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Dementia and Design

With More & More Research Being Carried Out Regarding the Importance and Benefits of Aesthetic Environments in the Healthcare Sector, How Can You as an Interior Designer Ensure you are Providing a Unique & Affordable Scheme to Stand Out from your Competitor’s?



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In the past dementia care homes were often functional yet un-inspiring in regards to design.  Fortunately (!), environmental psychologists have proved a well-designed, positive and warm environment can improve a patient’s mental well-being and lead to improved health - que the cre...

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In the past dementia care homes were often functional yet un-inspiring in regards to design. 

Fortunately (!), environmental psychologists have proved a well-designed, positive and warm environment can improve a patient’s mental well-being and lead to improved health - que the creative ideas buzzing around your head!

So how can colour & pattern be used as a therapeutic tool in a dementia home?

Myth’s such as “elderly people can’t see blue & green” can scare designers away from using certain colour schemes and patterns - In actual fact most of this advice is based on very little or virtually no evidence (Margaret Calkins Ph.D.), and blue & green are actually calming & restful colours for the mind which can also lower blood pressure. This particular myth was most likely to be derived from the proven theory that elderly people, particularly those with dementia, can suffer from differentiating similar colours due to a reduction in the perceived saturation of colours. This being said, contrast in a dementia care setting is vital to highlight important visual elements and aid with unassisted living - for example the chair seats should contrast to the floor so people can see where the edge of the chair is.

Another area designers often shy away from is the use of pattern in dementia homes - bold & busy patterns can cause confusion and be perceived as moving objects. However, the right patterns in the right colours can help residents with their perception of objects, and unique imagery used within design may engage childhood memories by linking to familiar places, for example the seaside – which in turn creates a positive environment and improves mental well-being. I would recommend reading ‘Patterns in Interior Environments’ by Patricia Rodemann in which she discuss’ the correlation between:

 Pattern design + colour x length of exposure = physical + psychological effect -> behaviour 

As an interior designer specialising in the dementia care sector, you are obviously passionate about providing a welcoming, joyous and positive home for the people living there, therefore attention to detail is key when creating your schemes and mood boards. I have found through working with our clients they often come across one of the following obstacles blocking their fabulously creative path:

- The fabric you like is in the complete wrong colourway.

- It is All. The. Same. Zzzz. 

- How expensive?!

- You can’t find anything unique enough to match your amazing design ideas.

- A fabric you love, finally! Oh, wait... It’s not flame retardant.

- There is a minimum volume requirement to order. 

So, we came up with a solution which is now used & loved by international & award-winning interior designers. With the Evans Bespoke Design & Contract Print Service we will ensure you get the correct bespoke design, colourway & contract fabric base within budget.

“The Bespoke Design & Print Service from Evans gave me a point of difference when creating my schemes for Sevenoaks - Care UK. Working with the textile designer Beth, I was able to make the properties unique, slightly quirky and enhance the quality of living whilst also ensuring the designs were dementia friendly. We were able to make the rooms functional yet homely by designing reversible throws and cushions, & unique imagery within the fabric was used in themed destination points - All in all the service was easy to use & the finished product created a warm and positive atmosphere within the home.”

Diana Celella – Director of The Drawing Room Interiors & President Elect SBID. 

How We Can Help You…

1. Send Our Design Team Your Brief.

This can be anything to inspire our creatives, from a colourway to a concept image. If you have your own design just send it over to us & we can put it into a repeat for printing.

2. Design Approval

We will work with you to create your perfect design. Our team will send you images of the design for your approval via email & then post, so you can see the true scale and colour.

3. Fabric Selection & Sampling

Samples can be prepared on a wide range of flame retardant fabric bases. Please see our brochure or sample card for full specifications and care instructions. Our design & print team will help you choose the most suitable fabric for your project. 

4. Printing

Using the latest digital printing technology we are able to prepare accurate designs with precise colour matching. 

Once you have approved the sample we will print your required meterage and ensure a prompt dispatch.

Contact: BethCallan@Evans-textiles.com

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Dementia and Design
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United Kingdom
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