The effect the aesthetics of an environment can have on an individual’s healing – from hangings on the wall to the paint on the ceiling to the flooring, is very important. The right environment can make all the difference to quality of life, and greatly improve the setting for people in care. Interior design trends are now becoming holistic in these fields, planning the optimum design features for maximum benefits to those in care.The healing environment People who have experienced health care environments in any form will be well aware of the negative aspects of older designs. Some old style health care environments are noisy, with hard surfaces and unsympathetic visual features which are really quite distressing. They’re strongly negative environments, usually uncomfortable, and anything but restful.That’s exactly the sort of environment which is being phased out with new health care designs. The new healing environments are designed to be much more empathic, quieter, and are actually even healthier for the staff, as well as the patients. The emphases are on positive values and good hygienic practice at all levels of care.Aesthetics and care facilitiesAesthetics do make a big difference in health care. The demanding, negative old style environment puts a physical and mental strain on sick people. Just navigating the hard floor can be a major ordeal, and actually very dangerous, if a frail patient should fall.It’s long been known that rest, peace and quiet are major healing factors, and these are the values most in evidence in the new interior design concepts. Restful colour schemes, better lighting where required and good use of space for facilities are all built in to the new designs.Comfort makes everyone feel betterA primary element of care is comfort. Comfort translates into reduced stress, as well as physical comfort. The reduced strain and reduced noise levels in health care centres using the new patient-friendly design features allow rest and healing to proceed. Patients react positively to this comfortable, healthy environment, and this reaction further reduces their stress levels.The friendly, healthy carpet flooring touchInterestingly, floor surfaces are directly related to health in several ways. A good carpeted surface requires less physical effort than a hard surface, very important for mobility-impaired patients. Floor space is also navigation space, and the feeling of a carpet is much less stressful to navigate than hard flooring. It’s also seen as less of a hazard, reducing stress caused by fear of falling. Antimicrobial carpets also reduce the spread of bacteria and help avoid additional medical issues.New carpet concepts, like modular carpet tiles, are rapidly becoming widespread in health care for their many positive features. The new carpet designs also allow for full custom design, improving the aesthetic values of the health care environs. These carpets are very cost-effective, easy to install and maintain, and are designed to be durable as well as comfortable and pleasant environmental features.