COLOURS FOR SENIOR LIVING


 

 

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We all know that colour affects our mood and also our health. Have you ever wondered what colours suit your home as you get a little bit older?

According to Resene.com, colour “can boost interest in the world and keep cognitive function alive”. They added, “Older people can be drawn to soft pastels but they may not have the vitality of hue needed to stimulate the mind and mood. Eyesight problems can also impair how the colour is seen and what is seen.”

This website also suggests, “Softer shades of reds and oranges are warming and can help with circulation and energy levels. Peaches, apricots, warm tans, terracottas and pinks can also be used for this purpose. Reflecting on the past and thoughts of a spiritual future can also be reflected in colour choices. Soft blues, lavender mauves and violets are colours that connect to the spiritual or reflective mood.

It is interesting to note that blue rinsed hair tints and lavender water are the province of the elderly lady. Studies carried out in nursing/rest homes indicate that soft pinky-beiges contrasted with soft blue/greens are emotionally supporting, physically nourishing and mentally soothing and peaceful. The judicious use of floral pattern can evoke the tranquillity of rural life and the simplicity of times past.”

In addition, we also gathered some information from IDEASinstitute.org on this matter. They said that as our eyesight degrades with age, the way we see colour is different too. Most older people have a hard time distinguishing between blue or green. That is why we have to use darker or lighter colours for parts of our house that are prone to accidents. The contrast between these colours provide safety in our home.

As an example, use contrasting colours on the stairs to emphasize the edges so that most people can differentiate them. Another good example for the use of contrasting colours is doorways or the transition between two rooms.

 

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