Evidence based design is the practice of using research and data when making decisions about physical space in an effort to achieve the best possible outcomes. Evidence based design is most commonly acknowledged for creating healing environments in healthcare focused facilities, but it has also become a natural school of though for interior designers across the industry. Residential and commercial design, retail spaces, offices, hotels, restaurants, and even museums have benefitted from the use of evidence based design.
When you think of your local healthcare facility, do you think of expansive lobbies that have lots of natural light? How about décor that includes soft neutrals, greenery and plants, and even fountains? Or maybe you think of large signage that leads you straight to where you need to go. If these are common to your facility, it was likely designed using evidence based design.
When it comes to creating commercial spaces like many of those we see in the Design for a Difference program, evidence based design plays a large role in the overall look and feel. Depending on the space, the interior and exterior design is often primarily focused on how the space makes someone walking in feel when they see it. Many of these remodels include earthy décor, bright colors, and comforting furniture that is just as functional as it is clean and beautiful.
Not only does the Design for a Difference team use evidence based design to create gorgeous makeovers, but they also change lives. There is no limit to the type of charity that Design for a Difference will work with. Whether it’s providing healthcare needs or servicing those with mental, physical, emotional, or financial needs, the Design for a Difference team is here to help. At the core of our mission, we believe that design changes lives, so it’s imperative that our teams create spaces that encourage a welcoming environment for everyone involved.
So, what are some examples of the physical difference that evidence based design can make? First, it’s crucial to note that these makeovers are not possible without the help of IDG showrooms, designers, and local businesses. These local helpers make DFAD projects possible. That being said, new floors are often installed to give the space a clean slate. With new, functional floors, the rest of the design can focus on increased functionality and finishes. Walls are usually painted or resurfaced and ceilings are often tiled. This helps bring a unique touch to the space, and often helps to brighten the space. Each and every color is chosen with care and attention depending on the type of space and design goals.
With every Design for a Difference project, our team is proving that details matter. While the look of the space is incredibly important, recipients are usually amazed when they settle in. Realizing just how practical each and every design is to their daily lives is something that simply cannot be replaced. In many cases, there are new activities, more spaces for productivity, and defined areas for certain types of work. These environments are a direct result of evidence based design and its healing properties.
While we continue to focus on just how incredible evidence based design can be, let’s not forget what Designing for a Difference truly means: changing the lives of those around us by creating spaces that make a difference every day.