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Key elements of an industrial style

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17 August 2020 Home Renovation,

Do you want an industrial style home but not sure where to start? Do you dream of concrete floors and double-height ceilings with plenty of natural light? Then industrial decor may be the right choice for your home. Industrial design is a bold look that evolved in the early 20th century. It is inspired by factories, warehouses, and open shop floors. 

Industrial design is also a good choice for the eco-conscious consumer and homeowner. You can easily incorporate salvaged items and antiques or even used furniture pieces to great effect in an industrial home. It also emphasizes a minimalist and utilitarian approach to design. It might have started out as the design of choice for converted warehouse lofts and urban apartments but you don’t have to live in one to recreate the look.

Here are a few quick tips on how to pull off the industrial look in any room:

Start with the floor and walls

 

Concrete and cement are the top choices for industrial kitchens. It offers the rough and unfinished look that industrial design is known for. It’s especially great for kitchen countertops or semi-outdoor walls such as a balcony or patio. But you don’t have to limit yourself to just these 2 materials. 

Other popular options for your walls include exposed brick and metallic fixtures. If you’re lucky enough to have a brick wall in any room, don’t try to hide it. Accentuate it with bright paint colors or find other ways to focus attention. After all, this design style is all about highlighting the industrial side of things. 

Color palette

 

 

The next thing to focus on is your color palette. As you might guess, colors like greens and blues don’t find much use in an industrial space. Instead, you want to start off with a basic palette of black, greys, and browns. In general, you should go for warm and earthy colors as opposed to cool or pastel shades.  Experiment with various shades of grey and darker tones of other colors. 

In some rooms like bedrooms, for instance, you can add hints of yellow and red for texture. However, you don’t want to use too many soft surfaces like rugs and pillows as it takes away from the rough industrial look. 

Expose construction details

 

The best part of industrial design is that you don’t have to hide construction details such as plumbing or beams like in other style trends. It appeals to designers precisely because it encourages creativity in how you can showcase otherwise hidden details. For instance, exposed copper pipes or large wooden beams in the ceiling are a common feature in industrial rooms. It works especially well in kitchens and living areas. Play around with construction materials like metals, glass, reclaimed wood, and steel for the elusive factory feel. 

Lighting

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Lighting plays an important part in any home. But its role in industrial design cannot be overestimated. One rule of thumb – forget about lampshades and soft, diffused lighting. Pendant lights with exposed bulbs, Edison bulbs, and metallic looking fixtures should be your go-to choice. Any light fixture in materials like steel, iron, copper, etc is sure to fit right in. 

You don’t have to be afraid of trailing wires or exposed ducts either. Use them strategically as decor! You can even add a length of electric wire to your hanging lights to great effect. 

Furniture

 

Select furniture with clean silhouettes and straight lines. You can use a few curved or organic pieces but keep it to the minimum. Look for metal chairs, stone tables, and glass fixtures for the dining room. Here’s your chance to use that salvage find or reclaimed wood furniture you’ve dreamed of. 

Look for opportunities to use antique pieces in any space such as an old iron stove instead of a fireplace. Industrial design is pretty flexible and allows you to be as creative as you like.

Decor

 

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When it comes to decorating any room, opt for pieces using metals or similar construction materials. Metal sculptures, artwork featuring factories or cityscapes, and pieces of pipe are excellent choices. Keep accessories to a minimum, especially in the kitchen and living areas. Use open metal shelving to display your cast iron pots and pans as decor options instead. Using metal accents in your bathroom accessories is a great and subtle way to incorporate the trend to the space.

Look at using simple items as opposed to ones with unnecessary embellishments. Group like items together to keep things cohesive. This becomes even more important when it comes to breaking up large and open spaces. Go for open layouts in living areas such as combining the living, dining room, and kitchen. You can also separate areas with large glass windows if you like for an airy feel.

 

Your end goal is to create the effect of a well-lit and glamorous factory. The industrial design does not mean you should forgo comfort. But it does emphasize a minimalist and low-key approach to interior design. 

How to turn your home into a traditional, cozy haven

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20 July 2020 Home Renovation,

Traditional homes are classic and elegant. They are timeless and will never go out of style. If you are someone who likes hunting down antiques and unique pieces of furniture, then the traditional design style will appeal.  The traditional decor also works well in larger homes where you have the space to feature formal areas. 

