South Jersey Multi Family Carpet and Flooring Contractor

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Carpet & Flooring for Multi family apartments, townhouses and condos

If you are a property manager or an owner and need flooring installed for a multi-family property, Main Line Flooring can help! We are a specialized contractor for flooring in Multi Family industry. We can carpet or lay any type of flooring in apartments, townhouses, condos and Senior Living centers.

Main Line Floors will gladly provide a competitive quote for new flooring to multi-family properties in South Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, Metro-Philly and Delaware. We supply and install all types of flooring (e.g., carpet, vinyl, tile, and luxury vinyl plank floors) for use in multi-family properties.

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Multi Family property owners or managers looking to replace or re-design their flooring and living spaces are dependent on quality service, installation and products.  From product specification to installation, our team can help you to coordinate every aspect of your project while adhering to your budget and deadlines.

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At Main Line Floors & Interiors, we realize that property managers face “never ending” challenges. In terms of flooring, we have the products, workmanship and solutions you need to meet your challenges. As textile, carpet and flooring experts we can help you.

Are you looking for low cost, quality products and installation to help you resolve durability and stain resistance issues?

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We offer a wide range of variety and stock several manufacturers to meet your needs and appease your residents. Whether you are a Multi Family owner, buyer, or manager, we can supply you with a large variety of high-performance and coordinated products from luxury vinyl plank floors to broadloom carpets.

Moreover, we provide the best product and installation for every property. Our goal is to help you extend the life and performance of your flooring products for your property.

Multi Family & Senior Living

At Main Line Floors, we have extensive knowledge of the Multi Family and Senior Living Flooring. We can help you with design and functionality. If you want more information and assistance, simply give us a call at 610-304-3222 or send us an inquiry from this page.

The Facts

With the ever increasing demand of baby boomers downsizing and considering multi-family or senior living communities, we know property owners and operators are challenged to offer dynamic amenities and living spaces to increase their occupancy.

With the aging population boom wanting to downsize and move into multi family properties, owners and management are faced with new challenges that foremost require the consideration of safety for their residents.

Seniors have varying degrees of health and agility.

Some Guidelines or Flooring Insight for Seniors in Multi Family Complexes

TEXTURES AND FLOORING

Textures must be true to what they are. If a railing or table looks like wood, but doesn’t feel like wood, it can be alarming. This occurs when two separate signals are being sent to the brain. One from touch and one from sight. If the two signals do not match, the person is left with feelings of unease and confusion.

Contrast

In terms of flooring, there should be limited contrast between floors for Seniors. Did you know that Dementia can bring visual challenges? Where two flooring different patterns meet, concern may be created in your resident’s mind about stepping into some new space . Problems associated with the brain that cause memory loss, can also affect sight. This, incorporated with general age-related eyesight deterioration, can make it increasingly difficult for a resident to discriminate the differences between textures on the floor. As such, shiny surfaces can appear wet, and dark surfaces can look like holes.

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How to Choose Flooring in Assisted or Senior Living Centers

Choosing carpets, throw rugs, or hard surface flooring typically is a matter of personal taste. Our Seniors moving out of their family home might be very fond of their stair carpet, tiled kitchens, or ornament throw rugs …. but they can be hazardous in a Multi Family property.  Once a senior resident is inflicted with dementia, it behooves us to seriously consider all the surfaces they walk on. The last thing that you – or they – want is a fall.

Falls just don’t cause physical injury. They can also shatter the confidence of a senior and lead to a rapid physical and mental decline.

Contrasting Colors

Color choices in designing for senior living typically is a matter of taste. However, while deigning a harmonious living space you may want to consider how colors effect psychological mood here.

With color considerations, be cognizant that natural thickening of the lens of the eye with age, causes the elderly to possibly experience colors as ‘washed out’. As such, blues, greens and purples harder to differentiate. Additionally, color preferences can change, and loved ones with dementia experience increasing sensitivity to all things. As such, it is necessary to create a balance throughout the journey of the disease.

Contrast can be used to help define objects more clearly and establish boundaries. The use of contrast is extremely important for defining marking edges of things and drawing attention to furniture or other tripping hazards. In design for dementia related visual problems we want to help people ascertain living and functional areas more clearly. For example, if a kitchen has a small step, coloring the step different to the surrounding floors will aid them to make appropriate responses and decisions.

Furthermore, picking out furniture in a color that contrast with the flooring will make it easier for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s to understand depth and spacial orientation cues.

However, drastic color contrasts can also create problems if it causes your loved one to think that there’s a step or a hole where there isn’t one.

Moreover, contrasting floor colors in assisted living can be used to indicate that certain areas are off-limit (i.e., staff & medical areas) or indicate a clearly different space like a kitchen.

In general, try to ensure that the color changes of floors between each room aren’t too drastic.

Flooring Thresholds

Thresholds, the strips of metal or plastic that fix flooring between different rooms, should be the same color as the rest of the floor surface.

Main Line Floors and Interiors is a specialty contractor in Multi Family and Senior Living Center commercial carpets and flooring. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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Philadelphia Multi Family Carpet & Flooring Contractor

Multi Family Carpet Contractor

Multi family apartments, townhouses, condos–if you are a property manager and need flooring done for a multi-family property, Main Line Flooring can help! We provide all types of flooring (e.g., carpet, vinyl, tile, and luxury vinyl plank floors), and are able to install in multi-family properties. Main Line Floors will gladly provide a competitive quote for new flooring to multi-family properties in Philadelphia, PA, Southern NJ and Delaware.

Apartment Carpet Replacement

Multi family property owners or managers looking to replace or re-design their flooring and living space depend on quality service and products.  From product specification to installation, our team coordinates every aspect of your project while adhering to your budget and deadlines.

Philadelphia Multi Family Carpets

At Main Line Floors & Interiors, we realize that property managers face unique challenges. All issues related to your flooring needs require special attention, especially durability and stain resistance issues. We have the products, solutions and workmanship necessary to meet your challenges.

We offer a wide range of variety and stock numerous manufacturers, and all the popular colors to appease your residents. Multiple carpet weights and textures are available. Whether an owner, buyer, or manager, we can supply you with a large variety of high-performance, coordinated products from luxury vinyl plank / tile floors to broadloom carpets

Client Expectations

We provide all construction and performance specifications for product selection purposes. Our unique and exclusive product programs provide the best product for every property. It is our goal to extend the life and performance of the flooring products installed in your properties by selecting the performance characteristics that meet the demands of every facility.

Product Integrity

Main Line Floors guarantees that the goods we install are first-quality productions of the same products and styles originally specified for installation by your company.

Multi Family Operators Flooring Criteria

Performance

Performance as it is measured in carpets is associated with several aspects. It is most important for the consumer as well as the specifier to understand how all these elements come together to work appropriately. Consideration of the appropriate end use and most importantly the “traffic requirements” correlates directly with the “construction” of a manufactured carpet.

The Benefits of Carpet:

Appearance:  Carpets simply add to the décor of your living space through the use of color, pattern, and differentiated pile heights to depict pattern. Carpeting can accentuate any image you desire to convey in your Multi Family property.

Style: With unlimited design of patterns, cuts, and colors, there is a multitude of possibilities to depict your style.

Feel: Hard surface floors can feel and look cold when not accentuated properly. However, carpets typically feel good, feel soft, and feel easier to the feet. Carpets provide that “softer” feel of home.

Insulation: Carpeted floors help save energy as an insulation barrier of the indoor environment. When carpets are used to insulate floors, they further provide a better psychological feeling of warmth.

Acoustics: Studies prove that carpets absorb sound. Carpeting with padding further enhances sound absorption. Movie theaters typically invest in wool carpets to fully utilize the acoustical absorption. Wool fibers provide the greatest acoustical advantages. However, the expense of wool deters most multi family operators to choose from the unlimited variety of durable synthetic fiber carpets.

Easier to maintain: Carpeting is less labor intensive to clean and maintain compared to hard surface flooring. As such, carpets cost less in overall product performance.

Safety: Unfortunately, more slip-and-fall accidents occur on hard surface floors than carpeted floors.

Health: Although carpet has been villainized as a culprit of poor indoor “air quality”, it is without merit. As a function of the living space, carpet basically entraps allergens, dust, and other contaminants holding them safe until they can be properly removed.

Sustainable: Technological advancements in recycling have been innovative in the textile industry. Almost 85 percent of worn carpet remnants are recycled into new carpet. Moreover, textile manufacturers like Unifi (click on) make recycled yarn from plastic bottles. Unifi’s production has increased 20% yearly since 2009 and is used in brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Levi’s, Nike and Ford.

Cost savings: According to the IICRC (i.e., the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) carpet typically costs less over time than hard surface flooring in terms of initial purchase, cleaning, and maintaining.* See following note.

