Fun Makes Good

Sheffield children's hospital - Parents' room ICU

I feel very privileged to have been commissioned by Artfelt - The Children’s hospital charity within Sheffield Children’s Hospital - for our first decorative interior commission.

Artfelt works with artists and designers to help transform the hospital’s walls and spaces with bright art, helping children recover in an environment filled with colour. We were invited to design an interior scheme for a private room for parents who’s children are being cared for within the intensive care unit. 

The room provides an important private space where parents can go to unwind, have a cup of tea and sometimes even nap. However the current room was dark, uninspiring and dominated by a large seemingly ugly sofa and we were commissioned to create a vibrant scheme to help enliven the space.

Working around the existing sofa, we developed a complimentary colour palette that would enhance the room and allow the sofa to blend into the scheme, rather than take over.  We wrapped the main walls in large geometric hand painted murals, helping to open up the space. The pattern continues over into the kitchen area with vinyl treatments on the cupboards and across the rooms single window. The transparent vinyl allows colourful light to filter into the space whilst also acting as a privacy screen.

To help soften the room and make it feel more homely, we created a series of playful framed art prints that compliment the wall murals and to help break up the previously dominating sofa, we made some of our signature patchwork cushions and pouffes.

The room has now been transformed through vibrant colour and pattern and it was a real privilege to work on site and have the chance to meet some of the parents who use the space on a daily basis and enjoy their reaction to the changes.

It was a throughly enjoyable experience and i’d like to thank Artfelt for the opportunity. 


Photography : Images courtesy Artfelt and Fun Makes Good

Materials : Healthcare approved vinyl upholstery fabric, vinyl treatments

Finish : Patchwork textiles, hand painted murals, framed art prints

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