Traditional homes are warm, inviting, and sumptuous. If you want to evoke a luxurious feel in your home, then traditional is the way to go. But where do you even start? Let’s look at what makes up a traditional deco theme and then consider if you can incorporate it into various rooms. 

What are the design elements of traditional decor?

 

  • Structural embellishments

 

A traditional room looks the part starting from the bare structure. Crown molding, trim,  and carved details are the hallmark elements of traditional design. Structural embellishments are key to making any space look traditional. Traditional interior design is the opposite of minimalist and it usually features ornate details on the walls and ceiling. Leave no surface untouched with carved details for the ultimate traditional look.

 

  • Window treatments

 

Window treatments fall under the same umbrella of ornate and stately for traditional homes. Heavy drapes or multi-layered curtains are the order of the day along with substantial trim/molding around windows. Floor to ceiling drapes are a standard feature of most traditional-style homes.

 

  • Curves and contours

 

Modern decor and minimalist interior styles often feature straight lines and geometric shapes. Traditional design leans moe towards curves and contours. Every surface or piece of furniture will feature curved lines in some form. From cabriole furniture legs to fluffy pillows, a traditional room is majestic and inviting at the same time.

 

  • Symmetry 

 

Symmetry is another strong feature of traditional decor. If you ever have a doubt about the number of chairs or furniture pieces you need, go for matched pairs. A set of couches facing each other or 2 chairs around a side table will always work. Matching corner cabinets or comfy chairs on either side of a window are other examples of traditional decor. Symmetry is also soothing to our eyes, so it imparts a calm feeling to any room. 

 

  • Patterns and textiles

 

One thing you will rarely find in a traditional room is solid colors. Perhaps the only solid color you will see will be the drapes or curtains. Patterns are the order of the day with flowers and stripes among the most popular designs. But not any floral or striped design will work here. Look for rich and elegant curves even on upholstery and throw pillows. 

Traditional homes also feature sumptuous textiles such as silk and velvet. Throws and pillows will often have tassels or other embellishments to accentuate them. Silken textiles in deep and vibrant hues are common in traditional rooms.

 

  • Layers and accessories 

 

When it comes to traditional decor, more is definitely more. When decorating a room in the traditional design style, you need to start with the basic structure and layer additions on top of that foundation. So start with the color palette, then add ornate furniture. Layer rich textiles and then go for additional accessories. You won’t find a lot of empty space or horizontal surfaces in a traditional home. 

How to turn your home into a traditional haven

Living room

Symmetrical pieces in deep and rich woods are the order of the day here. Highlight the molding or add additional trim to the fireplace for an elegant feel. Antique or period furniture will fit right in. Layer art pieces photographs and light fixtures on the walls. Side tables and buffets can feature matching lamps or other accessories (flower vases, books, candles, etc.)

Bathroom

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For a traditional bathroom, you can’t go wrong with a black and white color palette. Use neutral colors on the walls such as taupe, cream or light greys. Choose white furniture here – from the cabinets to the vanity. Add a splash of color with accessories such as towel rods, lights, and mirror frames. Layering is important here as well, so do not leave entire walls empty without anything on them. Just make sure to use accessories that are designed to withstand moisture in this room.

Kitchen

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A traditional kitchen is warm and inviting with a touch of country to it. Use subtle and muted colors in the kitchen to make it feel cozy and comforting. Cabinets with no handles or open shelving have no place in a traditional kitchen. Drawer fronts and cabinet doors should feature curved lines or interesting silhouettes. Use textiles and greenery to good effect here – hand towels in rich colors and potted plants are great additions. Faucets in copper, gold, or bronze finish work extremely well in a traditional kitchen. 

How to Use Dark Colors in the Kitchen

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20 March 2020 Home Renovation,

Dark colors are making a comeback in the world of interior design. For quite a while, white kitchens with stainless steel appliances were the norm. But homeowners tired of cleaning white kitchens can finally breathe a sigh of relief. As outlined in our 2020 trends post, white and light are giving way to darker tones in the kitchen. 

Light colors in the kitchen were a hot trend for many reasons. They tend to make a room feel bigger than it is and it is quite easy to create a bright and cheerful kitchen with light colors. But that doesn’t mean dark colors are necessarily bad. They have certain benefits as well.

