Choosing the Right Colors and Products for Your Senior Living Facility

One of the challenges you may face if you are updating your facility or building a new one is finding products that meet today’s stringent healthcare codes without sacrificing the comfort you want for your residents. You don’t want them to feel like they live in an institution, or a hotel for that matter, but it isn’t always easy to strike a balance between the two. Fortunately, there are a number of products now on the market that will help you realize the look and feel you are trying to achieve, that are also up to par with the latest healthcare requirements.

As far as paint goes, the experts at Arch Painting recommend Sherwin-Williams Duration Home, a product true to its name in terms of durability. Ideal for high-traffic areas, this paint and primer in one not only inhibits mold and mildew growth but also blocks stains, which can be cleaned with water or mild soap without any worry about color rub-off. This product also meets the most stringent regulations for VOCs, and is available in all Sherwin-Williams colors in flat, matte, satin and semi-gloss sheens.

Additionally, there are now many wall covering options that meet healthcare code requirements with more of a residential look to them than the wall coverings typically found in hotels. The image below is an example of wall covering used by one of our clients in their facility’s dining room.

When choosing your colors, the most important consideration is making sure the facility feels like home. Color can go a long way toward making that happen, by providing comfort, stimulation and reassurance to both staff and resident.

Recent trends in the interior design of senior living facilities aren’t trends at all, but instead focus on the timeless use of the hues of nature. Natural, earthy colors such as Sherwin-Williams Herbal Wash, shown in the image of the sitting room below on the rear and upper wall, have been shown to provide mood elevation, creating a sense of calm and joy and even improving cognitive performance.

Research has shown that color can also help with way finding, so you may want to consider using paint color to differentiate between rooms with different functions, or in different areas of the building. Visual cues such as color can allow your residents a greater level of independence and confidence as they move through the building.

The combination of timeless colors and durable products on your walls, along with options such as corner protection to guard against damage from everyday circulation, will help you minimize maintenance and keep your staff and residents feeling comfortable and right at home.