Safety is just as important as the colors, appliances, lighting and accessories you choose when you're remodeling or redecorating your home. Here are 10 safety tips from Lisa Bonneville, author of The Safe Home (American Society of Interior Designers). Times staff writer • Smaller floor tiles provide better traction on wet floors.
• Use antimicrobial grout to prevent formation of mold and mildew.
• Add "path lighting" to light the way from bedroom to bathroom in the dark. • Low-pile, tight-loop rugs are safer underfoot than loosely woven or shag carpeting.
• Carpet hardwood stair treads for contrast — it's easier to see where the steps are — and to provide a nonslip surface. • Line draperies to make the fabric hang better, provide privacy and improve acoustics.
• Organize shelves so commonly used and heavy items are within easy reach.
• Install D-style handles or pulls on doors and drawers for ease of use. • In a child's room, use only cordless shades or blinds so kids can't accidentally hang themselves. Throughout the house, blinds should have breakaway tassels.
• Inside the kitchen, create a place for a fire extinguisher, flashlight and first-aid kit.