Bathroom Designs Idea – Can I Design My Own Bathroom?

Bathroom Designs Ideas – Can I Design My Own Bathroom?

Designing a bathroom is not rocket science and can be done by any person without the aid of an interior designer. All that is needed is a little bit of creativity and a bit of research on the trends prevalent in the market. It will also make your bathroom stand out as it will be your own creation and novelty is always valued the most in all the parameters of life. There are tons of ideas and inspirations in the market that can help in giving shape to the interior of a bathroom.

Let’s check out the top bathroom design ideas that you can implement in your bathroom easily!

  1. Built-in Storage Compartments

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One should keep their focus on utilizing the limited space in a bathroom by making cabinets from ceiling to floor. Thiswill render the bathroom a lot of practicality and the modern touch. One can store all the bathroom related supplies in the cabinets, making it a great idea for bathrooms in an apartment where storage is mostly limited.

 

  1. Go Bonkers with the color scheme

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Sometimes, out of the box colors areall that is required to make a space more lively. Painting an interior of a bathroom with gleaming colors can create a unique style statement. For instance, brushing up the walls of the bathroom in a dark green color with white marble will undoubtedly appeal to the eyes for a long time to come.

 

  1. Glass interiors

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The inclusion of glass in the bathroom area will make even a small bathroom look roomy and spacious. One can add glass partitions instead of concrete ones that will make your bathroom look chic and ultra-modern.

 

  1. Ditch the superfluous

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It should be taken care that the bathroom only contains the minimal necessities and all the unnecessary items should be removed to give it a neat and tasteful look. The size of thefixtures should be accordingly chosen as per the size of the bathroom.

 

  1. Open shelves

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Instead of going for closed shelves, opt for open compartments with attractive accessories to go with the décor of the bathroom. It will also allow some much-needed openness in a tiny bathroom.

 

  1. Fixtures and decorations

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The minute little details and trimmingsin a bathroom with small decorations and accessories will go a long way in prettying up a bathroom space. Even little things like bath curtains and towels should be chosen carefully as they can make all the difference in a bathroom’s interior.

 

  1. Flooring

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The interior design of a bathroom is not complete without an amazingflooring to go with it. Ceramic or glass tiles are the best choices for bathrooms as they look very contemporary.

 

  1. Jacuzzi and sauna

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These luxury fixtures can be installed even in a small bathroom as they can now be found in smaller sizes but offer the same level of fun. It is an excellent addition toa bathroom and will cater to those who want a five-star hotel experience at home.

Hence, many ideas and themes can elevate the interiors of your bathroom to another level altogether!

Author’s Bio :

Akshay works as an Interior Designer with Lalco Interiors and he is in love with his job. Thinking up interesting home décor ideas and helping clients implement them is what makes him tick. You can catch up with Akshay and his team and indulge in one of their beautiful home décor pieces for your home at Lalco Interior – Home Furniture Pune.

Shower Drain Covers – Add Bling to Custom Showers

Shower drain covers can be fugly.

Yes, I typed fugly.

Custom showers deserve awesome shower drains.

Something that speaks to the style of the homeowner.

But where do you find these drain covers?

And will they fit every type of shower drain?

Standard Shower Drain Covers Are Boring

Typical shower drain covers can be as boring as plain white toast with butter.

Here’s an example,

Plain Drain Cover

And when you install a custom shower it deserves a special touch of style.

One way to do that is with a designer drain like this one,

Designer Drain Cover

That drain cover is for a curbed Wedi shower we installed. It’s super easy to pop out and replace.

These custom shower drains are available for a variety of systems like Oatey, Sioux Chief, Schluter, Wedi, and more.

Plus they’re available in chrome, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze as well as circle and square shapes.

Our video shares why you might like these custom shower drain covers

What’s Next

Designer Drains is the company from California that makes these awesome drain covers.

We have some of their drains available in our online store.

Also, if you’re remodeling a bathroom check out Bathroom Repair Tutor

Our step-by-step videos and forum will make your project a lot easier.

Thanks for reading, watching and adding your comments.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

Source: Shower Drain Covers – Add Bling to Custom Showers

#TileTuesday – January 1, 2018 – JD Tile

Jon Donmoyer of JD Tile :

“If you are going to upgrade to a nice tile shower why not upgrade the drain grate. Make it a feature vs a boring grate. A high quality installation is only complete with a grate of the same quality.”

JD TILE
(717) 821-5009
www.jondontile.com

Jon, used our decorative shower drain replacements for the kerdi schluter shower drain system. Both of the drains are made of stainless steel for a lifetimes use and then polished to a brilliant finish for a luxurious final touch.

The 5 Home Improvements With The Best ROI in 2018

ROI in 2018

These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018. Image: My House Design Build Team

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home.

