Spring Decorating Tips for Your Retirement Suite

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As we say goodbye to the winter months, many of us are ready to celebrate the arrival of warm weather with a home refresh.

Top your living room sofa with colourful throw pillows, upgrade your coffee table with a standout spring centerpiece, or add some potted plants and a collection of vintage-inspired vessels. There are so many fun and interesting ways for you to brighten and decorate your home during this time of renewal.

If you are an older adult who has downsized from previous or made the move into an active lifestyle in independent or assisted living, use the tips below to add on-trend spring decor to your new home in 2023.

Spring Decorating Trends for Your Retirement Suite

Lighting Gets an Upgrade

Great lighting is important all year long, and spring is the time to really let the sunshine in. After all, ambient light is a significant part of how a space makes one feel.

The overall focus for lighting this year is on raw natural materials, simple designs, and functionality. Envision colours, shapes, and textures that exude a feeling of softness, simplicity, and elegance while creating a cozy atmosphere.

Just remember – people in their 60s need three times more ambient light for comfortable reading than those in their 20. Due to a number of age related changes in vision, as well as vision changes associated with cognitive decline, adequate lighting is an important consideration that can affect a an older adult’s quality of life.

Accent Walls Go Floral

For big impact and a small amount of money, step things up this spring by creating an accent wall. Wallpaper is extremely versatile and can be used in just about any space, but it definitely makes a big impact in smaller spaces!

Refresh a bedroom or suite with a folksy floral or nature inspired accent wall. For seniors aging-in-place removable or peel-and-stick wallpaper is a fantastic option: it doesn’t damage walls and is easy to move as your needs or taste changes.

Pastels Make a Comeback

In 2023, home décor calls for a certain level of Zen—and this is where pastels come back in. In an article published by Spruce, pastels lightly mixed with neutrals are an effortless way to  integrate lighter colours with your existing décor. Think pastel throw cushions, blankets, or bedspreads.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that, as we age, the way we see colour changes. Older eyes are less able to distinguish between blues and greens. So, avoid using a colour palette that is predominately blue, green or another “cool” colour. Warm colours like shades of red and yellow are best!

Minimalism

For the last few years, interior designers have promoted minimalism as a way to reduce visual clutter and create a calming aesthetic in the home, and this trend is resonating more than ever as we enter spring 2023. For seniors, minimalism can be the perfect design trend – there is less to dust, and tripping or bumping hazards are reduced.

Gallery Walls

Free up valuable space by creating a gallery wall with your cherished photographs, art, and memories.

Gallery walls have been popular for quite some time, and they don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. They are also easy to create!  For an interesting mix of colours and designs, combine thrifted, vintage, and new frames. Choose a personal theme like grandchildren, a memorable holiday, or hobbies – the images will add personality and serve as a conversation starter when friends visit.

Arts & Craft Vibes

HGTV is predicting that DIY arts and crafts will hold steady in popularity, with macramé projects being one of the top choices. Bring back those 70s feelings with macramé wall hangings and planters!  As designers embrace bygone eras, you can expect to continue to see do-it-yourself art popping up throughout the next year.

Bringing Nature Indoors

Cozy summer balcony with many potted plants, cup of tea and old vintage book

With the advent of spring, our love for bringing the outdoors in will continue.  Focus on incorporating plants and natural materials like rattan, cane, leather, jute, wicker, and woven lighting.

Miniature greenhouses and contemporary conservatories are another look that is trending this year, whether that involves adding a plant-filled spot in a sunny corner of your home or creating a garden-inspired space with patterned accents.

Balcony Gardening

Make your senior apartment balcony shine this spring!  Every year, Pantone (a colour expert company) identifies a colour of the year. Viva Magenta reigns supreme in 2023.  Stay on trend by filling every nook and cranny with pots and hanging baskets filled with crimson red flowers. For more ideas read Elevate the Look of Your Senior Apartment Balcony.

Senior Living Designed for You

If your loved one is unable to actively decorate their home or has difficulties moving around the house, it could be time to talk about making the move into a retirement community. All Seniors Care communities are beautifully designed because comfort and quality of life never go out of style.

We have senior living options including memory care and assisted living that is highly tailored to your loved one’s needs. Also, one of the most important considerations in choosing senior housing is the amenities. Whether you are looking for senior apartments in Whitby or assisted living communities in Regina, we have a multitude of events, wellness and fitness programs, activities, and nutritious chef-prepared meals daily.

Do contact us today to find out more about our programs or how our professional staff can help your family members to live comfortably.

 

 

Writer  – Julianna McLeod

Julianna is a health and wellness expert at All Seniors Care. Her mission is to create content that empowers seniors to form sustainable solutions for lasting health and happiness. She is an experienced writer, editor, and Recreational Therapist living in Toronto.

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