BiographyTracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She's passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
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According to marketing expert Ann Fishman, the millennial generation enters the fray with a well-developed sense of taste which involves fashion and style, but also wants good prices for good looks. Her marketing study that targeted millennial women has revealed that reused and recycled items, once popular in start-up apartments, just won’t work anymore. They want items with character that they can’t find anywhere else. Here are a few ideas that are close to millennials.
Trilogy of styles
While one would find it hard to define a single millennial style portfolio, no one can argue that three styles that rule the generation are mid-century, Scandinavian and industrial. The pieces they choose don’t have to be signed – it’s just the look that is important. Alena Capra, a designer from South Florida who has worked on TV shows such as “Operation Build” says that industrial look with its mix of metal and wood elements is the most popular. Capra, who has many with millennial clients, says that they favour industry look for the whole setting, not just furniture, with wooden floor, exposed brick walls and bronze accents gaining popularity.
All about the mix
Millennials have displayed an excellent grasp of this overwhelming trend. For this generation, mixing new and old, expensive and cheap, DIY and purchased comes natural. To Ashley Pritchard, a millennial working for a Denver-based communication company, an abundance of styles is as important as the origin of the item and the way it was made. If they cannot afford a designer armchair, a millennial will chose a trusted Ikea design, rather than a no-name, cheap one.
Having their limited budgets in mind, millennial’s sense of personalization doesn’t agree with decorating with expensive name brands, but rather with items that are hard to find elsewhere. YouTube channels and DIY TV shows instructing on how to paint, reconfigure and customize shelf pieces, are a vast source of inspiration. This concept has another root in millennial population. The social consciousness of visiting garage and yard sales and vintage shops is strong as it is the need of preserving limited resources.
As an increasingly visual group, millennials spend hours scouring websites like Pinterest, Houzz, Remodlista, ThisOldHouse looking for the perfect idea for floor rugs that fit their room décor. Fishman explains how the hunt moves from researching what is best to finding a piece that would add a personal stamp. Still, some designers warn that what looked like a perfect match might turn into a short and unhappy relationship. Tricia Huntley from Huntley & Co, a designer from Washington D.C. points out that sometimes those tastefully arranged professional shots fail to meet a client’s actual home, lifestyle or budget.
Sharing the comfort
Millennials are a highly social generation that likes to share and think about their friend’s needs. In a design department, it translates into more spacious sofas, very popular sectionals and extended chaises. Lounging in front of TV and binge-watching is inseparable from millennial ways, so they want to cover these pieces with versatile faux-leather or microfiber that can endure food, drinks, pets and prolonged working-from-home sessions. Along with bigger lounging areas also come bigger club tables. Capra reveals that in bedroom choices, millennials prefer quality items like beds with upholstered headboard.
Even though millennial budget often falls short of quality art, many of them have less costly collections of a sort. For Pritchard, it is a gallery wall of prints obtained from affordable sources like 20x200, a site established by Jen Bekman Projects and thrift-store catches. Others resort to online hubs for handmade objects, such as Etsy, which can create an interesting customized mix when combined with art inherited from parents or grandparents.
Millennials want affordable value and think realistically about what they can afford. Still, if you are looking to design a space that is appealing for millennial generation, you need to think as a storyteller and pick items that reveal your personal taste and have a history. Binding functional, modern designs with handmade craftsmanship is a great way to come up with personalized décor for the new generation.
The space might be limited, but don’t allow your imagination to be.
Making smart decisions in small spaces seems like mission impossible, since it is quite challenging to balance practical with aesthetically pleasing. In most cases, people opt for either one, or the other.
But what if we told you that with the right set of tricks up your sleeve, you can get an eye-appealing bathroom in which claustrophobia will turn into comfort, and clutter into convenience? Here is how you do it:
Additional in-wall space
Sounds improbable? Not at all, actually, and the first secret we would like to reveal to you today is the additional 16 inches you will find hidden inside the bathroom walls. Here’s the catch – there are studs inside your walls that are usually 16 inches apart, and the depth of the stud itself, together with the drywall on the front, provides additional 4 inches of depth. Unless there’s plumbing, it is advisable to create niches next to your vanity and that way create a practical space to keep your most essential toiletries and towels. And dare we say it – the final look will give off a modern vibe and will add an amazing effect to the overall design.
Revealing the flooring
To free up some floor space, select the wall mounted amenities. When it comes to this type of toilet, the great thing about it is that the tank is usually built inside the wall, meaning that it uses the depth of the wall to reduce the amount of used bathroom space. Plus, you will get a few more inches of the floor, thus visually expanding the room. The same is with the vanity, and a wall mounted one will not only expand the room, but will also make it easier to clean the bathroom. Their greatest benefit is that they can be adequately placed in one of the corners that usually end up unused.
However, as a consequence, you can come across a few storage issues, but as we’ve already mentioned, protruding the walls can provide additional shelving. Still, you will hear many complaining they lack space to place all their cosmetic products anyways. If that is the case with you, we advise going with a mirror cabinet – your most essential items will be well-organized behind the mirror that will, so conveniently, open up the space by reflecting light.
Alternative bathing solutions
Furthermore, note that including an elegant and minimalistic freestanding bath can help you create a more open space. Their sleek and elegant design allows you to create a statement look, but what makes them so appealing is the fact that they are extremely practical - since freestanding tubs are fully finished from all angles, they can be placed wherever you find it most suitable in your small bathroom.
If, on the other hand, you are more pro-shower type, consider getting rid of the unappealing shower curtain that only cuts the size of the already cramped room. One of the best alternatives most go for are the glass shower doors that will not create that chopped-up feeling.
Stuck in a doorway
To claim as much space as possible, it would be wise to consider installing pocket doors that won’t take up even an inch of your space. The catch is in the fact that these doors have a small, circular depression to hold, what makes it possible to slide them into the wall almost completely. If there are pipes or electrical wiring within the wall, a barn door is a more suitable solution. In any case, you avoid constant banging into the bathroom amenities.
Now it is up to you to pick up the phone and get in touch with the contractor to see what’s possible in your case. We can’t wait to hear about the end result, so come back to tell us all about it and share some additional design ideas in the comment section!