With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

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Expect smart home technologies to start popping up everywhere. Image: Honeywell Home

1. Smart home technologies

“According to the most recent Luxury Portfolio Global Luxury Real Estate Report, 76% of buyers agree: Having a ‘smart home’ is very important to me. In particular, safety is a top concern. Of those surveyed, 39% are looking for a convenient, centralized network that securely controls smart-home and internet connections; aka the ability to operate a home security system through a mobile device.” — Stephanie Anton, EVP of Luxury Portfolio International

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Let an outdoor living space draw in buyers. Image: Creative Environments

2. Outdoor living space

“According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home, more so than open floor plans and curb appeal. As such, outdoor spaces are becoming an ideal investment, not only for current homeowners’ enjoyment, but also for sellers looking to bring added value to a home for future sale.” — Joe Raboine, National Design & Training Specialist for Belgard in Atlanta

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Energy-efficient kitchens

Energy-efficient options are set to be a smart investment. Image: Energy Efficient Homes

3. Maximizing energy efficiency

“Making energy-efficient upgrades will give you more bang for your buck in 2018. When thinking of energy efficiency, people often go straight to solar panels. However, smaller changes like upgrading your HVAC, water heater, or windows can also cut energy costs — resulting in an accumulation of savings over time. You can even make improvements as simple as adding solar-powered lighting to your front yard, which will help increase overall savings.” — Sacha Ferrandi, Founder of Source Capital Funding Inc., San Diego

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As always, modernized bathrooms make a big difference. Image: Robson Homes

4. Modernized bathrooms

Modern bathroom trends are staying the same in 2018 as in 2017. Clean lines with rustic touches. Adding grays into the color scheme is also very popular right now and most consider this the greatest non-offensive tone to go choose from. (Beige is out.) Be careful, though, buyers like a very light gray. Some darker grays can come across as purple in certain lights.” — Sotereas (Teris) Pantazes, CEO & Founder of EFynch in Baltimore

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Sometimes fresh finishes are all that’s needed. Image: Designtheory Inc.

5. Refreshed finishes

“Not all renovations have to be huge. I like to suggest that homeowners update their finishes before they go to sell because it’s not always easy for buyers to visualize the potential of a space. If a space is really run down and a buyer thinks that he will have to redo everything, it’s easy to either over or underestimate the cost to achieve what it could look like. Older finishes also eliminate a big chunk of the buyers out there who just aren’t willing to do the work.” — Ori Goldman, CEO of Loftey in New York City

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These are the projects to keep in mind when ROI matters most. Image: David Morello Garden Enterprises Inc.

Home improvements can be a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, while you’re living in the space, it’s only natural to want to create a space you’ll enjoy. On the other, if you intend to sell, you also want to make changes that appeal to buyers. That’s why we asked the pros to help you weigh the risks. They told us which home improvements will probably have the best ROI in 2018, so you can make sure to get the most bang for your buck.

What do you think of these home improvements? If you were a buyer, would they sway your opinion on whether or not to buy the home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Hospitality Giants 2017 – Interior Design

 

If the latest data is any indication, the 75 firms that make up Interior Design’s list of Giants in the hospitality sector are busier than ever. We know this because, when business is good, a beautiful chain reaction of numbers happens.

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1.Hirsch Bedner Associates
2.Gensler
3.Wilson Associates
4.Rockwell Group
5.Bilkey Llinas Design
6.HOK
7.HKS
8.Rebel Design+Group
9.LEO A DALY
10.YANG & Associates Group
11.Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)
12.Pierre-Yves Rochon
13.The Gettys Group
14.ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman
15.Populous
16.AvroKO
17.Daroff Design + DDI Architects
18.Wimberly Interiors
19.FRCH Design Worldwide
20.Baskervill
21.DiLeonardo International
22.EDG Design
23.HFS Concepts 4
24.Aria Group Architects
25.BAMO
26.Looney and Associates
27.Simeone Deary Design Group
28.ROSSETTI
29.CBT
30.BLVD International
31.Dawson Design Associates
32.Design Development Company
33.Flick Mars
34.HBG Design
35.Shea, Inc.
36.Parker-Torres Design
37.SOSH Architects
38.RDH Interests
39.C2 Limited
40.Hatch Design Group
41.Bar Napkin Productions
42.Studio 11 Design
43.JOI-Design
44.designONE studio
45.J/brice Design International
46.Cleo Design
47.Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates
48.indidesign
49.BraytonHughes Design Studios
50.DAS Architects
51.Kay Lang + Associates
52.CHIL Interior Design
53.J. Banks Design
54.K2M Design
55.CORE architecture + design
56.Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
57.Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
58.C+TC Design Studio
59.NELSON
60.HapstakDemetriou+
61.Judd brown Designs
62.Deniece Duscheone
63.HVS Design
64.R.D. Jones & Associates
65.Architecture, Incorporated
66.Group One Partners
67.Cuningham Group Architecture
68.Rodrigo Vargas Design
69.Thomas Hamilton & Associates
70.Gray Design Group
71.DLR Group
72.AECOM
73.P3 Design Collective
74.Areen Hospitality
75.Architectural Design Consultants

Fees

The hospitality Giants worked on more than 5,100 total jobs in the past reporting period. (A number that’s climbed steadily from 1,950 since 2009, when we started checking in on this group.) In so doing, the Giants completed 235 million square feet of space, a 22 percent jump from the previous report and by far the highest total ever. As a result, the firms hired a total of 640 full-time designers to employ 8,600. Those hires brought in the green, too—average fees per staffer leaped to $164,000 from $149,000.

Based on that data, it makes sense that fees would rise. That’s part of the chain reaction, too. And total fees from hospitality design did come in at $684 million, a blip of a rise from the previous $681 million but still short of the high of $700 million from the 2014 report. It’s difficult to call such a robust total a “shortfall.” Based on the work and staff numbers, however, shouldn’t that number be higher?

This speaks to the biggest business challenge that all our Giants, not just the hospitality group, face year in and year out: Getting clients to pay what the work is worth. Or as one staffer from SOSH Architects put it, the name of the game for clients is “smaller budgets, tighter timelines.” That shouldn’t detract, however, from what was overall a set of healthy numbers. The hospitality Giants drew 36 percent of their overall fees from hospitality work. For the 10 firms with the most growth, fees rose by an average of 7 percent.

