Decorate Your Senior Living Space with Old Photos
When you moved into your new home within an independent senior living community or assisted living community, you may have wondered what to do with the boxes and boxes of photographs you’ve accumulated over the years. Some in albums, some just tossed haphazardly in boxes, names and dates scribbled on the back in ballpoint pen. Black and white, sepia, color, even Polaroids. What do you do with them all now?
It’s time to take those old photos out of storage and enjoy them. Here are some tips for displaying photos in easy and interesting ways.
Create An Interesting Display with a Variety of Photos
For an interesting display, select your favorites from variety of photo types: portraits, candids, and action shots; horizontal and vertical; black and white and color. Bring cohesion to your display with matching frames. If the thought of hanging (and purchasing) all those frames makes you tired, there are also simpler ways to display favorite photos.
The Wonders of Washi Tape
Designers recommend washi tape, a Japanese paper you can attach to walls, creating borders around photos or artwork. Washi tape is available in a variety of patterns and colors to match any décor and complement any picture.
Best of all, washi tape peels right off, so you can switch it out if you get tired of the look, and it won’t mar the walls, either. Create your own artwork by hanging landscape photos surrounded by complementary washi tape…. An ocean scene with light blue and sand colored washi, or a wooded landscape with bright red washi to bring out the greens of the foliage.
Better Than the Refrigerator
Hanging photos on refrigerators gets old, and if the kitchen or kitchenette in your senior living apartment is ultra-modern and stainless steel, magnets won’t work anyway. You can achieve the same casual look by hanging photos, clothesline style, using clothespins on a wire against a wall. The wire will stay straight rather than sagging from the weight of the photos, creating a clean look. Change out photos easily as the mood strikes; do a timeline of summer vacation photos through the years for August, and family Christmas pictures in December.
Canvas Is the New Glass
Forget heavy wood and glass picture frames; you don’t want to go through the hassle of hanging them, and they could be dangerous hanging over a couch. Instead, turn some of your favorite portraits (grandchildren, perhaps?) into canvas prints. These boxes are light and easy to hang, and create a great, inexpensive focal point in a living room or dining area.
Photos Create Memories, Not Clutter
You probably got rid of a lot of knick-knacks, mementos and clutter when you moved into your independent living community. Photos provide a great way to personalize a space without adding clutter to the room. By foregoing the frames, you’ll have less to dust and you won’t have to worry about ruining the walls in your apartment.
Get creative… place photos on an old coffee table and add a glass top to hold them down, creating a fun display and a great conversation piece. You might also take the time to scrapbook some of your favorite photos and hang individual pages, create placemats or just put them in books to enjoy.
You can even make it a social event; gather in a common area in your community center and sort through boxes of photos together, everyone selecting their favorites and sharing stories about them. What a great way to get to know your new neighbors!
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