What Colour is best for the Elderly?

Painting for most is a reasonable investment and its important to choose your colours wisely. Did you know that there are colours that soothe the mood of senior citizens? Studies have shown that as people get older, the lens of the eye undergoes a bit of an alteration. As a result, cool colours such as blue, green and purple are viewed with a murky cast. Therefore, direct lighting should be used to help see more clearly, but do not use a combination of blue, green and purple together. These colours used in combination will worsen the vision problem. Use one of them and make sure you use lighter shades of these colours.

Becoming old can bring about a sense of loneliness and fear so painting with the elderly in mind needs to address warmth, security, and harmony. A variety of the colours in the immediate environment can boost interest in their world and keep cognitive function alive. Older people can be drawn to soft pastels but they may not have the vitality of hue needed to stimulate the mind and mood.

Softer shades of reds and oranges are warming and can help with circulation and energy levels. Peaches, apricots, warm tans, terracotta’s and pinks can also be used for this purpose. Reflecting on the past and thoughts of a spiritual future can also be reflected in colour choices. Soft blues, lavender mauves and violets are colours that connect to the spiritual or reflective mood. It is interesting to note that blue rinsed hair tints and lavender water are the province of the elderly lady. Studies carried out in nursing/rest homes indicate that soft pinky-beiges contrasted with soft blue/greens are soothing and peaceful. The judicious use of floral pattern can evoke the tranquillity of rural life and the simplicity of times past.

Interior painting is often a 5-7-year investment and it’s critical that your colour choice takes into consideration the residents satisfaction and the appearance of the facility. Study has shown that the room and overall appearance of the room and facility is very important to the resident and family.

For a free no obligation colour consultancy and quote, contact PJF Services today to arrange this for your next retirement, aged care facility or village painting refurbishment.

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