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Three Design Trends to Consider for Your Next Renovation

26 January 2021 Home Renovation,

Major home decor trends don’t change that often which means you can keep your current look going for a few years at least. You can also tweak or refresh any space by changing smaller elements like a curtain or accessories. But what if your bathroom is due for a renovation? If you’re looking for design trends and ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

Bright and Modern


The last year saw an increased awareness of hygiene, especially in places where we spend the most time like our homes. No remodel would be complete in 2021 without considering ease of cleaning and anti-microbial materials. A bright and modern bathroom or kitchen can help you keep a clean space instead of worrying about germs. 

Light walls are a must if you’re planning to go down this route but you don’t have to stick to white. Light shades like cream, ivory, beige, etc. work just as well. The idea is to create a spacious room with a focus on cabinets or bath accessories like the tub. Large patterned tiles on the wall feel luxurious with fewer grout lines. You can say goodbye to tiny mosaic tiles which can be hard to keep clean.

With light walls, you can use much darker cabinets and vanities. Consider deep blues, greens, or warmer earth tones for good contrast. Metallic accents like knobs and handles add a classy touch. 

Bohemian Dreamland

Mid Century modern furniture and design is all the rage at present. Create a bohemian dreamland by mixing clean lines with eccentric touches like a traditional carpet or patterned tile. Another great idea is to use plants and natural materials like bamboo in the bathroom. Bamboo floors and cabinets make the bathroom more inviting and add warmth. 

You can create a jungle paradise or an eclectic wonderland by using the right mix of whimsy and tradition. Hanging plant pots, warm earthy colors, and bright patterns will liven up the bathroom.

Luxury in marble


Natural stone or stone-like materials will always be in style. But designers are often coming up with fresh new ways to use them. That’s why marble and quartz vanities are becoming popular. After all, these materials work well as kitchen countertops, so why not extend their use to the bathroom?

How you use marble depends on your vision for the space. There are different colors and tile sizes when it comes to marble due to its growing popularity. Marble tiles look good and luxurious without dominating the entire room.


Design elements

Freestanding tubs and vessel sinks


Some elements can be used in any design such as freestanding tubs or vessel sinks. Once considered a luxury, these elements are now within reach for the average homeowner. White freestanding tubs are especially popular as they can fit in smaller spaces and still look beautiful. A freestanding tub also does not mean it has to be in the center of the room. There are different shapes of freestanding tubs, from rectangle to oval. Play around with different positions to see what works for your space.

What are vessel sinks? These modern sinks are very different from your standard drop-in or under-mount sinks. You may have seen them in magazines or open houses. A vessel sink is basically a bowl that sits on top of the vanity or counter. You can use any material for a vessel sink, although glass, metal, and ceramic are the most popular.

These are decorative sinks, often found in powder rooms where the sink doesn’t see much use. These sinks add height so shorter people like children might have difficulties using them. Freestanding tubs and vessel sinks can work with both modern and more traditional design trends.

Plenty of storage

As with other areas of the home, bathrooms are moving away from the minimalist trend. As we spend more time at home in 2020, homeowners are realizing the value of practical storage solutions. Cabinets allow you to store things out of sight and make it easier to clean the room. 

The more stuff you leave on the counter, the more dust and germs collect on them. It’s also more difficult to clean around these items as you have to clear them all before wiping down the counter. Keep essentials on the vanity and put away other items in cleverly hidden cabinets or other storage solutions. 

Hidden storage that makes use of vertical space, behind the door or above the toilet can maximize storage without feeling cluttered. So you can hang an over the closet organizer that hides behind the bathroom door for small items like a blow dryer or curling iron. Floor to ceiling cabinets can make a bold design statement while concealing all your clutter!

How to Remodel Spaces on a Budget

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2020 was the year we all stayed home. It’s not surprising that home renovations are number 1 on most people’s to-do lists. However, you may not need or even afford a full-blown home remodel. But that doesn’t mean you cannot make smaller changes that have a big impact. Here’s what you can accomplish on a budget – as long as you’re prepared to spend some time and effort on the remodeling.

Living room

The living room is often the first space you see when you enter your home. So why not give it a facelift? One easy way is to simply rearrange all the furniture. Sound too simple? Yet it works. If your living room is built around a fireplace, you may not have much room to change things around. But if all your seating points to a TV screen, consider if you can change its position. 

Another low-cost way is to change the couch covers or reupholster an old loveseat. Paint the coffee table or a side table to a bold color. You can also swap pieces from another room. Add a few throws or pillows and you have an almost new space that costs next to nothing. If your budget has a bit more wiggle room, then consider painting the walls. Whether it’s just a focus wall or a geometric design, it can freshen up any room instantly. 


