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It’s well established that color and light both impact the way we feel and even behave. New medical breakthroughs in light therapy have even changed the way doctors treat systemic and neurological conditions, including those common to stroke victims. *

The most popular color in decorating is green. It’s also the most calming color, followed by neutrals and pale pinks. We attribute honesty and dependability to shades of brown. Blues, depending on intensity, can either encourage relaxation or greater productivity. Here’s an interesting point: Weightlifters lift heavier weights in blue gyms. Physical and occupational therapy rooms accented in bold blue hues help motivate patients, while the visiting team’s locker room is painted pink. **

You can make nursing home residents happier and more comfortable simply through your color and lighting selections. Avoid the traditional, drab colors commonly used in lieu of more modern color schemes. (For fresh inspiration, check out Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017.) A professional decorator can be very helpful in this process and will save you time and money in the long run.

Offering rooms with different color schemes while adhering to an overarching design may also prove beneficial, as not everyone responds to color in the same the way. Adding splashes of fun colors to the bedding, curtains, and accessories will kick up your design and make even Martha Stewart swoon. Table and wall lamps in resident rooms create a more home-like space. Giving your future residents a color choice and a lamp may seem trivial, but it just might be that little extra something that encourages them to choose your facility.  

Dining rooms equipped with dimmable lights and music can lead to increased appetites, greater enjoyment of food, and better social experiences. *** For breakfast and lunch, keep the lights on bright and the music upbeat. In the evening, add a red tablecloth and candle, dim the lights and slow the music. These small changes can also help a body stay in sync with natural circadian rhythms, which are key to good sleep habits.

Create a more enriching environment with the addition of Apollo DesignScapes™ decorative light accessories. A walk down a long corridor is more uplifting with a combination of Fluffy Clouds, Plane in Sky and Hot Air Balloon Group fluorescent light filters. In public spaces, continue with the sky view scenes, or opt for a stained-glass image. In private settings, images that are more thought-provoking or seasonal in nature are great options. An array of color-correcting and glare reduction fluorescent light panels, ideal for nurses’ stations and business offices, are also available.

Chances are your residents (and staff and doctors and visitors) will love these changes…and your occupancy rates will improve!

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you think of our standard designs and any new ones you’d like to see!

*How It Works. (2017). Post-Stroke Recovery with Intranasal Light Therapy. Retrieved from http://www.mediclights.com/stroke-recovery-light-therapy/

** Johnson, D. Color Psychology: Do Different Colors Affect Your Mood? Retrieved from http://www.infoplease.com/spot/colors1.html

***Wansink, B. & Van Ittersum, K. (2012). Music and Light: Lighting and Music Affect Food Consumption and Satisfaction in Surprising Ways. Retrieved from http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/discoveries/music-and-light