remains paramount through our interiors, while our need for cleanable textiles is increasing. Here’s what I learned:
Color influences the way we respond to our environments, whether at home, work, or play. We can influence our spaces with thoughtful color applications and through a variety of materials. Fabric is one of the most versatile textiles with an array of patterns, colors, and texture options. At Schroeder Solutions we value learning what textiles are available to ensure an educated selection for every application from office seating to cafe and everything in between.
As our world is taking on a new understanding of space, the design industry is taking on the responsibility to educate. In an effort to help build your design knowledge below we’ve highlighted key facets from the webinar series of what fabrics are durable, cleanable, and resilient to disinfectants- while intertwining the influence of color in order to create beautiful healthy spaces.
How do colors influence space?
- Red – Attracts attention, stimulates creative energy, and increases appetite.
- Blue – Calm and peaceful qualities promote concentration, while decreasing appetite. Fun Fact: The number one most chosen favorite color in the world!
- Yellow -Energizing and optimistic. Great for creative interaction, however limit use in healthcare because studies show color correlates with sickness.
- Green – Signifies growth, health, and balance. Promoting healing and collaboration. Fun Fact: Use of green reduces eye strain for intense computer use.
- Orange – Color of encouragement, socialization, strength and energy.
- Violet – Color of spirituality, mysticism, and royalty. Inspires imagination and new brainstorming ideas in the workplace. Fun Fact: Royalty is associated with purple because it was once the most challenging color to create and access prior to modernization and mass production technologies.
- Pink – Associated with a tranquil feminine nurturing element. Induces a calming sense if surrounded by the right tone of pink for 30 minutes. Fun Fact: Most used paint color in prisons and holding cells due to its calming properties.
- Brown -Natural earthy vibes. Advocate for powerful, secure, and strong spaces. Fun Fact: Reduces feeling of fatigue and improves grounded relaxation.
- White– Best used for a clear, sterile or sleek look. Represents trust, neutrality and cleanliness. Fun Fact: Lab coats are white to indicate HOPE! Also, white is not allowed in surgical spaces due its stark “after-imaging” effects..
- Grey – A conservative neutral representing maturity and practicality. Associated with a timeless element as the most used neutral color.
- Black – Powerful color, representing authority and mystery.
So… where can we incorporate color into our daily lives?
Should be easy right…?
As we prepare to return back to work, we are acknowledging that this transition will require new protocols. Enhanced cleaning standards will be essential, especially in regards to fabric. Fabric has been referred to as the “skin” of design and just as our skin needs proper cleaning- so does fabric. A few tips when selecting fabrics that have inherent properties that makes it easier to disinfect:
First, always consider the application and the use of the upholstered product. How many people will use this space and for how long?
- Avoid Woven Treated Textiles like cryptons and nanotex in high traffic areas.. Despite their durable stain resistant properties, they can only be cleaned with soap and water. If cleaned with chemicals, the warranty will be voided.
- PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) textiles meet hospital grade clean-ability standards with their durable and moisture resistant properties. However, this choice makes a negative impact on our dear friend, Mother Nature. Not to mention it’s stiff, non-breathable qualities are not ideal for some applications.
- Polyurethane (PU)- This material is comfortable, durable, moisture resistant, and PVC FREE! The major downfall of PU’s is its failure to keep its shape and its poor elasticity. However, they can withstand commonly used disinfectants and commercial cleaners.
- Silicone – This material does not support microbial growth. It is moisture resistant and can withstand extreme cleaning based chemical products. Be mindful that silicone is a waxy material not found in nature.
- Thermoplastic Elastomer Blends (TPE)- This textile is composed of a mixture of plastic and rubber pieces. They are flame retardant, PVC free, and do not support microbial growth. There are limited selections on the market and TPEs cannot be recycled. This material is appealing with its antimicrobial properties, ability to recover from stretching, resistance to moisture and fading from UV lighting exposure.
Overall, textiles are essential to our interior spaces through various applications. It is our job as designers to make sure that the environment is not only beautiful, but also healthy. There is no easy definition of health, but we know both the emotional and physical aspects play a big role in our overall well being. As we design spaces moving forward, be mindful of the impact of the specified material properties, while
At Schroeder Solutions our mission is to create spaces that work. We are a commercial furniture dealership with three divisions under one roof: interior design, logistics and labor. Design Flows and Goes blog series has been created to bring insight into the world of design as our trends evolve.