When it comes to the kitchen, functionality is often more important. So take a look around the room and decide where you want to invest your money. Do you need to update the cabinets or replace a leaking faucet? Prioritize those first. 


But if everything works well and you’re looking to update the decor, you still have a few options. Adding wallpaper or a backsplash can brighten up a dull kitchen. The brand Anatolia offers a wide range of tiles in a variety of colors. If your cabinet hardware is in good condition, you can try painting them a different color as well. White cabinets work well with smaller kitchens. 

If you’re looking for more counter space, consider a moveable island instead of splurging on new countertops. The advantage of using an island or cart on wheels is that you can position it wherever you want! 

Bathroom and bedroom

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A bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be a big project. A coat of paint and fresh hardware – think towel rods, faucets, and showerheads – will update any space. Add soap dishes and small containers in the same matching finish for an Instagram worthy upgrade! The Volkano brand offers a variety of bathroom accessories in different metallic or matte finishes based on your preference.

You have a few options to redecorate your bedrooms as well. For example, you can replace the sheets and get ones in a floral or summery print. You can also add some pillows or a colorful blanket. Whether you have carpets or hardwood floors, a new rug is always welcome. All things considered, you can easily update these two rooms with a few hundred dollars if that.   

Other rooms

There are other inexpensive upgrades that you can do throughout your home as well. 


For instance, consider the lighting in each space. You need a good mix of task lights, ambient lighting, and decorative lamps everywhere. It is especially true in the kitchen and living areas. Evaluate all the rooms and consider where you might want to add some lights, whether it’s under the kitchen cabinets or over the island. Invest in LED lighting that will last longer and be more cost-efficient in the long run. 

Replace the front door

Replacing the front door is an expensive proposition. But what if your door is in good shape and you’re tired of the color or finish? It’s easy to repaint or even refinish if need be. Upgrading the front door is also useful if you plan to sell your home soon. It’s one of the best remodeling projects you can invest in.

Window coverings

When was the last time you changed the curtains? Window coverings can become old and outdated pretty quickly. But swapping the curtains for a new color or even material can freshen up any room, not just the living space. Consider layering the curtains as well – a thin and sheer layer can work well with vibrant and bold ones in heavier materials for the winter.

DIY where you can

The more things you can do on your own, the more you can save. But consider your skill level and expertise before going this route. Generally, plumbing and electrical work is best left to the experts. But painting and replacing cabinet pulls or doorknobs are easy projects for even the novice DIYer. Investing in a few basic but high-quality tools will also make your DIY projects easier to finish. The more you work on DIY projects, the better you get at them. Which means you can tackle bigger projects down the line. Now that’s a win-win for any homeowner!


Trends to look out for in 2021

30 December 2020 Home Renovation,

To say 2020 has been strange would be the understatement of the year. We’ve all seen our share of ups and downs in a pandemic that has left no life untouched. With most families spending all their time in the house, our relationship with home design has changed. Many of us are re-inventing our living spaces to become more things at once – the living room/home office, the dining table/online school, and many more such combinations. 

As we prepare to step into a hopefully better new year, here are the design trends to look out for in 2021.

Minimalist Garden


Minimalism as a trend may be past its peak but it doesn’t mean clutter is back in. Between working from home, online schooling, and virtual socializing, organized spaces with minimal clutter is the way to go. The key is to be conscious of the ‘less is more’ philosophy but avoid the stark and sparse rooms of true minimalist decor. 

Another trend that will make waves in 2021 is the use of green – whether in terms of color or greenery. From soothing wall colors or soft green kitchen cabinets, there are many ways to introduce a touch of green. And no more fake plants. Bring plants indoors to soften harsh lines and bring a natural vibe to any design choice.

Warm Earth Tones


Thanks to the pandemic, using warm tones is set to make a big splash. From rustic reds to muted yellows, expect to see warm and earthy tones pop up everywhere. This fits right in with other design trends of using natural and sustainable materials as well. While there is a time and place for calming blues and cool greys, 2021 will not be it. We want our homes to be cozy, comforting, and a place to rest. What better way to achieve that than with rich, earthy color palettes?

Contrast items/walls

The strictly monochromatic color schemes of the 2010s are definitely out. All-white kitchens or bedrooms will start to look dated by 2021 and will definitely not make a comeback anytime soon. But if you have rooms that largely stick to one color, then liven things up by adding a pop of color in a few chosen spots. A brightly colored vase with flowers or a strategically placed piece of art will make any room trendy.



