How to Decorate a Small Senior Apartment

Sedgebrook Senior Living Apartment Living Room

10 tips for turning your apartment into a home you love.

Downsizing to a smaller living space can be unsettling, but it can also be liberating. You’re leaving behind the burden of home maintenance and repairs, and opening the door to a life full of freedom and choice — starting with how to decorate your new living space. To help make your new senior apartment as comfortable and beautiful as you imagine, we’ve provided the following 10 small-space decorating tips to turn your apartment into a home you love.

1. Rightsize your furniture.

The biggest mistake people make when downsizing their living space is taking their furniture with them. Furniture manufacturers have embraced the demand for Boomers rightsizing to senior apartment homes and have scaled down their collections to fit smaller living spaces. When shopping for new furnishings, pay attention to scale and size. Everything looks smaller in a big furniture store. Know your measurements. And make sure the furniture you buy will fit into your elevator and through your new doorway. Find more downsizing tips here.

2. Define separate areas.

Make a small space seem larger by giving each room a distinct, unique décor scheme. Opt for light colors, such as beige and eggshell, in the living room with dim lighting for a relaxed feel, while going bold and bright in the bathroom to liven up the space. Dividers, area rugs and wall curtains are great ways to create the image of separate spaces if a wall isn’t present.

3. Use a rug to create cohesion.

When you have lots of pieces that you love in a small space, embrace the vivacity created by the mix, but use a neutral rug in a subdued pattern to tie all the colors and textures together. Even the most eclectic of spaces needs a grounding base, and a rug can offer that stability.

4. Hang large paintings to open up a room.

One secret for making a senior apartment seem larger is to go big with a large piece of art. Large works of art can be the defining element of a small space, tying together a color scheme and creating a single focal point that anchors other items in the room. It could be anything: a painting, a map, signage, or a rug hanging on a wall. As a central piece, it set the tone for everything, so make sure you love it. Choose something that reflects your taste and style.

5. Consider a round table.

They’re easy to walk around and you can always squeeze in an extra chair. A Lucite or glass table is less obtrusive than wood and helps open up a small room.

6. Put corners to work.

Sectional sofas were invented for a reason: They maximize available space. This same philosophy can be applied in just about every corner of your apartment. Create a cozy lounging nook with a chair and an oversized plant. Install floating corner shelves to showcase knickknacks and prized possessions. Keep books in decorative crates or bins in the corner, next to your favorite reading chair or sofa.

7. Add a touch of green.

Desperate for some green in your space but no room for pots and planters? Tuck a fiddleleaf fig in the corner, or line up tiny pots of succulents on a windowsill. The fiddleleaf fig will thrive in bright light and regular water, and the succulents require very little attention.

8. Calculate kitchen storage.

Your new apartment may have fewer kitchen cupboards than your old kitchen. if so, you’ll need to choose your must-haves. Having numerous sets of silverware isn’t necessary if you won’t be hosting many meals in your apartment. And remember, with our flexible meal plan cooking is optional.

9. Outfit your closet to maximize storage

Shop for your closet. There are many good organizing systems for fitting lots of garments in a small space. Keep shoes in bags, boxes or racks. Instead of plastic bins, consider linen storage organizers. They’ll help your clothing stay fresh by allowing air to circulate. Invest in zippered bags to keep out-of-season clothes dust-free.

10. Love it or leave it.

Require your possessions to justify themselves. If you neither love it nor use it, toss it. Or donate it.

Want more decorating advice? Our in-house design expert, Joseph Jania, can help with ideas, show you how your furniture will fit in your new senior living apartment, and help bring your vision to life.

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