Design Solutions for Aging Eyesight

Sunrise encourages and empowers independence. Our visually impaired residents will find it easier to navigate on their own with the help of these design tips:

  • Create strong color contrasts between major pieces of furniture, walls, drapes and floors. The same applies to different pieces of bedding—and even in the bathroom, where the toilet seat should be noticeably darker or lighter than the floor.
  • Outline windows with curtain fabrics that stand out from the walls. Add cording to couches and chairs to better define these pieces.
  • Natural light not only helps keep things visible—it improves sleep cycles.
  • Keep reading areas well lit. Adhesive under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen helps with food preparation as well.
  • Most people don’t realize that aging eyes cannot distinguish between blues and greens. Use these colors as accents against a primarily red or gold palette.
  • Night lights and motion-sensor lights—especially between the bedroom and bathroom—make for easier navigation and reduce the risk of falls.
  • Artwork and other accessories should be bright, crisp and clear.
  • Position reflective furniture to minimize glare. Avoid glass-top tables, which reflect light and can also be difficult to see in dim rooms.

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