Having an elegant home is indeed an important part in making it a much livelier and warmer place to come home to. Moreover, having a home that has a well designed interior will surely impress any visitor who comes to your house. However, you should not only concern yourself with the main rooms and areas of your house, but you should also make sure that your bathroom is well decorated. Although bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest parts of your house, they are still important in making your home a comforting place to be in. If you are thinking of redesigning or remodeling your house, it is a great idea if you can include bathroom renovations in your plans.
However, renovating your bathroom may not be as easy as you anticipate. Indeed, there are different aspects which you need to remember and research in order to achieve the best results afterwards. In addition, your decisions will also depend on how big your bathroom is. Smaller bathrooms may be trickier to renovate, however, there are still small bathroom designs that you can create to suit your needs. Even if you have a rather small bathroom, it is still possible to make it seem larger and to decorate it in a way that seems less cluttered.
Be Wise with Your Space
There are a lot of small bathroom designs that you can mimic as well as ones that you can create yourself. It is important that while doing so, you must remember that you are working with limited space and to only install essential things you need. These essential things are your sink, shower, tub, toilet and your mirror. If you are doing small bathroom remodeling, the best thing that you can do is combine your shower and bathtub which has become popular these days. This will definitely save you some more space.
Other Fixtures to Install
After wards, you can pick your sink and toilet to compliment the style of your shower and bathtub. It is important that their styles are closely related in order to make your bathroom much more coordinated and unified. Such a thing will also enhance your bathroom by making it look more organized and theme oriented. Make sure that the choice of sink and toilet does not only give you the functionality that you need but also the style you desire.
Your mirror is also an important part of your small bathroom remodeling. When dealing with mirrors, make sure that you pick out a bigger one to give you the illusion of a much larger bathroom. A mirror without borders will definitely do the trick to make it seem like a part of the wall. Indeed, there are different ways to implement your bathroom renovations and by having the proper equipment inside your small bathroom will definitely work for the best.
Indeed, the interior design of your house is just as important as how it looks outside. When possible, all rooms including the bathroom need to be coherent and consistent with their designs in order to achieve a much fuller effect of impressing your visitors. In addition, within your home even your bathroom needs to be decorated with bathroom accessories. This is done with the intention of making it more inviting and warm, not only for your family but also for your guests. There are different ways for you to modify your bathroom accessory set whose theme would solely depend on your own judgment and designing perception. You can use traditional themes such as woods and natural stone or you can move to more contemporary ones like metal and glass.
Colour Palettes and Sinks
There are five simple tips which you can follow for your home bathroom accessories to achieve not only functionality but also elegance and style. The first step is choosing an appropriate colour palette for your bathroom. You can base your judgment on the overall interior design of your house or perhaps you can make the colours on your own. Decide whether you’d like a specific set of colours, like earth tones that can subtly brighten up your bathroom. When you’ve picked colours, your next assignment is to choose the perfect sink. Nowadays, bathrooms may be a lot smaller and therefore the sink that you choose will not only need to complement the colour theme but should also provide both functionality and style. The best idea would be to choose a sink that already comes with a set of drawers and cabinets beneath for more functionality.
The third tip is looking for a mirror. You can choose one that follows the same theme and colour of your bathroom; however, you can also buy a borderless mirror which can give it a more elegant and sophisticated look. Also, it is important to note that your mirror should be large enough to provide not only for necessity but also for your family’s expected vanity. Furthermore, there are a number of shapes and sizes which you can choose from, so make sure that you find the most appropriate fit for your bathroom.
Metal and Lighting
The fourth tip for you to follow is installing the metal equipment inside your bathroom which includes the steel towel rail and bathroom shower accessories. Although you may simply put in the conventional types, you will definitely be amazed how much variety you can choose from if you shop around. Aside from the shower rail itself, there are a lot more bathroom shower accessories that you can add in order to enhance the look and feel of your bathroom. The fifth and last tip is to add a lighting system to your bathroom. This step is a very crucial one especially if you want to achieve a certain look for your bathroom. The lighting system needs to have at least two settings, one subtle and soft, and the other bright enough to let you fully view yourself even during the night.
