Interior Design Trends: AGING IN PLACE April 22, 2014
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It’s a subject we don’t like to think about, but aging is inevitable. Today, I attended a workshop at DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas) on aging that provided a catalog of aging-related interior design scheme recommendations. However, I condensed the list to suggestions that you can begin making today that enhances life whatever your age and increases the value of your home.

Topics include lighting, kitchens, showers, flooring, baths, and doors.

Read the blog at Blog Article: http://bit.ly/QDic1I

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Interior Design Trends: Aging In Place

  1. 1. Interior Design Trends: AGING IN PLACE April 22, 2014 Robin Lechner Designs – RobinLechnerDesigns.com – robin@robinlechnerdesigns.com It’s a subject we don’t like to think about, but aging is inevitable. Today, I attended a workshop at DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas) on aging that provided a catalog of aging-related interior design scheme recommendations. However, I condensed the list to suggestions that you can begin making today that enhance life whatever your age. Baths: Many bathroom fittings have been designed that are attractive and can double as grab rails: paper holders, towel bars, soap dishes, etc. Make certain they’re affixed to walls that are reinforced to withstand 250lbs. How long do you plan to live in your own home? As do most of us over 45-ers, you probably want to continue living independently for as long as possible. If you’re younger, you most likely have parents or close relatives who feel the same way. “Aging In Place” is a concept for modifying your home to accommodate age related physical and mental challenges that allows you to live safely, comfortably, and happily throughout your senior years. Lighting: Replace yellow incandescent lights with LED bulbs that have a white light. As we age, our eye lenses turn yellow making it more difficult to see in light produced by incandescent bulbs. Add under cabinet light strips in the kitchen and bath. There are even battery powered strips with an adhesive that fit inside drawers and shelves. Layer lighting with direct, indirect, and task fixtures that are on dimmers for total light control. Showers: Update to a barrier-free shower. In addition to the drain in the middle of the shower, place one flush with the tile by the door, eliminating the necessity of a low threshold to hold back water and a potential stumble. Add a bench and a hand-held showerhead for the option of showering standing or seated.
  2. 2. Flooring: Consider the slip factor. Pre-finished engineered wood flooring is more slippery that traditionally finished wood floors. Slate is naturally a non-slip surface. Porcelain tiles are less slippery than marble. Use radiant heating in bathrooms; area rugs become very slippery in moist settings. Doors should be a minimum of 32” in width. “Smart” equipment and appliances are energy efficient and makes life more convenient. Many applications can be downloaded to your cell phone to run many features of your home from a distance. These are just a few design updates that can be incorporated into your home to make life more convenient and enjoyable at any age, add value to your home, and will continue to address comfort and safety as you reach your senior years. Call for a FREE no-obligation half hour telephone consultation about Aging In Place or any interior design topic of your choice. Blog Article: http://bit.ly/QDic1I Kitchens: French door refrigerators reduce bending and reaching. Microwaves should be placed under or at counter top level instead of their customary spot above the stove. Induction cooktops are the safest stoves you can own. The surface cools immediately after lifting a pot, and many turn off automatically when water boils out. Stove controls should be at the front rather than at the rear.

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