Continuing from Part 1, another very important factor to consider when consindering dementia interior design for a care home is the application of colour.
Colour has an increasing number of uses in the care home environment from helping residents find their way independently by colour coding hallways and personalising bedroom doors through to the management and encouragement of positive moods and the feeling of safety.
Colour for dementia interior design
Dementia has such a varied spectrum of symptoms that the use of colour is not a one size fits all solution, however, the following have been shown to have some positive effects:
Reds, golds and oranges: These colour ranges when used together are relaxing and good colours to use in living/day room environments. Red in particular has been shown to increase cognitive ability making it excellent for use in living/day rooms where socialising can occur. Red can also produce adrenaline and promote a healthy appetite.
Green: This colour is often associated with nature and energy, a huge benefit to everyone. It is an exceptionally appropriate for bedrooms as it promotes a sense of balance whilst being calming and restful.
Yellow: This colour represents sunshine and energy making it an ideal colour for kitchens and dining rooms. Similarly to red, yellow has been shown to increase residents appetite.
Blue: This colour is a very calming colour and often promotes feelings of serenity and contemplation. Therefore it is a good choice for bedrooms, bathrooms and living/day rooms. When using blue, choose warmer shades to avoid making rooms feel too cold.
Pale colours are excellent in making areas seem larger which play a huge part in making rooms seem less cluttered, an important factor as described in part 1.
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