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Design lessons from environments other than care homes

Inspired by a recent stay in a hotel, care home design expert Sue Earrey of Tulip Care Environments reflects on what lessons can be learned from other environments.

I was fortunate enough to take a break in the sun in September and stayed at an eclectic and funky hotel. The finishes there led me to post a picture on LinkedIn and what resulted was a conversation around various finishes that play with an aged mind and sight! Yes, I am on that journey!

Don’t get me wrong, the hotel was amazing and probably designed for a younger clientele. The ‘boutique hotel’ label seems to give license for being different, and the care sector is no different as we’ve seen references to boutique care homes for some years.

Yet we should be mindful when choosing interior designers, as they can design for a hotel and understand the uniqueness of care home environments. Should, and how, does an interior designer allow their design expertise to be negatively influenced by the building’s owner?


Floor finishes is where the conversation started. Stairs with a turn, finish

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