With a new year, we always bring a fresh approach to commercial design and our intentions for the months and years to come. With that in mind, the Wallcoverings Association (WA) and our members are exceptionally in-tune with how our work and our products can make every space better for the people who live, work and reside in the spaces we design. There are many factors to consider and balance when commercial design of healthcare and caregiving facilities are looking to accomplish this approach.
Recently, the National Institute On Aging released a study linking optimism to extended lifespans and overall well-being. Specifically, for commercial designers working within the healthcare market, evoking calming spaces with the ability to conjure up joyous memories is essential. This optimistic outlook is merely an addition to the standard, experienced professional design approach of Universal Design. As the Institute for Human-Centered Design states, equity, flexibility and simplicity are three primary principles for Universal Design (UD).
New, innovative wallcoverings can help achieve this striking harmony where inclusivity and positivity meet. Our WA member manufacturers design with UD at the forefront while bringing together bright colors in muted hues and understated patterns. The looks offer a calming and soothing effect that blends with clinical and comfortable furniture and fixtures.
For healthcare facilities applying UD that brings about beneficial emotional responses for patients, caregivers and guests, there are many new and innovative options to utilize wallcoverings that are as beautiful as they are utilitarian.
Stepping Into the Garden
This is Universal Design in its simplicity of use, whether the user is disabled or not, and universal connection to all people regardless of background as stated above, with optimism as it’s best intent and advanced technologies for health benefits built in for cleanliness behind the scenes.
Softer Standard Surfaces
Particularly for healthcare and skilled nursing facilities that support patients and guests with neurodiversity, memory care for senior living and healing spaces supporting equity is one of the most important aspects of interior design. When décor blends with its surroundings, we have the ability to create a soothing environment for all. Therefore, all commercial designers must consider how colors and patterns can positively provide soft sensory reception for everyone in your space.