* The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification discovered that on an annual basis, hard surface floors require two and one-half times (2x) more cleaning time than carpet. Moreover, the cost of cleaning supplies are about 7x higher (i.e., more expensive) for hard surface floors than for carpeted floors.

Consider the upfront purchase price of your new floor relative to the varied installation costs. More than likely, the carpet expenditures (i.e., in terms of upfront cost, installation and cleaning expenses) prove to be more cost-effective over the full life of the product. As such, carpeted floors provide a better return on your investment (ROI).

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Design for Senior Living Centers and Memory Care in Philadelphia

Memory Care Flooring Designs in Philadelphia

How to Choose Flooring for Senior Living

Flooring is an essential building block in the design of a memory care senior living environment.  The floor itself impacts safety, spatial orientation,  patient confidence, independence and staff. There are several varieties of high-performance soft surface and advanced textile composite flooring products engineered to stand up to the multipurpose demands of senior living spaces.

In theory and practice there is no ‘exact science’ in the design of memory care or dementia based senior living centers.  No single design element stands out on its own. Yet, the floor is certainly an integral part of the design as well as incorporating the color choice of the walls, doors, furniture and lighting.

Dependent on a center’s layout, carpets and other flooring can change from area to area. Typically, in facilities that offer memory care, assisted living, and independent living the community itself can differentiate areas through interior design. However diverse a range of specific need areas are offered, most facilities usually share common living spaces. Design elements (e.g., flooring & carpeting) can assist residents to differentiate between a particular wing or common space.

Senior Living Flooring in Philadelphia

Main Line Floors & Interiors for Memory Care

Main Line Floors & Interiors is a Philadelphia, PA area flooring distributor and installation contractor. We specialize in helping deliver the best flooring resources to assisted living and senior living environments.

Our work with industry experts is to raise awareness in appropriate design for dementia care facilities. We are committed to understanding the design needs in dementia and mental health to help deliver a better quality of life through building better living spaces.

The population suffering with dementia is set to increase as baby boomers age. We feel appropriate design is the key to help create safer environments to help seniors navigate their environment more easily. Following are some practical flooring and interior considerations to assist those inflicted with dementia. Moreover, we will address the design criteria intended to serve the needs of all seniors as a whole community.

Senior Living Centers of Today in Philadelphia

With the ever increasing demand of baby boomers downsizing and considering senior living communities, all facilities marketing to this demand find themselves immersed in a fight to increase occupancy.

In the past few decades, a movement began to “de-institutionalize” senior living or the traditional nursing home. This shift became more individual oriented than the traditional institutional focus based model.  As such, residents and care givers began to create nurturing communities together.

Since the average age of a resident is 82, there are about 70 million baby boomers a decade away from moving into these communities. The resident’s influence has tremendous input to today’s greater choice of amenities, services, and locations available across the continuum of care. These positive changes and market demand have challenged designers to create multi purpose of care giving communities.

 

Assisted Living Carpet Patterns

Designing Common Areas Flooring

Potentially there will be a culturally diverse group of people living in a single community. Accommodating the varied cultural and religious backgrounds can be a challenge.

Let’s look at some simple the facts.

Some residents are single and some are married. All have varying tastes, personal and care giver needs. Typically, single women comprise the resident majority in senior living communities, but let’s not overlook the needs of the male resident.

Designing for Men

Men’s needs cannot be overlooked. The designed amenities for men can include pool halls, card rooms, gyms or “pub like” bistros & bars. It is important to have areas designed where guys can be guys.

Designing for Women

Since senior women are the majority, senior living design trends for women focus on such amenities as hair & nail salons, as well as social engagement purposes. Many women enjoy playing cards, painting, cooking, crafts and so on. As such,  their activity rooms within possible separate areas need to be accommodating. Moreover, designated public cooking areas are becoming vogue in design.

Recently, “open” (or public) kitchens are in vogue design for senior living communities. These kitchens are available to all residents and can be used for group cooking sessions. These open kitchen concepts are therapeutic and create another social, home-like environments. Moreover, the aromas can help to stimulate the residents’ appetites and evoke feelings of comfort.

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Design for All Residents

Whether it is independent living design, assisted living design or memory care design, all of the integrated looks play a pivotal role in the space. Designing space for couples, singles and people with a high level of acuity or residents in memory care should not stand out as an obvious design detail.

All the beauty and grace of one senior living environment should overflow into every other space and welcome all residents equally.

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Interiors for Senior Living

Senior residents have varying degrees of challenges with everyday activities. They see, hear and smell things differently and may have strong opinions, especially about their surroundings.

Designing specifically for senior living communities must address these physical and emotional changes.

Quality of life

Whether creating a whole community with varying housing and assistance options or designing a stand-alone building dedicated to one area of care, many senior living communities desire the neighborhood concept.

From Isolation to Social Interaction

Each neighborhood may include shared areas for interaction, such as a dining room, sitting room, spa, kitchen, activity rooms, indoor sun porches and outdoor patios and gardens. These social areas are critical to drawing residents out of their rooms to prevent isolation and depression.

Fight Boredom!

Fighting boredom is essential to improve the quality of life for seniors. It is important that the resident’s physical, mental and emotional needs are all  met. Stimulating the mind can help to exercise not only the body but the brain. This is increasingly important as the population inflicted with Alzheimer’s dementia is estimated to nearly triple from 5.7 million to 14 million by 2050.

Research shows that cognitively active seniors are about 2.6 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than those that are not. To keep the mind sharp, “brain gyms” are being used by more senior living communities. These spaces may be rooms that have computers, mind-challenging games, hobby spaces or areas where seniors can express creativity by painting, singing and drawing.

Creating a variety of dining options is another way to engage the resident in a pleasant dining experience and social interaction. Living centers are creating more options by integrating restaurant-like atmospheres like a bistro for a burger, a café for a soup or a formal dining space for a traditional fine-dining experience.

 

Senior Living Bistro

Types of social areas include beauty salons, pool halls and sitting rooms designed to increase resident social interaction. Games, social club meetings and even broadcast sports events can bring residents together to interact. All season porches overlooking gardens are also conducive for small gatherings.

Designing for outdoor spaces can also include such amenities as community green houses, croquet, putting greens, and walking paths or gardens.

Color and Color Combination

Color is mostly a matter of personal taste. From a cultural perspective, some colors are associated with specific feelings and evoke emotions per our cultural understanding. Essentially, all colors affect us subconsciously.

Interior Color Design for All Residents

Those living with memory loss often have issues with depth perception. As such, when selecting a carpet for a memory care facility, consider color contrast. Please note, color contrast should not be too high to ensure residents do not feel unbalanced. A simple subtle patterned carpet is a great way to add an enhanced design element while still being functional to the residents.

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Memory Care Flooring & Vibrant Color

Senior Living Flooring Design Considerations

  • Safety: Textured surfaces increase traction and stability. The textured surface can provide an ergonomically supportive environment that facilitates mobility and ease of movement. Increased underfoot stability also significantly decreases the overall risk of slips and falls. As such, reducing impact and injury.
  • Comfort: Underfoot cushioning reduces leg fatigue for staff and residents, while soft surfaces reduce visual glare and absorb light.
  • Acoustics: Sound absorption & noise dampening help create peaceful, inviting environments, and promote personal interaction and engagement.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Soft surface fibers will entrap allergens and airborne particles until they can be removed during cleaning.

Safety and Accessibility

Every design should start with safety as its priority in senior living design. Since some of the functional abilities of seniors are reduced, they can experience difficulty navigating their environment. Seniors experience weakening joints, poor vision, declining spatial skills and frailty. As such, they are at higher risk for falls and injuries.

The communities’ layout, interior colors, textures, lighting and many other considerations are factors for consideration to create a safe and effective healing environment.

Closely related to safety, ease of access into and around the facility is also important for seniors.

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Seniors Perception of Tile & Glossy Floors

Seniors tend to perceive tile and waxed floors as a slick surface whether or not the floor is actually slippery. This can make them unsteady on their feet. To help reduce the real or perceived risk of slips and falls, many health care facilities are minimizing waxed and tiled flooring and are using non-glare or matte flooring products.

There are many other products that are pleasing to the eyes and easy to maintain. Luxury vinyl plank flooring that simulates any conceivable wood pattern or color tone are very easy to maintain and create homelike environments.

Many seniors shuffle their feet, so it is critical to create smooth transitions to reduce tripping hazards. Some flooring manufacturers offer products that do not require transitions. For example, sheet vinyl and carpet can be welded at the seams, thus eliminating the transition strip and reducing the tripping hazard.

To make it easier and more desirable for seniors to keep their bodies moving, designers should consider incorporating indoor walking paths or corridors.

Senior Living Flooring

Acoustics and Lighting

Good acoustics for seniors can correlate to quieter environments. Loud environments (i.e., especially considering dementia care residents) can induce stress, anxiety, irritability and confusion for seniors and others.