Designing an elegant and luxurious home isn’t easy, especially if you don’t have a lot of money. However, there are simple and easy ways you can make your home look high-end and elegant.
Go with minimalism
If you want to achieve elegance, remember that less is more. Some designers swear that the key to elegance lies in achieving a timeless, sophisticated design with simplicity. So, if that idea attracts you, you might want to opt for minimalism in your home. Choose objects and furniture that’s simple in design and make sure your living space in uncluttered. Probably the best thing about minimalism, aside from it looking smooth and elegant, is the effect it has on people. It’s very calming and it allows you to focus and unwind.
Designing an elegant home, especially if you have absolutely no prior experience and no knowledge in the field, can be quite an undertaking. So, if you’re building your home from scratch, you should consult a reliable architect from Melbourne during the schematic design phase and tell them what exactly is that you want from your new home. Do you want your home to have an open space concept, do you want to have a lot of natural light, how many bathrooms do you need? The architect will listen to your demands and come up with a few schematic designs for you to choose from. This way, you’ll have a stylish and elegant home that also fits your wishes and needs perfectly.
Pay attention to colors
Even experienced interior designers consider choosing the color palette the most difficult decision in home design. However, if elegance is your top priority, there are colors that are timeless and always look elegant in any space. Neutral colors such as white and gray simply breathe elegance and are very easy to incorporate into any space. If you want to use the color to freshen up your old home, you don’t even have to repaint the entire room. Painting just one wall the right color will completely change its look and dynamics, making it look more elegant and well-thought-out. Some dark and bold colors, such as maroon, navy and black are also very elegant when used in interior design. They instantly make the place feel more luxurious without actually breaking your budget. However, if you opt for these dark colors, make sure to add some accessories in the same color to make the space seem more cohesive.
One luxury element that stands out
If you can’t afford to have a complete makeover, you can invest in a single element that will attract attention and bring some extra luxury into your home. You can opt for a piece of furniture or art, a fireplace, a strong architectural detail, a luxe chandelier, an amazing view from your windows and much more. Just pick a focal point of your home and make it stand out. But, remember, you shouldn’t have two focal points. Always let one element take the precedence over the room and you’ll make the space feel and look more elegant in a blink of an eye.
Choose unique accessories
Interior designers say that what most homes lack are smart accessories, and that’s why those homes never look really elegant and luxe. Most people don’t accessorize because they think they must spend a lot of money to do it right, but that’s actually not true. Since the devil’s in the details, don’t forget to pay attention to even the smallest elements of your home. For instance, visit antique shops and get some high-quality drawer and door knobs. These will be super-cheap, yet still give your home those finishing touches that scream elegance. However, the fastest way to achieve timeless elegance is probably gold. For centuries, gold has been associated with wealth and sophistication, so invest in one golden or gilded item. Think in terms of a gold picture frame, mirror, sculpture, lamp or even a gilded coffee table!
So, don’t let your dream of having an elegant home stay just a dream. By following these tips you can turn your home into a high-end space you’ll enjoy for many years to come.
p>Even though bedrooms should be synonymous with comfort, we often tend to neglect that aspect and just worry about whether we opened the window this morning. Coziness and comfort are not just about having a huge bed with a soft blanket – there is just so much more you can do. Take a look at these 8 tips on how to turn your bedroom into a signature comfy heaven of yours.
Headboards are backYou wouldn’t believe what a difference can these bad boys make. You can opt for either contemporary or traditional ones depending on your bedroom’s overall design – whichever you choose, you will not make a mistake. Besides improving the comfort of your bed, headboards also give it structure, as well as aesthetic appeal, making your bed a centerpiece of the room. Plus, reading a book or watching TV in bed is now going to become a whole new experience.
Consider adding a seating areaIt would be a shame not to use the extra space in your bedroom to turn it into a seating area – especially if you have a large family. After all, even though a bedroom is called a bedroom, it doesn’t mean it is reserved only for the bed, right? Find a couple of comfy chaise lounges that match your bedroom style and treat yourself with a place for where you can enjoy some alone time, with a cup of tea and a good book.
Keep it classy with a bed benchExactly. Even though it may seem like something you don’t actually need, once you get one, you will keep wondering how did you live without it. Bed benches are great for putting your shoes on, and they can serve as great storage space. In aesthetic terms, they are decorative and make the space seem a lot warmer.
Play with the lightingSunlight is not the only light that can add warmth to the space. During the day, the sun should be more than enough to illuminate your room, but when the sun goes down, you are more than welcome to play around with various lighting fixtures. Add some glamour to the space with a vintage chandelier, or keep it modern by installing contemporary ‘hidden lights’ underneath your bed, beside it or over it. Enhance the impact by adding an oversized full length mirror on the wall. Whichever lighting solution you opt for, make sure the tone of your lighting is warm and pleasant.
Your mattress is your best friend – choose it wiselyTry to make your bed feel like a cloud you can’t wait to sink into. This is why you should definitely opt for a softer mattress, or even the one with memory foam. And if you think you will need to spend a fortune to get a new one – don’t despair, there is always a mattress sale somewhere. Finally, top it all off with a light duvet and two comfy plush pillows.
Rug or carpetingThe smartest thing you can do is get rid of all the carpeting and install a sleek hardwood flooring. You will minimize the chance of allergies and achieve a clean and sophisticated look. But, you can never go wrong with a nice fuzzy area rug. Place it under your bed horizontally and make sure that the two parts are exposed equally on each side.
SupersizingIf you are lucky enough to own a spacious bedroom, make sure to add a few supersized elements in it in order to make it look bigger and cozier at the same time. Invest in things like large lamps, big bedside tables, blanket box, huge bedhead, etc.
A dressing table for the ladyAt first sight, they may seem a little bit old-fashioned, but they are the ones that add a touch of glamor to your bedroom (while taking the smallest possible amount of space away). And we all know that glamour usually means comfort. Combine your metallic elements with a big mirror and a few matte details to make your hair brushing and makeup applying morning rituals more classy. How do you like these ideas? Let us know.
