Jul
19

3 Alternative Design Trends For Your Kitchen

3 alternative design trends for your kitchenWhen it comes to your kitchen, why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary? Your kitchen is the life of your house, so shouldn’t it represent your unique personality? Find out what the top alternative design trends for your kitchen are, and start your reno now!

Unique cabinet colors

When it came to the color of kitchen cabinet doors, your choices were white, black, brown, or grey. Now, you can have just about any color imaginable. Your kitchen is all about your unique self, so why not play around with color for cabinets? From bright green to glossy red, to slate blue, there is a color choice for you.

If you’re not in love with the color choices on display, you can actually create a custom color for your cabinets. That’s right, you can perfect a color that only you have, thanks to the new design innovations. No more settling for a dusty cream if instead, you want a bright canary yellow. Whatever you envision, you can have.

Oak wood cabinets

As with most design trends, everything old is new again. In the 1970s, oak cabinets were hip and trendy. The softer wood tone and striking wood grain were a real design inspiration. But, as kitchens became sleeker, oak fell to the wayside. Now, they are in again. Alternative design trends for your kitchen often take inspiration from the past, and oak wood cabinets are no exception. There’s a reason people liked them in the first place, and why they have rediscovered them again.

If you are opting for natural wood cabinets, be sure to check out an oak wood sample. You’ll be impressed by the grain. You’ll also understand how they can lighten the mood of a kitchen. You don’t need to settle for either black or white. Instead, go for something in the middle.

Trough sinks

Somewhere along the line, fashion and utility decided to team up, especially in the form of a kitchen sink. One of the most striking alternative design trends for your kitchen is the large, trough-like sink. Meant to take the place of two side-by-side sinks, as has been the custom for so long, these longer sinks are a very striking feature. Many also include an apron section on the front so their unique design isn’t hidden by a false-drawer, which was so often the design case.

With the return to home cooking, many cooks will understand the need for more cleaning room. You can easily clean baking sheets, roasting pans, or griddles in an oversized sink. There’s a lot more versatility to them. A lot of trough sinks will be accompanied by smaller prep sinks, placed in the island. This gives you a separate prep station that allows for multiple home cooks to create their next masterpiece.

Jun
19

4 Colors Not To Use In Your Bathroom

4 colors not to use in your bathroomTo be honest, it can be really fun decorating your bathroom. They are there own little oases from the rest of your home’s décor. You can have a bit of fun, try out new things, and show off your eclectic tastes. But remember, other people will want to use the bathroom at some point. So, if you’re looking for a few rules, here are four colors not to use in your bathroom.

Gold

Gold accents are great. Gold textures bring a bit of sophistication to a room. Gold-like metals such as brass, add a bit of old-world charm. Gold paint? Not so much. Unless you’re as flamboyant as Elton John, don’t go overboard with gold. All-over gold is most definitely one of the colors not to use in your bathroom. Too much and you won’t be able to focus. The shininess of the color will make everything seem wonky and as if it is starting to move. Stick to accents with this metallic shade.

Black

Black is one of the colors not to use in your bathroom because it rarely comes out right. Black is, of course, dark, and you will need a lot of lighting to see well. Because bathrooms are often used to get ready, the more natural light, the better, and this black will just absorb everything. If your plan is to create a relaxing oasis, then there’s absolutely no reason to choose this dark and dismal color.

Red

Seeing red? There’s no wonder it’s making you angry. There are many shades of red that work well, but a bold, bright red is one of the colors not to use in your bathroom. A warmer raspberry color will have a softer elegance. A deep burgundy will create a bit of regal opulence. And a more neutral blush will create that warm, calming environment you always envisioned.

Pure red will likely turn out too close to the color of ketchup for comfort. Red can be an irritating color, and definitely not peaceful. Look for softer tones if you really want this bold shade in your bathroom.

Orange

We feel for orange. It’s so often left out of the color pallet when it comes to home décor, but there is a good reason for it. Even with subtler shades of orange, it can feel like you are stuck in a never-ending Halloween event. And while Halloween is great, it’s not meant to continue year-round.

Softer shades of orange can just make the bathroom look aged. Darker shades can make it hard to find complementary accents. While orange can still be your favorite color, it’s best to leave it in Autumn and appreciate it then.

Jun
19

Your Definitive Guide To Metal Bathroom Fixtures

your definitive guide to metal bathroom fixturesWhen it comes to bathroom fixtures, a little goes a long way. Most fixtures, including sink taps and towel holders, will come in a metallic finish, but what are the differences? When you’re at your local home improvement store, bogged down with options, how do you know what will look the best? To help you, her is our definitive guide to metal bathroom fixtures.

Brass

This cousin of gold was a real hit in the 1990s. In fact, if you see brass accents, you can usually date the last renovation of the house. Until recently, that is. Because everything old is new again, brass is making a come back. With its burnished look, brass can quickly give a room an antique look. Bronze and glass are paired really nice together, so you might see them appear in light fixtures.

If you’re looking for a cozy, homey feel for your bathroom, brass is a really nice option. Brass fixtures are becoming more popular again so there are more options available. And, if you’re a real thrift store connoisseur, you just might find some brass metal bathroom fixtures on your next visit.

Chrome

Chrome is all the rage right now. As more silver-inspired metals have taken over from gold-inspired metals, chrome has emerged as the standard. Chrome metal bathroom fixtures are the go-to style and as such there are plenty of options available.