One of the biggest trends to hit 2021 is going to be everything old. Vintage pieces that have meaning and memories attached will be all the rage. Think antique furniture, wall fixtures, repurposed pieces, or anything salvaged. It shouldn’t be surprising as older trends have started to make a comeback throughout this year. In the midst of a global healthcare crisis, it looks like we need some nostalgia to get us through the tough times. 

Easy to clean materials

It shouldn’t come as anything of a shock to see that many of the design trends in 2021 will be affected/inspired by this year’s pandemic. From cozy comfort pieces to using more sustainable materials, all of it comes back to our experiences this year. The emphasis on cleaning our hands and homes will translate to easier to care materials being used around the home. You want fabrics that will resist stains or make it easy for you to clean them. Non-porous materials like glass and metals will dominate as they are easier to wipe down.

Closed or semi-open floor plans


With everyone from working parents to kindergarten kids staying at home and doing all their activities in one space, the reign of the open floor plan is set to end. Families are realizing the value of having a door to close between working spouses or the kids on their daily zoom call with teachers. Whether you want some privacy for a client meeting or you’d rather not listen to the kids studying online, it’s always handy to have a wall, windows, or doors to separate different rooms. Don’t worry if you have an open living space, just add a divider or two to keep things separate. 

Multifunctional spaces

While closed layouts are set to make a comeback, it’s not going to be overnight. Along with that transformation, people are wanting to create multi-functional spaces around the house. You don’t need a dedicated room for socializing, working, eating, and cooking along with everything else we need to do indoors. Combining different activities in one space will be the name of the game in 2021.

Sustainable furniture and furnishings

The grip of fast furniture is rapidly fading as well. Families will choose to invest in solid and sustainable furniture that will last a lifetime and create memories. No more cheaply made furniture that will not even last one move! People are more conscious than ever about their environmental impact and are actively choosing long-term sustainability over short-term monetary savings.

Small Upgrades to the home for the Holidays

17 November 2020 Home Renovation,

As the days get colder and the nights longer, it’s the perfect time to upgrade your home for the festive season. As friends and family get together over the holidays, your home will see more traffic. So why not take the opportunity to refresh your home with festive decor?

Simple festive updates


Upgrade the guest bathroom

Whether you are hosting a dinner party or overnight visitors, your guest bathroom is going to be busy. Many people update their kitchen or bedroom but hardly any thought goes into the guest bathroom. So take this chance to introduce some festive cheer here. You don’t have to start an extensive remodeling project here unless the room is in desperate need of one. 

What you can do is give it a deep cleaning, swap out the guest towels to something a bit more festive, and add some new decor. Scented candles, a bowl with mints and tissues, etc. will go a long way to provide a welcoming ambiance for your guests.

Bring in the festive decor!

Fabrics and linens are an easy win when you want to update any room without spending too much time, money, or effort. Switch out the couch covers for more festive ones in green or reddish hues. If you don’t have slipcovers for the couch, you can also get festive looking hand towels for the kitchen and bathroom. Silver, gold, green, and red are all excellent colors for some mugs, dishes, or mats that will fit right in for the season!

Festive lights

What could be more festive than sparkly lights? Spring for some LED light strings you can wrap around your mailbox, front doorposts, or even on the fence. No one said your lights should only hang from the roof!

Declutter and organize

This is a simple tip for the holiday season that’s often forgotten. Declutter and organize your rooms for the holiday season. Free up space on the shelves or tables and instantly make your home feel welcoming and festive.

Bust out the scented candles and fresh flowers

The holiday season can be frantic for many people, so it’s a good idea to find some time to relax and enjoy the season. Welcome guests and help them relax by lighting some scented candles. You don’t need seasonal scents although many brands sell delightful aromas just for the festive season. An assortment of fresh-cut flowers in bowls or vases in the kitchen and living room and also do wonders for holiday stress. 

Holiday reno projects

The above tips are things you can do without spending a lot of time or money on it. But what if you’re ready for some serious renovating for the holidays? Here are a few ideas that might work:

Set up a bar cabinet

What better idea than to set up a dedicated bar corner for your dinner guests? It can be something as simple as a corner shelf in the dining room or an elaborate cabinet filled with your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Stock it with glasses, fresh drink ingredients, and some snacks for your guests to help themselves while you’re busy rustling up dinner.

Decorate the kitchen island

During the holidays the kitchen island becomes the center of attention. Whether you are baking cookies or getting dinner ready, the kitchen island is going to be the centerpiece. So why not deck it up for the holidays? A few lights, festive stickers, or even a new countertop can help it look ready for the new year. 

Spruce up your chairs

With parties and dinner throughout the festive season, you might want to have extra seating around the home. But what if you have a collection of mismatched chairs that are not part of a set? It’s easy to make them all look coordinated if you dress them up in comfortable cushions in a matching pattern or use new slipcovers. You can also get some extra counter stools that can work as seating in a pinch.