Why dark colors?

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Dark toned kitchens fit right in with farmhouse or rustic themes. They play quite well with natural wood colors like birch or maple. They are also much easier to clean than an all-white kitchen. As anyone with a white kitchen will tell you, they do look good but get messy pretty quickly when you get around to cooking.

Darker tones pair very well with metallic accents. So you can combine the current trends of dark tones and vibrant jewel colors in one stroke. Imagine a navy blue kitchen paired with rose gold faucets or black cabinets with stunning chrome or satin nickel finishes. You can also mix and match dark colors with lighter shades to provide contrast in the kitchen.

If you’re looking to revamp your kitchen space or wondering what colors to use in a brand new home, here are a few tips for you.

Black is not the only option

When people hear the word dark, black is the first word that pops up. If you love the color, there are a lot of ways to use it in the kitchen. From black accent walls to cabinet fronts, black is as versatile as it is stunning.

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But black is not the only option if you want to create a dark-toned and cozy kitchen. Dark shades are almost always rich and vibrant. They can make a room look luxurious without much effort. So consider other shades like a deep navy blue, forest green, maroon, and darker greys. 

Pair these rich colors with neutrals or white accents so you don’t end up with a gloomy space. You can also use pastel shades like lavender or yellow for a nice contrast.

Accent Walls

You may not always want dark colors everywhere in the room. If you’re hesitant about painting all 4 walls in a deep green, pick one as a focus or accent wall. It can serve as a nice contrast to the lighter shades on the other 3 sides. 

You can dress up the accent wall with other decor ideas as well. Take a look at the architectural elements in the kitchen. Older homes tend to have oddly shaped walls or unused and hidden corners. Use them to your advantage when deciding on an accent wall.

Cabinets and shelves

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Another way to incorporate dark colors in the kitchen is with the cabinets and shelves. Deep blue or reddish-brown cabinets are beautiful colors to work with. Use them with white or light countertops for the perfect combination of light and dark. You can still use a dark paint on the walls or go with lighter shades.

If you think dark cabinets are too overwhelming for your kitchen, you can try to open up the room with glass doors (transparent or translucent). Alternating opaque and see-through cabinet fronts allow you to display or hide your dishes as you see fit. Another great addition is open shelving. A few on either side of the sink or a window can work well as a space to display knick-knacks or potted plants and herbs.

Accent pieces

What if your kitchen is light and airy but you still want to use some dark colors without a complete remodel? One easy way to do this is with accent items. Consider things like window treatments, backsplash, sinks, and faucets around the room that you could replace. You might just find those things need replacing or updates anyway.

Choose to coordinate the smaller items like the sink and faucet in the same finish. You can also match them with different shades of the same color around the kitchen. Dark blues and greens pair nicely with white walls, so you can use them for the curtains or create a patterned backsplash.

Contrast is your friend when it comes to decorating, so mix and match different shades to suit your kitchen. Working with dark colors can feel daunting but a little bit of imagination goes a long way when using these shades. Whether it’s a full-fledged renovation or a small change, use deep blues, greys, greens and black to update your kitchen this season!

Creating Rustic Spaces in Your Home

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31 January 2020 Home Renovation,

If you’re not a fan of the white kitchen and steel appliances that dominated homes in the last decade, here’s some good news. You can still see all-white kitchens but they’re slowly losing out to newer styles. White kitchens look good but many people feel they’re too sterile. Not to mention white spaces are much harder to keep clean than others. So what’s the latest trend in interior design? You guessed it: it’s rustic.

Rustic design is cozy and often evokes a country feel. You don’t actually have to live in the country to experience nature! Depending on how you set up the room, rustic design can look elegant, comforting or even edgy. It’s very flexible as well, so you don’t have to adhere to certain rules to make the room yours.

Here’s how you can create rustic spaces in your own home:

Wooden accents

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One thing you cannot miss with rustic design is wooden accents. There are lots of ways to incorporate wooden accents in any room but it’s probably easier in the kitchen. After all, cabinets take up the bulk of visual space there. Choose cabinets in natural wood veneers for the quickest way to create a rustic look. For the bathroom, opt for a farmhouse design that incorporates natural elements for the perfect cozy vibe.

