For an older homeowner moving to a smaller home, the adjustments need to be more than just size. “They are at an age when many will make this change in their life,” said designer Charlene Dwyer of Houston-based Dwyer Interiors.
On top of providing at least the same amount of storage as the previous home, Dwyer worked to create a layout more conducive to aging in place. The smaller island, shaped to fit the footprint, helps keep the homeowners from having to walk too much.
“We tried to add sparkle where we could with the metals, and we didn’t panel anything,” said Dwyer, who designed the kitchen to have a modern feel without the severity of too many clean lines or too much white.
The matte surfaces, including the black-honed granite countertop on the island, are arguably better for aging clients, as reflective surfaces can impair vision.