Fees by project type 2017

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HospitalityCorporateHealthcareGovernmentRetailTransportationEducationalCulturalResidentialOther$0$200$400$600$800

TypeSalary
Hospitality684.2
Corporate537.1
Healthcare180.7
Government93.4
Retail90.5
Transportation81.4
Educational75.5
Cultural72.6
Residential52.1
Other57.3

Fees by project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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HospitalityCorporateHealthcareGovernmentRetailTransportationEducationalCulturalResidentialOther$0$200$400$600$800

TypeSalary
Hospitality739.8
Corporate539.9
Healthcare185.9
Government95.1
Retail97.1
Transportation82.9
Educational79.8
Cultural75
Residential57.1
Other60.1
Market Sector

Hotels remain the biggest segment of the business, 57 percent, with the luxury category being the strongest. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are next with 13 percent of the business, followed by resorts with 9 percent. The hospitality Giants expect these segments to remain growth areas while also listing gaming as a particular hot spot. Another sexy buzzword is boutique. Consumers want the boutique experience in everything from hotels to gyms, and design firms are happy to oblige.

Business in furniture and fixtures looks healthy, too. Total installations of F&F and construction products rose 7 percent to $20 billion. If 7 percent sounds light, think of it another way: That’s an extra $1.2 billion. Next time? The hospitality Giants hope for $23 billion.

Fees by hospitality project type 2017

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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

TypeSalary
Hotels (luxury)166.5
Hotels (boutique)124
Hotels (mid/economy)102.4
Restaurants90.7
Resorts64.4
Country Clubs27.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs26.2
Gaming20.9
Condos / Timeshares13.3
Cruise Ships10.9
Spas9.3
Other28.1

Fees by hospitality project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

TypeSalary
Hotels (luxury)191.4
Hotels (boutique)117.7
Hotels (mid/economy)117.4
Restaurants109.2
Resorts67.7
Country Clubs25.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs28.6
Gaming33.7
Condos / Timeshares11.5
Cruise Ships1.3
Spas8.7
Other27.1
Hospitality project types worked on last year
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Type$formatted
New Construction0.4343%
Renovation0.5151%
Refresh previous projects0.066%
Hospitality project locations last year
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Type$formatted
Domestic Projects0.7878%
Overseas Projects0.2222%
Top U.S. firms with most foreign hospitality projects
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50%60%70%80%90%

TypeSalary
Pierre-Yves Rochon0.9
Hirsch Bedner Associates0.85
Bilkey Llinas Design0.85
Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)0.85
Rebel Design+Group0.65
Wimberly Interiors0.6
DiLeonardo International0.6
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates0.57
HKS0.55
AECOM0.55
Growth

The U.S. continues to trend upward as the place where work happens. On the average, 78 percent of each firm’s work was U.S.-based—compare that to 64 percent reported in 2013. Of the 75 hospitality Giants, 93 percent see their highest growth potential in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast and in the South.

That said, international work remains big for some of the hospitality Giants, with 16 firms, 11 of them U.S.-based, completing more than half their work outside the U.S. A quarter of firms see growth potential in Mexico, 32 percent like South America and the Caribbean, and 38 percent are looking to Asia.

As a group, the hospitality Giants predict that good business will get better in the coming reporting period: $740 million in fees, 5,200 projects totaling 260 million square feet, and 9,100 employees making it all happen. To be fair, these Giants have been forecasting the $740 to $750 million level for a while now, so here’s hoping this is their moment. That’s a chain reaction we’d like to see continue.

Firms with largest increase in hospitality fees(*in millions of dollars)
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TypeSalary
Hirsch Bedner Associates11.5
Rebel Design+Group7.7
HKS5
AvroKO4.1
BAMO3.8
ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman2.8
Pierre-Yves Rochon2.3
Rockwell Group1.4
designONE studio1.2
RDH Interests1.1
Expected growth segments for next 2 Years
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0%25%50%75%100%

TypeSalary
Hotels (boutique)0.8
Hotels (luxury)0.74
Restaurants / Bars / Lounges / Night clubs0.72
Resorts / Spas / Country Clubs0.6
Hotels (mid/economy)0.55
Gaming0.45
Condo-hotels / Timeshare0.28
Cruise ships0.16
Other0.48
Global growth potential for next 2 years
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#1 US South
68% growth
Written By: Mike Zimmerman
Research By: Wing Leung
Charts Designed By: Darlene Portades
Charts Built By: Joe Zeleny
Methodology

The annual business survey of Interior Design hospitality Giants ranks the largest design firms by hospitality design fees for the 12-month period from July 2016 through June 2017. Hospitality design fees include those attributed to:

  1. All hospitality interiors work.
  2. All aspects of a firm’s hospitality design practice, from strategic planning and programming to design and project management.
  3. Fees paid to a firm for work performed by employees and independent contractors who are full-time staff equivalent.

Hospitality design fees do not include revenues paid to a firm and remitted to subcontractors that are not considered full-time staff equivalent. For example, certain firms attract work that is subcontracted to a local firm. The originating firm may collect all the fees and retain a management or generation fee, paying the remainder to the performing firm. The amounts paid to the latter are not included in fees of the collecting firm when determining its ranking. Additionally, where applicable, all percentages are based on responding hospitality Giants, not their total number. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff, led by Wing Leung, research director.

