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How flooring sets the mood and tone in a care home.

By Catherine Helliker, marketing manager at danfloor.

The floor is one of the most used spaces in an interior scheme, still we expect it to maintain its look and feel whilst withstanding constant use within a care home.

The floor sets the character and tone of a room; with the colours and patterns determining how a room ultimately feels.

Within care home settings the floor must be functional; it must be able to tolerate cleaning techniques that use powerful agents, it must absorb sound, it must aid with infection prevention and control. At the same time, it must create visual interest and work well with the rest of the interior, especially within reception areas where first impressions count.

As a result, we have seen an influence within the healthcare market from designs that are more accustomed to boutique hotels, places that upscale luxury, have a distinct personality and offer an intimate and personalised service. This is especially true for statement carpets specified for reception areas, lounges and private dining areas. Such designs offer aesthetic comfort and a chic look and feel.

In terms of carpet design, the scale and structure of the patterns, although striking, tend to have a domestic feel which suits many areas of a care environment including corridors and bedrooms. Having said that, such design can be up-scaled to create that “wow” factor for reception areas and lounges at the front of house.

The colour palette is also an important consideration.

Catherine Helliker

We often see very natural undertones combined with accented bright shades. Contrasting weights of colour in a blended stipple yarn can create that homely look, which is essential for areas that residents occupy more frequently.

Blending brighter colours in the design of the carpet can help to tie in flecks of colour throughout the other elements in the scheme, whether that is the curtains, cushions or furniture.

At danfloor, we have been manufacturing carpets for the UK healthcare market for 40 years now and during this time we have seen trends in colour and pattern change.

Design evolves as the needs, tastes and lifestyles of the people occupying such spaces change over time. This is why we launched the aptly named Evolution Collection which includes several designs from bold statement pieces to more subtle natural designs, in a range of on-trend colour combinations.

Since launch, this collection has evolved with new colour combinations and ranges being added. You will see these ranges in many beautifully designed care homes throughout the country.

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