Published at Thursday, September 28th 2017, 07:07:05 AM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. This bedroom, with its liberal dose of aqua blue and spring green, is such a happy space. I would love to curl up in that green chair with a good book – even the dreariest day couldn't bring me down. Another bonus to using such vibrant colors is that this room needs no additional artwork or accessories. It's very clean and simple, but in no way dull or lifeless. These perky blues and the leafy‐green color work well together in small doses, such as on fabrics, accessories or painted furniture. The lighter cucumber green is a great choice for the walls. Clockwise from top left (all from Sherwin‐Williams): Mariner SW 6766, Cucumber SW 6722, Oceanside SW 6496 and Picnic SW 6731. Turquoise is a popular color right now, and here it is paired with another color of the moment – intense orange. These two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, making them a striking and attention‐getting combo. But because the walls, ceiling and floor are white, the effect is cool instead of cacophonous. Punches of bright blue and orange used sparingly, perhaps through a thick vertical stripe painted on the walls or easily changed‐out bedding, look fantastic against a white backdrop. Clockwise from top left: Light My Fire AC211‐5 and Cool Turquoise KM3238‐2, both from Kelly Moore, and Castaway DE 5738 and Tangerine Dream DE 5160, both from Dunn Edwards.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:55:52 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Glass mosaic tile "was used throughout the open air shower and the tub area", Mackie notes. "The MTI whirlpool tub has jetted features and remote controls, while the shower has a Grohe fixture with an adjustable arm. There's also a heated towel bar". Go with stone. "I rarely use anything but freestanding tubs. I love them!" says Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors. "This one is from Turkey and is solid marble. The owners are from Louisiana and like darker colors and rich texture. We wanted to showcase the space, and placing the tub in front of these windows was perfect – it really became the centerpiece".
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:53:38 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Divide and conquer. "Given that the design for this bathroom placed the shower in the center of the room, with the vanities on either side, a frameless glass enclosure was the best way to keep the space open and airy", says Shelly Amoroso of Amoroso Design. "I understand the need for a couple to have separate vanities, but hey, you would miss a lot of funny banter and together time if you couldn't see each other". Turn toward the light. "I changed the layout of this bathroom quite a bit by turning the shower area 90 degrees from its position on the long wall to sitting under the window", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. "This had a massive impact on the visual aspect of the space. All of a sudden, a rather dark, train‐compartment‐like room became somewhat grand in appearance, and we didn't even need to enlarge the window. And the gray stone is balanced with lots of openess and light".
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:53:21 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. Don't let the sloped ceilings and awkward architecture of the attic throw you off – with a little know‐how, you can transform this often‐underused space into cozy sleeping quarters. Whether you're in need of a guest bedroom or simply want a brand‐new space for yourself, check out the following professional tips for setting up a fabulous attic retreat. Arrange your furniture carefully. "Factor in space to sit and stand around main pieces of furniture, like sofas, chests and desks,” says interior designer Meredith Heron. "Be sure to place the bed somewhere that you can get in and out comfortably.” Use sloped ceilings wisely. "Dormers are great for window seats, desks or reading nooks,” says Heron. "These types of activities don't require ceiling height, so where things are constricted, they provide extra function to that space.” If you're short on storage, built‐in shelving is another wise use of the space where a sloped ceiling meets the floor. Consider skylights when arranging your layout. Do you like to read the morning paper in bed? Place your bed beneath the skylights. If you'd prefer natural light while getting ready for the day, arrange your space so your vanity sits under the windows.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:53:11 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Bidets. The U.S. is known for a love of being uberclean, so it's surprising that we haven't embraced bidets, as they offer a cleanliness we can't get with toilet paper. Beyond cleanliness, bidets save water, because making toilet paper is an incredibly water‐intensive process. And some bidet users increase their shower intervals, saving more water still.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:52:52 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Envision a deeply restorative space. The best way to begin any design project is with a clear vision of your hopes for the end result. Take a moment to ponder what your ideal bedroom space would look like and how it would feel – the scent, the textures, the sounds. Create as clear a picture as you possibly can, and hold that in your mind as you move forward with the project. Clean the air. Air quality affects health and wellness, and poor air quality can impact sleep. The easiest way to clean the air in your bedroom is simply to open your windows. Commit to letting fresh air into your bedroom for at least 10 minutes each day, and the air quality is sure to improve. To take it a step further, you may want to add several potted plants and an air purifier. Limit technology and remove emotional clutter. When you visualized your ideal bedroom, I'd wager that it wasn't filled with clutter or the tangle of wires dangling from your laptop. Giving yourself a break from tech devices at night will help promote deeper rest and is probably a good idea healthwise as well. Also, take a moment to consider the things you have stored in your bedroom. Are there boxes of bills and paperwork that make your stomach knot each time you see them? Piles of clothes that no longer fit, workout tools you don't use or photos of friends you have a tense relationship with? All of these things can contribute to stress and insomnia, so out they must go. Clean thoroughly and naturally. Often, our bedrooms fall way down to the bottom of our cleaning to‐do list, simply because not many others have to see these private spaces.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:52:34 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Wood is tops, but don't discount glass. The advantage of a glass‐top dining table is that it works well with many decor themes. And because it has a reflective surface, it is an excellent choice for a space that might need to look a little lighter and brighter. Glass dining tables are tough, too. Today's versions are made with tempered safety glass, which means the glass resists scratches and heat and won't shatter if knocked. You can also choose glass that is tinted in a range of different colors, even black. Another benefit of a glass table is that you can surround it with versatile seating arrangements, from mismatched dining chairs to multicolored options.
Published at Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 05:44:19 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Get the balance right. "This is a steam shower, which is why the ceiling is sloped and tiled, the glass goes all the way up to the ceiling and there's a hinged panel that can be cranked open", says Ines Hanl. "The shower has white Thassos marble on the walls and a black marble mosaic on the floor, both of which are inspired by the color scheme in the rest of the bathroom– black and white marble mosaic for the floor and black‐stained cherry cabinetry". Contrast modern and rustic. "This bathroom was part of a renovation in what was originally an old stone gatehouse", says Kelly Solon of Murdock Solon Architects. "We were trying to insert a clean, modern design into a very rustic and visually heavy environment. The frameless enclosure provide a light and airy feel, as well as a contrast to the other materials in the space".