Chrome is a shiny metal finish and gives a really polished look to a bathroom. It is reflective and can make even a small bathroom look larger. However, because it has a shiny finish, fingerprints will show quite easily. Chrome metal bathroom fixtures need a bit more cleaning to keep up their shiny appeal. But everyone likes a clean bathroom, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

Nickel

If you live a silver color in your bathroom but want something more unique than chrome, nickel is the perfect option. Nickel is the best of both worlds as it has a bit of a golden undertone. So, you can have both silver and gold all in one.

Nickel can be found in two tones. Polished nickel is shinier and more like chrome. Brushed nickel, on the other hand, has a matte finish and a subtler color. It is also better at hiding fingerprints. While brushed nickel is more expensive than chrome, it might actually be better suited to high-traffic bathrooms as you can hide a few more water spots and fingerprints.

Bronze

You can see a lot of bronze in the kitchen, and it’s just a matter of time before bronze enters the bathroom. Bronze has a redder tone than brass and is more of a statement piece. If you want an original bathroom, bronze is the way to go.

May
18

4 Kitchen Design Fails You Don’t Want To Forget

4 kitchen design fails you don't want to forgetHistory has a habit of repeating itself. This is true for everything, including kitchen décor. While you might want to close the door on past kitchen design fails, it’s important to remember them so that they aren’t repeated in the future.

Beige appliances

Somewhere in time, appliances were made out of a beige material. Similar to computers that were produced in this era, beige was the go-to color. The result: Old looking appliances, even if they were brand new. Thankfully, beige was replaced with a crisp white and has now morphed into stainless steel. It is still important, however, to remember that appliances will not be the same color for very long. Pay attention to new trends and if you don’t like what you see, stock up on your stainless steel because the next color fad may be trendy for quite some time.

Florescent lightbox

If you own a home built in the 1980s or 1990s, or that was remodeled then, chances are you have a giant light box in your kitchen ceiling. Filled with multiple florescent light tubes and housed in a wood frame, these bulky light fixtures were meant to be an architectural accent but are really just an eyesore.

As more and more light boxes are being demolished and replaced with more appealing accent lighting, the lesson should not be forgotten. With kitchen lighting, less is often more.

Too many accent tiles

The word accent should imply that just a few of something is necessary to make a bold statement. But one of the worst kitchen design fails is too many accent tiles. Examples include Spanish-style tiles with bold colors and patterns. As a unique backsplash, they work well. As counter-top tiles paired with floor tiles, this is way too much. The lesson here is to find one bold design element and then carefully plan your décor around it. You want one focal point in the kitchen, not an eyesore that leads to a headache.

An abundance of wood

Wood is a great accent, but when there is wood on top of wood, on top of wood, it suddenly becomes one of the worst kitchen design fails. Unless you’re in a log cabin in the woods, try to use wood sparingly. Also, pay attention to the color of the wood or the stain. Darker wood accents are much more modern than lighter, blonder wood. Make sure your wood décor fits in with the rest of the room.

Thankfully, wooden accents are often easy to remove. So, if you have a kitchen that has stuck on wooden crown molding on top of wooden cabinets, it should be relatively easy to get back to basics.

 

May
18

4 Shades Of Blue You Will Love For Your Bathroom

4 shades of blue you will love for your bathroomHave a bathroom that is in need of a facelift? Want to try a new theme, but not sure where to start? Pain color can be the hardest part of a bathroom reno, but we’re here to help narrow down the search. Blue is a versatile color and can be used in so many different ways. These shades of blue will help transport your bathroom into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of.

Blue-Grey

Grey has steadily replaced the brown-tinged shades of pain from our parent’s décor and as a result, rooms are becoming a bit brighter. If you’re not too sure about grey, try a blue-grey paint color. This combination adds a bit more warmth to the room and really makes white accents pop. You can also include grey or silver accents to complete the look.

Midnight Blue

Have you ever looked at the night sky, just before the stars come out and think what a perfect color that is? It can be hard to choose such a dark paint color. After all, it will normally take a couple of extra coats to perfect and if you want to change the color in the future, a whole lot of primer will be needed. But the risk is worth it.

A midnight blue is still enough shades from black that you get that dreamy nighttime feel to it. Gold accents play really nicely with this color as they become reminiscent of a night sky. A bathroom is the perfect opportunity for such a bold color and a great testing ground to see how well you do with dark paint.

Robin’s Egg Blue

When looking for paint inspiration, what better place to look than in nature. The bright blue of a robin’s egg is one of those amazing signs of spring and is a perfect inspiration for shades of blue for your bathroom. This bright blue will really pop and make your bathroom feel like a fun place to hang out. If you’re not too sure about using it in a more serious adult suite, try it out in a child’s bathroom. The fun blue can add a bit of whimsy to the décor.

Pair the robin’s egg blue in a bathroom with pictures of pirate boats or even mythical sea creatures. Bath time will start to feel like a scene straight out of Mary Poppins.

Mediterranean Blue

If you’re looking for a nautical theme in your bathroom, look to the deep, crisp blues of the Mediterranean. Whether it’s a more subtle shade paired with sea stars and anchors, or a deeper blue paired with Grecian influences, transport your bathroom to a vacation-worthy scene. Beach houses and guest rooms can really work well with these shades of blue and will create a relaxing atmosphere you long to have.