We’re welcoming brighter days while continuing to promote health and safety.
Emily Henderson, TV host, winner of season five of HGTV's "Design Star" and designer for the channel's "Secrets from a Stylist," offers some recommendations that will ensure seniors live in an aesthetically pleasing space that will also put a focus their physical well-being. Here are her tips.
If you have a senior loved one who wants to continue living in his or her own home or is considering moving to an independent living community, your utmost concern for them is likely safety. Many seniors and caregivers make adjustments to the home to ensure that elderly adults can get around the house easily and safely. They may install ramps, grab bars and make other such modifications.
However, making these modifications doesn't have to mean sacrificing senior living style. Emily Henderson, TV host, winner of season five of HGTV's "Design Star" and designer for the channel's "Secrets from a Stylist," offers some recommendations that will ensure seniors live in an aesthetically pleasing space that will also put a focus their physical well-being. Here are her tips:
Choose your sofa wisely
Sofas are the centerpiece of most living rooms, and a great spot for seniors to relax. However, those that are too deep and soft can make it difficult for seniors to sit or stand up. Henderson recommends looking for sofas that are not too deep or low, and have well-upholstered arms so seniors can really lean on them for support when rising and sitting.
Install safety rails - stylishly
Safety rails and grab bars don't have to look institutional. Henderson recommends visually disguising the rail next to a chair by painting the top half of the wall a darker color than the bottom half, and placing the bar in the middle. This makes it look intentional instead of out of place, she says. Her technique works well in bathrooms, kitchens and even living rooms - wherever you need some support!
Some seniors choose to downsize during retirement, which means there may be a lack of space. That's why it's important to choose furniture that can multi-task. Henderson recommends tables with storage space underneath, like a dining room table with drawers. This allows you to stash papers and files while still offering plenty of legroom.
Make family photos stylish
Portraits of the grandkids and old family photos can warm up any space for a senior, but there are certain ways to display them that are better than others. Henderson says it's a good idea to blow up smaller images before framing, since a cluster of smaller frames can look busy. Large frames offer a more elegant, refined look, especially in a small space. You can mix and match frames for a quirky look, or stay streamlined by choosing all-black or all-silver frames, and then arranging them in a grid on the wall.