Nowadays, people are much keener on the details of how to improve and decorate their bathrooms. With a bathroom accessory set that follows the previous five simple tips, it is certain that you will achieve the functionality and elegance that you have always desired for your bathroom.
Nobody can deny that the economic downturn in recent times has ravaged everything on its path including spending on home décor. This is best illustrated by the conservative nature that seems to have crept in. Lavish extravagance on the home front is becoming very rare.
Still, overriding style statements in style trends these days are all headed in one direction. And that direction is best described as global styles.
It seems so fashionable and elegant these days to take international influences from far flung places to create a personalized, interesting and sometimes provocative décor in the home.
This trend is hardly surprising considering that we live in a global village, thanks mainly to easy and rapid global air travel and the World Wide Web. These both have helped a great deal in quietly promoting more travel around the world.
The result is that when home décor stylists seek international influences these days, no continent is spared. We all frequently come across Asian, Australian, European, African and American furniture trends in the home.
For instance, prints mainly portraying animals that can only be found in Africa have been popular for quite a while now. There is no denying that some pretty interesting things can be done with leopard and cheetah skin for example. These can be used both with antique and contemporary furniture in the home and still bring out some wonderful results in both extremes.
On many occasions animal prints have been used in conjunction with leather. It is fascinating how leather has taken a new prominent role as an ideal accent on wooden and fabric prices. Used in small dozes it tends to bring out the best in a wide variety of situations.
The big emphasis these days are on stuff that is environmentally friendly, and home décor has not been spared. After centuries of destroying and damaging this wonderful planet we have been privileged to live in, the human race it seems has finally woken up to reality. And it’s about time.
And so, designs that use recycled materials or repurposed products are sizzling hot on the home furniture front as of now. If for some reason you do not like it, then the bad news is that it seems to be here to stay.
But why should you not take to green home décor? You may be behind the times if you think that this is still the ugly duckling it once was with few repetitive and boring options. Nothing can be further from reality. The truth is that if you want to be friendly to the environment you do not have to sacrifice style. Lots of interesting new options are available in the market today and you will be amazed the minute you decide to give this closer scrutiny.
To go with “the green” is a brand new big trend that seeks to save space as eagerly as the environment is being protected. This trend is for multi-purpose furniture. It is no longer good enough just to have beautiful home furniture and décor, you need to ask other questions like how functional it is. Does it save space? How much easier does it make life for you than by having space occupied by extravagant furniture? Style with utility seems to be the new catch phrase creeping in and it is amazing what can be done in great comfort and luxury in a very small space. That is if you have organized it well.
Decorating your home and choosing new furniture is all based on your personality. Modern furniture is what screams out individuality. When purchasing furniture to decorate a room, you want something that has an exceptional sense of unique style. Something practical, yet stylish. Furniture all depends on what type of theme you wish to incorporate into your room. It is supposed to bring out your personality and creativity. Furniture is more than just a fixture in a room, it can be very plain and simple, or it can have a dramatic design.
Today’s furniture fashion is categorized in major types of styles. Basically, there is the traditional look which is more a look of formal elegance. If you are an individual that loves the conservative look, than you most certainly want to stick with the same colours. Combining rich, dark wood finishes can add a lot of detail in your furniture. As for fabrics you admire there are brocade, and chintz. The traditional look is best for show rooms which are strictly used for taking photos. The type of wood used for this furniture is generally the most expensive type. The most expensive and formal types of wood that you would have to look for are anything along the lines of cherry, mahogany or oak. The type of style and cut of the furniture is the ancient Victorian look; which had generally first come out of England. As for fabrics, they usually tend to be patterns like jacquard.