8 Design Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2018

Antibacterial Materials

Imagine a countertop that helps take care of that salmonella bacteria for you after preparing chicken for dinner. That’s the idea behind several materials presented at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Italy back in September.

The new K-Life technology incorporated into Porcelanosa’s Krion solid surface not only is antibacterial but also eliminates chemicals that come into contact with it, as well as purifies the surrounding air.

How does it accomplish this? Through a process called photocatalysis, which uses a semiconductor in the surface to enhance a reaction to light, killing bacteria and breaking up pollutants.

Source – Houzz

Concrete Accents

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile. My clients are expressing a desire to use materials in unusual ways,” says designer and Houzz Contributor Jennifer Ott. “Concrete is as popular as ever, but it’s showing up in unexpected places such as in furniture, decorative accessories and even as concrete-look wallcoverings.”

Designer Yanic Simard agrees. “The humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add relaxed air to any space,” he says.

And the concrete look is carrying over into other materials as well. The stoneware tiles shown here (Beton Chic from Ricchetti’s Manifattura del Duca range) mimic the texture of concrete and come in a variety of colors.

Source – Houzz

Matte Black Finishes

Last year, satin brass made its takeover of kitchens. This year, look out for matte black in bathrooms as well as kitchens. Homeowners looking for a statement-making look that’s contemporary and complements a variety of materials and styles are embracing this tough, versatile finish. Companies like Moen, whose matte black finish is shown here, are expanding their products to include more options in the durable finish.

Source – Houzz

Designer Drains

In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Designer Drains make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. These drain covers are like jewelry for your shower, featuring unique patterns that range from contemporary to geometric to ornate. But there’s more to these decorative covers than meets the eye. These eco-friendly shower drains are made from reclaimed .060-inch thick 304 Stainless Steel and their motto, “Assisting the environment, one shower at a time,” holds true. No plastic or PVC is used in manufacturing, which is done in the USA. Coordinate the finish with your faucets and hardware for a unified look in your bathroom. For more information, visit Designer Drains.

Source – Trendir

Light Textured Flooring

“Red-toned woods are fading in popularity, along with tropical exotic species” like Brazilian cherry or walnut, says Armstrong Flooring design manager Sara Babinski.

Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory, she says.

Why? Light-hued woods—including natural tones and blond and whitewashed woods—brighten interior spaces and hide imperfections more easily, making them a great choice for families and households with pets. For extra credit, choose a distressed or wire-brushed wood, which offers vintage appeal with a less aggressive look than a scraped floor, and choose 5-inch-wide planks, which create a sense of openness and interior space.

If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.”

-Source Realtor.com

Open Floor Plan Kitchens

Every time a bell rings, an interior wall gets knocked down. OK, maybe not that frequently but it seems like the open floor plan has dominated homes in recent years, and not all homeowners love it. And some are going the other way, seeking some sort of delineation of space, such as in the photo shown here. A half wall of cabinetry creates a semi-closed space between the kitchen and living room.

Source – Houzz

Fish-Scale Pattern Backsplash.

If you’ve grown bored of subway tile but still want something simple and classic, check out a scalloped or fish-scale pattern. The look offers more movement, and a bit more interest, than rectangular tile but is still versatile enough to work with almost any kitchen style.

Source – Houzz

Rich Colors In The Kitchen & Living Room

Where to Begin: Using Black and White in the Bathroom

This classic color combination makes for a chic and clean look in any style of bathroom

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Home Stagers Share 5 Tips To Getting A Home Resale Ready

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We asked home stagers to share their best tips for a quick resale. Image: Widell + Boschetti

Home staging can be tricky to wrap your head around. Most of time, it’s about taking your home as-is and making a few, small changes. Yet, somehow, those tiny changes can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting buyers. Sometimes it can even mean the difference between selling your home and having it sit on the market.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, this post is for you. We reached out to professional home stagers and asked them to share their favorite tips for getting a home resale ready. Read them over and do your best to implement them in your own home. Once you’re done, we’re sure the impact will be well worth the effort.

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Staging your exterior is just as important as the interior. Image: Shapiro/Didway

Start at the front door

“Curb appeal is key. It’s the first impression your home gives, so make it welcoming! Invest in some inexpensive, flowering plants. (Boxwoods are great for the job.) If there’s room, you could add a couple of colorful Adirondack chairs to your front porch. If your front door looks old or shows wear, a fresh coat of paint and some new house numbers can also make a big difference,” suggests Jeffrey Weldler, an interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels.

Remember that staging isn’t just for your interiors. When you go to sell your home, also make sure the outside looks its very best. While the front door is certainly important as the initial point of entry, be sure to apply Weldler’s advice to the rest of your exterior, as well. Cut and weed your lawn regularly, add plantings where appropriate, and put out a patio set if possible to help potential buyers envision easy outdoor entertaining.

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Keep personal items to a minimum. Image: Arent & Pyke

Pack up personal items

“I tell my clients to pack up their ‘territory markers’ as soon as possible. These are things like family photos, shoes by the front door, toiletries and refrigerator magnets. They tell you the story of the person who lives there. Instead, you want buyers to think, ‘I have no idea who lives here, but it needs to be me,’ ” says Justin M. Riordan, the founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency.

The goal of staging your home is to appeal to as many buyers as possible. While depersonalization may be a hard pill to swallow it’s essential in helping your home be accessible to individuals with vastly different lifestyles and backgrounds than your own. That said, be sure to leave a few neutral accessories in place. They will keep your home from feeling stark.

