Decorating an assisted living apartment: what a fun item to have on your to-do list! Whether you’re planning your own new space, or helping a loved one make the transition, you may be wondering how to get started. At The Herrick House, we have some suggestions for making the new apartment feel like a warm and cozy home.
5 tips to help you decorate an assisted living apartment
1. Color your world. Have you always wanted to go lighter? Now’s your chance. Neutral or light colors create a feeling of openness and space. So, when you are shopping for furniture, décor, throws, or even wall art, keep that in mind. Consider swapping out a lighter lampshade for a darker one.
And use natural light as much as possible to keep things lighter. All apartments at The Herrick House offer residents views of the lovely gardens and grounds, making it easier to benefit from lots of natural light. So let the sunshine in!
2. Get rid of clunky. Carry over the theme of “easy living” into your personal space. Let go of that worn, full-sized couch and try a love seat instead. Leave the large dining table behind and find one that’s comfortable for four, or even two. Think small as you consider new pieces. Maybe nesting tables. Or a smaller chair for watching television or reading. Not only will this all feel less heavy, it will help keep pathways clear so you can more easily and safely move about.
3. Enjoy the reflection. What can both brighten a room and make it feel twice as big? A well-placed mirror. For instance, hang a mirror opposite a window so it can reflect the light. Or place one behind a light source so it can amplify the brightness. Use your imagination!
4. Double up. As you are considering new pieces, think dual purpose. An ottoman that includes storage. A wicker coffee table with storage underneath. A bookcase with a fold-down table. Today’s designers offer a multitude of possibilities to consider as you decorate an assisted living apartment. You might take a peek into other residents’ apartments and see the creative ways they are using their space.
5. Rise to the occasion. Think up! Your walls offer space for shelving, artwork, mirrors and more. While you don’t want to fill every inch, you can use it as a canvas for the mood you’re trying to create. Grandchildren’s photos. Favorite artwork. Mirrors. It also lets you occasionally move things around easily when you have something new to add.
Decorating your apartment: Don’t forget your goal
Overall, you want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere; a place that feels like home the moment you enter. Where you can sit back, relax and reflect on the carefree lifestyle you’ve gifted yourself. Giving some thought to the ambiance you want to create also gives you a feeling of control and independence; after all, this is your haven! It’s one you can be proud of, and a place you’ll enjoy having guests visit.
Making it feel like home
Each apartment at The Herrick House has a kitchenette, featuring cabinet space, sink, refrigerator and microwave. Heat and air conditioning are controlled within individual apartments. Windows can also be opened to provide fresh air. Residents are encouraged to create the ambiance that best suits their tastes. Several floor plans are available.
The privacy and independence of living in your own home, with the care and camaraderie you need to maintain a healthy quality of life. At The Herrick House, you have it all. We’d love to tell you more.