Do you want a more laid-back type of furniture? If this is the case, you are basically looking for something that relates to your lifestyle and hobbies. For example, if you like sports, you would want a more comfortable, easy to clean type of fabric. For fabric you want to stick with very neutral colours such as beige and creams etc. Materials best suited for this would be suede and other soft materials. Using soft material will bring more warmth and coziness to your home. If you want to create a home theater atmosphere, focus on big leather sofas. You may also want to invest in recliner sofas. As a different style for the furniture, many find sofas’s that have material and wood incorporated together. If you notice that there are pieces of wood, try to match the same type of wood that is on the love seat with your coffee table, they will complement each other if you do so.
Finally, you have the modern look, meaning you are looking for furniture that will make a bold statement. Look for sharp direct clean styles. If you want a nice contemporary look, instead of having wood incorporated into your furniture go with steel, glass or chrome. This gives a different look and can also compliment the surroundings. When looking at fabric’s look for simple but classic bold colours such as blacks, gray’s and even whites. If you don’t prefer a cloth material due to the fact that it can get dirty faster and the colour can diminish, I suggest you go with leather, it’s the next best thing. However, commonly the modern look goes with the simple leather and microfiber styles.
Depending on the individual, you can be suited for different types of trends. All around the world, many companies are coming out with new, exciting and fresh looks for furniture. Formerly it was always the paint or little fixture’s that made a room complete, but now it’s all about the furniture that invites your guests into your room and entices them into a sense of tranquility. Listed below are different types of idea’s to change your surroundings and home furniture décor. This should open your mind to different options.
- “Eco-friendly” Many communities are now taking action by “being green”. Individuals are being encouraged to be more “green” by sticking to organic or reusable resources. Therefore, you can have interior that is environmental friendly by using organic products, such as linens, rugs, and pillows. You can use reclaimed wood as décor, like bamboo sticks and wheat boards. This can help with your indoor air pollution and also don’t forget you can use recycled parts for fixtures.
- “Bursts of Culture” If you enjoy European culture or African backgrounds, then consolidate your culture or fascination with the certain type of civilization that has been incorporated into your life. For example, if you are intrigued by the whole safari/African theme, then incorporate them in your furniture in order to give it a new modern look. Use drums as a side table. If your interest is into the whole Europe setting, add sculptures or another option that could be a bit pricey would be to have your furniture imported from a different country.
- “High Dining Room Table” The new look for 2009 is to have a higher Dining room table and modern high chairs, with a suede cushion. This gives your dining room/kitchen a fresh sense but also still a traditional look.
- “Bar Stools” Add bar stools to your kitchen island or if you have a contemporary mini bar, situate the stools near by to give it a complete look.
- “Japanese Bath Tub” If you want a different look for your bathroom and you don’t have a lot of room to work with, then a Japanese bathtub would be your best bet. This is a tub that is round and has a seating area all around the tub that goes deep, very much so like a hot tub, but smaller of course.
- “Multipurpose Furniture” Whether you live in a house, apartment or condo, it is always a great investment if you purchase furniture items that have a multipurpose. For example, you can buy a modern ottoman that can flip open and either be storage for photo albums or a coffee table.
- Theresa Sebastiano
A kitchen’s primary focus is no longer only to perform cooking tasks. It is a room that brings family or individuals together. It should not just be considered as a room that is used for the basic essentials, but as a room that is filled with love, creativity and the desire to make genuine cuisine. In a room that contains the majority of your larger furniture that tends to take up a lot of space, you should design or redecorate your kitchen keeping in mind these 5 main schemes. First off, the brand name and warranty of an appliance is very important. When making a major investment on an appliance that you know you will be using every day, you want to make sure that it is a reliable brand with a good warranty attached.
Second, you want to make sure that wherever you plan to put your appliances, there is no place for clean lines to show, which brings me to my third point. To avoid clean lines, invest in built-n appliances; this also gives you more space without any bulky objects sticking out.The fourth element is to not position your appliances in any awkward corners that would draw the human eye. Finally, coordinating your colours is very important. If you decide to go with a stainless steel appliance, it is important that the rest of your appliances follow that pattern.
