Tips to Design Spaces for Grand Parents and Elderly People
Grandparents are synonymous with innumerable sacrifices, resilience, wealth of knowledge and life experiences along with unconditional and selfless love. Hence, it is only apt that we realise their invaluable worth and give them the comfort and love that they deserve and seek for at the fag end of their lives. One has to bear in mind about their comfort and safety in parallel with the emphasis on aesthetics while designing or remodelling homes. If you have grandparents at home and have been thinking lately about the need to purchase or redo your furniture, then we have some interesting and innovative ideas for you that will not only overwhelm your grandparents with your consideration but also leave a lasting impression with the old world charm and ageless appeal of these classics.
Soothing Rocking Chairs
An ergonomically designed rocking chair can provide the much needed relaxation and comfort to your grandparents. Let them soak their sore bodies into these rockers and watch time stand still as they rock to and fro while enjoying the evening tea or having a laugh at their grandchild’s antics!
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Repainted Retro Furniture
Grandparents love to reminiscence about bygone era and furniture that has been passed down generations hold a special place in their hearts. While most designers would scoff at the idea of hoarding these wooden oldies, yet, you can still make a style statement by re-discovering them with a fresh coat of paint that complements your contemporary surroundings while maintaining their sentimental value. Needless to say, both you and your grandparents will cherish them for a long, long time.
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The ‘Bestie’ Bookshelf
“Books are our best friend”, goes a popular saying. Indeed, most of us have grown up hearing bedtime stories from our grandparents and it is only befitting that we create a repository of their favourite novels and authors when we design our homes. Nothing beats the joy of watching them revel at the collection and leisure their time away with one of these besties in hand. You can also add a nostalgic element to the bookshelf by spattering few old family photos on the racks and there you go.A perfect family photo bookshelf is ready!
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Sturdy Hardwood Flooring
Grandparents are fragile and easily prone to slip and fall accidents. Hence, it is imperative to let go of slippery marble or tile flooring and welcome hardwood floors that provide our beloved oldies with balance and support. They are available in rich earthy tones like blues, greens and browns and can up the style-o-meter by several notches while retaining the safety quotient.
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Your grandparents need ample lighting as they find it hard to spot things with their diminishing eyesight. Brighten up your hallways, stairs, nooks and corners with adequate lighting in the form of hanging chandeliers or pendant lights, table lamps and floor lamps. Let go of harsh lights that can be overbearing and trade in for soft lights with dimmers that can be adjusted as per their mood and setting.
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Pigeonhole Wall Organiser with Hooks
An ornate piece of art, these multipurpose beauties will ensure that your grandparents never lose their bare essentials like spectacles, medicines, keys, wallet, important mails etc. The floating shelves come in wide array of multidimensional shapes and colours and can leave a stamp of thoughtful elegance in your grandparents’ rooms while remaining purposeful as well.
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