Think it’s too much wood? Then consider using it more selectively. For example, highlight the kitchen island with wooden barstools. Or use wooden bath trays or baskets in the bathroom. You can also hand decor pieces made of natural or reclaimed wood on the walls. 

Neutral colors

Another way to create The Rustic look is to use neutral tones throughout the house. Newton doesn’t mean you are just restricted to earth tones. Any nature-inspired color or finish will work in a rustic home. For example, you can use brushed gold towel rods or cabinet hardware in the bath. Go with copper faucets in the kitchen. The options are endless.

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Neutral colors create a relaxing atmosphere. You can always add pops of color with rugs, throws, and pillows. Think of a neutral color as the foundation on which you can always layer and add bolder accent colors. Bored of the existing colors? All you have to do is replace the pillows for an instant upgrade!

Statement accent walls

They say opposites attract and it’s true of design elements as well. Contrasting colors, textures, and finishes draw your attention. Use this to your advantage when creating rustic spaces. Think about using decor items in contrasting colors on one wall of the room. Or you can simply paint one wall a solid complementary color for a bold statement. 

You can also balance design elements in other ways. For instance, rustic design works wonders with antique pieces. Now is the time to showcase all the amazing finds from your travels, flea markets or auction buys. You can balance this out with more modern appliances or wall art in the room.

Bring nature inside

Perhaps it goes without saying that rustic design means bringing nature inside. One of the key elements in any rustic space is to combine the outdoors and indoors.  It is up to you to decide how you want to achieve this. 

The easiest and quickest way to do this would be to add a few plants throughout the room. Bring some potted herbs into the kitchen or large plants into the living room. You can also scatter some succulents in the bathroom or bedrooms. What if you don’t have a green thumb or the time to take care of plants? Faux greenery is easy on the eyes and wallet too!

Use natural materials

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You won’t be surprised to find natural materials in a rustic home. Whether it is exposed beams, wooden cabinets or a stone fireplace, these are often commonly used in rustic design. But you are not limited to just wood and stone. You have a multitude of options when it comes to using natural materials in your home. 

 

Before you think about using a material, just ask if it is sourced from nature. If it is, you can safely add it to the room. You can use natural hardwood floors to bring in warmth. Or use stone tiles around the kitchen for that rustic feel. A paneled wood ceiling can also work well in a living or dining room. The goal here is to merge the comfort of natural materials to the clean lines of modern design.

Top Kitchen Trends to Look Out For in 2020

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Home Renovation,

Every new year brings with it new kitchen trends. Interior design trends are cyclical, you never know when an old style will become trendy again. On the other hand, some styles are classics and will always be in fashion. If you are thinking of a kitchen renovation in 2020, here are a few ideas for you.

When considering a renovation, always think about what is important to you. How you use the kitchen and the layout will influence the look. Do you want a light and airy space or something a bit more striking? There are ways to incorporate the latest trends in your new kitchen without sacrificing functionality.

Dark colors are back

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Once upon a time, dark colors including black were relegated to accent pieces or the occasional pop of color.  But in 2020, dark colors are going to dominate. These colors work well with marble which is currently in style. You can combine dark navy or black cabinets with veined marble countertops or even dark granite for a richer look. 

While some may argue that dark colors make a room feel smaller, there are several advantages to using them. 

  1. First is that metallic finishes like brass work much better with dark cabinets than white.
  2. Second is the fact that these colors look amazing in large farmhouse or rustic style kitchens. So, if you have space, feel free to use dark greens, blues or maroons in the kitchen. 
  3. Finally, dark cabinets are much easier to clean and maintain, especially if you like to cook a lot or have children and pets running around. 

Pops of color

If you haven’t heard already, all white kitchen trends are on their way out. Stainless steel appliances and all-white kitchens have had their time in the sun. In 2020, it’s all about color. Quite a few manufacturers are selling appliances in a riot of colors. You can coordinate all the appliances in the kitchen or use different shades of the same color for a cool retro look.

But what if you don’t have the time or budget for a full-scale renovation? You can still use this trend in other ways. The easiest way to change the look of your kitchen is to change up the backsplash. You can use multi-color tiles or patterns through the kitchen walls. Consider statement tiles in a prominent place to showcase a piece of art or a special nook.