To help reduce noise and create a quiet, calming environment, designers should consider acoustical ceilings with high noise-reduction coefficients. In some instances, acoustic wall panels could be added to reduce noise when reverberations may be too high otherwise, as in most dining rooms.

Ceiling clouds or suspended acoustic panels can be used in lobby areas where there typically is hard surface flooring. Carpet also can be used to help reduce noise in common spaces.

Finish choices

Evidence based design shows a strong connection between healing and stimulating interiors. As such, living spaces that incorporate an interesting use of color or focus on nature and natural patterns can stimulate health. There is no need for over use of neutral color schemes.

Natural Colors and Patterns

Colors found in nature can reduce stress and promote healing.

Perception of color is a dynamic force. Generational preferences and how eyes perceive colors vary among age groups. Seniors typically see 20 percent less color saturation and often have yellowing of the eye lens, which makes colors appear yellower to them.

Watery shades of beach glass, topaz and blues promote peace and serenity. Blues and green wavelengths also are easier to perceive, making them more restful. Earthy shades of rock, stone, terra cotta, espresso and soil connect residents to the natural world. Wood shades of soft moss, leaves and lichen promote balance and harmony. Air shades of linen, white and cream promote sincerity, hope and spirituality.

Soft colors or colors of similar intensities are difficult for the aging eye to discern. As such, the use of pastel colors can appear dull and sometimes gray to seniors. More saturated hues are easier for the aging eye to decipher.

Studies indicate that seniors have an aesthetic appeal toward certain patterns and textures. However, designers should carefully choose patterns for wall coverings and carpets. Subtle patterns that are not considered confusing are more appropriate than bold geometric forms or high contrasting patterns.

It’s best to select patterns that do not encourage a perception of visual movement. Patterns can be visually disturbing to aging eyes and can cause agitation. Designers should avoid big floral patterns, because these patterns can appear to move.

Colors as visual cues. Similar-toned walls and floors make it difficult for aging eyes to see where one surface ends and the next begins. To help alleviate this confusion — and make the environment safer for seniors — contrasting colors should be used. Contrasting colors between walls and floors, steps and landings, and furnishings and floors help to differentiate between surfaces and planes.

Similarly, designers of senior living communities should consider introducing pops of color at key activity areas to stimulate the residents and to add definitive destinations in corridors.

When designing memory care communities, it is good for designers to minimize the entry. Any doors that are not part of the program space can be painted to match the wall color so they blend in with the corridor. This helps with way finding and minimizes anxiety. Residents can use their indoor wandering trails without being distracted by a lot of doors.

Contrasting floor colors within a building can be used to indicate that certain areas are off-limit or indicate a clearly different space.

Light Refection Values (LRV) 
LRV ratings are an important design tool for dementia environments.

Combinations of various colors and other interior products can be made by using identical or contrasting LRV’s for the area that needs to be furnished. As LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, also the LRV of wall covering or furniture can be measured against the colours chosen for the floor. In our set-up you can see the light reflection values of all products grouped together which allows you to make a choice within a certain LRV range or decide to go beyond that. In this way the LRV guide of the dementia flooring selection provides a practical tool for designers of dementia environments

Conclusion

Senior living communities have many special requirements that designers must consider. In review of demographic trends, these requirements will be challenging to the health care design community in the coming years.

Main Line Floors and Interiors focuses on the supply and installation of high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multi-family, Senior Living, Hospitality and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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Philadelphia Commercial Flooring by Main Line Floors

Main Line Floors & Interiors is a Philadelphia, PA based flooring distributor and installation contractor. We specialize in helping deliver the best flooring resources to assisted living and senior living environments. We also offer:

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Senior Living Flooring Trends

With the ever increasing demand of baby boomers considering senior living communities, all operators are finding themselves immersed in a marketing fight to increase occupancy. Amenity choice and Interior design has much influence over seniors decisions.

Innovative senior living design practice places a strong emphasis on creating a clean, comfortable and contemporary living space. To achieve this, it’s imperative that the design include the appropriate wall color, the proper furniture and, most important, the right type of flooring for seniors.

Since the 1990’s, a movement began to “de-institutionalize” senior living or the traditional nursing home. This shift focused on facilities becoming more individual oriented than the traditional institutional focus.  As such, residents, operators and care givers began to create more nurturing and accommodating communities together.

Considering the average age of a resident is now 82, there are about 70 million baby boomers a decade away from moving into assisted living communities. By 2030, 72.1 million Americans will be over the age of 65, and 6.6 million will be over 85. Not surprisingly, the number of Americans living in senior living communities is expected to double by 2030. These days, the resident’s influence has tremendous effect on the greater choice of amenities, services, and locations available across the continuum of care. The current trends in accommodation and market demand have challenged designers to create multi purpose care giving communities.

Assisted Living Lobby Modern Flooring Trends

How to Choose Flooring for Senior Living

Flooring and wall surfaces are essential design criteria to create attractive and welcoming environments.  However, in a senior living center, flooring  must provide a safe, stable and durable foundation to handle the needs of aging and disabled residents.

Whether the facility is independent living, assisted living or a Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), the choice of flooring is critical to minimize the risks to the health and safety of your residents and staff.

Balance Aesthetics and Function

Assisted living communities have to be designed to meet the needs of the all residents.  As such, designers are challenged to create an environment that has the feel of home while accommodating the needs of seniors who have mobility and vision challenges.

Evidence-Based Design 

In healthcare, evidence-based design is a field of study that deals with how the environment can influence a person’s well-being. It is believed that this design can make a real difference for people as they age, removing some of the stress, frustration and confusion from everyday living.

Designers are taking the results of these studies and incorporating them into their designs.  Design choices in flooring color and texture can lead to achieving a measurable goals of reducing disorientation, loss of balance and the risk of injury from falls.

Consider Movement When Selecting Flooring for Senior Living Facilities

Carpets

For Senior Living, the importance of non-slip flooring and its effect on safety, comfort, acoustics and creating a warm and inviting environment is essential. We offer a complete portfolio of high-performance soft surface and advanced textile composite flooring products engineered to stand up to the multipurpose demands of senior living spaces.

  • Safety: Textured surfaces increase traction and underfoot stability, providing an ergonomically supportive environment that facilitates mobility and ease of movement.
  • Comfort: Underfoot cushioning reduces leg fatigue for staff and residents, while soft surfaces reduce visual glare and absorb light.
  • Acoustics: Sound absorption & noise dampening help create peaceful, inviting environments, and promote personal interaction and engagement.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Soft surface fibers trap allergens and airborne particles until they can be removed during cleaning.

Moreover, carpets constructed with low, dense piles can help seniors move more efficiently and feel more confident as they traverse the assisted living space.

Combined with the practiced approach of evidence-based design, our products provide a solid foundation for the healing environments ranging from independent and assisted living to Alzheimer’s and memory care facilities.

Research shows that carpeted floors can lead to physical and psychological improvements. The carpets we specify are inherently slip resistant, comfortable, incorporate into any design and offer noise reduction. Most important, seniors walk more efficiently and feel more secure on carpet. As such, from living spaces to entry ways, carpet is utilized in more places than not.

 

Senior Living Flooring

Carefully Select Colors And Patterns

Color is mostly a matter of personal taste. Culturally, some colors are associated with specific feelings that evoke emotions per our cultural understanding. So, it is important to consider resident and local community taste when designing flooring.

Please note, busy patterns and color combinations can inhibit mobility in residents with changes in vision, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Too much stimuli can cause confusion that creates an increased risk for injury.

Color and Pattern

In creating functional spaces for aging residents, designers need to understand vision changes. Although this adds complexity to color and pattern selection, certain overriding principles still remain:

  • Brighter colors may be used to emphasize more important areas of a room, supported by color contrast and additional light.
  • Color can encourage or discourage movement into certain areas.
  • Color schemes can be incorporated to assist in “way-finding” and orientation.
  • Color can be used on the walls in stairwells, corridors, and bathrooms to contrast with handrails and help with navigation.
  • Use as matte floor surfaces.  Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines state: “Use of non-glare finished floors should be considered to avoid compromising vision and potentially disrupting balance of residents.”
  • FGI Guidelines state: “To prevent falls, flooring should have no pattern or a small pattern less than 1” wide or a large pattern wider than 6”. Flooring should have low-contrast patterns.”
  • Because the lens of the eye yellows with age, it is easier to see warm colors.
Assisted Living Carpet Patterns

Choose Flooring Options that are Easy to Maintain

With the increase of average age of residents, comes an increase in the risk of spills and incontinence.

Luxury Vinyl Plank in Senior Living

You have got to love Luxury Vinyl plank and tile floors.

The use of moisture impervious backing can significantly extend the life of the product. Products designed this way are the ideal choice for senior living communities. Furthermore, luxury vinyl tile and plank flooring are excellent choices for wet areas, like dining areas.

