Scandinavian style has been on trend for several years now. And it is showing no sign of going out of fashion any time soon. In this article we take a closer look at not only why Scandinavian design traits are easy on the eye, but also why it is the perfect look for a forward-thinking care home.
1. Modern style
Scandinavian design brings with it a very fresh and modern feel, despite the fact that it often utilises natural materials. By adopting it within care home bedroom décor you can offer residents a simple yet stylish space to call their own.
The cool minimalism of Scandi design doesn’t just offer an edge of fashion however, it is also incredibly functional and practical in a care home environment. Open-plan spaces with an emphasis on solid surfaces, neutral colours and light offers significant benefits in terms of hygiene and mobility. Limiting clutter and leaving ample room for wheelchairs and frames is a helpful byproduct of this style. By punctuating these neutrally decorated spaces with pops of colour and contrasting materials it is also possible to improve the dementia-friendly properties of a space.
2. Calming environment
White walls and furniture with clean lines can also contribute towards resident well being. Scandinavian design is a wonderful way to embrace natural materials that stimulate the senses, deliver a sense of calm and support general relaxation. Scandi colour schemes and smooth lines help to maximise natural light as it reflects off neutrally coloured furniture to transform bedrooms and social spaces into positive, peaceful environments. Research suggests that natural light has a positive impact on our health, and that bright lights in social spaces during the day can help to shape sleep–wake patterns.
Another characteristic of Scandinavian style is the regular use of greenery to punctuate otherwise minimalist spaces. This is particularly relevant in a care home environment due to the positive impact that plants and gardening activities can have on the elderly and infirm. Studies have suggested that engaging with the natural world helps to energise vulnerable groups and often encourage a sense of community and purpose.
Helpfully, Scandinavian interior design often relies on the use of houseplants to create a more welcoming, vibrant feel to an indoor space. Incorporating potting areas are a way to tie in the natural elements at the heart of Scandinavian design and use it to create happier healthcare communities.
3. Perception of space
Muted colours, natural lighting and space between objects and furniture can make a small room appear much larger. Adopting the Scandinavian style is a useful technique for making even the most modest room in a care home feel more expansive. This style places a premium on quality of furniture over quantity.
4. Neutral is universal
Scandinavian interiors are characterised by a neutral colour palette. In a care home setting this is beneficial because it is inoffensive and suitable for residents of all ages, genders and tastes, easily adapted to accommodate individual preferences with small additions and tweaks.
The simplicity of Scandinavian design makes furniture like chairs and sofas, perfect to contrast with brighter floors and soft furnishings. Techniques like this are great way to aid those with diminishing eyesight or those facing problems with dementia.
As well as valuing simplicity, serenity and contemporary design, Scandinavian style also focuses on the need for organisation. Without sufficient storage, rooms may become cluttered, which can both induce stress and increase the potential for trip hazards. Choosing furnishings that allow residents to tuck away belongings with ease can significantly reduce the risk of slips and trips.
YTM Furniture can provide a range of smart storage solutions with care home residents in mind, available in a variety of finishes to suit a Scandinavian style room. Of course, Scandinavian pieces can be mixed to complement other ranges of furniture suited to match resident capabilities.
According to Scandinavian design principles, things should be made to last and beautiful designs should be realised through high quality, sustainable products. With our five-year warranty and commitment to procuring components from sustainable sources, we align ourselves firmly with these values. If we have you intrigued in the Scandinavian design trend, why not get in touch today to discuss your needs?