Not so long ago, kitchen was only a place where dishes are stored and meals are prepared. Fast forward to 2017 and kitchen is much more than that. In fact, this room has become the focal point of every home, since that’s where families gather after a long day. This also means that trends regarding kitchen design are constantly emerging. And if you’ve been thinking about giving your kitchen a facelift, you’ll definitely want to stay on top of these. We’ve come up with 5 trending kitchen design options you’ll definitely want to check out.
Having worktops that are completely free of clutter is one of the emerging kitchen design trends. If you decide to follow this trend, you’ll, of course, be able to prepare meals at clear surface. Still, that’s not the only reason why clutter-free worktops have become such a trend. Clear worktops can also help you open up the space of your kitchen and create the illusion of a much bigger kitchen space. However, you’ll still need some extra cabinets or shelves where you’re going to store all of your kitchen clutter.
White was and still remains a huge favorite for kitchen cabinets. What makes white a perfect color for kitchen cabinets is its clean look, which can be very beneficial in cluttered spaces. White kitchen cabinets have proven to be timeless and we love them because they can match just any kitchen style. So, if you choose to remodel your kitchen right now, going for white cabinets is something you simply can’t go wrong with. If you want to go for something a bit different, you can always mix white with a wood finish or a few pops of an extra color.
When it comes to kitchen flooring, hardwood is still a very popular choice. However, we keep seeing more and more homeowners opt for ceramic tile. Thanks to some new technologies, ceramic tile now come in many different sizes and designs which means they can match the style of just any home. Moreover, ceramic tile is easy to clean, which makes it a perfect choice for kitchen flooring. It’s also a good idea to mention that you can now get ceramic tile that resemble some other materials such as natural stone.
There’s no point in giving your kitchen a makeover if you’re going to use old appliances. There are more and more great-looking appliances on the market and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t think about updating yours. While some decide to stick with vintage style, choosing stainless steel appliances is your safest bet. Maytag dishwashers in stainless steel look absolutely amazing and getting one of these is guaranteed to do wonders for your kitchen. Another thing we recommend is getting a ceiling mounted range hood that is going to give your kitchen a more discreet look.
Large kitchen islands
If you have enough space in your kitchen, adding a kitchen island is always a good idea. This is especially the case if you and your family members tend to spend a lot of time together in your kitchen. A large island can provide you with extra storage cabinets while also serving as a dining or drinking bar. Homeowners today like the idea of having their kitchen island as large as possible. Those living in homes with open plan design sometimes even decide to have their island extend all the way into their living room.
Let these 5 options serve as design ideas for your kitchen renovation project. No matter which of them you opt for, you’ll be combining aesthetics and functionality to create your dream kitchen.
Office design is extremely important. Not only that the way you design your office is going to have a huge effect on your clients’ perception of your business but it’s also going to impact your employees’ productivity. That said, it’s obvious that you’ll want to get your office design right from the start. And in order to be able to do this, you might want to check out our 5 stunning modern office design solutions.
Long gone are the days where an office was a place full of nothing but desks and chairs. Modern offices need to be comfy in order to help you and your employees make the most off of your workday. And there’s hardly a better way to make an office comfy than to introduce a few pieces of furniture in it. Still, these aren’t only going to help you get more things done. Modern comfy furniture is going to steal the show from all the PCs and other equipment and thus add some style into your office.
Right now, nature is playing a huge role in design. This means there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your office design. Reclaimed wood and natural artwork are just some of the things you can introduce into your office. Things like this are going to make your office feel cozy which is exactly what you should be aiming at. Of course, getting beautiful potted plants for your office is something you can never go wrong with. When it comes to choosing your potted plants, bear in mind that jade plants, philodendrons and umbrella trees tend to improve office environment.
More and more business owners decide to use different textures when designing their office. This is the case because different textures have the ability to enhance the workplace and create an environment that influences productivity. Therefore, you might want to think about getting more creative with textures when designing your office. Integrating different textures into your office is quite easy, and you can do it by using fabrics and accessories. Using 3D art is another popular way to bring a “wow” factor into an office and it’s definitely something you should consider adding into your office.
If you’re looking to retain a sleek and contemporary look, getting office workstations is your safest bet. You can get these in multiple colors, designs and finishes, which means using them to make your office more stylish is a real piece of cake. Another great thing about office workstations is that these can help you achieve the overall look of cohesion in your office, which is a huge trend today. Cohesion will make your office look better and improve the flow and organization in it. You can now even get height adjustable workstations which means fitting these into your office is never going to be a problem.
A typical workday lasts from 9 AM to 5 PM which means there’s plenty of ways to use natural light in your office. Of course, this is going to help you reduce your bills but it’s also going to add more style into your office. We recommend getting huge windows for your office that are going to allow you to introduce as much natural light as you want. Try to position your office furniture next to the windows so that the light helps you make these the central piece of your office. Moreover, this will allow your employees to enjoy the view while on their breaks.
No matter which if these 5 solutions you go for, you should be able to design a beautiful modern office. Just remember that there are new office design trends emerging every day and staying on top of these is never a bad idea.
Many people prefer to decorate their homes using neutral colors, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you are willing to go a step further, you can transform your home from just elegant and comforting to unique and amazing. This doesn’t require any expensive furniture or bold-colored accent walls, just a few decorative pieces and a right color combination. If this is something that interests you, here are some ways in which you can make your home truly stand out while focusing on the neutral color palette.
Introduce large art pieces
Adding a pop of color is a great way to spice up a neutral-colored room. You can introduce an element of surprise with a big, eye-catching art piece above your sofa or fireplace. Paintings are a great way to infuse some color and character into the neutral palette. You can hang one big painting, or you can get a painting that consists of a couple of canvases and hang them together to get one huge art piece. Such a decoration is guaranteed to make your room look like million bucks. Plus, if you choose orange or light yellow frames, you will also add a touch of warmth to the room.
The balance between warm and cool
Preferring neutral colors does not mean everything has to be beige or white. Sticking to just one color and tone is not exactly going to draw much attention, so try to add some contrast instead. The best thing you can do to make the colors work in your favor is balance warm and cool colors. Warm colors work great in the living room, so introduce some warmer-colored furniture pieces, like those offered by the furniture company Fancy Homes, and throw in a couple of rugs and pillows to warm the room up a bit more. Leather furniture also works great, as even one leather item can warm up the entire room. When it comes to cool colors, you can paint the walls blue to make the room seem larger and more open, and introduce some fashionable blue draperies to complete the design.
