5 tips to make your home both accessible and stylish

A common trend today in the kitchen and bath industry is the introduction of many accessible lines of products that have been designed with aging consumers and those with special needs in mind.  These products are meant to be as stylish as they are safe and functional, and will meet your budget requirements.  Take a look at the following points below and the suggested products listed from brands we carry at PDI.

Layered Lighting

Layered lighting goes beyond general lighting in a space to strategically providing extra task and accent lighting where you will benefit from them the most.  To achieve this, consider adding under-cabinet lighting to provide better illumination of your counterspace.  The Adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System, by our friends at Legrand, features plug in LED lights without showing any outlets.

Legrand Adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting
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Capital Lighting Renaissance Pendant

You can also layer by adding recessed lighting and drop pendants to your kitchen or bathroom.  Consider Sea Gull Lighting’s LED options, like the ones in the Traverse Collection. They are energy efficient and pair nicely with pendants like the Renaissance by Capital Lighting.

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Grab Bars

Products such as grab bars in showers, near or in bath tubs, and more, are making an appearance in high-end master bathrooms due to their sleek design and provision for comfort. The Maestro Drop-In Whirlpool by Kohler would be an excellent choice.  It has grab bar drillings and a built-in heater.  Victoria and Albert was recognized by Kitchen, Bath and Design News for their sleek grab bar handles that promote ease of access into their tubs.

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Kohler Maestro Whirlpool

 

Simple Touch or Motion-Sensor Faucets

For a great choice in simple-touch faucets, consider the appealing Pilar Kitchen Faucet by our friends at Delta.  Its smooth and sophisticated exterior is quite appealing to the eye and its rubber spray holes allow for easy cleaning with just the touch of a finger.  Talk about cleaning made easy!

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Delta Pilar Faucet

 

For a touchless kitchen faucet, consider the Sensate Kitchen Faucet by Kohler.  This faucet features a state-of-the-art sensor that responds in seconds with the wave of a hand or an object (ex. pan or utensil), a light, quiet nylon hose for comfortability.  It has a sleek metal construction that will compliment any bathroom design.

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Kohler Sensate Faucet

Lighted Mirrors

The advantages of having a lighted mirror in your bathroom are that it allows you to see yourself in a better light and gives extra illumination while you’re getting ready and completing everyday tasks.  Consider the Kohler Lighted Medicine Cabinet that provides two strips of LED efficient lighting on the front of the mirror to better see what you’re doing, a pull-out magnifying mirror and a built-in electrical outlet.  These LED strips might also provide just the right amount of light should you need to make a quick trip to the restroom in the middle of the night.

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Accessible Bath Tubs

As we get older, it gets a little harder getting in and out of the tub.  Enjoy a nice hot bath well into your senior years with Kohler’s and Bath Aid’s walk-in tub options.  The walk-in bath selections by Kohler feature an ultra-low entry, easy-to-grip handrails, an extra-wide door, a multi-function hand shower, heated neck, back and shoulder surfaces, and therapeutic air jets.

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Kohler Walk-In Tub

The walk-in bath selections by Bath Aid provide safety features as well as a therapeutic bathing experience.  These baths feature raised arthritis-friendly buttons, built-in grab bars on the interior tub wall, molded slip-resistant high seat, heated seat and back, a high wall to allow for stability and safety when entering and exiting, as well as, a low step-in height.

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Bath Aid Walk-In Tub

No matter the accessibility need, know that there are several product options to choose from and you don’t have to compromise style for function.  You can enjoy both.  Today’s styles are luxurious, sleek and modern by design, and still maintain the same level of quality (if not better) they always have without giving the appeal of a sterile, hospital environment.  As our needs change, there are great products that will allow us to continue enjoying our everyday lives and how we care for ourselves and our loved ones.  Rely on PDI for ALL of your kitchen, bath and lighting needs!

Written by Joi Albright for Atlanta Home Magazine

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