Our team provides thoughtful and deliberate design practices to transform a space into beautiful surroundings. We take pride in our abilities to provide desirable, homely environments whilst maintaining utmost practicality. We consider colour to contrast, lighting to assist ageing eyes and specialised furniture for comfort.
Colour and lighting are important elements of any aged care design strategy and are interconnected. The ageing eye not only affects a person's vision but also their perception of colour. There is a reduction of brightness and intensity of colour, increased glare and 'yellowing effect' which can be likened to viewing colour through a pale yellow film. Understanding these problems gives rise to the highest consideration when selecting colours for our environment. Of course, colours can also set a mood, energise or cool down.
Deliberate and thoughtful choice of colour in care settings is a powerful tool:
- Colour can create an environment that allows people to more effectively use the visual information they are receiving to navigate with ease. Clever use of colour contrast and colour choice can help a person orientate themselves in their environment and maintain functional independence.
- Colour can foster and reinforce new learning (for example, recognising the location of bathroom facilities based on colour coding).
- Colour can be a mood enhancer. Colour is often associated with meanings and has been shown to affect many aspects of human behaviour which include physiological measures of emotional responses, mood and behaviour.
Another important factor to consider is the use of contrast. If there is no contrast, objects cannot be easily differentiated. Using colour and creating contrast helps people to move about more confidently, thereby reducing confusion and agitation. Increasing contrast and using stronger colours can also help with other visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma.
Contrast between objects and background is extremely important. Some important areas we consider are:
- Table settings - we provide high contrast between the plates and the table or tablecloth. Lack of colour contrast on a plate can almost market it impossible for the aged eye to distinguish white food.
- Chair seats - we contrast with the floor to create a distinction with the edge of the chair. Similarly, sink basins should contrast with the surrounding counter.
- A very important contrast is with toilets or toilet seats. They should contrast with the floor and surrounding walls to make them more visible.