Add some texture and patterns
By adding some texture to your room, you will make it more modern and exciting since neutral tones appear as different colors when using various textures. The best way to achieve this is with rugs, window shades, and floor finishes. Patterns serve the same purpose – they make the space seem more dynamic, which is what most neutral rooms lack. You can introduce different patterns with accessories like pillows, ceramics, throw blankets, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment and move things around from time to time. After all, it’s your home, and you should decorate it to feel as such.
Don’t forget the lights
Another way to spice up your neutral-colored room is to add some warmth from above. For example, you can install a lighting fixture that can cast light from all angles. Also, mixing lamps of different sizes and colors with chandeliers and sconces will not only illuminate the space nicely but also enliven the whole room and add a sense of movement. Just don’t forget about the corners, they need some light as well. And to make them less dark and gloomy, you can always add a couple of plants in cream or yellow pots, which is another great way to brighten up the atmosphere.
How to work with beige
There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite color, as long as you know how to use it correctly. So, instead of using the same shade for everything, focus on the layers. You can go from very light cream for the walls to dark tan for the blankets and pillows. Such a combination will make your room feel much more sophisticated and calming. Or, instead of using it as your base color, you can make it work as an accent one too. A darker beige can give depth to the room by highlighting the corners, and cream stripes are a great accent detail for any room.
An all neutral room can be everything but boring if you know how to combine the colors and make the best of them. All the usual rules apply, even when working with a neutral color palette – pay attention to lights, add some accessories, and focus on layering. If you follow these few steps, your home will definitely amaze all who step into it.
It’s the little details that can help you make your new bathroom look great. And today, there are so many innovative solutions you can go for when designing your bathroom and identifying the ones you should go for in your bathroom shouldn’t be too difficult. Still, if you need some help, here are 5 innovative bathroom design ideas that might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Add a built-in storage
One of the ideas you’ll definitely want to give some thought to is the use of built-in bathroom storage. These are a great solution for anyone who wants to showcase their expensive-looking bottles and bathroom ware. However, this isn’t the only purpose built-in shelves have since they also have the ability to add more style to just any bathroom. When it comes to choosing the material for your built-in storage, timber is something you can never go wrong with. Just bear in mind that this may not always be an easy project to tackle so make sure you turn to experts.
Use bold tile to make a statement
Homeowners have constantly been coming up with new ways to use tile in their bathrooms. Right now, it seems the biggest trend is the use of bold tile in bathrooms. What makes these so special is their ability to turn a regular bathroom into something extraordinary by a giving it a bit more personality. If you don’t want to use only bold tile, you can always combine these with something else such as neutral encaustic-style cement tile or standard white wall tile. Applying new tile is something you can do yourself, but if you don’t feel confident enough about it, you might want to call in pros.
Install a discreet laundry hamper
Long gone are the days when we’ve had dirty laundry all over our bathrooms. In fact, regular laundry baskets and hampers have become outdated too, and we now have something even better – discreet laundry hampers. You can have one of these installed in one of your bathroom cabinets and make sure dirty laundry no longer makes your bathroom too cluttered. Also, if you have a small bathroom, you can always put your new discreet laundry hamper beneath your basin which is rarely put to a good use.
Go for a digital shower
When giving your bathroom a facelift, the biggest change you can make is replace your shower. If you decide to do this, you might want to go for an innovative options such as a digital shower. Not only that these are eco-friendly and come with an abundance of settings, but they also look amazing and are guaranteed to help your bring your bathroom into 21st century. Of course, installing a new shower is never going to be easy so it’s always a good idea to have a professional plumber specialized in bathroom renovations handle the task for you.
Embrace natural light
Too much artificial light can have a negative effect on just any room but this is especially the case with bathrooms. This is the case because your bathroom is where you start your each day and what you want from it is to provide you with positive energy for the rest of your day. And the best way to make sure your bathroom does this is to introduce a lot of natural light in it. It’s also important to mention that natural light is going to make your bathroom more stylish which is exactly what you’re aiming at.
No matter which of these design ideas you decide to go for, you’ll end up with a modern-looking bathroom you always wanted. Just make sure you always keep looking for some new design ideas you can implement in your bathroom.
A kitchen of today is quickly becoming a social center of the home. Families are spending more and more time in their kitchens preparing delicious meals, nibbling straight from the fridge or just hanging out and making each other company. So, what can you do to improve your kitchen’s design and make it as practical, comfortable and beautiful as you can? Here are some of the best kitchen design ideas you shouldn’t miss out on during your next remodel.
Dark, bold and dramatic colors, such as dark plum, will be all the rage next year. It will be incorporated into everything from cabinets and islands to pots and pans, so don’t miss out on adding a few dark colored pieces in your kitchen. And interesting backsplash paired with these elements will look simply amazing.
A unique backsplash
White subway tiles are probably never going to go out of fashion, but if you want to be more original, you can consider creating your backsplash out of distressed-glass tiles. Their reflective surface will brighten up your kitchen, and create an illusion of a bigger and deeper space. Plus, they look quite interesting and unique. You can also opt for custom tiles. Some companies allow you to choose your own tile pattern and color. Once you create your perfect design, you can expect your tiles to come knocking at your door in about 6 weeks, so think in advance.
Warm blond wood
If you think your kitchen lacks warmth, add warm natural wood. Stick to lighter woods like white oak, birch and maple, and use them for countertops, cabinets or islands. If you only want to add a couple of details in warm wood, invest in a high-quality chopping board or knife block.
Luxury of gold
Rose gold, brass and copper are officially entering our kitchens in 2018, so think about giving your gadgets and hardware an update and get a few warm metallic accents. These metals are giving every kitchen a warm and luxe vibe and they go well with every kitchen style and cabinet color, so go for it.
