Dulux Decorator Centre colours lives at Yorkshire care home

21 July 2023

Dulux Decorator Centre has supported the redecoration of the Parklands Care Home in Rawcliffe, helping residents maintain their independence by supplying paints that easily help them identify their rooms.

Parklands is a private care home, providing accommodation to around 30 residents and specialising in dementia and elderly care. The home received a donation of £250 from Dulux Decorator Centre to rejuvenate the home and make it a more comfortable environment for residents.

Colour is imperative to helping those living with dementia retain autonomy by aiding wayfinding. This was taken into consideration when selecting paint colours for redecorating the bedroom doors at Parklands; they needed to be bold to ensure they are easily findable and recognisable. The colours chosen were the bright Pepper Red, Lemon Zest, Passion Flower and Sage Green.

Dulux Decorator Centre in Pontefract donated Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood in these shades to refresh bedroom doors and offer a tough and durable finish. Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood utilises non-yellowing water-based technology that will keep the doors in top condition for longer. This means that there is less need to touch up the paintwork regularly, resulting in minimal disruption to staff and residents in the long term. The paint is also quick drying, reducing disruption during the application process.

Kimberley Greaves, Home Manager at Parklands Care Home, is delighted with the results. She said: “Not only do the doors look great, we’re also thrilled with the benefit the new colours have provided our residents. It is amazing to see how paint can help us in continuing to deliver top quality care, bringing colour to the home in both a physical and emotional sense.”

Dulux Decorator Centre has a long history of supporting the redecoration of care homes, with nationwide sector managers on hand to offer advice on the best colours and paints to use for projects. Knowledge is drawn from the Dulux Trade Dementia Friendly Colour Palette, made in collaboration with the BRE and tapping into research by Loughborough University & Halsall Lloyd Partnerships. The palette and supporting guide are available to view on the Dulux Decorator Centre Specifier Hub, where more information and insights into decorating for those living with dementia can be found.

Jim Sexton, Manager at Dulux Decorator Centre Pontefract, explains: “We were really pleased to have been able to support the redecoration of the Parklands Care Home. The use of Dulux Trade Satinwood ensures the vibrant shades chosen will look can-fresh for as long as possible.”

For more information on decorating for dementia, please visit: https://www.duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk/care-homes-dementia-friendly-design