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Interior Design’s Impact on the Health and Wellness of Seniors

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Mark Warner

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We’re honored that our Co-Founder and Lead Designer, Cynthia Warner, was recently featured as a guest columnist on McKnight’s Senior Living. The article, “How Interior Design Affects the Health & Well-Being of Seniors”, provides insight on the impact that design aspects such as lighting, flooring, furniture, community spaces, outdoor spaces, and color can have on residents.

“Oftentimes, the technical specs of interior design and its impact on individuals may be overlooked,” says Warner. “Interior design is not only about creating attractive, comfortable rooms and communities. It’s equally about functionality and safety, and understanding how the design fits into the lifestyle of those it is created for.”

The article, for example, depicts how lighting can impact circadian rhythms, how flooring may affect hearing and anxiety, and how color choices can stimulate emotions or sensations such as calmness or hunger, among other things.

“It’s important that communities understand the role interior design plays in the health and well-being of residents, and work with design firms that are very familiar with the unique design needs of seniors,” says Warner. “As we work with each senior living community to create appealing and safe interior design plans, we take into account each decision may impact the senior’s physical, mental, and social health.”

At Warner Design Associates, we have studied the importance of each aspect of design through research, certifications, conferences, and our own 25 years of experience.  We encourage you to read the article and contact us if we may be able to assist your community in developing a healthy living environment and interior design plan for your assisted living, independent living, or memory care community.