Cabinetry – To give a different look to your kitchen you can put in different types of cabinetry in it, so not all of the cabinets will solely be solid wood. If you want a more contemporary chic look; mix your cabinets with glass, wood, or frosted glass. This will give your cabinets a different look and add texture to your room by providing variety within. Also, when it comes to cabinets, you are better off purchasing cabinets that pull out to allow for more storage space. Types of wood to choose for your kitchen can be oak, maple, cherry, pine etc. Oak is said to be the strongest and toughest type of wood, however the most popular choices when it comes to wood and cabinets are cherry and maple. Pine wood is not as popular because it is known to be a soft type of wood that is more inclined to leave scratches or dents.
Counter tops – Counter tops are very important because they are the most dominant part of your kitchen. They are also important because each type of countertop has a varying life expectancy due to its surroundings. The main types of countertops are Soapstone, Laminate, and Granite. Laminate is the least expensive route to go, it comes in different colours and is easy to maintain. However, if it is exposed to any type of heat, the laminate material will ruin and it is also prone to get scratched and stained. So, yes, it is affordable but very hard to maintain. Soapstone is the next cost efficient suggestion. It has a rich smooth look, however, if the soapstone does get a crack in it, it is impossible to fix. Finally, the most expensive type of counter top is Granite. Granite has a sophisticated look to it and it comes in different colours. It is a tough type of material that cannot easily be scratched or cracked. However, using such chemicals like cleaning products on granite can ruin the surface.
Colour – Colour in a kitchen is very important, however it is always hard to choose which colour is best suited for a kitchen as opposed to picking out a colour for another room. You don’t want to mismatch your colour schemes because it can ruin the décor of your whole house. It has been said that painting a kitchen a certain colour will have a specific meaning. For example, painting your kitchen yellow tends to make people feel happier, whereas a shade of red can increase your appetite. The most popular kitchen colours of 2009 were the shades of beige, peach, yellow, and brown. White has always been a popular colour and still remains to be one, but with white comes problems with keeping it that colour.
Back Splash – A back splash is not mandatory but can be used to add a special touch to your kitchen. There are different types of styles and methods for creating a back splash. You can use large tiles to give it a bold statement, or you can use tiny metallic tiles to give it an extra sparkle. Also, another type of back splash you can do is by using the same type of counter top material. So, if you are using granite for you counter top you can consolidate the granite for your back splash as well.
- Theresa Sebastiano
A kitchen wouldn’t be unique unless you create different features in it. The sky is the limit. There is so much that you can do when decorating your kitchen. Think of add-ons that can simplify your life or benefit you. Kitchen’s used to be plain and simple; they only had a fridge, sink, and a stove because back then that’s all that was needed. However, nowadays the kitchen has expanded to include many other options. A selection of appliances that were never used before are now necessities to us, the most common ones being dishwashers, a fan to go with your stove and a pantry for storage etc. Here are some add-ons that will surely spice up your kitchen:
Kitchen Island – A kitchen island is very rewarding because it’s multipurpose. Not only does it contain storage, but you can use it to prepare your meals or as a bar area. Pull up some stools in the morning and use the island as a breakfast eating area.
Kitchen Canopy – Create a kitchen canopy that will divide the room from every other room around there. Use pillars to provide a different look to the kitchen. This idea works specifically for a high ceiling kitchen.
Lighting under the cabinets – There is no such thing as too much light. So go all out and include lights under your cabinets that will shine right on your spectacular countertop. This will give you more of an option if you wanted to turn on just the cabinet lights on as opposed to using your main ceiling lights.
Pantry – Having a pantry is the ultimate storage space. It is convenient and is normally hidden away which is great because it isn’t visible to your guests.
Glass Backsplashes – The newest trend in kitchen fashion is creating a glass backsplash that creates a more modern look for your kitchen. The glass should be placed from the countertop all the way to the top cabinet. To give it a more sophisticated look you can also add an LED light to the backsplash.
Do you have an old grungy bathroom? Need idea’s to touch up fixtures or create a different look? No need to stress because this article is completely dedicated to renovating your bathroom. It’s wild how just some trendy accessories or a different colour of paint can change your whole look. Bathroom Renovations can be minor items like painting and changing the theme of your bathroom or they can be major renovations like redoing tiles, plastering a wall, or even adding an expansion to your bathroom.
