Color is definitely a gift from God. It can add a vibrant, emotional quality to almost anything and create joy wherever it’s found. Adding color to your lifestyle, whether through interior design or wardrobe choices, can help you and your neighbors experience that joy everyday.
There are a lot of easy ways to add color to your assisted living apartment decor without taking up more space or creating clutter. One classic is a decorative pillow that can sit on a chair or bed. These have the functional benefit of adding lumbar support for you or your guests if needed.
Another trick is to swap out black or brown picture frames for colored frames. That way, you don't take up more wall space with new colorful decorations, which can be a boon in smaller rooms. If you're feeling a little more experimental, one fun idea is to get colored light bulbs for your lamps. The light they cast can change the entire atmosphere of the room.
If you’re someone who enjoys designing and creating a personalized look in your room, color schemes are a great way to make your space feel special and individualized. Color schemes occur any time you create a plan to use certain colors to create harmony between your decorations. They can be as simple or as complex as you want. Here are a few color scheme ideas to get you started.
• Monochrome. This is the simplest color scheme. It involves just using different shades of the same color. It looks really clean and sophisticated and creates a strong harmony.
• Cool color schemes. This involves using only cool colors like purple, blue, green and any mixes of those colors.
• Warm color schemes. The opposite of cool color schemes, warm schemes use red, orange and yellow. Warm and cool themes both keep the harmony of monochrome but add a little more variety and flavor.
• Complementary colors. Complementary themes are two tone themes that use colors that are opposites on the color wheel. One possible complementary theme is purple and yellow. These schemes are very bold and immediately draw attention.
• Primary and secondary schemes. These themes use either the three primaries, red, blue and yellow, or the three secondaries, purple, orange and green. They look really artsy and fun.
• Neutrals. Using neutrals like browns or pastels gives the room a softer feel than bold, bright color schemes do.
Our environment plays a huge role in our moods. The places that you are the most and the places you associate with, like your room, can affect your mood day to day as well as your long-term emotions. One of the most important aspects of this effect is color.
The colors you choose for your room can actually manifest different qualities in your life. The power of color is so intense that an artist from the abstract expressionism movement, Mark Rothko, tried to weaponize it. He would purposely use colors in his paintings to affect the people in the building where they would be displayed. Here are a few ways you can use color as a tool in your assisted living apartment.
• If you want to focus on creative pursuits, a color theme with a lot of blues and violets is generally thought to boost creative energy and help you achieve a workflow state.
• Adding more green hues can help you feel calmer because they create a natural-feeling atmosphere. Pairing greens with earth tones can drive the forest feel all the way home.
• Oranges and yellows help manifest feelings of child-like joy and are great for creating a warm, welcoming space.
• Red is usually associated with passion and intensity, so it’s great for giving a room an exciting and adventurous quality.
• You can also try having no color and decorate with black, white and grey. Achromatic looks usually create a sophisticated and organized ambience.
You can also use color in what you wear. What you wear can really affect how you feel. Wearing colors can brighten up your day, and there are a bunch of fun ways to slash color on your outfits.
Of course, the simplest way is to throw on a bold color sweater or shirt, which can add vibrancy to your look. But you might prefer something a little more subtle, especially if you like to dress a little more understated. Accessorizing is a fun way to spice things up subtly. Colorful jewelry or a scarf and hat add hints of color and give you a little joy every time they catch your eye.
If you're feeling the George H.W. Bush vibes, you can opt for some fun socks. Colorful socks are perfect for the otherwise conservative dresser because they give you just a dash of child-like fun.
At Bethesda Gardens in Arlington, TX, we want residents to feel at home. So, if you have questions about decorating or need assistance decorating, ask one of our caring staff.