No kitchen of today can be complete without smart technologies that can help you with food prep and setting the perfect atmosphere in your kitchen via your smartphone. By smarting up your kitchen you’ll be able to control the temperature of your smart stove and fridge, control lighting and operate your cooking playlist. Some people also choose to mount a small screen or tablet into their kitchen to always stay up-to-date with their favorite TV shows and cooking tutorials.
Install a garage for your small appliances
This design trend will be especially attractive to people who love to have minimalist and clean, uncluttered spaces with plenty of workspace for food prep in their kitchen. By installing an appliance garage, you’ll get to hide all of your less attractive and bulky appliances and achieve a clean look. However, leave some of your appliances visible. For instance, show off the distinctive Italian design of your Delonghi coffee machine and kettle, and let them become the focal point of your kitchen.
If you’re looking to update just one item in your kitchen, then go for your faucet. Today, there are so many shapes, finishes and materials you can choose from that can instantly improve the look of your kitchen. However, if you really want to go all-in with your taps, you can invest in innovative systems that will turn your tap water into sparkling water in a blink of an eye! Handy and stylish!
All of these design tips and trends are very useful and cost-effective, and they will certainly transform your kitchen from a beast into a real modern beauty. So, roll up your sleeves and get designin’!
For many of us, the basement is just a hot mess. It is where we keep our old toys, forgotten expensive alcohol bottles, maybe even some tools and, of course, the laundry machine and its guardian – the scary ten-eyed monster with shark teeth and octopus tentacles that doesn’t allow your kids to help you with the laundry – even though they desperately want to (wink).
With that being said, you have probably figured out that turning this hot mess of a space into something useful can be quite an overwhelming task. Besides the mess, there are various factors that simply limit your possibilities, such as the lack of natural light and its position. However, with a little bit of effort, any basement can be turned into one of these four spaces – maybe even all of them together (if you have enough space in there, of course).
1. Home gym
Working out may or may not be your cup of tea, but we can all agree that the hardest part of it is actually showing up in your gym. It is just too hard to leave your couch after a long day of work. If this sounds relatable, you should definitely consider turning your boring basement into your personal workout center that will fit your needs entirely and motivate you constantly. This is also a great idea for those who prefer working out alone or just hate crowded places.
Depending on the size of the space, determine the type of equipment you will be using. Next, consider adding a new flooring. The best option would be rubber, with wall-to-wall carpeting for some extra flexibility and safety. Also, since there will be a lot of sweating going on, make sure the air is moving by installing a couple of overhead fans. Finally, add a special finishing touch by installing a big mirror that will ensure you are doing all the exercises correctly and will help you monitor your progress.
2. Playroom + game room
If you have kids but are lacking space for them, an underground playroom is the perfect solution for your basement. Another great part is that playrooms are both easy and inexpensive to put together because there are only a couple of key pieces needed, such as a bookshelf for books and toys, drawing table and a comfortable floor area where they can play. The rest is just the toys really. However, make sure you decorate this playroom with fun and different colors in order to spur their creativity.
On the other hand, who says only kids are allowed to play? No matter how small your basement may be, a children’s playroom can be fitted in just one corner, while the rest of the space can be used as an awesome game room for the adults as well as teenagers. Light up the space with a bunch of neon lights, paint it in bold colors such as black for a maximum impact, add a couple of comfortable sofas where you can lay back and play your favorite video games on a large screen and it is all done. The rest is up to you.
3. Your own creative space
If you have any sort of artsy passion such as music, drawing, writing etc. but nowhere to express it, your basement may be the perfect solution. Just make sure all the walls and floors are covered properly and that the wiring can handle your setup if you are aiming towards building a music studio, and if you are into art or writing, all you need is a desk, tools and quality lighting.
4. Extra bedroom
If you have many friends, note that you can never have too many bedrooms. If you need some extra space, note that basements are the perfect spots for tucking away another bedroom or two, that will provide your guests with some extra privacy. Finish it off with bedside lights, fluffy towels and a beautiful plush bedding that will make your visitors feel like they are at home. What do you think about these basement ideas? Do you have some more? Feel free to leave your comments below.
People simply enjoy going to restaurants with classy and modern interiors. It is just so relaxing to have your meal and talk about your life while you are enjoying that pleasant atmosphere and admiring the designer solutions.
Roughly, there are two types of restaurants. They can be distinguished not only by the type of food they serve, but also the time of the day when they are visited. There are day restaurants that look more like places where you pop by for a quick snack and an instant coffee, and there are evening ones that are offering a huge range of wining and dining options and have a much more comfortable atmosphere. The second type is going to be the type we will write about in this article. Let’s have a closer look at what does one modern, classy restaurant have.
Exterior and entry area
When it comes to modern restaurants – everything counts. It has to be appealing on the outside just as much as it is on the inside. This is why it’s highly important that interior designers and architects work together to create outstanding outer areas and façades that will draw the customers.
A great and modern trick that brings the best of both worlds is to keep the space open to the public. Two words: shop window. When the pleasant atmosphere is visible from the outside, it simply draws people inside – this is why most of the restaurants lately tend to have a see-through façade on the street side.
Another common trick is to keep the outside as simple as possible – not only is the minimalism in right now, but also, people will focus on what’s inside much more easily. In other words, outdoor seating areas are usually covered with nothing more than a simple retractable roof pergola that is usually white or gray, and the façade is in a neutral color.
When it comes to the entry area, one thing every modern entry should be is definitely: welcoming. Hostess area should be right at the door, and the overall space should be spacious, simple and practical. The design should, of course, match both interior and exterior of a restaurant.
As the most important area of a restaurant, one modern dining area has to have it all. When it comes to the overall design, wood, as well as the combination of industrial and vintage (like the Pizza East restaurant in London) are the ultimate trends. However, there are a few basic rules that need to be followed regardless of what’s trendy right now. The tables should be arranged in such a way to provide enough space between for the guests to enjoy some privacy but, at the same, time not too far away, since it will make the space look empty.
When it comes to lighting, depending on the overall vibe of the space, there are two options: dimmed or fully illuminated. Currently, it is all about hanging pendant lights, or installing them in a wall or a ceiling.
Currently, restaurants bars are all about the industrial look. In other words, this means: a lot of gray, bulb-like pendant lights above, metal chairs, simple wooden/metal bar with maybe a couple of red accents to keep things fun.
