Design Tips for Accessibility, Luxury and Style

1 Honed Finishes on Walls and Floor

A "honed" - or fine and compact - texture reduces glare on flat surfaces. This adds a matte or non-reflective quality to these surfaces, making them look rich and visually interesting. This type of texturing also increases safety by making surfaces easier to see and aiding in their ability to grip, which in turn reduces the chance of slips and falls.

2 Convenience Features

For true luxury and indulgence, add convenience features like flat screen TVs or surround sound stereo speakers to your bathing area. Watching your favorite TV program or listening to your favorite music while bathing will enhance your mood, lessen stress and aid in relaxation.

3 Easy Access Bathing

Walk In Baths that are designed to be easy to enter and exit provide peace of mind by lessening the physical strain on the body, as well as decreasing the chance of slips and falls. Hand held showers provide complete bathing convenience, particularly for people who can not stand for long periods or who prefer to sit and relax during their bathing time. The inclusion of ergonomic, easy-to-grip and easy-to-turn handles is a practical consideration as they ensure usability by people of all ages, and the use of thermostatic valves prevent accidental scalding.

4 Contrasting Floor and Wall Finishes

You've probably heard the old adage "opposites attract", and when it comes to interior design, this is no exception. The bold contrast of floor and wall color help define each space and add flair and sophistication to the overall composition and balance of a room. Light walls and dark floors can make a room feel larger and brighten darker spaces. Dark walls and light floors can make a room feel more intimate and cozy.

5 Wheelchair Access

Even if you don't currently foresee the need for wheelchair access in your bathroom, best interior design practices take into account all accessibility situations. Make sure fixtures in your bathroom are placed far enough apart to allow for easy wheelchair access and movement.

6 Tiled Floor Detail

Rugs in the bathroom can present a challenge to people in wheelchairs, and can also prove to be a trip hazard, particularly to people with mobility issues and to those who use walking aids. Eliminate bath rugs to reduce trip hazards and instead, use patterned tiles (with a non-slip, gripping texture) to create designs and add visual interest to the floor.

7 Right Height® Vanities and Toilets

Sinks that are easy to reach from wheelchairs and toilets that are designed at the correct height for easy sitting and standing are important considerations in a well designed bathroom. Besides the obvious advantages they provide to people with mobility issues, they also are more comfortable and safer for people of all ages.