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Designing for Dementia

Flooring is one of the most essential factors in determining a basis for designing a dementia environment as it has much impact on safety and orientation of a space, giving patients confidence, security and independence.

We would like to contribute to creating a safe and pleasurable environment, providing a sense of well-being for the residents of special care and dementia institutions. That's why we have made a comprehensive selection of dementia floor coverings that help to create a this safe and pleasurable environment.

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Flooring products and designs

In creating our dementia flooring we have selected floor designs that are suitable for special care, assisted living and dementia environments. Our selection, created by our design team with the help of independent consultants, results in a series of floor designs that can be combined with each other and offer a suitable basis for other interior finishes.

Go to our Dementia product finder to explore the selection

Creating a collection

Designing for dementia is no ‘exact science’ in the sense that clear boundaries can be made as to which design is or is not suitable. When it comes to using individual colours, designs or textures it can well be that what is ‘good and acceptable’ in one country may well be judged to be ‘questionable or not accepted’ in another.

In our offer we have tried to keep an open mind and focused on the practical tools that help create suitable environments. It is important to realize that the choices you make always depend on the specific project and that common sense and basic design principles lie at the start of every interior design. In a dementia environment no single design element stands on its own. More so than in other situations the floor is an integral part of the design, together with the color of the walls, doors, furniture, sanitary fitting and lighting schemes. Providing contrast in lightness between the various objects is of importance, just as providing harmony within the individual objects.

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Colour and colour combinations
Colour, also in designing for dementia is a matter of taste. In our selection therefore we have not made a colour choice as such. Instead we looked closely at the contrast and harmony in lightness of the colours with which designs can be created that provide a good bases for the colours of other interior elements such as walls and furniture. Contrasting floor colours in a building can be used to indicate that certain areas are off-limit, f.e. staff areas, or indicate a clearly different space, f.e. stairs, bathroom, or toilet.

Light refection values
Light reflection values (LRV) are the most important design tools for dementia environments. We have added the LRV of all products in our dementia flooring selection In this way combinations of various colours and products can be made by using identical or contrasting LRV’s for the area that needs to be furnished. As LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, also the LRV of wall covering or furniture can be measured against the colours chosen for the floor. In our set-up you can see the light reflection values of all products grouped together which allows you to make a choice within a certain LRV range or decide to go beyond that. In this way the LRV guide of the dementia flooring selection provides a practical tool for designers of dementia environments

Designs
The designs in our collections are coordinated, in such a way that different products can be used next to each other. There are no strong repetitive patterns with ‘trompe d’oeuil’ effects, where people are confused or tempted to try and pick design elements from the floor. Our designs all are matt, avoiding the disturbing reflection that occurs with high gloss surfaces (be careful that a cleaning and maintenance regime also results in matt flooring surfaces). We have also paid attention to select a number of designs that by their nature provide a homely atmosphere. Textile, vinyl as well as linoleum designs are able to generate a recollection of the past and to create an environment that looks like being home whilst being in a dementia environment. In particular the subdued wood designs in our selection are an example of this. Finally choices are made in such a way that when applied correctly, there are no transitions between different surfaces that are difficult to manage at old age.

Our dementia floor covering selection

For the applications in dementia environments we have selected the following floor coverings:

Marmoleum: Our natural Marmoleum floors are available in a wide range of tranquil allover designs. Marmoleum has a smooth surface which makes maneuvering easy even when walking has become a ‘shuffle’.
See the Dementia Marmoleum selection in the product finder

Step slip resistant vinyl: Step safety vinyl is available in natural wood and stone designs as well as various muted colors. The traditional shiny non slip particles have been replaced by mat crystals that do not light up.
See the Step safety flooring dementia selection in the product finder

Eternal design vinyl sheet: Eternal is available in mute all over natural designs that mimic homely environments. Seamless application is ideal for corridors as well as living areas.
See the Eternal vinyl dementia selection in the product finder

Allura luxury vinyl tiles: Allura tiles create realistic natural floors without the hazard of tripping or seams opening up. Easy to install and decorative. Out of the wide collection of designs we have chosen the most suitable and muted, tone in tone items.
See the Allura selection for dementia in our product finder

Flotex flocked flooring: this textile floor covering is created from a densely packed nylon flock surface mounted on a vinyl backing. It can be cleaned with water detergent and scrubbers and as such is the most hygienic textile in the market.
See the Flotex selection in the product finder

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