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Use furniture to show a room’s function. Image: Andrea Swan – Swan Architecture

Return rooms to their original use

“Arrange rooms the way they’re supposed to be used. I’ve seen a formal dining room turned into a TV room, and that’s fine for some; it may be a turn-off for buyers who don’t intend to use the room in the same way,” advises Ana Cummings, the founder of ANA Interiors Ltd.

Furniture plays an important role in staging your home. Not only will it give buyers a sense of how the room should be used, but it may also give them an idea of scale and help them  envision themselves living in the space. It’s much harder to grasp these same concepts when a room is empty. Your goal as the seller should be to make the buyer’s showing experience as pleasant as possible, so do your best to provide them with a usable framework.

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Designate an area for kid’s belongings. Image: Aries Construction Co. Inc.

Designate areas for kids and pets

“If you have kids, keep a playroom. Keep it organized and make this the designated area for all toys. Before showings, do a loop around the house and move any runaway toys to their assigned space,” recommends Alison Bernstein, the founder and president of Suburban Jungle Realty.

This tip is also about depersonalization. Everyone understands that moving with kids is difficult, but parents and non-parents alike are more likely to respond well to your home if all your kid stuff is contained in one designated area. It will also be much easier to clean up for showings if you know that all the toys should be brought to the same place. In the same vein, pet owners may want to consider following a similar principle with their animals’ accessories.

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Ask a trusted friend for their opinion on your staging. Image: White Orchid Interiors

Get a second opinion

“Have a neutral third party take a critical eye to your home. Living somewhere daily reduces your ability to notice the things that might be a problem for buyers. Dirty walls, scuffs, scrapes, leaks, or even odors might be present, but odds are, you have become accustomed to them over time,” says Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets.

Hearing less-than-steller reviews of your home can be hard, but remember that it’s for a good cause. If you decide to follow this tip, choose someone you know has your best interest at heart. Then, the hard part: Actually follow their advice. When all is said and done, you’ll be glad you did.

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Follow these staging tips to get your home ready for resale. Image: The Woodlands Home Staging℠ | Got Staging LLC

Staging your home is an important part of getting it ready for the real estate market. Even if you don’t have enough money to reach out to the pros, we’ve got you covered. We asked real home stagers to share the best tips for getting a home resale ready. Give them a try and you should be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Did you stage your home before resale? Did you hire a pro or go the DIY route? Share your experience with us in the comments.

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Hancock St – e6 Associates

Justin of e6 Associates in Philadelphia contacted us about his new high quality new construction home with luxurious finishes, but said he was missing his final touch. That cherry on top, was a custom drain cover to give the house that final stroke of the paintbrush. Among the many builder upgrades the home is in a prime Northern Liberties location.

The builder spared no expense with this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 1 car garage, 3000 square feet, stone backyard, finished basement, 9-12ft ceilings, Pella energy star aluminum casement windows and huge fiberglass roof deck with 360 degree view of the city and bridges.

Builder upgrades include a 6ft wide his & her master shower suite with 3 shower heads and a 5ft tall custom niche all located inside of the stunning wall to wall tiled bathrooms.

A 48′ gas fireplace with custom built mantle, 8ft tall solid mahogany front door, 42′ shaker kitchen cabinets, recessed surround sound, security cameras, Honeywell wifi thermostats, epoxy garage floor coating and many more modern upgrades.

Add Value To Your Home in 2018 – Curb Appeal

One of the first things about a house that a guest or home buyer notices is the front door. If you want to make a statement, upgrading or revamping your front door is a smart move that isn’t all that expensive. According to Realtor.com, it’s the second best return-on-your-investment renovation.

Ready to get inspired? Here’s a collection of the latest front door ideas and trends you may want to steal to improve your home’s curb appeal.

1. Front door paint color ideas

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Red will forever be one of the most popular front door colors, regardless of architectural style. Image: Faust Construction

One of the quickest fixes to upgrade your front door is to simply paint it. Choose an exterior paint designed for the door type; there are paints and primers for steel, fiberglass and wood door surfaces. About one quart of paint should do for an average door.

Gloss or semigloss are the most durable; the sheen holds up better against nicks and scratches and tends to show bolder colors better. It’s easy:

  • Although you can paint your mounted door, removing the door and all of the hardware will give you a better finish.
  • Sand the door lightly to get rid of old paint drips, nicks and dents.
  • Apply a primer; wait for it to dry.
  • Protect your door while it dries so dirt particles don’t stick to it.

When it comes to color options, nearly anything goes. According to Benjamin Moore, contrast is key. Choose a bold paint color that stands out from the rest of the home, like these door paint color ideas:

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A vintage aqua front door color is perfect for a mid-century modern house. Image: Levitt Architects

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Give a two-tone paint color a try when mulling over front door ideas. The turquoise and white add pop to the home’s charcoal gray exterior color. Image: Stephanie Wiley

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When in doubt, a classic red front door will freshen up the look of just about any entrance. Image: Benjamin Moore

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Orange is a great door paint color choice to highlight contemporary architecture. Image: Mak Design and Build

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A bright lime green door color works with both wood and concrete home surroundings. Image: Dotter Sofjeld Architects

2. Metal front door ideas

For an artisanal look that’s both warm and contemporary, consider a metal front door. With the industrial trend going strong, black steel is popular although copper and stainless steel front doors will always be fashionable.

