Can Interior Design Improve the Quality of Life?

This Factsheet no 34 suggests key features to consider in designing the interior of new or refurbished housing for older people, including extra care. It also contains photo 'tours' of two extra care schemes that illustrate the application of design features. The author, an interior designer with PRP Architects, describes the sort of materials and furniture that are now available as new suppliers move into this market.

It is intended to be used as a discussion tool and aid when considering the interior design for a new build or refurbishment housing scheme for older people, including extra care housing. It is not about building regulations and correct design guidelines (you can find that in Factsheet no 6, Design Principles for Extra Care (opens new window), and other relevant resources on the Design pages on the Housing LIN web site), but rather about finding inspiration for making purpose-built housing desirable and an attractive place where older people want to live.