May
18

3 Types of Bathroom Sinks

3 types of bathroom sinks

Bathroom sinks can make or break the design of a bathroom. They are the focal point which is why it is important to choose one that best represents the style you want to create. Whether it is traditional or modern, eclectic or tame, there are many to choose from. Here are three types of popular bathroom sinks and what they are best used for.

Pedestal

Pedestal sinks are unique in that they convey an image of both a vintage home and a modern home. They are perfect if you have a small space and are often found in powder rooms. There are many designs to choose from for the pedestal, and something for all décor choices.

Pedestal sinks usually have their plumbing concealed within the pedestal, although because there is some space between the pedestal and the wall, some plumbing will be exposed. This can result in a bit of a choice when it comes to decorating. Sometimes the same paint color is used from the wall to paint over any exposed pipes, to try to blend everything in together. Other times the pipes are left exposed as a more industrial look.

Cabinet

Cabinet vanities and bathroom sinks are the most popular option, and within this category there are a lot of options. Sinks can be drop-in or where the rim sits on top of the counter. They can also be undermounted, where the rim sits under the counter for a more modern look. Sinks can also sit atop cabinets as either a glass or ceramic vessel.

The biggest benefit of cabinet bathroom sinks is that they offer storage underneath. This is great for families that need extra storage, and can even take the place of a linen closet. Most cabinets are built attached to the wall, but if you want more modern design, there are many pre-built cabinets that can be purchased and assembled in your bathroom.

Wall-Mounted

There is perhaps nothing more modern than a wall-mounted sink. Its beauty is in its simplicity. Seemingly jutting out from nowhere, wall-mounted sinks force you to remove all clutter. They can be thick or thin, and the taps can be of any choosing.

What is especially nice about wall-mounted sinks is that their plumbing is minimal. While there still needs a pipe for the water to flow, unlike cabinet sinks, wall-mounted sinks include a pip that is about function as well as design. Instead of typical plastic, the pipe is often made of metal. And as a design bonus, the finish of the pipe should match the finish of the tap. Therefore, if you have a brushed nickel tap, you should also have a brushed nickel pipe.

Wall-mounted sinks are definitely not for everyone. There is absolutely no storage space, so they are not a great idea for families. It can also be hard to retro-fit them in an existing bathroom, and are best built in new homes.

May
18

How To Keep Bathrooms Organized

how to keep bathrooms organized

A bathroom can be an overlooked room in the house. After all, we don’t really spend a lot of time in them. But it should still be a place worth investing some time in to make it an extension of your home. Bathrooms don’t have to be cluttered places where products are just deposited. Rather, they can be organized, calming rooms. Here are some simple ways to keep bathrooms organized so that you can feel good when you enter them.

Be Selective

Before you start any organization process, be sure to first go through all your items. If you can, remove everything from the space itself so that you’re not merely moving things around. Take all your bathroom items from the vanity, shower, and closet, and move them to a different room. Then, make three piles: keep, garbage, store in a different area.

You may find that extra, unopened bottles of shampoo are best placed in a linen closet. If you have a little bit of shampoo left in a bottle, be sure to use it before moving on to the next bottle. Go through your makeup. Makeup actually does expire, so ask yourself if you’re really going to wear that blue eyeshadow ever again.

Keep Things Hidden

It really is amazing how much space a medicine cabinet can have inside of it. And what’s great about them is that they’ve been updated to reflect more modern tastes. A medicine cabinet works as both a mirror and storage, so it’s a win-win for smaller bathrooms. You can use it to keep medicine in, but also anything that you don’t want to leave on the counter.

Use Shelves

If don’t have much space in bathroom, don’t be afraid to go up. Shelves are a great way to add organizational space. Don’t use too many shelves as they can overwhelm the area. Also, take into consideration the material you want to use. In small spaces, glass shelves are a good idea as they won’t add to the clutter. The area over the toilet is often unused space, and a great place for shelves. If you have a lot of people that use the same shower, there are a wide variety of shower shelves and caddies that you can purchase to keep bathrooms organized.

Keep it Clean

Bathrooms that are clean are more likely to be organized. That’s because a clean space represents pride and when you’re proud of something you’re more likely to take care of it, including keeping it organized. It’s really quite cyclical. A bathroom should be seen as an oasis, and not just a room of necessity. Think about the tone you want your bathroom to convey and work towards that. Be conscientious of this any time you leave the room. Perform a mental check list. Are the towels hung up? Has the shower door been wiped down? Is the lid on the toothpaste on? All these small actions will add up and allow you to maintain your sanctuary.

Apr
18

What To Know About Butcherblock Countertops

what to know about butcherblock countertops

If you are looking for a wow statement with your kitchen, look no further than butcherblock countertops. They are elegant, warm, and also practical. Here is everything you need to know about butcherblock countertops.

What are the different types?

There are three basic types of butcherblock countertops, and it’s important to know about them they all have a very different look.

Edge grain is the most popular and the most practical. The edges of the wood are placed in an upright position. The result is a more together look that is less busy.

Face grain is a very decorative look. Here, the wide surfaces of the wood are placed upright so that you can see the grain of the wood. The emphasis is on visual appearance and not practicality as it can be harder to use as a cutting surface.

End grain produces a checkerboard pattern. This is accomplished by placing ends of the board facing upwards. While visually stimulating, it can be a lot for large areas. As a result, end grain butcherblock is often used in a smaller area of the counter. It is very durable and perfect for meal prep.

What are they made of?

There are many options for the type of wood for butcherblock countertops. In the end, it all comes down to taste and budget.

