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Artful care home design is just across the corridor

Interior designer Jacqui Smith, co-director of Sussex-based practice HomeSmiths, explains how enlightened use of corridor spaces can enhance the experience of care home residents without blowing the budget

Whether it is a care home or a retirement living scheme, engaging corridor spaces make an enormous difference to how residents feel in their living environment. 

While colour contrast, good lighting, acoustics and furniture layout are key to supportive design for older people, treating corridor areas as spaces in their own right - spaces which residents can connect and engage with, and spaces which encourage social interaction – is a really important consideration.  

Corridor features also play a vital role in wayfinding: residents will navigate using the visual clues of objects and images before colour. 

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