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Distressed black steel adds a custom look. The bronze door pull highlights the mixed metals trend that’s popular in interior design. Image: JPR Architects

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Copper and stainless steel metal front door ideas. Images from left: Michael Fullen Design, Hartman Baldwin and Rocky Mountain Hardware.

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Wood and steel can work with nearly any home style, ranging from rustic to country to modern to craftsman to contemporary. Image: AppWood Doors

3. Glass front doors featuring glass side panels

One of the freshest door trends takes the existing double door design and converts it into a standard front door size with a glass side panel. This modern front door idea allows more light into the entryway and saves you money on having to purchase a larger or double front door.

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A simple glass front door is surrounded by glass on the sides and top. Image: Marvin

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A mirrored glass side panel next to the modern wood door adds privacy and convenience. The homeowner can see out but passersby can’t see inside. Image: b.Confer Architecture

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The entrance of this home appears larger thanks to the door and matching side panels. Frosted glass was used to diffuse light while obscuring what goes on outside and inside. Image: Friehauf Architects

4. Steel atrium doors

Looking for an industrial-chic door that’s less run of the mill? The steel atrium door is one of the latest trends. The black steel grid and glass works to update nearly any style.

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For the ultimate flexibility, install a steel atrium pivot door that can glide back and forth on a track. Image: PPDS Design

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Go with a custom curved atrium front door that offsets the sharp, angular lines of a contemporary home. Image: Ryan Street and Associates

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To create a grand entrance, enhance the scale of your front door by surrounding it with glass panels on the sides and top. Image: Green Belt Construction

5. Pivot doors

One of the best door trends is the modern pivot door. The look features a large-scale, floor-to-ceiling door that pivots on an axis instead of opening and closing from a wall-mounted hinge. The pivot front door is perfect in a location where a door jamb may not be possible or if the door is very heavy. Or simply because it’s so cool.

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A frosted glass and steel frame pivot door takes the latest front door ideas and combines them beautifully. Image: Seven Custom Homes

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A walnut wood, steel and glass pivot front door opens effortlessly in this Austin home. Image: Leicht USA

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The designer of this wood pivot door frosted the glass side panel windows but left a clear strip of glass on the pivot door for better viewing. Image: Aleck Wilson Architects

6. Wood and glass panel front doors

For a contemporary look that enhances your home’s architecture and lets plenty of light into the interior, look for a modern wood and glass panel front door. Worried about privacy? Choose a glass that’s frosted, etched or has some type of design that obscures what’s going on inside.

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The glass panels in this darkly stained front door allow plenty of light to illuminate the interior. Image: Jodie Rosen Design

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A custom glass pattern adds privacy and beautiful texture to this custom wood door. Image: Bramco Builders

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Branding Hardware : Sheehan Tile Works.

Your Brand Is Your Promise To Your Customers!

The effectiveness of a brand isn’t just before the purchase, but it is about the life of the brand & the experience it gives a consumer.

Did the product or service perform as expected? Was the quality as good as promised or better? How was the service experience? If you can get positive answers to these questions, you’ve created a loyal customer.  

A brand not only creates loyal customers, but it creates loyal employees, because your brand gives them something to believe in, something to stand behind.  It helps them understand the purpose of the organization or the business.  

Which is why we teamed up with Sheehan Tile Works out of Gilford, New Hampshire to help add a branding element to every project they finish. 

“Sheehan Tileworks has over 15 years experience with tile and stone ranging from a simple bathroom or kitchen floor to a one-of-a-kind custom steam shower. Sheehan Tileworks has the knowledge and experience to help you with your project for material selection through completion. With a full service showroom available featuring everything from basic porcelain tile to one of a kind custom projects.” 

 

From CONCEPT to REALITY.

Step 1 – We received their logo in illustrator file.

 

Step 2. Garret wanted to go without the name, and just the “S”

 

Step 3 : Garret sent us a prelim drawing.

 

Step 4. More detailed drawing.

 

Step 5. Rendering of concept drawing.

 

Step 6. Final product in Polished Brass.

 

Step 7. Side by side comparison of Sheehan branded drain cover vs Schluter stock cover.

 

When you partner with Designer Drains, you are fully supported every step of the way as we work together in developing the right design for you.

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Designer Feature : Phyllis Harbinger & DCI Studio

Bathroom & Bedroom Transformed | Ritz Carlton Residence

A comprehensive approach allows Design Concepts Interiors to work with clients at various stages of the process to align with project goals and aspirations. DCI Studio will be there to guide and collaborate with you from concept through completion. Below are a couple of some of the amazing transformation pictures from a private bathroom conversion and also the award winning interior at The Ritz Carlton Residence.

Private Bathroom

Our Client had an 1867 Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River. The client wanted to combine a vintage hall bathroom complete with yellow tiles and annex an adjacent small guest room to create a wonderful spa bathroom for her two daughters.

We incorporated a free standing tub with chroma therapy, a large shower with bench and new privacy window, allowing natural light to enter the space. A private WC with a frosted glass enclosure and a double vanity were in order, allowing both girls to get ready simultaneously and in style!

There are thee passage points in to the bath which we mainted including a terrace at the back of the home for private mediation.

Floor Plan Before

Floor Plan After

Ritz Carlton Residence – Model Apartment

We were hired by the developer to design a 3 bedroom/3 bath model apartment. Our design concept focused on attracting multiple buyers with a sophisticated palette of neutrals and a variety to textures. Grey, white, burnished silver and lucite juxtapose a dark walnut floor and a crisp white kitchen.