Maple is one of the most popular woods as it is strong and has a nice, neutral color. It has a clear grain which adds to a striking look in a countertop

Cherry is a great option for butcherblock countertops if you want a pop of color. It has a red tint to the brown color, and can add a bit of warmth and personality to a kitchen

Zebrawood is definitely not for everyone, but if you want a bold statement with your butcherblock, then this is the way to go. The black stripes that run through the tan wood do indeed look like a zebra. If you’re considering this type of wood, be sure to layout a picture of it over your existing countertop to make sure it is what you want.

Bamboo is a great option if you want a checkerboard pattern. It can even be steamed so that there is a variation in colors which makes a great design. The nice thing about bamboo is that it is very sustainable, and a great option if you want to make your kitchen eco-friendly

How do you protect them?

When deciding on butcherblock countertops, decide if you will be using them as a meal prep surface. If you are, then they should be sealed with a mineral oil. This means more upkeep in the long run, as they will need to be re-oiled.

If, however, you don’t intend to use the butcherblock for cutting or chopping, then they can be sealed with a resin. This protects the wood for longer, leading to less upkeep.

Apr
18

4 Color Palettes For Your Kitchen

4 color palettes for your kitchen

Color palettes can feel like too scary sometimes, but if you can take the plunge, a splash of color will make your kitchen really pop. To help you decide on how to elevate your kitchen, here are a few color palette ideas. Hopefully they bring a bit of inspiration to you.

1. Black and White Color Palettes

There is nothing more classic than a black and white color palette. The trick with this color combination is to choose wisely where you want the effect to take place. A black and white checkerboard tile can have a dramatic, decades-old feel. A black-speckled granite countertop can make the kitchen feel futuristic. Black light fixtures or handle knobs can be subtle and elegant.

As for the white elements, a classic subway-style backsplash is always a winner. White cabinets will never go out of style. There are also some nice white and grey marble or granite countertops.

2. Blue Color Palettes

There are a lot of blues to choose from, but finding one that matches your personality leads to a great experience. Dark blues should be used in small amounts as they can make a small kitchen feel smaller. Light blues, however, can be used in larger amounts as they often bring lightness and openness to a kitchen. Green-tinged blues like teal or aquamarine can lead to a seashore theme and are often found in vacation homes.

3. Red Color Palettes

Red is not often used in a kitchen, but when it’s used right, people take notice. If you choose red, go big or go home. Drastic accents like ruby red glass wall tiles can make a big splash. So too can a deep red paint color. If you have an island, that is a great place to use red as a contrast to other colors like white, grey, or even black, in the rest of the kitchen.

If you’re not too sure about how red will fit in with your kitchen, it’s ok to start small. Appliances like a stand mixer often come in red, so you can accent your place first to see if it’s a look you want to keep.

4. Yellow Color Palettes

The trick to a yellow color palette is to keep it a deep color. This means it can still be light or dark, but that the yellow doesn’t look faded or old. Light yellow will brighten the room and bring sunshine inside. Dark yellow can create a warm feeling. Yellow is great when found in curtains or wall paint.

Similar color palettes to yellow include gold and bronze. These will definitely warm up your kitchen and are a welcome change from the nickel and chrome that most kitchens use.

Mar
18

The Importance of Kitchen Lighting

 

the importance of kitchen lighting

A kitchen is not just a giant space. Rather, it is a set of smaller areas that all connect to a larger theme. One way to help differentiate these spaces, while at the same time bring them together, is through lighting. The importance of kitchen lighting should be remembered when designing your dream kitchen. Here are three types of lighting to help understand its importance.

General Lighting

General lighting refers to a light source that can illuminate the majority of the kitchen. It is important that this light source can provide enough brightness so that anyone would be able to see their way around the kitchen. General lighting is especially important when the kitchen becomes a gathering space as it helps everyone feel welcome.

General lighting can usually be found in the form of recessed lights in the ceiling. They should be spaced out so that there are no major shadows. Another form of general lighting is a large chandelier or cluster of lights. Whatever form it takes, general lighting showcases the importance of kitchen lighting.

Task Lighting

While general lighting should illuminate the entire kitchen, task lighting is for specific areas. It is most often found under cabinets so that a certain countertop has light. In essence, whichever task you are doing, chopping, mixing, washing, should have a specific light so that you can better see the area.

If you have an existing cabinet without task lighting, there are a number of solutions. Track LED lighting is easy to install. As is puck lighting. There are even special battery-only lights that can be adhered to the surface of a cabinet.

It’s always a good idea to test out the areas you want to put task lighting in. Set up your kitchen and decide which areas of counterspace will be work areas. Then, make sure there is a light above this area. This way your task lighting will sure to be functional.

Accent Lighting

One final part of the importance of kitchen lighting is accent lighting. Due to its magnitude, not all kitchens will actually have accent lighting. But, if you have a special piece of artwork or architectural feature, then accent lighting is a must.

Strictly speaking, smaller kitchen will have most of their wall space taken up with cabinets. This means that there is little room for accent lighting. But larger kitchens should have some empty wall space, which is perfect for accent lighting.

There is a trend towards more minimalistic kitchens, with fewer cabinets and more open spaces. In these designs, accent lighting will play a prominent role.

Accent lighting is a great way to show your kitchen’s personality. It can deviate from the uniform lighting already in place. Accent lighting can also show something special and unique about your kitchen. A collection of tea cups on a shelf, or a framed picture, are highlights that show a kitchen’s individuality. As such, they should be promoted with accent lighting.