As the elderly gradually lose the ability to discriminate between colours, and this is exaggerated for people living with dementia, the use of contrasting colours is vital. The addition of texture and semi-plains will create interest, whilst fabrics for bedding and seating that clearly contrast with carpets and other flooring will optimise visibility, with the addition of contrasting piping on the edge of seating, bedspreads, or on the drawn back edge of the curtains, assist in making life easier. Focusing on lighting, it is paramount to optimise the consideration given to LRVs. Natural daylight diffuses easily, to mitigate this, care home professionals should ensure that windows are designed to allow curtains to be drawn back fully to avoid overlapping the window, to allow as much light as possible to enter the room. For rooms such as bedrooms that require additional privacy, the addition of sheers can create an almost acoustically transparent curtain that allows natural light to diffuse into the room, whilst still giving the level of privacy required. Upholstery and drapery that feature calming designs and textures that facilitate feelings of relaxation and comfort can also be utilised to complete wider interior design schemes that look to create an inviting home environment. This is particularly important for residents with complex health conditions, such as dementia. By choosing subtle designs in soothing yet contrasting colourways, professionals can help to minimise confusion or vision reduction, which affects how individuals with dementia identify colour and patterns. This includes upholstery and drapery that features simple geometric shapes such as tartans and checks, in addition to familiar floral and coastal designs, which are available across a wide range of basecloth options suitable for upholstery, curtains, bedding, cushions and accessories, to help create a cohesive look and feel. By working in partnership with a specialist contract fabric manufacturer and their technical team from the initial design stages, care home professionals can achieve a collaborative approach that ensures successful specification by ensuring the most appropriate and compliant fabrics are chosen to meet the specific requirements of the installation.