When it comes to flooring for seniors, luxury vinyl tile or plank represents an incredibly versatile alternative to the traditional carpet and hardwood options. Today’s approach is following closely in the design footsteps of the hospitality industry, where creating a home-like environment is the ultimate goal.

Created to enhance and perform, luxury vinyl tile and plank is becoming an ideal option for today’s new and more exciting version of senior living design.

Assisted Living Flooring

A Familiar Flooring Solution

Transitioning into a senior center setting can be a hard sell. That’s why maintaining a certain level of comfort and familiarity is of utmost importance. Customized and versatile in design, luxury vinyl tile and plank comes in a wide variety of design options — all of which are capable of striking a careful balance between being clean and comfortable, as well as long lasting and offering a feeling of luxury. A wood-look luxury vinyl tile and plank design is an extremely popular option in senior living design because it offers the comforting look of real wood without having to incur the added costs of installation throughout what is typically a large facility. Luxury vinyl tile and plank is also softer underfoot than hardwood and other hard flooring options.

A Stand-Out Flooring Design

In addition to offering familiarity to residents, the use of luxury vinyl tile and plank inside a senior center offers a unique opportunity to stand out among other facilities in the industry. Endless design options allow for creativity when designing the senior living space — no matter if it’s common space, dining rooms, kitchens, hallways or even the individual resident rooms themselves.

But while versatility in design is key, a senior center environment should offer a neutral and natural aesthetic that is inviting rather than confusing. Some seniors can experience confusion as a result of an overly intricate flooring design or patterns. In some extreme cases, residents of nursing homes have experienced symptoms of vertigo as a result of the flooring design. Whether the desired design aesthetic is active or more subdued, busy or more basic, luxury vinyl flooring allows you to achieve both ends of the design spectrum.

Healthcare Luxury Vinyl Design

A Capable, Clean and Durable Design

Because walkers, canes, wheelchairs and scooters are very common within a senior center setting, the flooring should be able to withstand this use. Luxury vinyl tile and plank, unlike carpet, caters very nicely to these different modes of senior transportation. Additionally, any damage done as a result of walking aids can conveniently be dealt with the ease of maintenance that luxury vinyl tile and plank floors promote. Maintaining a clean and sterile living environment is also easily attained with luxury vinyl flooring products.

Luxury vinyl tile and plank is incredibly adaptable, so much so that it can be easily integrated with existing carpet and/or other flooring designs within a senior center setting. It provides a smooth flooring option without being too hard or too cold.

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Assisted Living Flooring Trends

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Assisted Living Flooring Trends

From a business and marketing perspective, it is most valuable for senior living centers to establish a great first impression with their prospective residents. As such, the best way to achieve a great first impression is to create a brilliant milieu at the front entrance. Only modern interior finishes and exciting floor coverings can achieve this great impression. And flooring, from both a functional and aesthetic perspective, is a fundamental part of the design.

Interiors for memory care are being thoughtfully designed to create a supportive environment. And flooring, from both a functional and aesthetic perspective, is a fundamental part of the design.

If you are considering a commercial flooring material for an assisted living or location that is frequented by senior citizens, there are several considerations to understand. These are compounded by the function of the facility that is to be designed. By understanding the needs of Seniors, balanced against the requirements of the staff and facility, you can choose a floor that will be safe, sanitary, and relatively easy to maintain.

Let’s look at some common flooring applications.

Common Commercial Flooring Applications for Seniors

Hospitals: Medical facilities often house elderly patients for extended periods of time, requiring flooring that meets special needs. These floors require durability, ease of maintenance, cleaning and sanitation requirements. The floors should also be quiet, dampening the noise of feet and wheels so that patients can rest.

Nursing Homes: Long-term care facilities handle a variety of elderly patients with differing needs of assistance. These flooring applications require some additional thought as the facility as a whole desires an attractive living space, as well as maintenance, durability and cleaning considerations.

Retirement Communities: Residents living in senior communities have varying degrees of health and mobility concerns.  As such, assisted living centers need to establish functional and attractive living spaces catering to the needs of their residents. Typically, there are numerous flooring materials used throughout the facility, but great design emphasis is required to make the space comfortable, as well as desirable. These communities also require consideration for maintenance and sanitation. Flooring maintenance is a great concern because there are typically more traffic issues.

Memory Care Facilities: Residents in memory care facilities again have varying health and mobility concerns. Furthermore, these interiors also require design to incorporate a supportive environment, as well as cleaning and maintenance considerations. There will be further discussion in another post to cover these facility needs in more detail.

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Special Commercial Considerations for Seniors

Safety: All commercial facilities need to consider liability issues from personal injury. Considering Seniors, the chance of injury is greater. As such, greater precaution is necessary and design considerations should address these concerns. Complying with all applicable state and federal regulations is paramount.

Color and Pattern: Color requirements for memory care facilities are very similar to Senior living environments. Typical designs include carpet with neutral colors incorporated with low-contrast combinations of light and clean shades. Although it is commonly known that perception changes with aging, memory care residents tend to have a more extreme degree of perceptual change. The most difficult colors to see are blue, turquoise and green.

Softness & Traction: Utilizing hard surfaces increases the chance of an accident turning into an injury. As such, design consideration using greater traction materials and softer more giving materials can lessen the amount of injury. Cork and padded vinyl are excellent choices.

FLOORING SELECTION

Flooring choices for any given area in a senior living environment present a balance of properties and trade offs. In some situations, there is a clear case for soft or hard floor coverings. In others, it is a question of preference, and of balancing product attributes.

Carpet Tile: It offers many key solutions, such as ease of maintenance and replace-ability and a never ending range of design and color combinations. However, carpet tiles have the downside of seam permeability.

Let’s look at some alternatives that offer soft surface characteristics.

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Best Commercial Flooring Options for Seniors

Padded Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is a great economic choice. It is also very easy to clean because the sheet membrane is impervious to water penetration.  Generally, vinyl does not stain. When combined with a padded under-layment above the sub surface floor, it will create a soft floor that will safeguard Seniors from injury.

Cork: Cork is a naturally soft and “padded” flooring material. Since cork offers a gently giving surface, it can help to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are commercial waxing treatments can make the material and surface impervious to water, stains and can create a seal that provides for greater sanitation requirements.

Main Line Floors focuses on high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multifamily, Senior Living and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper.

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The Importance of Flooring Trends for Alzheimer’s related Dementia.

Are you looking for flooring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Dementia and Flooring Considerations

In Alzheimer’s dementia care facilities, designers and operators must consider the flooring design as the blank “canvas” to create a living space to promote tranquility, comfort, functionality and safety. The flooring design and type of finish are equally important whether dementia patients are in residential care or are living independently at home.

Careful consideration on the finish, color and overall look of the floor must be made relative to user perception. If the flooring design confuses perception, it can negatively impact those inflicted with dementia by increasing agitation, disorientation and anxiety. This can lead to the increased risk of falls. However, if a resident with dementia feels more “at home” because of the interior environment, this can lead to less stress and better overall safety.

In an Alzheimer’s living care facility, the flooring design should be incorporated with other interior elements such as signage, appropriate lighting, clear contrasts between floors and walls, contrasting handrails and furniture. When appropriately combined, these aspects should foster your loved one’s ability to navigate their surroundings clear and simply, aiding orientation and visual comfort.

A dementia friendly floor, reduces anxiety and stress in patients who may experience the loss of peripheral sight, age-related vision changes and color perception.

Color Selection Guide for Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Seniors

Throughout all cultures, certain colors are associated with particular feelings and evoke emotions that are relevant in modern design. Colors can affect how we feel subconsciously. As such, an individual may not realize that they are being affected or even how a certain color in their environment affects their mood.
The psychological feelings associated with colors typically are divided into two main groups representing colors as either “warm” or “cool.”

Although color choice and dementia care is not an “exact science,” it is believed the color preference for individuals with Alzheimer’s related dementia are blue, red and green.

Blue

Blue is considered a restful color with a calming effect on your mood. It is also the color associated with trust. Blues are the shades of the sea and sky which is thought to induce feelings of calm and convey tranquility, serenity and peace. Research shows that using blue in the physical environment can actually lower blood pressure, and that blue rooms are seemingly cooler than rooms painted in shades of red or orange. Blue also appears to increase the size of the room. Interestingly, blue instills confidence and inspires feelings of trust, loyalty, integrity and responsibility.

Red

Red is the color of passion and drama. It is also known to increase brain wave activity. The color attracts the most attention and is associated with strong emotions such as love and anger. Moreover, red is used universally to depict danger, courage, strength and power. The color red is stimulating, vibrant and exciting. Spatially, it seems to decrease the size of a room, and increases the perceived temperature of the room. If you want to get the attention of an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia, use red. However, use carefully as red can evoke feelings of aggression and cause visual strain.

