Forbo: the green shoots of spring (1)

WITH spring just around the corner, many people are now looking towards the warmer months and spending time in the great outdoors. Of course, when it comes to thinking about nature, the first colour that enters our minds is green; green grass, green trees, green fields.

It’s no surprise, with green being the colour of nature, that it symbolises growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green is associated with great healing power and is said to be the most restful colour for the human eye [1].

And these are some of the reasons green was chosen as one of the main colours in the new extra-care housing scheme, Erskine Court.

Design consultant Alex Salway, from Daring Design UK, designed the interior of Erskine Court for Southampton City Council; a ‘housing with care’ facility designed for the over-55s and one of the first of its kind in Southern England.

Residents have access to care 24/7 if they need it, while also maintaining their independence and having space in which to socialise and be part of a community.

Alex said: ‘The theme of the building was to bring the outside in, something Forbo’s product range allowed me to do with their impressive range of colours. Owing to my research into creating a positive environment for the elderly, I opted for Forbo’s Flotex Metro collection for this project as not only was the colour range vast, but it’s also Allergy UK approved, which is suitable for an environment where a healthy indoor environment is of upmost importance for resident’s well-being.’

Spanning three floors, the Flotex Metro was used in various colours to easily distinguish each floor for the residents, and help them identify their own floor and apartment; it was installed in the breakout areas of each floor and in each lift and stair landing area.

With its green tones, the Citrus colourway was used on the ground-floor to represent leafy grass, therefore allowing residents to recognise this as the lowest level in the building.

Then, Tangerine, a shade of orange, was used on the first floor to represent earth; and the blue shade Petrol was used to represent the sky, to help residents recognise that they were on the top floor.