The kitchen is more important for the staff members than it is for the visitors, unless the restaurant features an open kitchen where guests can see how their food is prepared. This new trend is a great idea that can improve the image of the restaurant; the customers will be able to see the exact process of food preparation and know exactly what goes into their meals. The kitchen can be modernized with the help of various accessories and decorations such as antique pots hanging from the ceiling, pendant lights etc., but the most important part is that it is completely clean – at all times.
When it comes to restrooms, the most important part is that they are pleasant and comfortable. Also, their size will depend on the capacity of the restaurant itself. They should also feature similar design elements. However the restaurant is designed, there are a few modern touches that can give any restroom a modern vibe such as candles, rolled hand towels, round sinks and, you guessed it, pendant lights.
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Unburdened by too much color, furniture and embellishments, the Japanese-inspired design is all about achieving the perfect balance of elements and turning your space into a zen environment. Zen (both state of mind and the live-in space) promotes simplicity and emphasizes the importance of intuition and meditation. The main concept of Japanese design is called “Ma”, used to help create a home that’s calm, clear and uncluttered, and encourage an atmosphere that not only wonderful to live in but very inviting and pleasant for the visitors, too.
If you are looking to turn your home into a relaxed space by adopting the Japanese philosophy of interior design, read through the advice below to get inspired:
Invite the nature in
Japanese are all about respect and love for nature, and making nature a part of their homes is essential. For a real Japanese feel, add a few traditional Japanese plants in your home, like bamboo or bonsai (or both). You can also go with leafy, deep green plants, rich in texture and their visual impact. An orchid or a palm could work, while flowery plants should wait for some other time. Japanese appreciate simplicity: green, simple, natural.
Let the wood dominate
As Japanese are lovers of nature and everything that comes from it, it is no surprise that they let wood dominate their home interior. Most elements like screen grids, doors, frames, walls, etc. are made of wood and they are always cohesively incorporated with the rest of furniture. To give your home a more Japanese feel, replace the typically western types of wood like cypress, maple, red pine and hemlock with bamboo – it’ll look exotic and last long.
Include sliding doors and screens
Although screens and sliding doors have mainly become parts of Japanese interior for functionality purposes, they did become one of the staple interior design trends in Japanese aesthetics. A Shoji (an authentic Japanese screen) is part of every home in Japan, and it looks absolutely wonderful. Include one in your home instead of a door or a wall, use it to conceal an area or separate living zones.
Encourage natural lighting
If you were lucky enough to get a home with a lot of windows and natural light, your job is done. Unfortunately, most homes (whether we are talking apartments or actual houses) don’t have as many windows as we’d like which is why the inflow of natural light gets limited. The alternative? Artificial lighting properly placed and dimmed. The Japanese philosophy of a homey atmosphere is that it should be relaxing and never aggressive: this is why their indoor lighting either relies on the natural light or focuses on soft artificial lighting. Consult with an experienced 24 hour electrician to get the best advice on how to properly use the lighting to create a calming atmosphere in your home.
Design a Japanese entryway
Genkan, a.k.a. Japanese entryway is the entrance to a home where visitors are welcomed and greeted, and shoes removed. The visitors put slippers on or enter the home in their socks. Absolutely atypical for western homes, a genkan may bring an exceptionally interesting vibe into your home.
Consider adding water elements
Being a part of nature, water plays a huge role in the interior design of Japanese homes. The Japanese rely on water sounds to give them peace of mind and calm while they meditate, sleep or just go about their day. Usually, a Japanese home is never without a fish tank, an indoor fountain, a soaking tub, and similar water elements; so, if your space allows for such an upgrade, consider adding water elements into your home.
One of the elements typical for creating a zen feeling in a home is using neutral, earthy colors, i.e. colors that can be found in nature. Go with muted tones of moss green, chocolate, cream, nude and black for your furniture and/or your walls.
Japanese interior is a blend of order, love for natural beauty, balance and ancient customs. Follow the tips above to create the most beautiful Japanese-inspired home.
Are you bored with your old kitchen? Are you in love with a kitchen you spotted on TV or at a friend’s home, or are you just tired of the old colour scheme you’ve been seeing for years in your home? Whatever the reason may be, the hottest kitchen design trends are the perfect excuse to get on with renovations and redesigns and turn your dull kitchen into a modern work of art.
First things first
Different interior designers and blogs dedicated to interior design are a great way to keep track of different trends and find inspiration. Pinterest and HGTV are always a good choice, as they allow you to browse different photos and find texts and instructions for different DIY projects you can do in your home. On the other hand, bringing in new appliances and cabinets can wait, as making sure your walls, floors, and plumbing are all fixed should be your priority. Call experts from Fix it Right Plumbing to take a look at your pipes and drains, make sure your stove and fridge are in impeccable order and that your walls are crack-free; only then will your kitchen be ready for a makeover.
People who have spacious kitchens have started using open shelves for keeping things such as spices, cookbooks, cutlery, or pans in line and within reach. This handy solution allows you to make a statement by keeping accessories or boxes with special teas and spices on the shelves for everyone to see them. It’s also a useful solution for people who like keeping greenery in the kitchen or who grow their own herbs and spices. Nice, colourful flower pots with thyme, basil, mint, and rosemary will make your kitchen more inviting and make the cooking process easier because you’ll have everything you need at hand.
Unlike open shelves, hidden storage is used to keep items stashed away until you need them once again. Hidden drawers and shelves are a great choice for people who live in small apartments and have tiny kitchens. When you don’t have a lot of space, every square foot counts, and keeping your bags, spices, cups, and plates ‘hidden’ will make the space look bigger and it will allow you to move around freely while you cook or clean. Handy, pull-out storage systems, internal drawers, as well as tall larder storage are all convenient solutions for crowded kitchens and you can implement these ideas into your own kitchen to create more space.
Bold colour schemes
There are several ways you can use bold colours in your kitchen, but the most popular approaches are so-called Scandinavian application as well as complete maximalism. Scandinavian designers are known for their love of neutral palettes to which they add pops of bright colours which make the space more alive and much more inviting. Complete maximalism, on the other hand, means that you will pick several different shades and clash them together; meaning you’re free to use pale turquoise and soft orange or bright pink and lime green to decorate your kitchen.