New backsplash or tile combined with a fresh coat of paint will do wonder for an old kitchen. While you’re at it, also think about replacing small items like the faucet or cabinet handles. These little changes quickly add up for a fresh look without the expense of a complete remodel. This idea works especially well if you like your existing layout or if the cabinets are still in good condition.

Standout single bowl sinks

 

There are a lot of pros and cons to using double or single bowl sinks. But depending on the overall style of your kitchen, single bowl sinks are making a big comeback. If it is time for you to upgrade the sink, consider standout single bowl styles. These are much easier to install than double bowl sinks and can actually make a statement. 

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You can make the sink the focus of the room by using one with contrasting colors to the countertops or cabinets. Or go for a matching sink that will blend well with the overall design. Big sinks fit very well with farmhouse style kitchens, especially if you pair them with white walls and wooden accents like open shelves. 

 

Metallic is still in

2019 saw the rise of the metallic trend – from cabinet hardware to faucets. It looks like 2020 kitchen trends will continue to feature metallic accents. In fact, you might find more decor items in metallic finishes than ever before. It’s not just the traditional gold or nickel finish either. Now you have a myriad of options from rose gold to copper or brass. 

Once again, you can choose to color coordinate your pieces throughout the kitchen in the same metallic accents. Consider places you wouldn’t normally think about as well. Now you can even get things like range hoods and pots in the metallic color of your choice. 

Many homeowners like to match the faucets with the cabinet hardware. If you don’t know which color to pick, select a centerpiece item first. It can be anything – an antique lamp from your favorite relative or a set of jars you picked up on your travels. Then simply get other decor items in the same finish or color to match.

Biggest Design Trends of the Year

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16 December 2019 Home Renovation,

As 2019 draws to an end, it’s time to take a look at the biggest design trends of the past year. Some design trends don’t last long –  they’re here and gone in the blink of an eye. Others outlast their contemporaries by years, staying in style long after the requisite 15 minutes. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends in home design:

Bye Bye Minimalism

2019 was a crucial year for the minimalist trend. After holding sway over interior design for more than a decade, this year saw a marked change in attitudes. People are now embracing maximalism going forward. While decluttering can feel good if it was weighing you down, many people found minimalism to be constraining. It put a limit on what you can with your own space.

Not that maximalism is all about clutter. No, the idea is to strike a balance between an overcrowded room and the stark emptiness of minimalism. Focus on a handful of colors, textures, or materials and play around to see what works! No limits.

The Rise of Color

In 2019, we saw colors run riot everywhere. Nowhere is this more visible than in the kitchen and bathroom. Colorful Morrocan or Spanish tiles in bright shades found a coveted place in modern and traditional kitchens alike. It’s not just wall tiles and floors either.

Kitchens now sport colorful backsplash too. Say goodbye to the monotonous white tiles you would find in every home. Make space for large patterns or bold colors in the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances made way for colorful ovens, stoves, and refrigerators. 

Want to color coordinate all the small appliances in your kitchen? Go for it! Major brands have started to offer their entire kitchen appliance lineup in matching colors/accents.

Metallic Finishes

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This might sound like a strange one. Haven’t people always used shiny and metallic accents in home design? 2019 was different. For instance, rose gold has been a popular finish over the last few years.  But now different metallic colors like gold, bronze, and copper have made a big impression. 

Once again, major brands have cottoned on to the trend, including Volkano who offers their bathroom accessories collections in a variety of metallic finishes. You can now get bathroom accessories like towel rods, faucets, and soap dishes in the same finish for a cohesive look. From brushed nickel to satin black, metal was all the rage in 2019.

Mix and Match Trends

Another big trend in 2019? The concept of mix and match. Who said rooms or even houses have to stick to one design option? The last year saw people incorporate different styles in a single room. The words modern-vintage should strike a bell!

Take a look at kitchens as an example. For a long time, all-white kitchens were the ideal. Now you can find retro appliances sitting in a farmhouse style kitchen. Or modern, sleek chairs in a boho room. The trick is to blend the elements seamlessly. Think out of the box for this one.

