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The effects of colour and the power of nature

It’s no surprise that colour plays an important role in creating a home. Altro flooring and wall cladding solutions can be used to create certain moods, stimulate or calm depending on the needs of the residents. The vast choice we offer also means that when residents choose their own décor, we have something to suit everyone.

There are no hard and fast rules on using colour, it’s about considering the needs and tastes of the particular residents. We do know:

  • Humans have an attachment to nature as our body is synced to the natural environment around us. It’s called Biophilia. It means we are more likely to resonate with colours which are linked to nature and this can help with psychological recuperation. In care homes this can be achieved through colour but also using images of nature on the walls, created with Altro Whiterock Digiclad.
  • Bright colours appeal to children and create stimulating, fun rooms however, for those with autism, oranges, reds and yellows can be overstimulating. They can cause an increase in heart rate and loss of temper. However, red can stimulate appetite which is important in residential care, so it’s about balance and being in tune with the residents’ needs. Using Altro Whiterock Splashbacks or using colour on the floor, rather than the walls, can be less overwhelming. It is recommended that learning areas or Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) rooms are a neutral grey so as not to distract from learning areas within the rooms, which tend to be brightly coloured.
  • For the aging eye, the yellowing of the eye lens means that the blue end of the spectrum is lost first so many care homes with older residents prefer neutral shades or those at the yellow/red end of the spectrum.

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