Aesthetic Accessibility: Balancing Functional with Beautiful
So, after putting in time and effort, you’ve landed the home of your dreams. Now, it’s time to remodel the home. Though the initial home tour was great, it’s time to put your unique spin on things, starting by making the place easily accessible for you or a family member.
Nowadays, much can be done to make a house more accessible for those who have mobility limitations, use wheelchairs, or need other adaptations to move around freely. At the same time, a lot of home accessibility devices aren’t made with looks in mind, limiting the style and decor choices for the people who use them.
Luckily, manufacturers are now taking note and making their ramps, lifts, and rails look more sleek and easy on the eye. Alongside choosing the best stairlifts to buy, take some time to consider how a product will fit into your home renovation dreams. In this article, we’ll explore some ways to seamlessly integrate accessibility into your stylish home.
1. Glam Up Your Driveway/Porch Ramp
The outside of your home is what you’re presenting to the rest of the neighborhood. You don’t need to be fancy, detailed, or different to show off your personality. When it comes to the ramp in front of your house, go for a mix of design and function.
Choose smooth bricks that will let you use the ramp without any obstruction. Be practical with the choice of material, but be playful with the color. You can also choose to have funky colored lights to brighten the ramp when it gets dark outside.
2. Secure the Bathroom
Most bathrooms, unfortunately, are not designed with accessibility in mind. The most important thing is to make sure you have enough room to get a wheelchair or mobility frame comfortably in and out of the bathroom. Getting a non-slip floor will make life so much simpler (and safer) after a hot shower or bath.
When it comes to bathing, go for tubs or shower units designed for easy entrance and exit. A free-standing tub, with safety rails, is accessible from all sides. A bathtub with a side door would be well-suited for someone who uses a wheelchair. For showers, install a bench and cover the floor with non-slip rubber matting. Consider getting a fancy walk-in shower or installing a wet room if you struggle to get in and out of a tub. These things can all be stylishly installed while keeping accessibility in the forefront.
3. Customize the Kitchen
Kitchens can be unsafe rooms for people with disabilities to navigate around. Most appliances in the average kitchen are suited to those who stand up, making them impossible to use if you are sitting in a wheelchair. It’s now possible to buy ovens with heat settings at the bottom rather than on the top, and shorter appliances that those sitting down can reach.
Handles work better instead of knobs when it comes to cabinets. There are also adaptable cabinets that adjust depending on the height of the person using them. Shelving is easily customized and comes in a variety of designs, from modern to classic and chic.
4. Things to Avoid
While it is absolutely your choice how you furnish your home, your priority is the ease of mobility, safety and access. Area rugs and low-pile carpets that have firm padding are tricky to maneuver if you have a wheelchair – it’s best to have bare floors to allow for easy wheelchair access.
In recent years, the Scandi trend of a minimalistic aesthetic has swept the interior design world. Not only does a minimalist home look clean and classic, it allows perfect room and space for accessibility aids, wheelchairs and mobility frames.
Let Your Inner Designer Flourish
With these tips and tricks, you’re ready to start designing your home. So long as you keep accessibility at the forefront of your mind, there’s nothing you cannot do. Have fun and design the home of your dreams!