Brenda Brady Design LLC
By 2030 the number of United States adults age 50 and older will grow to 132 million. This is up 70% from 2000!!!! This rise is due to the massive baby boomer generation climbing in age AND a greater longevity among older Americans.
Younger boomers who are now in their 50's are of special concern, since they are less financially secure than generations past - Thanks in part to the Great Recession.
More affordable, and suitable rental housing is needed to address the needs of the aging population. Communities need to explore efficient ways to support aging Americans. Services also include transportation systems and rezoning for accommodation of residents who may want to downsize but stay in their town.
We need to address our future senior housing needs!
Last week I attended a CEU on Global Trend Forecast 2013 by Antron fibers. There are four categories that describe the trends of color.
1. Echo Blur: Contemporary neutrals - dusty, dreamy, warm, comforting, harmonious and organic. The colors are gray, lemonade, sage, cornflower, oatmeal and stainless steel.
2. Flash Mob: Bright bold colors - playful, multi cultural, bright, diverse and use of color blocking. Urban and bold. The colors are lemon zest, blaze orange, aquamarine green/blue, magenta, dark grey and black.
3. Urban Valley: Natural and reconnected to nature and the outdoors. Folklore, earthy, nostalgic, clean, happy, creative and retro. The colors are mint green, Dijon gold, wasabi green, dark ocean green, mallard duck blue and California sun orange.
4. Relic Glam: Primitive and back to basics. Raw glamour, minerals, rich gem tones, textural, distressed, natural and warm. The colors are blonde, regal purple, baked cherry, lilac, firebird rust, tungsten blue/green/gray and French roast.
All of the four categories seem to have a common thread of being brighter and happier. This is a hopeful sign of the times and our economy turning around!
The last few years of color trends have stated safety, comfort and military.
I always look forward to classes on color - they are refreshing and enjoyable as well as educational.
Aging eyes are more sensitive to glare and older people require 3 times the amount of light to see as well as younger people. The lens of the eye gets yellow with age making it difficult to see colors such as purple/violet and blue/greens.
Thanks to funding from WHEDA in Wisconsin, there are beautiful, affordable multi family facilities popping up! I've had the opportunity to design a variety of multi family interiors.
One current trend is the re-purposing of older school buildings. A recent project was actually funded additionally by the historical society in the Milwaukee area. We kept the old school lockers - using the original yellow paint color. The school's display cases show off old memorabilia - trophies, books, uniforms and musical instruments from the past. The apartments are beautiful with full height windows and maple restored wood floors.
Another trend is to have a community room (required by WHEDA) with seating, TV, games, table/chairs and kitchen available for entertaining and events. There is a business center that provides access for all ages to use internet.
Finally another trend that is essential to our future - Applicants are encouraged to use WI Green Built Home Certification for points. Public transportation gains points as well as adaptive re-use.
What a joy it has been to work on these green, adaptive re-use projects!
Brenda L. Brady, ASID is a commercial interior designer with over 20 years of expertise in senior facilities, corporate offices, labs and healthcare design.