Designing spaces in the aged care sector presents a unique set of challenges. The space needs to feel warm and homely for occupants, who could be living with a range of health conditions, including dementia.
Colour selection plays an important in helping occupants feel at ease. Yet in an environment where hygiene is key, painted interiors need long-lasting colour that’s easy to clean and maintain, too.
We offer durable and scrubbable products, specially formulated with anti-bacterial properties to help reduce the risk of infection, in line with appropriate cleaning practices.
Together with our industry-leading, evidence-based design principles we can help you create calming, welcoming spaces that put the needs of care home occupants first.
Hard-wearing Dulux products ideal for care homes
Dulux Trade Scuffshield Matt
Tough, water-based matt emulsion containing ultimate scuff resistant technology. Designed to protect against scuff marks, it’s also cleanable and offers good stain resistance, too. So, it’s ideal for use in high traffic areas such as corridors, stairwells and hallways.
Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond Matt
Quick-drying, water-based matt emulsion containing an in-film bactericide, to inhibit bacteria and reduce populations of MRSA and E. coli. Tough, scrubbable and stain-resistant, it’s ideal for all normal interior walls and ceilings.
NEW Dulux Trade Sterishield Dual Active Matt
Durable, quick-drying, water-based paint containing in-film antimicrobial additives, to inhibit bacteria and viruses – reducing populations of MRSA, S. Aureus, E. coli, Coronaviruses and Human Herpesvirus and Phi 6 bacteriophage. Stain-resistant and cleanable, it’s suitable for all normal interior wall and ceiling surfaces.
Dulux Trade Diamond Matt
Tough, cleanable emulsion with a smooth matt finish. Magnolia and Tinting Bases contain Anti-Fade Technology to protect colour pigments from damage. Achieves Class 1 ISO 11998 and Type C BS 7719 scrub ratings, helping walls withstand daily wear and tear. With Stain Repellent Technology built in, Diamond Matt is ideal for busy environments needing frequent cleaning.
Sector-specific colour knowledge
Designing For Dementia Colour Palette and Design Guide for Professionals
Discover how our evidence-based design principles can help you create supportive spaces that optimise occupant wellbeing inside care homes.
Aged Care Dementia Colour Palettes
Our Commercial Colour Consultants create dementia-friendly palettes including a colour for the main wall scheme, plus options for feature walls to aid wayfinding.
Social Care Dementia Friendly Colour Scheme
Our colour consultants help professionals create beautiful, functional spaces centred on the needs of occupants. Get in touch for specific advice on creating a dementia-friendly colour scheme for a care home or tap the button below to see an example moodboard.
Social housing Dementia Friendly Colour Schemes
Our colour consultants help professionals create beautiful, functional spaces centred on the needs of occupants. Get in touch for expert advice on colour schemes in the social housing sector or tap the button below to see an example moodboard.
Tools to support your care home specification
Dulux Trade Colour Schemer
This easy-to-use online tool makes it quick and simple for specifiers and designers to select ready-made colour schemes for care home projects.
Commercial Colour Service Consultants
Our experts can help you create dementia-friendly colour palettes.
Dulux Trade Interior Design App
This free tablet app makes it easy to create professional mood boards, using Dulux trade palettes, to share with colleagues and clients.
Dulux Trade Colour Sensor
This compact colour scanner finds the nearest shade from the Dulux Trade palette, giving you an instant match to your client’s colour preferences, on site.
Specification success stories
BRE Dementia House
How you can adapt a house, so it caters for different stages of dementia, using our dementia-friendly colour palettes and evidence-based design principles.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
How we used dementia-friendly interior design principles on a project with one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country.
How we undertook a historic project, transforming Alexandra Palace’s old BBC Transmitter Hall into a space that supports the vulnerable.