Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:06:08 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, October 06th 2017, 08:22:04 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Dining Room. Mismatched chairs, same material or shape. If you love hunting for vintage chairs, a great way to build a set is by keeping an eye out for chairs made of the same material, or in a distinctive shape – cane‐backed, ladder‐back, wood, metal, wicker and so on. Once you have your set, you can determine whether or not you also want to unify them with paint (see No. 2).
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:54 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. Graywater reuse. It's a little crazy that we use potable drinking water to flush our toilets. Aqus is a simple system that routes used sink water (graywater) through a filter and disinfectant and into any nearby toilet tank for use in flushing. Being water smart couldn't be easier.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:46 AM by Rosetta Loreta. 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 Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:35 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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 Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:24 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Café table and invisible chairs. This itty‐bitty seating area proves that even truly tiny spaces don't need to sacrifice style. Seek out the smallest, sleekest café table you can find and place a pair of clear chairs (made from acrylic or Lucite) around it. Style it up between meals with a cute fruit bowl.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:12 AM by Manya Matveev. Dining Room. For buyers on the move, choose a table that is easily transportable. For those who don't stay put, a heavy table may prove to be an annoyance, weighing you down each time you move. If you fall in love with a metal or marble table, don't be discouraged from buying it, but do think about how you might safely transport it. As suggested above, choose a small, round marble table, or go for a wooden table with detachable legs. If you are looking for a table to suit an urban‐industrial decor theme, don't go all‐out with a (heavy) metal table but consider a (lighter) wood table with some metal design features, such as the one pictured here. Plastic as an alternative to wood is light and can be molded into some cool shapes, but be aware that the color can fade over time.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:02 AM by Edda Braune. Kitchen. Create a center of attention. "This kitchen was designed to bring a symmetrical balance to the back, windowed wall", says Marlene Wangenheim of Interiors By Design. "All the materials, though rich, were very played down– for example, the white quartz stone countertops and the Calacatta marble brick tile with mother‐of‐pearl in the backsplash". "The chandelier brings your eye immediately to the center of the room, and then the tour begins", she adds. "The glitz of the chandelier also balances the serene color palette by contrasting it and giving it a wow effect".