AC­CES­SI­BLE DE­SIGN IN THE KITCHEN

Timber Home Living - - Inside Style -

Be­cause the kitchen is the ma­jor en­ter­tain­ment hub of the home, spe­cial at­ten­tion should be paid to make sure all of your guests can take part in the ac­tiv­i­ties at hand, no mat­ter their age or abil­ity. Here’s how:

An open cen­tral area cre­ates an eas­ily ma­neu­ver­able path­way so any­one can en­ter the main work area. Ide­ally, lower stor­age ar­eas would open up or ad­justable sur­faces would be in place to al­low a chair or mo­bil­ity aid to be pulled up directly to a work-sta­tion as well for those who may have dif­fi­culty stand­ing for lengths of time while as­sist­ing with food prep. (See low­ered is­land on right.)

Long han­dles on the cab­i­net doors and drawers pro­vide a more prac­ti­cal grip for those with de­creased dex­ter­ity. Such hard­ware is also not left- or right-handed pro­hib­i­tive.

A side-by-side re­frig­er­a­tor with han­dles ex­tend­ing the length of each door al­lows any­one tall or small to ac­cess the items stored in­side. A wide-open space in front of the fridge also en­hances its ac­ces­si­bil­ity, as it in­creases the mo­bil­ity in and around the ap­pli­ance.

A dark-col­ored coun­ter­top eas­ily sets it apart from lighter wood or white-painted cab­i­netry. Con­trast­ing col­ors make it easier for those with poorer eye­sight to dis­cern bound­aries, ap­pli­ances and work sta­tions. A va­ri­ety of light­ing — from re­cessed ceil­ing lights to sus­pended pen­dants and chan­de­liers to un­der­cab­i­net track light­ing — also in­creases vis­i­bil­ity.

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