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The Best Colour Door Mats for People With Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning, affecting memory, thinking speed, language, understanding, judgement, mood, and movement. It impacts more than 850,000 people in the UK, with one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six people over 80 living with the condition[1]. For those with dementia, simple changes in their environment, such as the colour of a door mat, can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, enhancing their quality of life.

The Importance of Colour in Dementia Care

Colour therapy can be beneficial for those with memory loss. Different colours can provide contrast in spaces and help distinguish different objects[2][2].

The Best Colours for Door Mats

When it comes to door mats, the colour choice can significantly impact individuals with dementia. Dark colours, such as black, can cause distress due to a phenomenon known as a visual cliff. This is an optical illusion-like image that looks like a drop or hole caused by colour variations, such as dark colours on light.

For dementia patients, who may have regressed cognition, they may perceive these dark-coloured mats as holes or drops, causing them to avoid walking on them. This can lead to distress and potential health problems.

Door Mat Colour Examples

To avoid this, light-coloured mats are recommended. According to Designing For Dementia, neutral, earthy colours are best, and making all parts of a room the same colour can prevent elopement (wandering away from a safe space).

The Role of Coir Matting

Coir mats are an excellent choice for homes where people with dementia are living. They are naturally neutral in colour, making them less likely to cause distress or confusion.

In addition to their colour, coir mats are also beneficial due to their texture. Soft surfaces are important for comfort and in the event of a fall. Carpet, plush surfaces, and soft foam are all great materials for safe and calm environments.

Coir matting in a doorway


For homes where people are living with dementia, simple things like using a door mat in a colour they are comfortable with can reduce stress and anxiety for them. For businesses, schools, and other publicly accessed buildings, this is also important for accessibility reasons. By understanding the impact of colour on individuals with dementia, we can create more supportive and less stressful environments, enhancing their quality of life.

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