5 Tile Tips for Remodeling an Assisted Living Home

Anyone who has been through a remodel or renovation knows how exhausting, exciting and overwhelming it can be! While it’s a joy and privilege to have updated spaces, the decision fatigue alone can be daunting. At Bay View Assisted Living in San Diego, California (as well as at our partner locations Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living), we’ve worked hard to create inviting spaces for the members of our communities. Follow these tips if you want to do the same in your elder care community! 

Today we’re going to talk about how to pick bathroom or kitchen tile that is timeless, durable and stylish. Since tile is one of those things that is not easily replaced, it’s important to think carefully through your tile and grout choices as they will most likely be in the space for a long time. 

  1. Grout
    1. The right grout color or thickness has a way of impacting the visual appearance of a tile pattern or shape. Though this is not typical, a style that is emerging is to have grout lines be as thin as possible. This is more challenging for the installer, however, if you are remodeling an assisted living community in a more modern style it might be worth it to put in the extra effort.
  1. Tile Shape and Pattern
    1. When choosing the shape or pattern of your tile it’s important to consider the overall style of your assisted living community. if you are remodeling a historic property to turn into an independent or assisted living community (just like we did with our sister site HarborView Senior Assisted Living!), you would want to be aware of picking tile that matched the era of the property. If your property was a mission revival style historic home, for example, a terra cotta patterned tile might fit well.
  2. Tile Size
    1. Similar to finish and color choices, a few different tile sizes can be visually appealing and help break up a space. For example, a larger tile on shower walls with a smaller size on the shower floor can be a nice look. 
  3. Tile Color
    1. You’ll want to pick a color palette and stick to it. Colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel tend to work well together! Remember that colors can evoke certain emotions so take into consideration how you want people to feel when entering the space you’re having tiled. In an assisted living community, for example, you might find that calming colors (like pastels and neutrals) could bring a sense of peace to residents and visitors. If you are remodeling a memory care facility in a coastal area, like San Diego, you might consider choosing colors that evoke the essence of the ocean like blues or greens. Glass subway tile could also contribute to a coastal feel in your Alzheimer’s care community and looks beautiful on shower walls or kitchen backsplashes. 
  4. Finishes 
    1. Though you do want to mix up finishes for visual appeal, try to stick to 2-3 finishes throughout the space. Make sure to never sacrifice appearance over functionality. When designing a space for elders or for members of an independent or assisted living community, it’s imperative that floor tile be non-skid and non-slip to reduce the risk of falling accidents. 

At Bay View Assisted Living (and at our sister locations,  Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living) we care about the physical environment that surrounds the members of our elder care communities. We work hard to maintain beautiful and calming spaces for our residents, all part of the BayView lifestyle! 

Thanks to Emily Henderson and team for the design inspiration behind this post!