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Project Description

Fairfield Residential Care Home 

Fairfield is a residential care home for the active elderly in North Oxford.  The original Victorian building is set in spacious grounds affording space for a new purpose built care home with 40 en-suite bedrooms and extensive communal facilities.  Our brief was to design a scheme that was warm and welcoming for the residents, would appeal to visitors especially the younger generation who would be invited to the home for activities and one that enhanced the beautiful light and airy architectural style of the new home.  We also felt that the interior scheme needed to connect with the environs of the new building and in doing so this make residents feel more established more quickly in their new home.  With this in mind we proposed a botanical theme which we felt met the brief with its broad appeal, obvious connection with the local environment, potential for plenty of intergenerational activities within the home and the colour palette options it could offer.  The colours within each room not only worked with the botanical theme but were chosen very much with the function in mind.  Colour Psychology (the study of how colour affects us emotionally, physically and intellectually) played an important role within the design with careful consideration given to which colours we used in which areas.

Photos by Sophie Carson


Client Testimonial

‘The residents are enjoying the interior design scheme that HomeSmtihs developed for our new residential care home. Jacqui and her team took their inspiration from the large floor to ceiling windows and brought the outside in with the use of botanical designs and calming colours. We are all delighted with the finished effect.’

John Cole, Chair of Trustees, Fairfield

‘Oxford Architects have recently worked with HomeSmiths on the interior design for a residential care home project in Oxford. Their friendly, professional, and pro-active team had a positive attitude and were open to honest collaboration. During the design stage, they carefully considered the needs of their target audience and welcomed feedback which resulted in the completed overall look and feel desired by the client. We have developed a good working relationship with HomeSmiths and that is something we hope to be able to continue doing on other projects in the future.’

Jeannine Baker-Wilson, Associate, Oxford Architects


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