Our growing priority of interior design in healthcare and senior living facilities it to create comfortable environments. They feel more home like than institutional.
I use color for way finding in all of my senior facilities. It is so much easier ( for any of us!) to find a location by associating a color. For example, first floor is blue accent paint, blue furniture in the living room, blue paint on the stairwell door wall. This alerts you to the floor you are on and it is also convenient for guests.
Another good use of color is to make transitions in hallways - from one part of the clinic to another or from assisted living to healthcare.
Finally my favorite way to use color in senior facilities is in the restrooms. Who doesn't want to look at a splash of color in their public restrooms? Too often they are boring white or beige.
Have fun with color - and know that seniors like color too!
Brenda L. Brady, ASID is a commercial interior designer with over 20 years of expertise in senior facilities, corporate offices, labs and healthcare design.
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