Blue hues everywhere
Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 might be ‘ultraviolet’, but when it comes to kitchen designs, it seems that blue has taken over. The “it” colour of the last several seasons has been blue, and you can choose any shade and hue you like because they are all lovely. Turquoise, powder blue, cobalt, navy, and royal blue will make any kitchen look modern and elegant, and the best thing is that you don’t necessarily have to drown the space in it. Sometimes a small detail is all that you need: cabinet handles, flower pots, wallpaper or tiles with blue designs are eye-catching and dramatic, and truly make a statement in a home.
The heart of a home is its kitchen, as it allows you to express your creativity while cooking, it draws people in to keep you company or help you out, and it’s a natural gathering place where you will share a meal with the people you love. It’s understandable why you want this special space to look its best, and some of these ideas will help you bring your kitchen into 2018.
Modern exterior design pulls together several different concepts, such as functionality, efficiency, and aesthetics, in creating a comprehensive whole aimed at inspiring peace, positivity, creativity, and serenity. By bringing aesthetics and functionality together, homeowners are able to enjoy their outdoor space both physically and emotionally, knowing that the timeless design is enriched with true efficiency and eco-friendliness.
Modern outdoor architecture is also characterised by a semi-minimalistic approach, exchanging cluttered outdoor spaces for clean, organised landscapes accentuated by functional furniture and structures. Here are some of the most exquisite modern architectural solutions for outdoor home design.
A backyard lounge area
One of the pillars of a timeless exterior design is the backyard lounge area. Often depicted by a handful of furniture pieces and a simple garden table, the traditional backyard design has seen some major changes and updates. And it all began with the implementation of a structured layout.
Beginning from the patio or the back door, a modern design will feature a stone walkway ranging in colours and accentuating hues, boasting both fine and striking textures. The lounge area itself now resembles a small Odeon, with comfortable cushioning bringing comfort to the stylish stone design overlooking the landscape.
A contemporary pool house
The pool house is becoming an increasingly popular architectural concept in recent decades with the rise of the middle class, and the blossoming of the economy in numerous regions around the world. The pool house is a sort of a sanctuary, a private and intimate place to enjoy outside the house, encircled by nature, secluded from the world.
The modern pool house can serve a multitude of purposes, from a recreational to a leisure area, from a guesthouse, to an outdoor entertainment centre, the possibilities are numerous, The modern design aims to rekindle humankind’s relationship with nature, and thus boasts natural elements and materials throughout, accentuated by comfortable throws, and warm, intimate lighting.
An elegant spa and pool area
One of the most important elements in any backyard or outdoor setting is the pool area. While traditional designs involving simple above ground pools are still popular, more contemporary designs are starting to take over as more aesthetically pleasing solutions.
In recent decades, architects and designers have begun integrating solutions and creating beautiful outdoor spa and pool areas using a multitude of materials, including wood, concrete, and the more modern fibreglass. These designs are usually brought together and form a single whole, but with each area easily accessible from the other unit.
Natural elements draped in modern accents
As mentioned earlier, modern architectural designs aim to rekindle the relationship with nature, however, they also pay special attention to landscaping and creating a harmonious picture where human-made and natural elements work together.
From raised stone garden beds, aesthetic stone garden walls that also serve as wind protection, to structures such as a pergola above the lounge area and a raised deck above the patio, these designs are created for the purpose of comfort, cohesion, and functionality.
Patio and outdoor kitchen design
Speaking of patios, the modern architectural approaches aim to improve upon the old patio concepts and bring forth increased functionality and comfort. To that end, numerous updates can be made in the patio area, from a stone grill, to a complete outdoor kitchen equipped with all the necessary amenities, and even a bar constructed from stone or wood, topped with marble.
The idea is to make the outdoor area an entity of its own, independent from the rest of the house and boasting all of the necessary equipment needed for comprehensive outdoor experience. Complementing the architecture of the patio and external structures with vibrant landscaping creates a unified picture.
Modern outdoor architecture is becoming increasingly popular across the globe due to its innovative designs that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Be sure to introduce some of these contemporary solutions into your outdoor space in order to transform your home’s exterior.
Are you bored with the way your home looks? Would you like to renovate and remodel it, even just for a bit? If you have a new project in mind, why not forget about old ideas and instead embrace something new – eco-friendly design? People have been shying away from this design in previous years because their choices were rather limited and usually the products they intended to buy would cost more than they were willing to pay. Luckily, today we have a great range of environmentally-friendly products that will turn your home into a green haven.
Use natural materials
The best way to ensure that your entire household is eco-friendly is to use products and items made of natural (or at least recyclable) materials. This means fewer plastic and more glass bottles, cushions and carpets made of organic materials such as cotton, linen, wool, or bamboo, and cover your walls with environmentally-friendly paint. You can even use your old clothes to make exciting new items and decorations: pom-poms, produce bags, and quilts. Organic cotton and linen bed sheets and towels will ensure that you use only the best when it comes to your health, and it will also be good for the environment.
Pallets are handy and incredibly practical, and what is best, they are also eco-friendly because you’re using them to create something new instead of throwing them away. They make the best DIY material and can be used to build pretty much anything from shelves and coffee tables to beds and crates. When you make a pallet bed, you’re actually making something that can be taken apart and moved quite easily and what is more, you will be saving plenty of money on expensive bed frames and head boards. This means that you will be able to invest a bit more into a high-quality mattress made of bamboo, organic cotton, or wool.
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Having dozens of small lamps all over your home might seem like a charming idea, but it’s hardly green. Instead of spending more money on additional light fixtures, why not turn to nature and try to make the most of the natural light you already get? Not only will this be great for the environment, but for your wallet too, as you will save a few bucks on your electricity bill every month. By switching to LED lights and light-bulbs, you will also be able to save money on electricity, and installing an efficient skydome you will ensure that rooms in your home are well-lit at all times without you having to declare bankruptcy.