Natural Elements and Sustainable Materials

2019 saw a big swing toward sustainable materials. While leather will be a premium material and always look good, some manufacturers have started offering comparable alternatives. Sustainable fibers like jute, cotton, and wood have featured in the latest homes. A lot of bathroom or kitchen furniture has incorporated wooden facades to bring a bit of natural elements to the space.

Many homeowners fell in love with such materials as they’re often re-usable and last long. It helps that they don’t have an adverse impact on the environment, compared to other design materials.

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Another part of this trend was the use of natural elements indoors. Sprinkle green plants throughout the house to bring nature inside. Whether it is small pots with kitchen herbs or large potted palms, green was in! It’s not confined to greenery. Homes have started to use stone, cork and reclaimed wood in many forms. From framed decor pieces to entire wall finishes, you can find something to suit your style.

Personalization

In other words, make any space your own. This ‘trend’ has allowed people to put their own personality into a room. Whether you like to cook in your gourmet kitchen or relax in a spa-like bathroom, don’t stick to established rules. 

This attitude is what led to the mix and match trend as well. Many people are tired of letting designers dictate trends and the function of a room. 2019 was all about assessing how you use a space and designing decor around that function.

In smaller homes, space is also a constraint. So you often find rooms pulling double duty. This means a home office may need to transform into a guest room. Couches that can pull out into a bed or large ottomans that have hidden storage is just the ticket! 

As you can see, 2019 saw a lot of changes away from older trends. It will be interesting to see what 2020 has in store for the world of interior design!

Holiday Gift Guide for Parents: Home Upgrades

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12 December 2019 Home Renovation,

As 2019 draws to a close, people are already making resolutions for the new year.  for many homeowners, this is a great time to start on a Home improvement project. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated.  sometimes, something as simple as replacing outdated faucets can freshen up the kitchen or bathroom.

If your parents or other close family members have plans for a home upgrade or two next year, how can you help? This can be a tough one, especially if you are not handy or don’t have the time to work on a project together. A great way is to give them a gift that would be useful for their upcoming project. 

It can be tempting to just pay for something big like a new power tool or dishwasher. But unless you know exactly what they need or the style they’re going for, it might be best to leave out the bigger items for now. A good alternative is to look at smaller pieces that will fit several styles but are still essential for most home projects. 

Here are a few gift ideas for your parents or significant other this holiday season:

Faucets

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Let’s face it, most people don’t think about the faucet unless it’s not working. Once it’s fixed, you don’t consider it again. But faucets can change the look of any kitchen or bathroom. Old faucets can make the kitchen look outdated, even if you’re just replaced the appliances or countertops. Alternatively, just replacing the faucet can liven up the kitchen. And you didn’t even have to spend thousands of dollars on a big project!

If the renovator in your life is planning a kitchen or bathroom overhaul, faucets are a great gift idea. When selecting one, make sure to pick something that can fit multiple styles.  Sometimes you may have a good idea of what look they are going for. In that case, you can shop for something that fits the overall design.

For instance, consider the Newform faucet in brushed nickel. With its sleek lines and shiny exterior, it can suit a minimalist, modern or even industrial style kitchen. Shiny metallic finishes are all the rage right now, so your gift will be a welcome one for the homeowner.

For a more classical kitchen, you might try the Newform Real Steel. It will fit into a farmhouse or vintage kitchen with ease. If your parents want a fashionable alternative, consider black matte as an option This finish is quite popular right now. The ALT widespread will enhance any bathroom. Made of solid brass and a matte black finish, it can easily be the star attraction on the sink.

Bath Accessories

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Bathroom accessories are also a good idea for holiday gifts. If your budget allows it, go ahead and splurge on an entire set. Many manufacturers offer different accessories with the same finish to coordinate across the entire space. 

Check out the Cinder series from Volkano for inspiration. It comes in shiny chrome or matte black finish to suit any style. A towel bar, toilet paper holder and towel hook in the same finish will be appreciated by your parents or another family member.

Practical Products

Another option is to go with practical options that the homeowner might not have thought about. It’s quite common for home upgrade projects to focus more on design and style.  after all, that’s the reason for renovating the space. You may want to update the look or make it match the rest of the house.

