Retirement homes are often left forgotten when it comes to the built environment and interior design trends. There’s a huge surge of silent generation retirees and a huge market being created for senior living. While it’s important to have a safe and comfortable retirement home, it’s also important to stay fashionable and creative.
Senior Living Design Trends for 2018:
- Technology is now a norm, so it’s important to bring scalable technological capabilities into community infrastructures.
- The popularity of urban communities has recently exploded so there is definitely a push to integrate senior living communities into master-planned communities that include amenities like fitness centers, dining areas, and salons. This type of community is perfect for seniors as it encourages socialization and doesn’t confine them to one apartment or house.
- Think about resident privacy and dignity – one of the most disliked characteristics of senior living homes is the lack of privacy. Go for less institution-like rooms and choose single rooms with individual sinks, toilets, and showers.
- Designers tend to incorporate decorative pieces that have a local flare or sense of history to them as mass-produced items have less character and are less personal.
- LED lighting is essential to not only save energy but promote healthy sleep patterns and reduce anxiety.
- Make sure you create a homelike setting that is more like a small house rather than a hospital.
- Try strategically placing major pieces of furniture so that they can be used for balance while moving through the room… And don’t forget to keep pathways clear, especially if walkers or wheelchairs are necessary.
- Choosing a common colour scheme in a room that will add flow and make it feel larger. Consider cool blues and greens for a calming atmosphere!
- No matter what you’re building, don’t forget to think about seeking more sustainable environments. Natural lighting, improved air quality, energy and water conservation and of course having a beautiful view of the outdoors can make all the difference.
- And finally, make sure that the seniors themselves have a say in their own decor and design. Make sure they pick what they want so that they are as satisfied as can be with their living area. That way you can be sure that decorations are beautiful as well as meaningful.
And remember, growing older doesn’t mean that home should be any less comfortable or stylish!
Sources: http://tothepointblog.com/2016/02/architects-win-design-award-for-senior-living-innovation/ https://www.bdcnetwork.com/senior-living-design-trends-2018