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Title: Colour in spaces for people with dementia : principles, decisions and implementation
Author: Topping, Pamela
ISNI:       0000 0004 6350 7933
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2017
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There remains a lack of design principles for colour solutions in designed spaces for those with dementia. As we enter the 21st Century awareness of the impact of design on wellbeing has increased yet evidence-based colour and design principles fail to exist and limited progress and innovation in design for dementia permeates almost every healthcare building. Decision makers or those with a responsibility towards designing for dementia frequently struggle with colour and design choices, unsure and afraid of implementing wrong colour decisions. The lack of available information and the complexity surrounding colour schemes contributes to ineffectual colour design choices, resulting from an unfocused design process that is uninformed, unstructured and difficult to navigate. The literature review of this thesis builds on the strengths and limitations of previous design for dementia publications/recommendations that are widely accepted as current best practice. Design for dementia is a relatively new concept, and recognition that form and structure can be defined by colour at the planning stage of the design process remains the important link in the understanding of place-making for dementia. This research explores current operating colour and design guidelines in design for dementia, and examines how colour choices influence the design process in dementia care facilities. The study collates colour information from six case studies cross referenced or contextualised by research data from a wide range of decision makers and professional backgrounds, questioning how colour decisions were reached. Discussing the relationship of colour, design, light and nature, the thesis connects to the emerging importance of dwelling, identity, belonging and the concept of home for people with dementia.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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