Flooring is very important, and we often pick the most convenient flooring option, disregarding the fact that it might not be the most environmentally friendly choice. Instead of using vinyl, you can try using stone or good old wood for your floors. Pick granite or marble for your floors, and you can even take it a step further and try making mosaics or different geometric shapes using differently coloured materials. Wooden parquet is also a safe choice as it is laminated flooring, and what is more, this option may even raise the value of your home on the market if you ever decide to sell it. The best thing is that wooden floors will certainly add more appeal to the overall interior design.
When you opt for eco-friendly design in your home, you won’t have to spend a fortune nor will you have a limited choice. People have begun to understand how important it is to take care of our environment and planet and so green products and eco-friendly designs have become more popular than ever.
There’s nothing like good lighting to elevate and showcase the luxury of your home. Daylight is very important, and if you are doing a remodel, it might be worth it to consider adding more windows, or even a glass wall. However, artificial lighting is just as vital, particularly during the winter when nights are longer and even some gloomy days require us to turn on a lamp or two. Bad light can completely ruin the aesthetic impact of even the best interior design. Here are a few simple tips on how to best light your home.
First things first
Before you start your home lighting project, be aware that the practical part should be done by professionals. Installing lights is no joke. Dealing with electricity should be left to experts. In Australia, for instance, over 300 people per year get seriously injured (or worse) in preventable electric accidents. To ensure top quality and perfect safety, the best option is to hire a Sydney electrician.
Not every room is the same
It’s only logical that lighting your living room, your entrance hall, your kitchen and your bathroom will be completely different beasts. Kitchens require stronger light, so they should have a strong overhead light complemented with accents and even a task light. In bedrooms, avoid overhead lights just over the bed. No one wants to have a light shining straight into their eyes. Task lights are a priority in the bathroom, although you should be careful with their placement to avoid unflattering shadows. Dining rooms and entrance halls are usually the best rooms for dramatic, luxurious looking fixtures such as statement chandeliers.
Multiple sources are the way to go, if you want lighting that will get you the most out of your architecture, colors, materials and textures. It’s also vital that all of these lights are dimmable. For various occasions you might play with the intensity of different lights, dimming all or only some of them for a variety of effects. The lights should be placed at different levels, some overhead, others at eye or even floor level. Don’t go overboard with your statement fixtures. One is enough for smaller rooms. You can use several in a bigger room, but at a reasonable distance from each other. A rich lighting scheme with lots of layers will give you full customizability. Not only that – a combination of floor lamps, table lamps and pendants add a splash of interest to the room with their colors, textures and shapes.
Placement is key
To create a true masterpiece of lighting, always look for symmetry. Always spread your lights out evenly, measuring the distance between each light, as well as their distance from a objects in the room. Placement will also be influenced by your needs. If, for instance, you have a space where you love to read, or do crafts, that will be an important factor in your light choice. If you want to accentuate your paintings, your light choices will reflect that.
Consider your style
Your choice of light fixtures is not an independent project. On the contrary, you need to consider the general style of your interior design. For instance, formal, traditional spaces will benefit from opulent fixtures like crystal chandeliers. Sleek, modern homes with a more sparse, minimalist design approach should favor hidden LED lights and more discrete fixtures. The lighting should complement the other design elements. Sometimes, unconventional and counterintuitive examples of clashing styles can work too, but that takes a great designer eye.
Some might even argue that the right lighting is the most important element that will give warmth to your space, and transforming it from a mere house, to a real home.
How to Dress Your Home in Scandinavian Design
If you love minimalist design which brings tranquility to a home, then you are going to love the Scandinavian interior design. It is simple, it gives your home more space and it exudes elegance. So, if you are looking for a design that has been a trend for a few years now and it is here to stay, check out what features can guarantee your home a sleek Scandinavian design.
Light neutral colors
Since Scandinavian winters are long and dark, their interiors are usually decorated in light colors to keep the space bright. Also, the colors are soft and understated so they can make the home feel cohesive, uniform and welcoming. So, when picking the colors for your Scandi design, you should predominantly rely on white paired with details in light gray, beige, and egg-shell, accentuated with a few pieces in black.
Scandinavian design loves wood, but not just any wood. It mostly uses light woods, such as beech, pine and ash, in order to slightly contrast the light colors, but still keep the space look bright. So, find the wood that suits your needs best and you can easily incorporate it through floors, wall art, cupboards or any other accessory or piece of furniture you desire.
Keeping a home clutter-free has always been a crucial aspect of Scandi design, mostly because in the past, Scandinavian homes used to be smaller. Thus, it wasn’t practical or possible to have too many things lying around. However, even though homes are bigger today, this design still asks for minimal clutter. So, make sure to provide enough storage space for all your things at home. Also, you should engage in some serious cleaning and throw out anything you don’t need any more. Additionally, in order to keep the space look clean and spacious consider minimalist furniture. Keep things simple in all the rooms by opting for simple chairs, tables, and sofas. You can even minimize the furniture further by getting rid of your bulky wardrobes. Instead, you can rely on trendy built in wardrobes from Brisbane to make sure there is enough space for foot traffic.
Simple accents are related to the principle of neat and decluttered space. When it comes to decoration, keep in mind that it needs to be simple and minimal. If you wish, you can easily leave the walls bare and white. However, if you want to have some art hung up, then opt for simple wall art, and frame it into a metal or black frame. Also, you don’t have to shy away from leaving some areas in your home empty. On the other hand, if you want to put something in the corner of your room, you can opt for a simple gray sofa, simple metal lamp or an indoor plant.
Let the light inside
Since Scandinavian homes can get dark, designers tend to let plenty of natural light inside, and that has become one of the important features of Scandi design. In order to achieve this, you should ditch any window treatments or rely on see-through and sheer curtains. Another useful trick is having a big mirror facing your window, so it can reflect the light and make your home feel spacious and well-lit.
In order to contrast the neutral colors, simple furniture and clutter-free spaces you should bring inside some plants. They will breathe in some life and green and earthy colors will provide a nice contrast, while tying the whole look of Scandinavian design together.
As you can see it is not hard to achieve the Scandinavian interior design. All you have to do is rely on natural materials, minimalist furniture and accessories, as well as neutral soothing colors.