The Home in Care Home
This Buckinghamshire care home was built in the 1980s, with practical function being the only consideration for the interior. It was built to be efficient, not beautiful and whilst that was the expected norm we are delighted to see the demand for care homes to be designed with aesthetics in mind. After all this is still someone’s home and don’t we all want to live somewhere lovely no matter what age we are.
Bradbury House operates as a “home from home” and have always been proud of the friendly atmosphere and superb level of nursing care they they offer. They wanted their interior to better reflect this. The design process was a collaborative project with the residents being involved in the proposed designs and furniture specification where possible.
To create a more interesting and exciting scheme we introduced colour and pattern with nature as our inspiration. We suggested the use of wallpaper as accents. The wallpaper was installed above the handrail in the corridors, within panels in the dining room and as an accent wall in the lounge. Lighting was also very important. We combined wall and ceiling lights to ensure that there were no shadows whilst also making them decorative and moving away from the utility style so often seen. We recommended a variety of chair styles in the dining room and lounge. Together with a variety of fabric designs it made these large rooms a lot more interesting and introduced character. The surprising effect is that the residents now have their favourite chairs.
There were certain high traffic areas that were under a lot of pressure. The clients were keen for these areas to not only look significantly better but also to stand the test of time. We redesigned all common areas to create a more homely and modern look whilst ensuring all practical and operational aspects were seamlessly and subtly incorporated.
This now truly is a home from home.