Published at Thursday, September 14th 2017, 18:24:39 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Go large. Small knickknacks can look rather lost and insignificant on a mantelpiece. The solution? Choose chunky, oversized pieces that are guaranteed to make an impact. Here a kind of gothic‐meets‐pop‐art look gives this mantelpiece masses of original style. The hot‐pink letters add a zingy focal point against the gray backdrop and prevent the skull and statues from looking too intimidating.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:27:46 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Go large. Small knickknacks can look rather lost and insignificant on a mantelpiece. The solution? Choose chunky, oversized pieces that are guaranteed to make an impact. Here a kind of gothic‐meets‐pop‐art look gives this mantelpiece masses of original style. The hot‐pink letters add a zingy focal point against the gray backdrop and prevent the skull and statues from looking too intimidating.
Published at Monday, March 13th 2017, 01:26:10 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Ensure proper drainage. Not only will you guard against damage from standing water, but you'll also protect yourself from skidding on wet floors. Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain, and think about adding a second drain for doubly effective siphoning. Select surfaces that can stand up to moisture. Even with careful attention to an open shower's design, splashes and steam will escape. Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile, metal, stone, solid surfacing, engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew.
Published at Sunday, March 12th 2017, 03:05:29 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Same chairs, different upholstery (or seat cushions). Another way to mix up a set of matching chairs is to re‐cover the seats in an array of different fabrics. Or, for nonupholstered wooden chairs, simply add fresh seat cushions in a pleasing range of colors and patterns.
Published at Friday, March 10th 2017, 21:37:45 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Decorative over‐the‐mantel mirror. It's the oldest interiors trick in the book. A striking over‐the‐mantel mirror gives even a supersnug living room a sense of space and light. However, don't settle for just any old mirror. For old‐school elegance, go for a Shabby Chic–style French‐looking piece with an ornate white plaster or gilt wooden frame. If you can afford to, get an original vintage mirror, complete with authentically aged silvering. If not, consider reproductions – they work a similar magic for less cash.
Published at Thursday, March 09th 2017, 23:12:19 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. Lights. If you have a well‐placed window in your kitchen but the angle does not invite a lot of light, it could be a perfect place to add a pendant light. The fixture will help illuminate the counter and will give the feeling of a natural radiance emanating from the outdoors.
Published at Monday, March 06th 2017, 12:17:41 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. If you favor cooler hues, try a palette of blue‐grays, then spice it up with hints of hot red. This is a terrific palette for an office or a kid's or teen's bedroom. The grays have a soothing vibe, but the heart‐racing red injects some energy into the space.
Published at Friday, February 24th 2017, 22:33:25 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. Not a fan of large displays of tchotchkes and objets d'art? You can go a bit wilder with color, because you won't have visual clutter competing with a bold wall. But bright orange is a tough color to pull off, even in a minimalist space. Take a tip from this room and limit the color to one or two smaller walls, and pair it with shades of a neutral – such as sage green.
Published at Friday, February 17th 2017, 02:00:18 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects features white 3‐by‐6‐inch tiles in both the sink area and the shower area, though each room has its own style of floor tile. The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout aren't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Here they're used in an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist style.