Downsizing and moving into a new home can be an unsettling experience for some seniors. Make the transition easier for your loved one by taking their taste, lifestyle, and daily routine into account when decorating the new space. Everything from the exterior and interior painting to the furniture arranging should be done not only to make the place pretty but also functional. Here are a few tips to ensure your senior’s living space meets their day-to-day needs.
How to Design With Seniors in Mind
1. Incorporate Keepsakes & Treasures
When moving your loved one into a new home, it’s important to bring items that are meaningful to them to make the space feel more familiar and comfortable. These items include cherished family photos, paintings, books, knickknacks, or even a favorite reading lamp or area rug. Since your senior is likely downsizing from a larger home, help them pick out a few treasured items that fit nicely into the space. Avoid cluttering up the home with too many items.
2. Keep Accessibility in Mind
Arrange items to maximize safety, function, and comfort. Keep hallways and areas around furniture clear of clutter, making sure there’s plenty of clearance for equipment, such as walkers or wheelchairs. Put the phone on a table next to a favorite chair. Place the television in a spot that’s comfortable for viewing in relation to the furniture. Place frequently used items in drawers, cupboards, and bins that are easily reached. Install grab bars near toilets and in tubs and showers for safety.
3. Choose the Right Color Scheme
Color sets a mood and adds style to any home. However, for visually impaired seniors, the right colors also enhance safety. Strong contrasts between the colors of the furniture, walls, window treatments, and flooring go a long way toward better visibility. Keep this in mind when choosing interior paint to go with your loved one’s furnishings. Don’t skimp on lighting, either. Make sure entryways and hallways are well-lit to avoid slips and falls. Placing lamps in areas where reading, crafting, and other activities take place minimizes eye strain. Bright lights in the kitchen enable seniors to readily find the utensils and ingredients they need to prepare meals.
Before moving your loved one into a new home, call the interior painting experts at CET Painting to help you choose the right colors to make the space more comfortable and beautiful. In addition to color consultations, they provide residential and commercial exterior and interior painting, deck staining, siding, and power washing services to homeowners of Westchester County, NY. For a free estimate or to schedule a free on-site consultation, call (914) 615-1415 or visit their website.