There is a new-ish catch phrase going around - "aging in place". 

Aging in place basically means that older adults are taking measures to stay in their homes as long as possible to avoid or delay having to go to a nursing home or assisted care facility. 

It allows for a better quality of life and reduced cost, since nursing and assisted care facilities are very pricey. 

For someone to be able to age in place, they must consider the structure and function of their home before problems arise. 

Try to modify your home at least 5 years before you think modifications might be required. 

Today's blog post concerns remodeling a bathroom to accommodate future needs and allow aging in place. 

Here are a few things to consider. 

Aging in Place - BathroomsInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Since Houston has such a warm climate, we tend to have ceiling fans in most every room of our homes. 

Typical ceiling fans that I see 90% of the time have either oak or white blades and four light bulbs covered with glass shades or a glass bowl. 

Basic and very boring. 

A friend of mine insists that all ceiling fans should be white in an attempt to blend in with the ceiling, but I disagree. 

I believe that ceiling fans can be interesting and beautiful enough to be a focal point in a room. 

Here are a few ceiling fans for you to consider when decorating your home.

Ceiling Fans to Consider

Animal print is a very polarizing pattern when decorating - people tend to love it or hate it. 

Those who love it often have a tendency to overdo it so their home looks like a tacky zoo gift shop. 

Animal print can be used as a neutral that coordinates with most anything, as long as you don't overdo it. 

Here are a few ways to use animal print in your home without looking like you just came back from a safari.

Decorating with Animal PrintInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Why are your walls builder beige or some other boring neutral color? 

I can understand using a neutral paint color in rooms where repainting would require more than two days and/or a very tall ladder, but there is no excuse for being boring and generic in smaller rooms or on an accent wall. 

Please don't be scared of painting - it is the least expensive yet most dramatic thing you can do to a room. 

Each room in your home needs at least one focal point and using an interesting paint color can give you the focal point that you need to make your room more interesting and one of a kind.

Don't Be Scared - It's Only PaintInterior design by Houston area home builder, photo by Fletcher Design Consultants

Since the majority of my clients live in the suburbs in a sea of builder grade homes, I have seen the exact same bathroom over and over again. 

White cabinets, white cultured marble countertops, a huge mirror that covers the entire wall, and the most basic light fixture over each sink. 

If everything in your bathroom functions properly and is in good repair, then you do not have to do a full remodel in order to get an upgraded look. 

Here are a few tips to spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank.

How to Upgrade a Boring Builder Grade BathroomInterior design by Fletcher Design Consultants

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