Green

Green is symbolic of growth, health and life. In nature we see green in all its glory expressing renewal and life. It is considered the most restful of colors. Green reduces central nervous system activity, and helps individuals remain calm. Using green makes rooms appear larger. Particularly, lime green is effective with individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia for visual attention ( e.g, visual cues for bathrooms, bedrooms, walkers, etc.)

Pink

The use of a pink color for the affected individual who may have aggressive tendencies has been suggested throughout research.  Try using pink in their personal space as it tends to ease aggression. Pink is the color of sensitivity. The color is associated with love, tranquility and femininity because it is the combination of red (i.e., passion) and the purity of white. Pink has associations with tenderness and nurturing while conveying a sense of safety and vulnerability.

For other color selection guidance click here for further detail. And, click here for a detailed discussion for the color use of gray.

Besides color choice, flooring trends in Senior Living are reproductions of natural patterns and colors. These natural looking surfaces promote “home like” milieus considered less institutional than traditional hospital environments. In studies, participants with dementia commented that they preferred natural colors and patterns over artificial designs.

However, excessive use of patterns or distinctive bold patterns can have a negative effect. Seniors with Alzheimer’s related dementia may perceive patterns and motifs as actual objects. As such, they may be inclined to “pick something up” off the floor. This phenomenon is referred to as the ‘trompe d’oeuil’ effect, where people are confused or tempted to try and pick up design elements from the floor.

Moreover, the color of the floor tile or the pattern in the carpet could have a dramatic impact on the dementia patient’s perception of their surroundings. For example, an extremely dark carpeting may create an optical illusion that depicts a “hole” or a dangerous area to be avoided. Furthermore, drastic contrasting flooring tiles may be perceived as two distinct or different surfaces causing confusion.

This does not mean that your design needs to be bland. Good use of color and patterns can not only lift spirits, but it also helps residents to recall positive memories.

Understanding Color Perception and Contrast

The human perception of color is dependent on the natural pigments of color in objects and how light reflects from their surface.

In color theory there are the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue, and three secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Both primary and secondary colors can vary in terms of: hue, value, and chroma:

  • Hue: is what is typically referred to as “color.” Hue is determined by one or more of the primary and secondary colors.
  • Value: determines the degree of lightness (i.e., or “tint”) or the perceived darkness (i.e., or “shade”) of a color.
  • Tint: in more detail, tint is the lightness of a color when white is added.
  • Shade: is the darkness of a color when black is added.
  • Chroma: is considered the brilliance or purity of a color. Accordingly, the primary colors would exhibit the brightest chroma, and they are considered the most brilliant.

So, when speaking of the contrast between colors, this includes:

  • Contrast of hue: For example, the contrast between red and yellow hues.
  • Contrast of light and dark occurs when different tints and shades are depict side-by-side to each other.
  • Contrast of cold and warm: This occurs when colors with different perceptions of “temperatures” are displayed next to each other.
  • “Light” Considerations

Light is a critical factor in perception of color. Our perception of color is a combination of the pigment color of an object or the surface reflection in a specific environment. But, our perception is also affected by how that color (i.e., when exposed to light) reflects off that object.

Now, that we have the science of color behind us, flooring and interior manufacturers have made our design decisions a little easier by grading their products relative to interactions with light.

Light Refection Values

Light reflection values (LRV) are important factors for consideration in dementia environments. The combinations of various colors used in flooring, walls and other interior products can be logically determined by using identical or contrasting LRV’s. Since LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, the LRV’s for wall covering or furniture can be measured relative to the flooring design.

Color and Contrast 

Through a greater understanding of the perception of color, contrast and lighting, better designs can assist our loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s related dementia in Senior Living Centers. Most importantly, the knowledge of color perception incorporated into design can help those with dementia to be safer and hopefully less agitated from stress.

Main Line Floors & Interiors for Dementia Care Living

Main Line Floors and Interiors is a specialty flooring distributor and installation contractor in the metro Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Delaware and South New Jersey marketplace. We specialize in helping deliver the best flooring resources to assisted living and senior living environments.

Main Line Floors & Interiors works with industry experts to raise awareness in appropriate design for dementia care facilities. We are committed to understanding the design needs in dementia and mental health to help deliver a better quality of life through building better living spaces.

The number of people with dementia is set to increase dramatically as our population ages. Appropriate design is the key to tackling the changing needs – we have the knowledge and skills to create much safer environments to help seniors navigate their way around more easily. Following are some practical flooring considerations to assist those inflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Flooring Guide for Alzheimer’s Patients

  • Use floors that have a matt appearance rather than shiny materials. The glare can alter perception, as well as be perceived as slippery and wet. This perception can negatively affect the gait of the individual and cause anxiety and unfamiliarity.
  • Excessive use of patterns or textures can cause illusions leading to confusion and increased agitation.
  • Use appropriate contrasts. The use of tones with similar light reflectance values (LRVs) are recommended as a sharp contrast may be confusing.
  • Color contrasts can be used to create boundaries. For example, the use of color contrast can create a visual barrier for those areas where residents are not permitted (e.g., staff areas or danger zones).
  • Use strong colors rather than paler shades to aid in orientation and understanding of pathways. This is helpful for those afflicted with color vision deterioration.
  • Avoid using dark colors. These shades could trigger emotions of imprisonment.
  • Consider flooring materials that absorb noise and reduce sound levels between rooms. Noise is another factor that can contribute to agitation.

Main Line Floors and Interiors focuses on the supply and installation of high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multi-family, Senior Living, Hospitality and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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Philadelphia Flooring Designs for those with Dementia.

Do Colors influence a Person inflicted with Dementia?

There are several studies on color and light related to designing Assisted living, Senior living or devoted Dementia care facilities. Assisted living care changes rapidly to meet the needs of Seniors. Senior living residences continuously innovate to how they will deliver care. As the population of residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s continue to grow, senior living facilities are developing special care units to address their specific needs.

Main Line Flooring and Interiors is a specialty flooring distributor and installation contractor in the metro Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Delaware and South New Jersey region. We specialize in helping deliver the best flooring resources to assisted living and senior living environments. Here, we will discuss some flooring considerations needed to help those inflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Designing for dementia is not an ‘exact science’ in the sense that clear boundaries can be made as to which design is or is not suitable.

With that in mind, there is much research on the human associations of color and psychological mood. It is generally agreed that color associations depend on many personal, cultural and subjective factors. As such, take the following principles as a basic guide into the psychological affect from colors. It should be used with due deliberation.

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How Colors Effect Our Perception and Mood

Blue

  • Blues are believed to have a calming and restful effect.
  • They are recommended for use in quiet rooms and bedrooms.
  • Blue can be perceived as a “Cool” color.
  • It can make a room appear larger.

Green

  • Green is associated with growth and life.
  • It’s though to reduce central nervous system activity.
  • It helps people feel calm.
  • It is considered to be the most restful of colors.
  • Like other “Cool” colors, it makes rooms appear larger.
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Red

  • Red is associated with an increase brain wave activity and can stimulate the production of Adrenalin into the blood stream.
  • As such, red is recommended for high activity areas and communal spaces where stimulation is required.
  • It can increase the perceived temperature of a room. As such, it can be used in rooms that are considered “cool” to have a warming effect.
  • Red can also make a room appear smaller.

Orange

  • Is considered a “warm” color.
  • Typically exude an energetic charge.
  • Orange is closely related to red and shares some of its properties.
  • It is an earth-base color and like green.
  • Orange creates similar associations with nature and natural environments.
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Violet

  • Does not seem to have consistent effects on mood or the nervous system.
  • Most likely this occurs because it is a combination of red and blue which are at opposite ends of the color spectrum.

Purple

  • The color effects of purple are dependent on the shade.
  • The colors create a sense of luxury, as well as creativity. Lighter purple color hues like a lavender or lilac offer calming effects similar to that of blue.
  • Noteworthy, that unlike blue, light purple doesn’t create the “cold“, chilly feeling.

 

For a more detailed review of colors and the human response, click here to see white, black, pink, and yellow.

Please note: Too much use of any particular color can be overly stimulating, as well as under stimulating depending on the circumstance.

Just as individual colors affect stimulation and mood, the combination of multiple colors can affect stimulation and mood. Furthermore, the incorporation of contrasting or complementary colors can also have an effect.

Although color choice and dementia care is not an “exact science,” it is believed that the color preferences for individuals with dementia are red, blue and green.

For the affected individual who exhibits aggressive tendencies, try using pink in their personal space as it tends to ease aggression.

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Natural Ageing, Dementia and Visual Perception

Many with Dementia will experience difficulties with their sight and perception as a result of their condition compounded by the natural ageing process. Difficulties with sight and perception can cause people to misinterpret the world around them. This further complicates matters considering the confusion and isolation they already feel.

