Tips for Downsizing & Decorating Senior Apartments

Sometimes when it comes to moving into a retirement community or new home, downsizing is needed. Although it sounds like a terrible and tedious task, it opens new opportunities for room organization, color schemes, and stylish room décor. A lot of times, if there’s enough storage space, downsizing can be kept minimal.

How Much Downsizing is Needed?

Luckily, if you’re moving into a Mansions Senior Independent Living community, you’ll sparingly have to downsize. A lot of the senior apartment floor plans are spacious and appropriate for family gatherings. They even have large walk-in closets for all your clothing!

On a larger scale, The Mansions at Gwinnett Park Senior Independent Living offers full-size cottages and villas so downsizing will rarely be necessary. We also understand the need to keep a lot of sentimental items, memorabilia, and keepsakes. Because we know it’s important, every senior apartment option has ample amounts of storage space for you to keep your treasures. We understand the need for personal space, so we built our communities to keep our residents happy.

Sometimes you will run into a situation outside of Mansions Senior Living Communities, where you may need to downsize significantly. On the bright side, with some tips and pointers, decorating senior apartments can easily result in a stylish and comfortable home.

Tips for Decorating Senior Apartments

Use A Room Planner

A popular online room planner program is PlanYourRoom. It is free and easy to use. You can mock up room design ideas, bedroom designs, and kitchen design ideas. It’s a fantastic way to make sure all your furniture and decorative items will fit while maintaining a comfortable walking space. 

Alternative room planners are also usually offered by furniture companies. Some offer alternate reality experiences on your phone or tablet. That way, you can see how the sofa, couch, or table will look beside all your existing furniture. 

Install Wall or Ceiling Mounted Lighting

To conserve floor area while decorating senior apartments, consider purchasing wall or ceiling-mounted lighting. They will free up space to put a side table, couch, or plant. Also, because they’re wall-mounted, there’s a lower risk of it falling over when nudged. 

Get Creative with Furniture Elevations

The best way to make your senior living space look bigger and dynamic is to play with furniture elevation. Having low seating areas will give the illusion of higher ceilings. Try adding in a low coffee table or mini side table next to a comfortable couch. You’ll find your home looking a lot more open.

Adding Mirrors

An inexpensive and easy way to make a room feel more open while decorating senior apartments is to add a large mirror. You can find stylish mirrors from your local department store, thrift store, or antique store. You can find a full list of local antique stores in Georgia here.  

Because mirrors reflect what’s in front, they will also reflect the space in your bedroom or living room, giving the illusion of a bigger space.

Make Use of Multi-Purpose Furniture

Although there is already a lot of storage space available in Mansions Senior Living apartments, it never hurts to have more. For more room storage and organization, get a bed with pull-out storage, ottomans that flip open, or chests that act as tables. Having numerous storage decorations will guarantee enough space for all your seasonal clothing items (assuming your walk-in closets are already filled!). 

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

When decorating senior apartments, always let the natural sunlight in whenever possible. If the light is too harsh, soften it with translucent or sheer curtains. The sunlight helps rooms feel airy and brighter. 

Keep a Cohesive Color Scheme

Pinterest is a great source for color schemes. Stick to 3-5 main colors or shades and feel free to add a pop of color. Alternatively, if you like more monochromatic color schemes, plants can help liven up a retirement community without clashing with the room décor. 

Pro tip: get fake plants if you don’t have a green thumb.

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Preview some of our bedroom designs and kitchen design ideas on our photos page.  

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