Embrace Your Inner Interior Designer: Design Tips for Senior LivingJune 10, 2019
Have you ever entered a clean, well-designed room and just felt immediately calmer? Our aesthetic surroundings do have an impact on our moods and emotional wellbeing.
Really, our homes and living spaces are a reflection of who we are, what we love, and what we value. In fact, the design choices we make and the belongings we choose to display greatly contribute to our overall comfort, health, and happiness. Whether you're considering moving to a community living environment like Blue Harbor Senior Living, or you want to help your parent make some quick and effective adjustments to their home, we have some great safety-minded interior design tips to share with you.
Color can quickly change the mood of a room, so use paint, curtains, and textiles to brighten your space and set the tone you want. At Blue Harbor Senior Living, all of our senior apartments start off as a blank slate for our residents, allowing them to design and decorate with whatever color scheme and theme they want! Additionally, residents can provide their own furniture. This means they can customize their apartments to suit their tastes and needs, further making their new space feel like home.
What are your favorite colors? Which colors bring you joy – or a sense of calm? Think about your favorite shades and begin planning around that! Add a pop of color to your pillows or blankets, and a whole feel of a room can be changed!
Let Light In
Natural light is an easy (and affordable) way to both brighten your mood and your home. All of our senior living apartments have large windows that allow you to let in the sunlight and fresh air. Many of our homes also have patios with doors that let in additional natural light and refreshing outdoor breezes.
In addition to natural light, lamps can make a huge difference! Lamps are an easy and stylish addition any home, creating a lovely ambience that may feel more calming than bright overhead lights. We encourage all seniors and residents to install night lights in their homes to prevent tripping hazards when moving around at night.
Bathrooms and showers can be slippery places! For that reason, it’s important for us to organize our bathrooms with care. Our assisted living apartments come with safety features such as grab bars or shower bench chairs.
Handheld showerheads can be especially useful for individuals who use bench chairs in the tub. Additionally, these showerheads often have special safety features like temperature and water flow controls, as well as multiple spray patterns that can offer users a massaging stream of water to ease stressed and tired muscles. These items can easily be found at local home improvement stores and pharmacies, and can make you or your family member feel more secure performing everyday tasks.
Make Floors Friendly
Wood floors can be slippery and area rugs can create opportunities for tripping. Thus all of our apartments come with carpet for enhanced safety, traction, and comfort for tired feet. Residents who use walkers love our low-pile carpeting because their walkers (or canes) don't catch.
Add Fun Memories
Who are your favorite artists? Do you have photos you love? Fill your home with a few of your favorite things, such as memories and your favorite art. This can create a soothing environment that feels like your own unique self-expression!
So, go ahead! Embrace your inner designer. Make your home safe and beautiful! We hope that you found these tips to be helpful. If you’d like to learn more about life at Blue Harbor, we’d love to meet you and talk more. Feel free to reach out to our True Blue team at any time!
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