So, what to do first? First off, it is important that you evaluate the room; is there a lot of light, is it to small, or is there just simply way too much clutter? Anything can be fixed, it all just depends on what you are looking to change. Once you have decided what needs to be changed about your bathroom, your next thought should be how much it will cost you, and if there is an alternate way to fixing it. Many tasks can easily be done by yourself and with technology these days you have all the information you need in the palm of your hand. However, if you simply need the job done right away, then your best bet is to hire someone who can finish the job accurately and timely. This page is designed for different tips and information that you will need for any type of bathroom renovation.
Before renovating your bathroom, it is also important that you consider many different factors. You need to understand that the experience of renovating your bathroom can be very intimidating and costly. It can be high-priced because you may need plumbing or electrical which is not only expensive but can take a while to complete. To save some time and money, you’re better off creating a blueprint of your vision. Purchase all your utilities and hire a professional on the side. However, make sure before selecting a renovator, you receive a few different quotes in order to get the best deal.
There are many items you need to focus on during this process. An important element to remember is to keep your remodeling simple and to the point. Especially if you have a budget it is important that you just focus on the big items that need to be repaired. Always remember to set aside approximately 20% of your budget for hidden costs that you may need. However, if you would like to refurbish everything at once, your only way to save a significant amount of money is by purchasing all your fixtures and necessities at the same location; this will decrease your costs. Forthwith if you are making a large purchase, be sure that it is something that will benefit you and will last for a significant time period. Investing in vanity drawers will enable you to have more storage than a cabinet with doors. However, if the room that you’re working with is small and you don’t have enough room to create more vanity drawers, then you could always add a pantry cabinet to your bare wall. This adds more texture to your room, and does not take up unnecessary space.
You need to comprehend that when renovating your bathroom you have many options to choose from. You need to grasp that a bathroom needs a lot of space because it is a multipurpose room. It serves many daily functions, therefore, you can always add more to your bathroom because chances are you will use it. On that account, if you have the space, be sure you use it. If you are remodeling your shower, ask yourself if you would like a steam or mist type of shower. Steam, normally after several years, can cause the paint in your washroom to deteriorate, causing you to have to paint your washroom again. On the other hand, if you choose a mist shower, there is still water left for those who need it while someone else is showering. Another thing to consider is different types of tiles. Stick on tiles are always cheaper and with the material that it is made with, the human eye can’t really tell the difference. This is because the text of the tile can still be the same as a regular cement tile. Using tiles is especially beneficial if you have indoor heating because the warmth will spread throughout the room.
“Green” is everywhere these days. While changing everything around you to “green” may be costly, you will save much more in the end. Now “being green” can mean different things, for example, if you need a new sink you can just take an old one and revamp it with a new faucet. Or “being green” can also mean taking out your old bathtub or shower and giving it to and organization or facility that can reuse it. By giving things away to someone you know will reuse it is not only a step in the direction towards “becoming green” yourself but can also let others know what they can do “become green” as well. Becoming an individual that wants to create a “green” bathroom can benefit you in so many ways in the future as it also allows you to become energy efficient and eco-friendly. Typical ways are:
- “Becoming green” will allow you to use less water. To save on hot water, you can always create a dual toilet and a low pressure shower head. By doing this you save money on energy and electricity because you are conserving water rather than using electricity to pump your clean water whenever needed.
- When redoing your bathroom it is important that you choose a good form of lighting, something that gives a lot of light but won’t devastate your electricity bill. Try buying fluorescent lights or an LED lighting fixture. These tend to be slightly smaller but they still give out the best amount of lighting for the room and you save just about 45% on the use of them.
- “Becoming green” will lower your organic compounds. This means all the heat and chemicals your bathroom stores due to hygiene products can be reduced with proper ventilation. This can save you from doing other work on your bathroom in the future and can also prevent health problems.
- Finally try to consider all “green” products, like organic cotton linen for your bathroom to match your organic, natural cosmetics.