Shagreen sheaths a bar cabinet and silk dresses the windows while a Possini bubble chandelier illuminates the table for dining.The design was so successful that the model sold within the first month.  All of the furnishings and artwork were then moved to another model apartment which sold fully furnished, making this a double hit for the developer.We also won first place in the ASID Design Excellence Awards for our work on this project.

Contact DCI Studio:

8 Devonshire Court
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914.734.1383
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Complete Guide To Walk-in Showers

A Complete Guide To Walk-in Showers

Do you ever feel stressed when walking into your bathroom? Space planning inside your bathroom must be handled carefully to allow that lighter feeling to breeze through the room each time you walk in. A bathroom is supposed to be the place where one gets in to refresh after a long day and get exactly that.

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In today’s world, walk-in showers are becoming a popular home improvement feature. Gone are the days where you had to open and close a couple of doors before finally having access to your shower. Walk-in showers are built to give your bathroom a great visual and can maximize your space by making it feel light and larger. To do this properly, you need to hire an experienced fitter. Some people will insist on DIY services, which will be OK only if you know exactly what you are doing and get the best DIY supplies for the job.

Walk in shower good for you?

  1. It requires minimum maintenance

Walk-in showers are built to allow maximum use of space, which means fewer items to maintain and replace in the future. The usage of tiles for the finishing allows you the freedom to choose from bright colors to dull ones, which can still give your room a unique feel but drastically reduce maintenance costs. Bright colors show worn out signs faster than dull ones.

 

  1. No doors or curbs

The absence of the door comes with three advantages. It saves you money from buying the extra glass, it reduces more cleaning work from the absent extra glass portion and it gives you easy access to the shower. Couples could have a nice chat whilst one is in the tub without having to shout at the top of their voices to break through the glass walls. Curbs are also thing of a past. No more borders between your shower and the rest of your bathroom. A linear drainage system also helps in providing an easy access to the water that needs to be flashed out of the entire walk-in shower or your wet room. Linear shower drain reviews can provide even more info.

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  1. Freedom to make your bathroom look beautiful

A walk-in shower allows you to have a giant bathroom where at a single glance, you are able to see the whole room, including the shower space, toilet seat, and the tub. This offers an opportunity to unify the whole room with a beautiful blend of colors. It is a good thing that you can also see the walls in the shower through the glass walls of the walk-in shower.

4.Easy to clean

Walk in showers are easy to clean. The absent door reduces cleaning space and allows for fresh air to breeze through the shower all the time, eliminating long wet spells which attract stains and dirt spots. However, the glass walls can be a nightmare to clean out all the stains. It is always wise to apply a special coating to the glass walls and reduce stains and thus minimizing the cleaning effort that might be required with no coat on the glass.

 

  1. Freedom to choose your preferred design

With walk-in showers, you can choose to use the wet room style shower or the common walk-in shower. More so, with the common walk-in shower, you have the freedom to choose between the level entry design and no or low-level entry designs. This should entirely be based on your taste, but it is also good to consider how you would want your glass walls to the shower to be installed before deciding on the entry design.

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How does a Wet Room differ from a Walk-in shower?

A walk-in shower is built in the same room as the bathroom and on the shower cubicle, whereas a wet room is where a shower is open and set behind a standing wall. Both the wet room and a walk-in shower have a separate drying area which allows you to comfortably dry yourself without having to step out of the shower, wetting the whole floor area on your way to the towels!

The mention of the wet room brings into mind how important it is to consider proper waterproofing and drainage system when putting in place and shower area.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing ensures that no water drops filter through into unwanted areas such as the inner walls and the underneath of the floor itself. This is a very important aspect when putting in place a wet room or walk-in shower. It is important for installation to be done by a professional because if it is not done properly and there is poor waterproofing, the part of the house where the shower is could be damaged, hence affecting the entire house structure. More so, when making the shower space, try to use the overhead shower head to minimize splashing. This will ensure a prolonged use of your shower without having to repair most parts of the wall and floor for waterproofing.

 

To ensure tight waterproofing in your walk-in shower, ensure that the joints between the tiles do not leak by rightfully applying proper adhesives when joining the tiles. Follow proper guidelines as well during construction, for example allowing adhesives to dry within the stipulated time. In a wet room shower, you must make sure that the surface is flat and the joints between the floor and the walls are sealed using the rightful adhesives. Always apply two layers special floor cement to the floor before finishing off with the tiles, this eliminates the risk of water leaking through to the floor.

Drainage system

In the wet room shower, allow for the drain on the floor to be centrally placed to eliminate waterlogging. Waterlogging is dangerous both to the health of the user and the shower room itself as this attracts disease-causing germs and weakens the structure of the floor tiles. When making your walk-in shower or wet room, make sure to follow proper drainage guidelines and leave no room for back-flow which could result in the ruining of the whole building structure.

 

Always make sure to use slippery tiles on the floor because they are efficient in allowing the water to run smoothly down the drainage hole. The bathroom must always be kept dry, clean and free of disease.

 

Remember,…..

You might also want to keep your drainage system stylish by applying a designer drains using stainless steel matched to your wall and tiles. Also, make sure your shower drain has filters to avoid hair and other blocking substances from causing water-logging.

 

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Kitchen Remodel Tips From Top Interior Designers

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Use remodeling tips from interior designers to transform your kitchen. Image: Pickell Architecture

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It’s not hard to see why undertaking a kitchen remodel is one of the most discussed topics in interior design. These projects—while worth it in the end—can get to be a little costly and time-consuming. It goes without saying that, if you’re going to do it, you want to do it the right way.