The use of different colors, particularly those that contrast, has been proven to make life a little easier for dementia related and Alzheimer’s patients.

How do we Perceive Color?

Our perception of color is dependent on the pigment color of an object or surface and the way that object reflects light.

There are the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue, and three secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. All of these colors vary along according to three dimensions: hue, value, and chroma:

  • Hue: This is what we refer to as ‘color’ and is made up from one or more of the primary and secondary colors.
  • Value: This is our perception of “lightness or darkness” of a specific color. Furthermore, “tint” is the lightness of a color when white is added, and “shade” is the darkness when black is added.
  • Chroma:  This is the brilliance or purity of a specific color. The “primary” colors have the brightest chroma and are considered the most brilliant.

Contrast between colors considers the primary and secondary colors incorporated with:

  • Contrast of hue: For example, the contrast between blue and green;
  • Contrast of “light” and “dark” when different “tints” and “shades” are used next to each other. This includes contrasts that have different values of the same hue (e.g., red and pink);
  • Contrast of cold and warm: when colors with different “temperatures” are placed next to each other. For example, red a “warm” color and blue a “cool” color.

“Light” Considerations

Light is also a vital part of our perception of color. The way we perceive color is a combination of the pigment color of an object or a surface in the environment. But, our perception is also effected by how that color (i.e., when exposed to light) reflects off that object or surface in that environment.

Now, that we have the science of color behind us, flooring and interior manufacturers have made our design decisions a little easier by grading their products relative to interactions with light.

Light Refection Values

Light reflection values (LRV) are important design tools for dementia environments. Combinations of various colors and products can be made by using identical or contrasting LRV’s. Since LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, the LRV’s for wall covering or furniture can be measured relative to the flooring design.

Color and Contrast 

By incorporating the knowledge of perceived color, contrast and lighting we can better utilize our intention of design for Senior Living spaces and those with Dementia residents. Following are some practical guide lines for design:

Clear, Defined Edges and Boundaries are Best

The use of contrast is extremely important for marking edges or creating spacial boundaries that help by drawing attention to furniture or other tripping hazards. Contrast can also be used to help define objects more clearly. Using a color that contrasts to a background draws attention to key features. For example, we can use a contrasting wall color so that it can be easier to locate switches and sockets, as well as railings and handrails. Moreover, doors for bathrooms can be painted a different color than other rooms in the house for easier identification.

 

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Avoid Prominent Patterns 

People with dementia may perceive patterns and motifs as actual objects. For example a carpet with a pattern of white specks on a dark background may be distracting to a person with dementia. They may perceive the specks to be bits of tissue and want to ‘pick’ them up off the carpet. This phenomenon is referred to as the ‘trompe d’oeuil’ effect, where people are confused or tempted to try and pick design elements from the floor.

Avoid bold and prominent patterns. This includes patterns with large motifs and/or small patterns which are prominent because the motifs clearly contrast with the background color.

Avoid Prominent Contrasts 

For a person with dementia, highly contrasting colors on the floor (e.g., like in a checker-board pattern) may be perceived to be changes in floor levels or “holes” in the ground.

Similarly, highly contrasting patterns on vertical surfaces may be perceived to be changes in depth, and so should be avoided.

Avoid Prominent Patterns that depict Movement

Bold patterns including stripes and zig-zag lines must be avoided as they could be perceived as moving objects.

Wood flooring with a prominent grain may also be distracting for a person with dementia.

Prominent color contrast can be used to foreground objects and add clarity and distinct boundaries to the environment.

Effects of Age and Sight

Bear in mind that due to natural thickening of the lens of the eye with age, seniors may experience colors as “washed out” and find blues, greens and purples harder to differentiate. Moreover, as we age many changes occur that effect vision and color perception. Usually, the thickening and yellowing of the lens alters the way color is perceived.

    • A reduction in contrast perception ability, resulting in difficulty differentiating between subtle changes in the environment such as carpets and steps.
    • A reduction in the perceived saturation or vividness of colors (i.e chroma). For example, some may find that red colors start to look like pink.

Additionally, color preferences can change, and the person with dementia experiences increasing sensitivity to all things, so it is necessary to create a balance throughout the journey of the disease.

Whatever the circumstances may be, it is imperative that designers for assisted living make it easier for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s to understand depth and spacial orientation cues. The most important consideration is safety. We must design against injury from falls. Falls just don’t cause physical injury. They can also shatter the confidence of someone living with dementia and lead to a rapid physical and mental decline.

Main Line Floors and Interiors focuses on high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multifamily, Senior Living and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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Flooring Trends for Loved Ones with Dementia, Senior Living.

Flooring Trends in Assisted or Senior Living

Assisted living care is changing rapidly. Senior living organizations are continually innovating how they deliver care. As residents with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, become a larger population of the ageing, senior living facilities are developing special care units and stand-alone facilities to address their specific needs.

Main Line Flooring and Interiors is a specialty flooring distributor and installation contractor in the metro Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Delaware and South New Jersey region. We specialize in helping deliver the best flooring resources to assisted living and senior living environments. This article discusses some flooring considerations needed to help those inflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The complexity of needs of dementia residents involves all facets of design for an assisted living building. Every detail must be closely thought through. While all are critical to the success of a resident’s experience, there is arguably nothing that has a bigger impact than the interior design of a space.

Understanding how people with dementia experience the world helps us create a space can be considered a tool. This knowledge based tool provides “built-in cues” to help those with dementia remember to eat, dress or participate in activities. With a space created just for them, people are able to live more peacefully, more securely and more socially in a world they can understand.

Flooring is one of the most essential factors in determining a basis for designing a dementia environment as it has much impact on safety and orientation of a space, patient confidence, security and independence.

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TEXTURES AND FLOORING

Textures must be true to what they are. For example, if a railing or table looks like wood, but doesn’t feel like wood, it can be alarming for those with dementia. This occurs when two separate signals are being sent to the brain. One from touch and one from sight. If the two signals do not match, the person is left with feelings of unease and confusion.

Additionally, there should be limited contrast between flooring. Where two different patterns or flooring types meet, it may create concern about stepping into something new. Did you know that Dementia can bring visual challenges? The problems associated with the brain that cause memory loss can also affect sight. This, coupled with general age-related eyesight deterioration, can make it increasingly difficult to discriminate the differences between textures on the floor. As such, shiny surfaces can appear wet, and dark surfaces can look like holes to those affected with Dementia. Floor patterns can cause illusions, while visual-spatial problems mean rooms can appear flat or 2D.

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How to Choose Flooring in Assisted or Senior Living for Dementia

Choosing carpets, throw rugs, or hard surface flooring typically is a matter of personal taste. Our loved ones might be very fond of the stair carpet, tiled kitchens, or ornament throw rugs but they can be hazardous. My mother, and active 81 year old, tripped and fell while sleep walking earlier this year that sent her to the hospital and lost months to physical therapy never to rebound to her previous physical state. Once a loved one is inflicted with dementia, it behooves us to seriously consider all the surfaces they walk on at home or in a senior living environment. The last thing that you – or they – want is a fall.

Falls just don’t cause physical injury. They can also shatter the confidence of someone living with dementia and lead to a rapid physical and mental decline.

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Patterned Flooring

Patterned carpets can cause confusion to those inflicted with dementia. Some loved ones with dementia find it difficult to distinguish between design and actual objects that they need to pick up or step over.  Strong repetitive patterns can cause this ‘trompe d’oeuil’ effect, where people are confused or tempted to try and pick design elements from the floor

For example, a dark carpet with white specks may look like bits of tissue to some. As such, they may interpret these visual cues incorrectly and try to pick up the tissue pieces. Patterns such as flowers can also be deceptive, as they could believe they’re actually seeing real flowers on the floor.

Similarly, if kitchen linoleum or bathroom tiles are in a black and white checkerboard motif, the black areas may seem like holes in the ground which need to be stepped around. Imagine how confusing and frustrating that could feel.

 

Understanding LVR Ratings

Light reflection values (LRV) are important design tools for dementia environments. Combinations of various colors and products can be made by using identical or contrasting LRV’s. Since LRV’s are a universal measurement for all materials, the LRV’s for wall covering or furniture can be measured relative to the flooring design.

Contrasting Colors

Color choices in designing for dementia senior living typically is a matter of taste. However, while deigning a harmonious living space you may want to consider how colors effect psychological mood here.

With color considerations, be cognizant that natural thickening of the lens of the eye with age, causes the elderly to possibly experience colors as ‘washed out’. As such, blues, greens and purples harder to differentiate. Additionally, color preferences can change, and loved ones with dementia experience increasing sensitivity to all things. As such, it is necessary to create a balance throughout the journey of the disease.

