Choosing Colors for Senior Living Spaces

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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2 Replies to “Choosing Colors for Senior Living Spaces”

  1. Hi there. I have a great amount of confidence in Main Line Floors and Interiors after reading this article. I like how it can accommodate for more than one service, whether that’s commercial, family, and assisted living. Diversity is the way to go. I like how you went into great detail about the different colors for each section, and not just listing the color options by themselves. Choosing a warm color for the entry way is essential, and I like that you stated that it should resemble warmth like the outside nature. I believe I have achieved that here at my home. I will definitely be referencing your article for plans and how to keep my home looking the way it should. Thank you.

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