Some practical ideas include a disposer, hot water tank or pot filler. These are great additions to any kitchen. But not many homeowners think of them until the old one stops working suddenly. These items also last a long time if you invest in good quality products from major brands. If your parents or spouse have been complaining about older products in the kitchen, now is a good time to get it for them.

Gift Cards

Some people consider gift cards as tacky and thoughtless. But they’re quite a good option when you don’t exactly know what the recipient wants. Maybe they haven’t made up their minds themselves! A gift card to their favorite retailer or home improvement store can go a long way. This option also works if you have a bigger budget but don’t want to choose a specific item. This way your parents can pick out exactly what they want.

Home upgrade projects can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have the right tools. If you know the recipient doesn’t have something they would need for the project, go ahead and buy it for them. A sturdy workbench can also make a good holiday gift. So what are you waiting for? Splurge on some home decor items for your loved ones this festive season!

Modern Meets Vintage Kitchen Inspiration

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26 November 2019 Home Renovation,

Everyone wants a modern kitchen that is spacious and offers plenty of space for cooking. Throw in some stainless steel appliances and you have a clean and minimalistic kitchen. But to some people, a modern kitchen can feel cold and sterile. This is especially true if you opt for neutral color palettes or all-white cabinets. 

It’s perhaps the reason why modern kitchens with vintage touches are becoming more popular. Why not pair industrial appliances with soft and cozy decor items? Brighten up any modern kitchen with a pop of color throughout. You can incorporate vintage elements in unexpected places. Fortunately, many of these vintage additions are also functional. 

Combining modern lines and vintage-inspired decor can give you a very eclectic cooking space. Here’s how you can bring in some old-world charm to any modern kitchen:

Use Natural Materials

Many modern kitchens are all about metal surfaces. Stainless steel appliances are sprinkled throughout the space. Even smaller kitchen tools like knives and toasters are all metal. How can you add a vintage touch here? By bringing in some natural materials for a cozy feel.

A stone wall behind the stove or natural plants near the windows can soften the harsh surfaces. Break up the clean lines with mismatched decor or a splash of color. What better place to bring nature inside than the place where you cook for your family?

Combine Multiple Textures

Don’t just stick to one texture or material in the kitchen. Mix and match contrasting textures for a striking look. Pair shiny chrome faucets with natural stone countertops. Or use an old farmhouse style sink with cool white cabinets. It’s all about contrasts and differences in a modern meets vintage kitchen!

Use light wood cabinets (or any other natural-looking color) throughout the kitchen. Alternatively, you could pair dark wood cabinets and shelves with light paint and backsplash.

Vintage Elements

Vintage elements can mean a lot of things. Consider repurposing furniture pieces not meant for the kitchen originally. For instance, a living room table can easily do double duty as a countertop and offer space to store large appliances underneath. Cabinets that look like fine furniture can bring a vintage feel to any space, let alone a modern kitchen. 

A vintage hood or built-in shelves can also bring in some additional warmth. Some pieces like old gilded artwork can also serve as decor items. Use a large picture on one wall to draw attention in the room.

Lighting

Lights are a great way to add a cozy, retro touch to the kitchen. Lantern style pendant lights or rustic metal chandeliers are good examples. Some kitchens feature a large and heavy light as a centerpiece as well. Opt for scone-type fixtures instead of more modern ones. Light fixtures in black metal or rustic iron can pair well with modern cooking spaces. 

Colorful Appliances

Who said stainless steel is here to stay? For the longest time, stainless steel appliances were the hottest trend in kitchens. But like every other trend, this one is also slowing down. In fact,  more and more people are opting for vintage-style appliances in a bold array of colors. As a bonus, many of these appliances are also much smaller than the usual behemoths. This makes them ideal for smaller kitchens in older homes or cozy cottages.

Patterns

If there’s anything that screams modern it is the use of clean lines, cool colors, and no patterns. On the other hand, the vintage look is all about color, texture and pattern. So don’t be afraid to experiment to your heart’s content. 

Step out of the box with bold patterns on the floor or backsplash. Use some patterned tiles for decor. Handpainted items, mismatched jugs, and oddly shaped cutlery are all up for grabs in a retro kitchen. Exchange the neutral colors for bold and bright tones. 

Bring in Some Clutter

Yes, you heard that right. Modern kitchens are all about minimalism and clean countertops. But is clutter really all that bad? For some homeowners, a cluttered kitchen is a well-loved and used kitchen. 

