Arbor Terrace of Burnt Hickory meets both traditional and modern style preferences while improving residents’ ease of living.
Courtesy StudioSIX5/Michael Lowry Photography

At Arbor Terrace of Burnt Hickory, a 71,861-square-foot assisted living and memory care community in Marietta, Ga., interior design firm StudioSIX5 struck a transitional design balance by updating traditional elements with modern flair. The community’s neutral color palette includes bright color accents and varied patterns to cater to a range of resident style preferences, whether they prefer understated elegance or more abstract designs.

“It seems that upscale senior living design is desired in the area, especially for memory care,” says StudioSIX5 designer Katrina Rutledge. “By combining both traditional and modern designs, we have created an approachable environment that is fresh and stylish, yet serene and relaxing.”

Common spaces at Arbor Terrace are designed to offer a sophisticated, cultured feel that is also warm and inviting, promoting socialization. Local artwork is showcased throughout, along with unique accent patterns and textures.

Developed by Aspire Development Partners and designed by Foley Design Architects, Arbor Terrace includes 50 assisted living apartments and 29 memory care apartments. StudioSIX5 outfitted the memory care apartments with custom furniture designed to minimize anxiety and make daily routines easier for residents living with dementia. Instead of standard closets, the designers incorporated built-in wardrobes with lockable cabinets that store clothing, shoes, and accessories, encouraging residents to participate in social activities instead of worrying about organizing their belongings. The wardrobes also include a built-in display where staff can set out a few outfit options so that residents do not become overwhelmed from too many choices.

Some traditional design materials can take on wear and tear over time, Rutledge says. Instead of using a wooden reception desk and bistro bar, the Arbor Terrace designers incorporated geometric beveled panels for a transitional look that is also durable and resistant to scuff marks from wheelchairs or walkers.