Tips for Decorating Senior Living Apartment Homes
Decorating their new senior living apartments is a time for seniors to explore, imagine, and have fun with their new living space. Here are some tips.
How decorating senior living apartments can enhance a senior’s daily life
Think about it: do you know how you can walk into some spaces and not feel anything? Yet, you go into another, and you feel it right away: a distinct, positive energy, as though the furnishings, arrangement, and hues are inspiring activity and even happiness.
That’s the goal behind decorating senior living apartments: to embellish and enhance your days and evenings, to create a unique living space that energizes you as you embark on new adventures, and is a soothing haven when you’re ready to rest and relax.
So how do you get started?
Work with a floor plan
It’s hard to break habits. You might have liked the way your rooms in your previous residence flowed, or you may have just become so used to them that you didn’t even consider another way. Now that you are going lighter with less furniture, be open to a whole new flow. Looking at floor plans and sketching some arrangements can help you consider new ideas for decorating your senior living apartment.
It’s true: lighter and natural colors do make a room feel larger. They’re also quite soothing. You can always add color with a throw pillow, lap quilt, or even artwork. But the main thing is to find out what appeals to you. Visit a home décor store, flip through some design magazines or even peek inside another resident’s apartment. See what speaks to you.
Oversized, clunky furniture weighs you down, is a tripped hazard and takes up too much space. Now’s the perfect time to soak up the joys of having less to worry about—and that includes your furniture. A smaller dinette set. A new comfy rocker instead of a cumbersome recliner. Maybe a small curio cabinet for your favorite keepsakes or an ottoman that doubles for storage. Decorating for senior living means opening up walkways and thinking dual-purpose.
Have photos of grandkids you love to see every day? A painting you created that you’ve always loved? Maybe some posters from favorite concerts, musicals or travels. Your walls are your new gallery! You can surround yourself with memories and inspiration. And it’s easy to move things around when something new catches your eye.
Do some reflecting
Making a room brighter and feel more open is always a bonus. One simple way to do this is with well-placed mirrors. Take a look at how the light comes into your space and hang a mirror opposite that window; the sunlight will be amplified. In fact, in any part of a room, a mirror can create the feeling of more space.
Make it your home
This might be the most important of all tips for decorating a senior living apartment. Be sure you always keep your main goal in mind: how you can create your own wonderful home that you’ve chosen, designed, and can enjoy. Be sure to find a place for the items that bring you joy, whether it’s a cherished embroidered throw at the foot of the bed, a beautiful heirloom lamp, or a precious memento from your honeymoon. If it makes you smile, it should be part of your new home!
Everything you need to live well and live better
That’s how senior living should be, and we do our best to make it that way at Avalon Park in Cottleville. Locally owned and managed, our independent living community is designed by neighbors, for neighbors. Helping you feel right at home is what it’s all about.
And if your needs change, you’ll have access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services—which we call “supported autonomy”—right in the comfort of your apartment.