As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, principal designer Michelle Nettles is familiar with universal design principles and sensitive to the needs of aging clients. Universal design features like barrier-free showers and wider-than-standard doorways are increasingly popular with homeowners, who are remodeling their homes with an eye to both their present and future needs. These subtle modifications allow for maximum accessibility without sacrificing style.

Likewise, color is an important part of any design scheme, and is especially important when designing for aging clients. Color has a huge impact on the ambiance of a room. Some colors are dramatic and energetic, while others are peaceful and relaxing. Read on to learn some ways to use color in interior design for seniors.

Set the mood with color


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Color has incredible psychological power. As people age, they often struggle with health and mobility issues, so creating a comforting environment is of paramount importance.  Blues, greens, and browns tend to be relaxing and comforting. Blue is an extremely soothing color, making it a classic bedroom color choice for young and old alike.

While calming colors work well for bedrooms and leisure areas, color can also be used to lift the spirits and engage people. The color red can actually increase appetite, and yellow can (when used judiciously) create an upbeat, energetic environment.

Go natural


nature inspired color scheme

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Time spent in nature is good for human beings, period. Obviously having outdoor leisure spaces and incorporating plants into indoor and outdoor design is a good way to harness the power of nature, but colors can also help achieve this end. By drawing inspiration from the colors of the surrounding landscape, interior designers can help give clients a pleasant, grounded environment.

To learn more about our interior design services, including color consulting, space planning, and aging-in-place renovation and design, contact MJN & Associates Interiors today!