Thanks for joining in on our next installment of super helpful and incredibly practical design tips! 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 Point Loma, California (as well as at our sister locations Mesa View Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa, California and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living in Mission Hills, California), we’ve worked hard to create inviting spaces for the members of our memory care communities. Follow these kitchen or dining room lighting tips if you want to do the same in the elder care community you’re designing for!
If you’re designing for an elder care community in San Diego, you know that there are various layouts that different communities can have. For example, an independent living community in San Diego might have multiple units. Each unit might include a small kitchen, a bathroom, bedroom, and living/dining area. An assisted living community might have a shared dining area and kitchen. You’ll need to tailor your kitchen lighting design according to the layout of the elder care community you’re working with. Below are some common configurations for kitchen lighting.
- A single pendant light above the kitchen sink: this is a beautiful, simple way to add more lighting as well as some character to a kitchen, no matter how small! Since you’ll only be purchasing one light, your client might be more willing to consider splurging a bit. Hudson Valley Lighting or Robert Abbey has some gorgeous designs for classic pendants in a variety of finishes. Top tip: look on eBay, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, or Craiglist for reduced prices on some of these higher end lighting options! You might find secondhand items or items that have slight flaws or open boxes. In the process, you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
- Two or three pendant lights above an island: this is a classic sight in many kitchens. While not all kitchens in an elder care community in San Diego might be large enough for an island, if you’re designing for one that is, this is a foolproof design concept.
- Recessed lighting: while there is some debate as to whether or not recessed lighting in still “in,” many argue that it’s a design staple that isn’t going away anytime soon.
- Under cabinet lighting: this is a lovely, modern way to illuminate a kitchen.
When designing for elders you want to be sure to consider their unique needs and preferences. Lighting that has a peaceful vibe can be helpful for calming residents and family and friends who are visiting. You also want to make sure that kitchen and dining spaces are well lit as we all know that vision declines as we age.
Learn more about the layout and services at BayView Senior Assisted Living here. Did you know HarborView Senior Assisted Living in San Diego is a charming, old world, historic property that’s been renovated? Find more about the floor plans of HarborView’s rooms here.
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. Research shows that aesthetics have a genuine impact on joy (check out the book Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee to learn more about this). We work hard to maintain beautiful and calming spaces for our residents, all part of the BayView lifestyle!