Get new backsplash

Backsplash in the kitchen is often useful but it can also be an interesting design choice. Replace or put up new backsplash in bright colors to complement your white kitchen or dress up the boring wall paint. You can opt for expensive tiles or spring for some peel and stick backsplash which are often available in brilliant colors.

Replace the faucet


This one can be a little more time-consuming but it’s both a functional and aesthetic upgrade. If you are laboring with a leaky faucet or a sink that’s just not wide enough for your dishes, now’s the time to upgrade. Switch to a deeper sink or one with 2 bowls so you can prep and clean at once. 

Before you dive headlong into decorating, remember that you don’t have to splurge on expensive items or fill your house with knick-knacks. A few small changes here and there is often sufficient to give that festive touch.

Incorporating Color Into the Kitchen

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White kitchens are all the craze in interior design. Whether you’re buying a new home or updating an old one, white is in. But too much white can make any room look lifeless, cold, or uninviting. And that’s the last thing you want in your kitchen. It’s the heart of your home and where almost everyone spends time throughout the day. 

Even if you’re in love with the all-white kitchen, you can still brighten it up with a few splashes of color. In fact, a white kitchen is the best canvas to show off some deep jewel tones or flaunt pastel shades. So here are a few ways to add some color back to your kitchen:


1. Wall paint

A white kitchen usually has all-white cabinets and shelves. Since the cabinets are visually the biggest parts of the kitchen, the room will appear to be white. But you can always add color to the walls with paint. You can opt for rich and dark tones or light pastel shades depending on a few factors. If the kitchen gets plenty of sunlight, then darker tones can set off the white cabinets quite nicely. If the room does not have much natural light, then lighter shades will make it look larger and airy. 

2. Wall decals

If you live in a rental or don’t have the budget for paint, wall decals are an easy and inexpensive option. You don’t have to cover the entire wall either. You can get patterns or large designs to cover the biggest wall.

3. Backsplash


If your wall space is not too large or you have some space near the stove, a colorful backsplash is always a good idea. It is functional protecting your walls from moisture and oil splatters but is also available in multiple colors and designs as well. 

Opt for tiles in geometric patterns like rectangles, hexagons, or circles in a bright bold color. Or create your own design by mixing different shades. You can even coordinate the backsplash with colors in your dining room or breakfast nook to make it feel more cohesive.

4. Colorful faucets

Walls are not the only thing in the kitchen that could use some color. You can also get colorful faucets and even the sink to match! Forget about the same old stainless steel or satin nickel finish. Go for luxury finishes like copper, gold, rose gold, or antique brass if your kitchen is more traditional or country cottage style. A more modern kitchen can benefit from other finishes like oil rubbed bronze or matte black. 

5. Small appliances


For a decade or more stainless steel appliances have ruled the roost in kitchens, even white ones. However, it has been changing recently. Now you can find a range of small appliances in stunning retro shades of yellow, bright blue, or siren red across many brands. Even if your larger appliances are steel, you can upgrade the smaller ones (microwave, toaster, coffee maker, etc.) to these brighter colors. 

6. Wallpaper

Although wallpaper is often seen as old fashioned, you don’t have to stick to the same old patterns. Select bold geometric shapes or a forest-themed wallpaper to go with your white cabinets. There are many wallpapers rated for use in wet areas, so you can easily use it in the kitchen behind the sink.

7. Seating

If you have seating in the kitchen, that’s another avenue to add color. Counter height stools and bar stools often come in a wide variety of colors to suit any kitchen style. From shiny metallic gold to wrought iron or even modern glass/plastic, there’s sure to be something to suit your kitchen.

8. Cabinet doors


Some white kitchens have several shades of white – from the cabinet fronts to the countertops, and even the walls. If your cabinet doors are in need of a refresh anyway, then it’s a good idea to go for darker shades this time. That way your countertops and walls get a chance to shine.

9. Window treatments

If you’re lucky enough to have windows in the kitchen, why not showcase them with unique window treatments? You can use curtains, venetian or roman blinds, or shutters in bright blue or yellow to add color. 

10. LED lights or pendant lights

When thinking of adding color, don’t forget the lighting. You can get pendant lights in many colors and shapes to suit. Whether you hang one large oversized light above the island or have several smaller ones throughout the kitchen it’s an opportunity not to be wasted.

If your budget allows it, you can also opt for modern LED under-cabinet lights that can change colors. Then you can change colors depending on your mood and stick to just one!

Key elements of an industrial style

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 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. 



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.



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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

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.)


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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.



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

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?


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.

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