Contrast can be used to help define objects more clearly and establish boundaries. The use of contrast is extremely important for defining marking edges of things and drawing attention to furniture or other tripping hazards. In design for dementia related visual problems we want to help people ascertain living and functional areas more clearly. For example, if a kitchen has a small step, coloring the step different to the surrounding floors will aid them to make appropriate responses and decisions.

Furthermore, picking out furniture in a color that contrast with the flooring will make it easier for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s to understand depth and spacial orientation cues.

However, drastic color contrasts can also create problems if it causes your loved one to think that there’s a step or a hole where there isn’t one.

Moreover, contrasting floor colors in assisted living can be used to indicate that certain areas are off-limit (i.e., staff & medical areas) or indicate a clearly different space like a kitchen.

In general, try to ensure that the color changes of floors between each room aren’t too drastic.

Flooring Thresholds

Thresholds, the strips of metal or plastic that fix flooring between different rooms, should be the same color as the rest of the floor surface.

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Benefits of Matt Floors

Shiny flooring can appear wet to someone with dementia. This could mean they’ll become hesitant and unsteady on their feet which can lead to fall.

Matt surfaces typically disturb the reflections that of high gloss surfaces. As such, hard surfaces should, ideally, be matt to reduce the risk of harm.

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Removing Potential Hazards

Falls pose a real risk for people with dementia. It is critical to move any objects that pose a tripping hazard.

Most importantly, textiles, hard & moderately soft surface materials, vinyls as well as linoleum designs are able to generate a recollection of the past and create an appealing environment reminiscent to home.

Main Line Floors and Interiors focuses on high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, we have great products and installations for Builders, Multifamily, Senior Living and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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Choosing Colors for Senior Living Spaces

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Main Line Floors & Interiors is a distributor and installer of specialty flooring materials and carpets. We specialize in assisted living flooring trends, commercial spaces, multi-family as well as your home. As such, if you are looking to update a commercial interior space, looking for living room flooring trends or coastal living decor, think of Main Line Floors & Interiors.

The other day I was thinking about repainting some rooms in my home. I was particularly interested in living room color schemes when I came across the vast knowledge of color and psychological effects.

Room Color Ideas

Choosing a new color for a room can be challenging to say the least! Typically, we choose room colors based on personal preference or in effort to coordinate with specific or special pieces we want to incorporate into the room. However, the psychology of colors is another important consideration to evaluate. Beyond our personal likes and dislikes, our color choices can influence our mood within a particular living space. What are your walls telling you, and how do they make you feel? Please discover some popular room color choices and how they affect mood before your final decision.

The Feelings and Meanings of Different Colors

Considering the psychology of each color helps us better understand how different colors can affect our mood. In general, lighter colors can make a room feel larger and brighter. Darker and deeper colors create the feeling of warmth and sophistication. However, the use of Darker colors can also create an intimate feeling, which is beneficial in large rooms. Whether we consider a color as either warm or cool also affects how you feel when you see it.

Check out the following colors and understand their effects to help you narrow down your color options:

Color Chart Guide

Blue: Blue is thought to have a calming and meditative effect. Some believe the color might lower your blood pressure. Blue encourages productivity and clear thinking. Although, some shades of blue may depict an unpleasant or chilly look, particularly when a room lacks natural light. Using warm hues in your accents can help balance that chilly effect.

Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.

Green: Green is another color known for creating a relaxing “vibe”. Green exhibits a sense of tranquility, composure and gentle quietness. It is also believed that the color green tends to exude a restorative effect, possibly due to its prominence in nature. Some find that it feels refreshing to look at. The versatile color range of green works in almost any room especially when you want a comforting space to unwind or feel at ease.

Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.

Yellow: Yellow exudes an energizing feel. When we see yellows we tend to feel uplifted and perceive a touch of joy and happiness. Also, yellow colors can make rooms feel more expansive while creating a welcoming feeling. However, large amounts of yellow may also have a negative effect, potentially causing people to get angry or feel frustrated more easily.

Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extroversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.

Orange: The colors of orange can  typically create an energetic vibe. Orange can spark a sense of enthusiasm and excitement while stimulating your creativity. Orange also offers a sense of warmth and can make your space feel cozy. Moreover, orange has the tendency to have a stimulating effect on your appetite.

Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.

Red: Red evokes passion, adventure and optimism. It definitely elevates the energy in the room and creates a sense of excitement. The color is certainly enhances the regal milieu of any space. However, it is thought that the color may increase blood pressure, respiration and heart rate. As such, use it with caution if you want to avoid this type of stimulation. The intense color is often associated with stimulating the appetite and encouraging conversation. As such, go ahead an use it in your dining areas. Most importantly, red colors help to create an intimate and comforting feeling.

Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

Pink: While pink is often associated with little girls’ rooms, it has a place in other spaces for its joyful and romantic effects. Pinks add a lively and positive vibe to your space. Moreover, some shades of pink are known to have a calming effect.

Positive: Physical tranquility, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.

Purple: The color effects of purple are dependent on the shade. For example, dark and rich shades such as eggplant can make a dramatic splash in your living space. The colors create a sense of luxury, as well as creativity. Lighter purple color hues like a lavender or lilac offer calming effects similar to that of blue. Noteworthy, that unlike blue, light purple doesn’t create the cold, chilly feeling.

Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality.
Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.

White: Shades of white colors are versatile neutrals that create a sense of airiness that make a room feel open. Moreover, white creates a sense of cleanliness, simplicity and purity. White itself can almost work anywhere. It creates a crisp and clean background that provides a great contrast for your decor (e.g., accent pieces, furniture and accessories).

Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency.
Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.

Black: Black can definitely create a dramatic look in your space. The color exudes elegance and sophistication with a formal tone to it. Black also offers a grounding effect and can add depth to your design. While it can work well to evoke these feelings as an accent color, using too much black in a space can evoke negative mood-altering effect. Moreover, black also tends to make a room feel smaller.

Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance.
Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.

How to Choose Room Colors

Now, that we know there are psychological effects of colors, how do we utilize that logic to make the right color choices? When uncertain, consider some basic elements of function of the living space, its uses and your desires for the room.

Check out these factors and tips to help you determine your choices:

A Room’s role: Take into consideration the main activities in the room. For example, a bedroom is a place for rest, relaxation and retreat after a long day, whereas the home office is a place for efficiency and work. Consider how you will use the room and how color choice can affect those functions.

According to stylist Malene Barnett, New York City-based textile designer and artist,  “Almost everything goes back to how you plan to use the space.”  Ms. Barnett explains, “Think about how you plan to spend your time in the room, and that will dictate what design you should look for. Let your lifestyle guide you.”

Desired feeling: Think about how you want to feel when initially walking into a room as well as when living in that space. Some rooms have a common feeling, but other rooms can vary depending on preference. For example, many may want to create a tranquil environment for a bedroom to encourage good sleep. However, desired feelings may vary in home offices. Some may design a space to stimulate creativity utilizing yellows or oranges, whereas others may prefer the calming, clear-thinking effects of blue in a home office.

Color location: When you choose a color for your room, keep in mind that the entire room does not need to be that color alone. That color can be used on just an accent wall if painting. Another option, is to choose neutral colors for your walls and bring in the color through window treatments, furniture, accessories and decorative decor. Those color accents still offer the same psychological effects on mood, just in smaller doses.

 Lighting considerations: The lighting considerations have a major impact on how a color looks and ultimately the mood it creates. Where that light comes from makes a difference. As such, keep in mind the effects of natural light and accenting overhead lights. By testing out a color in your space you will gain a greater sense of the mood it creates versus the mood it evokes on a paint chip in the store.

Color combinations: Another consideration to realize how different colors work together within your color scheme. Most of us don’t use a single color for everything in the room. Consider both the primary room color and your main accents and determine how those colors work together during your design phase.

Nearby colors: Today’s open floor plans typically provide a clear view of multiple rooms. When only painting one of those rooms, it is very important to consider how this new color works with the existing color scheme.

Personal preferences: While colors usually have similar effects on people, your reaction to a particular color may be different. So, be cognizant of your preference and how colors effect your mood during the design phase.

The aesthetic effect of color is always important. However, choosing colors to create a specific mood or stimulation based on your intended feeling only helps to personalize your space. As such, get started on your perfect color search with the color psychology guidelines in mind. Ultimately, you should choose a color that fits your personality and one you can live with long-term.

Let’s take a look at some basic rooms and how color choice can effect them.

Entryway Colors

The entryway is the first interior space you and your guests see and experience. As such, it should feel welcoming. Warm colors can achieve that feeling. The proximity to the outdoors also means you should consider your home’s surroundings when choosing color. Remember to consider color choices that complements the colors of nature just outside your front door, or create a contrast. For example, since urban areas typically have a drab outdoor appearance, you may want to escape that feeling by creating a contrast instantly inside the entryway by using a warm or bright color.

