The purpose of the study was to redecorate the dining-room environment at a geriatric hospital in a way that agreed with the prior living of the patients. We also wanted to be able to evaluate the eventual psychological and medical effects on the patients of such a change. While two thirds of the patients expressed a preference for the redecorated dining- the attitudes of the personnel seemed to be influenced by fur rtiorfal rather than aesthetic considerations. Still the study seems to have promoted a change in attitude towards the geriatric erivironment.