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5 Contemporary Decorating Tips for Assisted Living

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5 Contemporary Decorating Tips for Assisted Living

A few simple decor changes can transform an ordinary assisted living apartment into a cozy, welcoming home. At Park Regency Loveland, many members of our community update their interior with wall art and other accents. Showcase your love for the heavenly father with crosses or framed Bible verses, or adorn your walls with photos of friends and family. Whether you prefer neutral hues or lively patterns, here are five contemporary decorating tips for your apartment.

1) Update Your Window Coverings

Enhance your home with custom window coverings such as blinds, shades, curtains or drapes. Wooden blinds protect your privacy and pair well with neutral or rustic decor, while adjustable white blinds are a timeless choice. Accent your window with vibrant curtains in a lively pattern, or choose solid-colored drapes for refined elegance.

When choosing curtains or drapes, consider your existing decor as you select a pattern and style. Sheer, billowy drapes lend a romantic touch to your home. Bold patterns liven up rooms with gray, tan or brown furniture. Consider using different colors during warm and cool weather. Vibrant reds, blues and greens work well during winter, while warm weather calls for pastels or bright yellows and pinks.

Some residents enjoy displaying window decals, also known as window clings, with seasonal or holiday themes. You can often find these decorative decals at dollar stores or other budget-friendly retailers. Hold on to the sheet that contains your decals, as many are reusable.

2) Try Modern Lamps

Illuminate your home with the glow of a practical yet decorative lamp. Lamps are available in an assortment of attractive styles, from bronze table lamps and wall fixtures to torch-style floor lamps. Consider styles that are easy to clean, such as those with metallic bases or plastic shades. You can rub a wet wipe or damp washcloth over these surfaces for quick dust and smudge removal.

Place lamps in locations you frequent so you always have plenty of light for your favorite activities. Add a small lamp to your coffee table if you enjoy working on crossword puzzles in your chair, or place a lamp beside your bed for late-night reading or journaling.

3) Honor Your Faith

Incorporate your spiritual beliefs into your home decor with wall art or knick knacks. Glorify God with framed hymnal lyrics from beloved songs such as Amazing Grace or Be Thou My Vision, or display comforting Bible verses in each room. Many assisted living residents display a cross in their living room or bedroom.

Consider Bible verses that bring you joy or peace when you decorate your home. Here are a few verses you may enjoy:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:32–34)

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

Crafters can embroider wall art or crochet crosses from colorful yarn. You can also paint a small canvas for your bathroom or kitchenette. If you entertain guests in your home, place an extra Bible on a shelf or coffee table so visitors have easy access to the word of the Lord.

4) Display Plants and Flowers

Incorporate a hint of nature in your home with plants and flowers. Some residents appreciate the beauty of a fresh bouquet of flowers, while others prefer the hassle-free maintenance of faux flowers or plastic greenery. Live plants that require minimal maintenance include succulents, cactus plants and air plants.

You can also grow fresh herbs, such as cilantro or rosemary, in your home. These edible herbs have a pleasant aroma and enhance the flavor of mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and leafy salads. Lavender is another easy-to-grow option with a relaxing scent, and you can purchase dried sprigs if you prefer.

5) Add a Pop of Color

You don't have to replace all of your current decor to enhance your home's interior. A vibrant throw or pillow immediately brightens your living room or bedroom. Replace classic wooden frames with holders in bold hues that highlight your grandkids' smiles. Tape a drawing you made in arts and crafts activities on the back of your front door, or upgrade your toothbrush holder with a colorful fixture.

We encourage residents at Park Regency Loveland to decorate with items that make them feel happy, inspired and loved. Some members of our senior community make a few subtle tweaks while others revamp each room of their apartment. Experiment with the ideas above so you can determine which decor changes best suit your style.

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