Bedroom Colors

At the end of a long day, the bedroom is a retreat. Most of us desire a relaxing environment that stimulates sleep. For this reason, avoiding red and other stimulating colors is usually a smart move. The last thing you want to do when you’re trying to fall asleep is feel stimulated.

Instead, choose a color known for tranquility and relaxation. Blues and greens are the best calming colors to paint a room and work well in the bedroom. Lavender is another cool color that helps create that tranquil feeling without the potential for chilliness that sometimes occurs with blue.

Bathroom Colors

A clean look is key for the bathroom. Typically, very bright colors like white offer the large appearance as well as sterile look.

Kitchen and Dining Room Colors

Kitchens are often the heart of a home, whether you’re entertaining or cooking dinner for your own family. As such, that may be a space that you desire to create as inviting, but also encourages conversation.

Furthermore, choosing red or orange for your kitchen and dining room helps stimulate appetite. This is the perfect option if you want your dinner guests to feast upon. However, if there are concerns about overeating, you may want to avoid those colors in areas. Red in those spaces may cause you to over eat on a subtle level you might not notice.

Red is also believed to stimulate conversation, which is perfect for a dining room when you want to encourage dinner conversation. If you do choose red or orange, consider how much of the color to add you may not want those colors to feel overwhelming.

Warm colors create an energetic environment in the kitchen. These are ideal choices when you want to create a fun environment that focuses on energetic interactions and creativity. Peach, terra cotta and similar colors create that effect. Blues and greens also work in a kitchen or dining room when you prefer a more peaceful setting for cooking and enjoying.

Another strategy for choosing your kitchen color scheme is to think back to your own childhood. If your memories of spending time in the kitchen are positive ones, using the same colors from your childhood kitchen can help recreate those feelings.

Living Room Colors

Your living room or family room is the place you gather with your friends and family. Typically, it is meant to be a comfortable, relaxing space where conversation flows. You may also want a warm, welcoming feeling in this space so people feel like they welcome and connect.

Green in the living room or family room provides the feel of relaxation while maintaining a warmth that keeps you cozy and encourages togetherness. Blue has a similar effects. You may want to choose a warmer shade of blue to keep the space welcoming. Bright shades of blue, such as turquoise, also work well in common spaces. Avoid dark shades of blue because these hues can cause a sense of sadness, however darker blues can work as accents.

Consider earth tones to create a warm, welcoming feeling in your living room. Colors like brown, beige and other warm tones encourage connections and help stimulate conversation. Reds, yellows and oranges can work in moderation to create that warm feeling in the space.

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Gray Colors and Gray Flooring Trends

 

Why Choose Gray

The colors that we choose to decorate our living spaces with are often said to be a reflection of our collective psyche.

Gray is a perfect color choice. It is timeless, has classic appeal and has several variations in shade. As such, it can fit any room and suit any decor style. Gray floors can be found used throughout the modern, minimalist, rustic, beach and other decor styles. From a care and maintenance perspective, those pesky scratches and spots will not “catch your eye” on gray floors as with polished or dark floors. Moreover, gray floors do not deliberately make a statement, but they will delicately highlight the decor and make your space look “light and airy.”

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Gray is a Neutral Color

So, why use neutral Colors? Neutral color schemes for living spaces have the inherit ability to:

  • Create a calming environment. Neutral colors tend to be less psychologically demanding on the eye than bolder shades and tints, like red, yellow and deep blue. As such, this creates a soft and sophisticated ambiance.
  • Set off other brighter colors. Neutrals make other colors pop and they are the best choice for this purpose. They complement almost any other color, ensuring brighter colors stand out beautifully.
  • Go with any decor. Are you someone who enjoys changing the decorations or furnishings on a regular basis? Using neutral paint colors in your living space avoids the issue of having to regularly repaint.

Greige

In 2018, there was a slight style shift toward a warmer toned gray flooring. The term, “Greige,” has come to reflect this tone as it refers to a color that is between gray and beige. Just like other neutral colors, Greige can go with just about everything and brings more life to a room than the traditional cooler grays in the past recent years. These colors were thought to inadvertently make a living space feel somewhat cool and a little uninviting.

Color psychology maintains that gray doesn’t have a ‘personality’ of its own. However, when gray is paired with any other color, it allows that color to be visible while gray takes a back seat. The key to choosing a complimentary  gray shade is to pick one that comes from the same harmonious color family as the colors you want to use.  As such, it will harmoniously resonate and not drain the other colors.

The Psychology of the Color Gray

  • Gray is the color of conformism. As such,  it does not have a personality of its own. Gray can appear both mild or darkish depending on the colors that are mixed with it.
  • Gray is generally considered an unresponsive color. As such, it is unattached, neutral, impartial and also indecisive.
  • As gray becomes or approaches a darker spectrum, it is believed that the color becomes extraordinary and also mysterious. On the other side, as gray reaches silver and white-color hues; the greater it becomes in highlighting and achieving a dynamic existence.
  • Gray is thought of as being both still and emotionless. Gray is strong and steady, making a feeling of cool and characteristic as self-restraint, and alleviates you from a riotous world.
  • Gray is not thought to invigorate, empower, revive or energize. From color psychology point of view, gray looks moderate, dull and discouraging. But at the same time it looks exquisite and formal, yet never captivating.
  • Gray is the color which is connected with maturation and obligation. Moreover, because of its neutral appearance, it is the reason stylists frequently utilize it as foundation shading.
  • Based on color psychology Gray can also be monotonous and conventional. Supposedly, if you like the color gray it shows your Intellect, futurism, modesty, and sadness.
  • When it comes to color psychology, those who love a gray color are the ones who try to protect themselves from the world around them. It shows that these people prefer a safe and balanced existence. Moreover, it may indicate that they want to control their emotions to avoid an emotional pain.

Gray Flooring

What types of gray flooring are available? In 2018, all flooring options are available in gray tones. Manufacturers have jumped on the band wagon to offer you everything like tiles, luxury vinyl planks, vinyl sheet goods, natural woods, laminates, engineered hard woods, concrete and stone. As such, the choices are endless and all variations can be easily mixed together.

Gray Wood Floors

Wood is out favorite material to choose from floor boards, laminates, and engineered hard wood floors. Wood makes any space cozier. However, some consideration needs to be made relative to the finishes on the market today to ensure a long-lasting service life. Hard woods can be wildly range in price (i.e., due to grade and surface protection) and such a long term investment must be considered because it is the most fragile cover of all flooring products, especially if you have kids and pets. There are multiple shades of gray woods to choose from, but my personal favorites are whitewashed planks. To me, they look stylishly chic and vintage.

We Love Gray

Gray is the cooler and chicer cousin of white that has been in vogue for the past five years. It is a neutral color that can create a calming, elegant or even electrifying effect, making it the perfect option for any decor and personal style. Gray house paints and flooring come in an array of hues, from subtle pale shades to deep rich pigments.

Best Wall Colors for Gray Floors

In recent years, gray flooring has taken the market to become the norm. A gray floor is a great neutral color and offers a variety of color pallets to build off of those various shades. Since we continue to love it, it does beg the question – which wall colors work well with gray floors?

Since gray flooring has become the norm, so too have gray wall colors. Many in urban areas, as well as suburbanites love the monochromatic room design (gray on gray). However, choosing the right wall color for a gray floor can either be difficult or fun. To help, our team compiled some winning color combos to help you pick the right wall colors for gray floors.

 

WHITE + GRAY

This is an obvious combo, but we do not want to advocate any color of white paint color. We want to use white wall colors that are inviting, rather than those that blind us upon entry. These colors should be on the warmer side of the spectrum. We also recommend using these white colors with gray flooring that feature a brown or beige undertone. Consider these white tones (plus a beige accent) for your walls:

 

DARK BLUE + GRAY

You will not be disappointed using a dark blue wall color to complement your light gray floor. If these blue colors don’t cut it for you, you can also consider other jewel-toned wall colors.

GRAY + GRAY

Well-designed monochromatic rooms can pop. To nail this look, use different values, tints, shades, and tones of gray. The use of different grays, can accentuate and relieve a room from feeling like it’s one tone. In our rendition of a monochromatic gray room, we’ve paired with two grays (plus a white accent):

DUSTY TEAL + GRAY

We advocate this color combination because of its tranquility. Who doesn’t love a little bit of tranquility in their lives, right? When you go this route, balance out these muted teal colors with a beige color to warm up the room.

YELLOW + GRAY

This can be considered a classic gray color combination. The energy of the color yellow is balanced by the soothing nature of gray. We recommend using this color combo if your gray flooring has an aged quality to it.

Main Line Floors and Interiors focuses on high end residential and commercial carpets and flooring. However, Main Line Floors has great products and installations for Builders, Multifamily, Senior Living and the Real Estate Investor / House Flipper. We proudly serve the Philadelphia, PA metro area, Delaware and South New Jersey region.

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