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The strategic use of colour in dementia environments

Posted on Fri 25th Jan, 2019 in: Dementia DesignDementia Friendly Environments

Colour in dementia environments


Dulux working with the Building Research Establishment (BRE)


We have written many times on the blog about how good design can improve well-being in dementia environments and the role that colour and contrast has in this process. We were very interested therefore to read about how Dulux Trade is working with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to develop a series of colour ranges specifically with the needs of those living with dementia in mind.


It would seem that the colour ranges were developed for the purposes of identifying different areas through a kind of colour coding as well as providing the appropriate contrast required to give clear visual outlines that help people with declining visuoperceptual skills to navigate space effectively.


A ‘dementia-friendly demonstration home’ which they’ve named ‘Chris & Sally’s Home’ has been created with Loughborough University and uses colour, light and design to enable people with dementia to live in their own home well, safely and remain independent for longer. 


From this, they have produced new dementia colour palettes that can equally be used by dementia care facilities as well as in people’s homes. Read more about it here.


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