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How to Decorate Your New Space in Senior Living

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The excitement of having a new place to call your own and wanting to make sure that it feels like home can be a bit of a balancing act. One of the most important aspects of making your new living space feel like home is decorating it. Decorating can seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and creativity, you can transform your new space into a place you love. 

At Bethany Village, we have independent living cottages, villas, and apartments tailored to your preferences and lifestyle, making it easier to decorate your space your way. 

Feel at ease while we undertake all of your maintenance and landscaping needs. With more free time, you can really take advantage of all of our amenities and activities, as well as reconnect with old and new friends in your beautiful new home.

Not sure where to begin with decorating your new living space? Start with a plan – this helps you determine your style and color scheme. Next, prioritize comfort – it is your home after all, so don’t forget about functionality and the purpose of each room or space. Add personality with accessories and personal touches, and always be flexible in how your overall results come together.

Above all, make sure to have fun and enjoy the process of decorating your new space! 

Start with a Plan

The first step in decorating your new space is to create a plan. This will help you stay organized and focused on your decorating goals. 

Start by determining your budget, color scheme, and style. Then, make a list of the items you’ll need to purchase, or bring with you from your old home. 

This might include things like bedding, pictures, lamps, and furniture. Having a plan in place will make decorating your new space less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

Determining Your Style

Before you start decorating your new living space, it’s important to determine your personal style. This will help make the process of decorating your new space a lot easier. 

Take some time to look at interior design magazines or websites, to get inspiration and ideas on what style you like. Do you prefer a modern, minimalistic look, or a more traditional aesthetic?

Once you have an idea of your personal style, you can use it to guide your decorating decisions.

A senior living apartment living room, with a small couch, a chair, a coffee table and a walker in the picture

Choosing a Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme is an important part of decorating your new living space. The colors you choose will set the tone for the entire space. 

Consider the mood you want to convey in your new living space. Do you want it to be calming and relaxing or vibrant and energizing? 

Once you have an idea of the mood you want to create, you can choose a color scheme that reflects it. Use colors that complement each other and create a cohesive look throughout your new living space.

Prioritize Comfort

When decorating your new space, focus on comfort. After all, a home should make you feel comfortable if you plan on spending any amount of time in it. 

Choose furniture that fits your needs and lifestyle, and make sure it’s arranged in a way that feels inviting, adding elements of cozy to soften the space and make it feel more home-like.

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

Lighting can make a big difference in how your new living space looks and feels. Add a cozy touch by placing lamps in your bedroom or living room.

Don’t Forget About Functionality

While it’s important for your new living space to look beautiful, it’s also important for it to be functional. Consider the purpose of each room and choose decor items that serve a purpose.

For example, in your living room, include an ottoman that doubles as storage, or a coffee table with built-in shelves. 

In your bedroom, choose a bedside table with drawers for extra storage. Functionality doesn’t have to sacrifice style, so choose decor items that are both beautiful and practical.

Incorporate Sentimental Items

Moving into older adult living can be an emotional experience, and bringing along sentimental items can make your new space feel more familiar and comforting. Your new living space should reflect your personality and style. 

Hang pictures of loved ones, display mementos, and incorporate pieces of furniture or décor that have special meaning to you. Incorporate personal touches into your decor by displaying artwork, photographs, and other mementos that have sentimental value. 

You can also use decor items that showcase your hobbies or interests. Incorporating personal touches in your new living space will make it feel more like home.

Add Personality with Accessories

Accessories are a simple way to add personality and style to your new space. Choose items that reflect your interests and hobbies, whether it’s books, art, or collectibles. 

Adding items with texture, such as throw pillows or rugs, can also make your space feel more inviting. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors to create a space that truly reflects your personality.

Be Flexible

Finally, remember that your new space should be a reflection of your personality and lifestyle. As you settle into this new phase of adult living, you may find that your decorating needs and preferences change. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different layouts and décor items until you find a look and feel that works for you.

Decorating Your New Living Space Your Way

Decorating your new living space can seem overwhelming at first, but with some planning and creativity, you can transform your new space into a place you love.

By determining your personal style, choosing a color scheme, using lighting to your advantage, incorporating personal touches, and considering functionality, you can create a space that is not only beautiful but also functional and personalized to your style. 

Remember, your new living space should feel like home, and decorating it is a great way to achieve that. With a little planning and creativity, you can make your new space in a senior living community feel like home. If you believe you need the assistance of a downsizer when you move into Bethany Village, please consult with our team. We can help point you in the right direction!

Finding your new home at Bethany Village means that you’re making a great step towards your overall quality of life. Focus on what’s important and what brings you happiness; leave the rest to us. Give us a call or schedule a visit online today!

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