If you think a bathroom in which you can luxuriate, with statement features and bold design, isn’t compatible with a small space, think again. There are lots of clever, space-efficient fixtures that squeeze contemporary style into a little area, but to really bring some wow to your washroom, it’s sometimes necessary to totally rethink the traditional bathroom, both in terms of how it is laid out and what it includes. These brilliant bathrooms show how a micro footprint can deliver maximum style.
Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas
We see a lot of showhouse-worthy laundry rooms on Houzz, but reality for most of us is starkly different. Our laundry areas are often tiny, unfinished spaces — no flair, no style, just purely utilitarian. But we can make the tiniest of laundry closets boost our mood while we’re tackling this chore. The answer is to create a more finished look with color.
The majority of homeowners who renovate their master bathrooms make a change to their floors, with 91 percent upgrading this area, according to Houzz research. But you may not need new flooring to get a fresh look. New grout can help your bathroom — and, for that matter, your kitchen backsplash — sparkle again. Here’s what you need to know about doing it yourself vs. hiring a pro.
Topics: Remodel, Redesign
If you’re craving a way to give your kitchen a cozy, warm feel, you don’t need to resort to painting your walls a fall color such as cranberry red or harvest gold. Instead, there’s a subtler trick for heating up your kitchen: adding warm metallic finishes.
Though synthetic materials in home construction and decor have come a long way, most people when pressed would still take the natural option if it fit the budget. “Part of the aversion is likely due to the inability of artificial materials to reveal the organic processes of aging, weathering and other dynamic features of natural materials, even inorganic forms like stone,” says researcher Stephen Kellert, who specializes in biophilic design (building practices that improve human health, well-being and productivity). People crave a deeper connection with nature than what synthetic materials can offer, and combining rich wood and stone has long been a winning formula for fostering that connection.
The humble river pebble is a faultless example of how Mother Nature is inexhaustibly patient when it comes to creating perfection. Honed into a smooth, rounded shape over hundreds of years, the pebble can bring an organic element to your decor. When used en masse, this modest little stone can create a huge impact.
Go-to design rules can be a huge help when you feel lost with your decor. But sometimes they end up painting you into a corner. If you’re finding your decor a little on the dull side, or you just like shaking up the system, here are seven of the top design rules that you should consider bending, twisting or totally breaking.