So bust out your pots, pan, and ladles. Line them up on a wall or even hang them from the ceiling. Keep them off the countertops but this way, they also serve as decor! Add some antiques, old shop signs, and some hand-me-down items to complete the vintage atmosphere. 

Use Antique Crockery

Nothing says vintage like some collectible china. If you don’t have any, that’s what garage sales and thrift stores are for! You can find all sorts of jugs, pots, and kitchen bowls to add to your kitchen. You can also use them to hold pretty flowers throughout the kitchen. Repurpose an old planter or vintage box to grow a herb garden. The possibilities really are endless!

Going for Gold with Accessories

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22 October 2019 Home Renovation,

Do you love all things shiny? Then you are in luck. Metallic accents are back in a big way in home decor. Metallic colors are having a moment in the sun. They can make any space stop and stand out. You can simultaneously make your home trendy and unique at the same time. 

But a lot of people shy away from golden accents for a single reason. It is all too easy to go over the top with it! So how do you end up with a space that is tasteful without going overboard? Keep reading for some tips.

Go Big and Bold

If you love the latest metallic trend, you don’t have to stop yourself from going all out.  As long as you’re sure about what you want, go big and bold. 

Most people think of appliances and shiny items like faucets when it comes to metallic accents. But why stop there? You can opt for a brushed gold finish on bigger spaces like the cabinets. Check out some elegant golden colors for wall paint or the backsplash.

If you use metallic colors in a big space, make sure to surround it with more muted colors. Otherwise, you could easily end up with a flashy space that reflects everything!

Accent Pieces

Not sure about the whole trend? Or maybe you don’t think it will work with your existing design. Either way, you can start off slow with a few accent pieces. An accent piece can be anything –  a decorative bowl, an art piece on the wall or the coffee table. Start from there and rearrange other items around it.

The best part about this approach is you can continue or stop right there. If updating the centerpiece is all your room needs, then you don’t have to do anything else. But if you like the finished look, you can always expand into other rooms and spaces. 

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What if even an accent piece is too big for you to try? 

The easiest way to implement the metallic trend is with smaller accessories. You can update small items in your kitchen or bathroom grape easily. For example, consider the new line of Volkano accessories from Mondial. These are all available in a brushed gold finish. So you can coordinate everything and achieve a consistent look without overwhelming a room. 

A new towel bar or hook in a gold finish won’t look out of place in any bathroom. Coordinate with matching cabinet pulls for a cohesive design. Once again, you can decide to expand or quit while you’re ahead with this trend!

Consider Multiple Finishes

It’s easy to lose yourself in shiny gold decor items. But remember that gold is not the only metal out there. Many kitchen and bath accessories come in a variety of metallic finishes. Think shiny gold, reflective copper, and antique brass. Even chrome and stainless steel are metallic after all! 

Don’t think you have to stick with just one color, even in a small space like the bath or powder room. You can very easily mix-and-match several finishes. Many brands offer accessories with multiple finishes in the same item. A subtle two-tone effect adds a touch of class to any design.  

Go the DIY Route

Another option is to DIY your own accent pieces or accessories. There are several ways you can do this. The easiest is to buy metallic spray paint from the hardware store. You can spray thrift store items with brushed gold or antique copper finish yourself. This works well especially on metallic pieces like a side table, vase or bar cart. 

There are plenty of options for creative crafters and homeowners to use the metallic trend in decor. You can also make your own decor items like paper lanterns or picture frames in metallic gold finishes. All you need is the right paint or paper materials.

Use Different Textures

Metals are not the only surface you can use a golden finish on. You can also incorporate textiles into your design. Consider adding a gold rug or throw in the living room. Or maybe a shiny pillow or two will work on the couch. You can also use different items with the same finish throughout a space. For instance, a muted gold throw can pair well with a shiny gold picture frame on the wall.

Focus on the Lights

It’s easy to forget about lighting in a room. But that’s another place you can incorporate metallic accents. After all, you have lights everywhere in the house. Replacing the light fixtures – or even a few – can give you a new look without costing too much. If replacing a huge fixture is out of the question, focus on smaller ones. A few shiny fixtures in the foyer or living room may be all you need!

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