Care homes wishing to revamp their interior design should always work with a specialist that understands the sector and residents’ needs.
Calla Style Designs has been working with care homes for many years and provides a full project management service.
This covers everything from decoration to lighting and flooring. It uses a team of trusted sub-contractors who work sympathetically in care homes to ensure minimal disruption to residents’ daily lives.
“Care homes are keen to add more value to individual rooms,” says director Greg Slaughter. “Families are prepared to travel to care homes that look smart, fresh, warm and homely.”
He adds that disruption to residents’ lives must be minimalised.
“Small things can make a big difference. For example, if you take a resident’s pictures off their wall to decorate it is important to put back at the end of the day,” says Slaughter. “Also we are aware of the colours and tones needed to support residents with dementia.
“It is all about careful planning. There are times when you have to be quiet when carrying out work and you tend to decorate the dining rooms and lounge areas in the evenings when residents are in their own rooms.”
Fellow director Kate Boxall says the tradespeople used by Calla Style Designs are also sensitive to the fact they cannot leave tools on the floor because some residents are in wheelchairs.
Calla Style Designs will come up with specific design ideas that will work for an individual care homes and its residents.
“Great design and redecoration lifts the mood of the staff, residents and their families,” says Boxall. “Most of our clients will consult with residents on what they would like to see, and we advise on what will work well. For example, neutral colours are better in residents’ rooms because people like to bring in their own pictures or soft furnishing and we do not want colours to clash.”