With that in mind, we decided to take this topic to the experts. We asked interior designers to share their favorite kitchen remodel tips. Read on to see their no-holds-barred answers. With any luck, their experiences can help you redo your kitchen with ease.

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Pay close attention to how you use the space without making changes. Image: R.P. Morrison Builders, Inc.

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1. Know How You Use Your Kitchen

“The first step in remodeling is to know what is important to you when cooking. Are high-end appliances a requirement? Do you prefer gas or electric? Do you cook lots of curries or other items that use strong spices and want a hood for ventilation? Would you like your knives to be on your left or right while you cook? Do you bake a lot and need to keep that equipment close to the oven?” – Sara Chiarilli, owner of Artful Conceptions, an interior design firm in Tampa, FL
 Before starting the renovation, make sure you have a solid plan in place to ensure that your new kitchen will meet your needs. As you cook, walk yourself through your routine while asking questions like the ones Sara offered above. Make note of any favorite details or annoyances that you have about your current space and include any necessary changes into your design plan.

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Whenever possible, leave the existing layout. Images: Alinda Morris Interior Design LLC

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2. Consider Leaving the Layout As-Is

“Keep the appliances and plumbing where they are. A good rule of thumb is to add $5,000 each time you move a section of plumbing or any appliances. If my clients are on a tight budget, I tell them to work with the current layout whenever they can.” – Justin M. Riordan, LEED AP, the founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, which has multiple locations in California and Washington

Home improvement show fans can attest to the fact that TV magic makes it seem like changing you kitchen layout is a breeze. In reality, that’s definitely not the case. Out of dozens of submissions for this article, this was the most frequently mentioned tip. Obviously, your budget will dictate how creative you can get with the layout, but if you’re trying to save, do not underestimate this cost. Make sure you meet with multiple designers and get quotes so that you can go into your remodel with a realistic idea of the final cost.

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Choose contrasting colors for a huge punch of visual interest. Image: Smith & Smith Kitchens

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3. Incorporate Contrasting Colors

“Using contrasting colors on walls, counters and floors helps with depth perception and provides a clear line of sight when navigating throughout the kitchen, especially in working areas.” – Wanda E. Gozdz, B.S., A.S., founder of Golden Age Living, LLC in Hutchinson Island, FL

Choosing contrasting colors—or at least tones, if you’re not into the monochromatic look—will help you add a huge amount of visual interest to the kitchen. When you’re putting together the color palette, go with either one neutral shade and one bold color or choose a warm and cool shade. Additionally, focus either on the contrast on a single item, such as an island, or allow an element to continue throughout the entire space.

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Let your backsplash make a statement. Image: Evelyn Eshun Interior Design

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4. Invest in Your Backsplash

“Take the backsplash tile to the ceiling, especially when they are only 8 feet. This is common in a lot of older homes. Taking the tile up creates visual height and an especially polished look because you don’t have a break where tile meets drywall (particularly around a window). It’s a great look for minimal cost compared to the whole project.” – Brad Little, of Case Design/Remodeling in Charlotte, NC

The second unspoken bonus for this tip? A dramatic backsplash will draw the eye with ease and make an excellent focal point. Consider this one if you’re searing for a way to truly make a dramatic impact.

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Fresh accessories can give the room a totally different look. Image: MGM Builders

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5. Sometimes Small Changes Matter Most

“Sometimes it’s not about doing a total remodel. I updated my own kitchen last year by simply swapping out bar stools and pendant lights, and replacing a cabinet with open shelving. I was inspired by the BoHo trend, so I gave my contemporary kitchen some organic touches that make it feel warmer and more alive.” – Natasha Jansz, founder of Natasha Jansz Design in Los Angeles, CA

If you’re debating whether you need to go ahead with a full remodel or if you can get away with a quick update, ask yourself this question: Am I concerned with function or aesthetics?

When function is the issue, a kitchen remodel is usually in the cards. However, if it’s just the look that needs a refresher, you can probably get away with swapping out a few design elements with trendier picks. As usual, look for things like accessories, textiles and wall art to revamp your style. These items will have a huge visual impact at a relatively low price point.

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Keep these tips in mind when you tackle your remodel. Image: Keith Wing Custom Builders

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Every design aficionado knows the value of a well-done kitchen. The only issue is that it’s often challenging to pull off this project the right way. In an effort to give you all the tools you need to create the kitchen of your dreams, we asked interior designers to share their best kitchen remodel tips. Keep this post close at hand. Whether you’re starting tomorrow or won’t be ready for a couple years, you’ll want the benefit of their experience.

What do you think of these kitchen remodel tips? Do you have any of your own to share? Tell us in the comments below.

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Black motif embossments give this bat doormat a touch of style while preparing your guests for the ghoulish home you’ve prepared. 

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The Frankenstein Light Switch Plate will bring out the mad scientist in you every time you switch the light on.

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Don’t forget about your kitchen’s decor, this kitchen sink stopper is sure to be the talk of your Halloween party. Available in various finishes, it adds a special touch to your kitchen sink. A one size fits all design, allows you to gift or keep for yourself.

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A stylish lace tablecloth that welcomes in your favorite web crawlers to dinner.

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Nothing really says you love your guests and Halloween like serving up some poison juice! Leave it on your bar cart, or near the party and let your guest help themselves to a drink!

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For when the party makes it’s way outside, keep your guests warm by burning skulls.. skulls made of wood silly!

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