Susie and John are in their late 60’s and their children have decided they need to paint the walls in their home. Susie and John would like to go with something light and warm but not too warm. The kids think they should paint something trendy and edgy. They keep seeing dark walls in all the spec homes they tour and think that is what their parents should go with to stay up with the times. What should Susie and John do?
They should go with their gut instincts and stick with lighter colors that are warm but not too yellow. Why is that? Because as we age, our eyes see color differently, we see less clearly and we need more light. The muscles in our eyes become weaker as we age. Beginning in our forties, our eyes begin to change and not necessarily for the better.
The colors become more yellowed as we age. What may appear red to one person could be very different from what the other person is seeing. Don’t assume that because a certain color is “in” it is the best color for your space. Older eyes may see colors that have more of a yellow cast to them. Keep this in mind when choosing any colors.
Another important thing to remember is the need for more light as we age. The eye requires more light to see things clearly. Choose to spread lighting evenly throughout the room and prevent contrast in area lighting because it is harder for the eye to compensate if there are light and dark areas.
As we age, we tend to run a little colder too so choosing a warm color is a good choice. Visually your eyes will cue the mind that the space is warmer. Think about the colors of the sun and warmth like yellows, oranges, reds to know what are warm colors. These colors can be used sparingly in your choices, too much will be overwhelming. Always take the color samples home and examine them in the light of the space where the color will be located. What you see in the showroom or paint department will probably not look the same as your home.
Yellowed colors need not be a detriment in the aging process, after all, your yellow may not be the same as my yellow. Take care and if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.
Alesha is the only Certified Aging in Place Specialist with experience in Residential and Commercial Interior Design and Decorating in Southeast Idaho. Her business niche is primarily designing and decorating with her clients futures in mind- i.e. aging in place, color story investment, and designing for the long term safety and comfort of her clients. Alesha resides in Pocatello, Idaho. (208)-313-6414. Alesha@aechurba-design.com http://aechurba-design.com.