Add Sophistication to Your Home with Creative Window Treatments
When updating the decor in your home, window treatments are an excellent way to add that last bit of sophistication to complete your design. Whether you choose drapery, shutters, shades, or blinds, you can elevate the look of each room with high-quality, gorgeous materials.
Instead of covering just the glass on your windows, hang your drapery closer to the ceiling and let it flow down to the floor to add a dramatic look to your living area or master bedroom. You can also place drapes over a window that already has blinds or shades to add depth to a room, such as in an office or an entertainment space.
If you have a bay window in an alcove with a built-in bench, you can elevate its look with a colorful window treatment. Create a fun reading nook by adding shutters painted in a bold hue to the window. This type of window treatment will give you the most flexibility on the amount of light you want to let inside that space. Adding such a design, in a neutral color, to any large bank of windows also creates an impressive look, especially if you choose a wide-slatted design.
With the various colors and patterns available, a window shade will give an elegant look to any room. It will look especially lovely over a picture window. With this type of window treatment, you'll also have the option of letting light in from the top, while the bottom part of the shade continues to provide privacy.
For a distinctive appearance, try wide-slatted, horizontal blinds. These tend to look more expensive than the ones with narrow slats and thus will give your home an upgraded appearance. Try them in your kitchen or dining room for a superb look. Blinds also look particularly fabulous with fixed windows such as over windows in a stairway, for example.
The right window treatments are just as essential as any other design element in your home. Choose beautiful, quality materials that will last for the best result. Creative window treatments, when chosen correctly, will add sophistication to each room of your home.
Include a Wine Bar in Your Basement
Often when renovating a basement, an odd nook in some corner remains available, and you don't know what to do with it. It's sometimes used to store junk or just goes unused altogether. Don't waste this precious square footage. Consider turning it into a wine-tasting station.
Paint the nook a fabulous color that differs from the rest of your walls. Then install a bar-height shelf against the most extensive section of wall. This shelf should consist of thick wood with a gorgeous finish.
It will serve as the top of your tasting station. Along the back of that wall, put up a narrow shelf or two halfway up to hold wine glasses. If your nook looks a bit dim, install wall sconces on both sides to help light the space. You can also add mirrored panels along the back wall between the shelving to reflect additional light. Place a couple of attractive bar stools in front of the bar's top where you and a guest can comfortably sit.
On either one side or both sides of the nook, construct a slim wine rack running from the floor to the ceiling. Make sure the design isn't so broad that it will get in the way of you moving the bar stools back and forth.
This design, though narrow, will give you plenty of space to store your wine bottles. Keep the rack open, or if you have minors in the home, install a glass case around each one that you can lock. With the glass, you can still admire your collection whenever you want, but it will remain secure. For convenience, if you have space, put in a small wine cooler on one side of your station, either on top of the shelf or below, so you can chill your wines to the perfect temperature before you indulge.
After you've fashioned your fabulous wine-tasting station, you can sit and enjoy a relaxing drink after a hectic day without having to leave your house. You've also utilized that nook space to create an unexpected luxury that you won't find in most homes. This custom feature is one that will thrill everyone who sees it and will increase the value of your property.
How To Design A Unique Bedroom
Interior design runs in cycles. Like everything else, it has trends and fashions that change and develop over time. For the last few years, there's been a strong tendency toward minimalism, and increasing numbers of people have been painting their bedrooms white and hanging ethereal muslin curtains across their windows. It's easy to feel like you don't know where to start when none of the current interior design magazines are catering to you, so here are a few quick-and-easy design tips to get you going.
Remember That Not Everything Has to Match
Mix Up Textures to Add Interest
Even if you stay within a pretty narrow colour palate, there's a lot you can do with different kinds of textures and fabric. Velvet curtains contrast beautifully with a satin bedspread and rag rugs, even if they're all the same shade of burgundy. This is also an excellent way to make things easy to change around with the season and your mood. You might be amazed what a refresh of your textiles can do when you feel like your bedroom is looking tired.
Look At Your Furniture for Inspiration
If you already have a piece of bedroom furniture you truly love, what can you do to make it fit in with the room in a new and interesting way? A cast-iron headboard, for example, could get you thinking about an industrialist look, something with lots of rivets and a slightly steampunk edge. A dressing table that wouldn't look amiss on the set of a period drama could be the starting point for a gorgeous 1930s boudoir. Think about your favourite pieces of furniture in new ways, and you might be surprised by where they take you.
There's no harm in breaking away from current trends. Your bedroom is probably the most intensely personal room in your house, and the more you feel like it's a reflection of yourself, the more you'll enjoy spending time relaxing in it.
Custom Home Features That Never Go out of Style
Custom Home Features That Never Go out of Style
Despite a volatile market over the last decades, custom home sales are staying strong overall. Custom homes are a reliable sector in the housing market, according to the National Association of Home Builders (2017). Buyers have tried to get more bang for their buck, though. In 2017 and 2018, the average size of a custom home dropped from 2618 square feet to 2555 square feet. That drop in total square feet indicates a buyer's desire to make the most of every dollar spent. Making the most of every dollar spent means packing in as many custom features as possible.
But not all features are created equal. Owners often get caught up in trendy fads and the latest decorating styles and do not consider whether or not those fads add anything to the value of the home. Many of the trends date a custom home and work against its marketability later. Some extras never go out of style and remain useful, though. These extras make the home sellable through fad after fad because they are practical. When building a custom home, consider including these features that will remain desirable and useful for years to come.
Safe rooms can be on the floor of a garage, finished out as just another room, or built off-site and set in place later. Whatever the configuration, safe rooms are useful. Most people live in an area with at least some seasonal bad weather. Safe rooms offer homeowners peace of mind. FEMA occasionally does a reimbursement program to builders for including safe rooms that meet FEMA standards in newly built homes. Even if FEMA is not currently doing a reimbursement deal, builders can find the requirements online for FEMA-endorsed safe rooms (fema.gov).
It is so frustrating to not have an electrical outlet where you need one. Consider outlet placement carefully when building a custom home. Remember to include cable tv and telephone outlets on at least two sides of living rooms, bedrooms, offices, and media rooms. (Yes, people still look for these in a home. Besides, arranging furniture will be much easier because there are plenty of outlets, too.) Hidden outlets in drawers are handy for small appliances and beauty items in kitchens and bathrooms. Large rooms need at least one outlet on the floor. Consider putting outlets about waist high in garages or shops. At that height, outlets are less likely to get lost behind items and it saves stooping. Place outside outlets on all sides of the home.
Having a generator hook-up wired into the home's breaker box is easy for an electrician to do and will give a family peace of mind. Hook up vital breakers to the generator so items such as a refrigerator/freezer, heater/air conditioner, and a section of lights remain operatable. Simply let the electrician know what items you'd like to remain operational when the power goes out and then have those routed to the generator during a power failure.
Easy Attic Access
No one likes those pull down attic ladders. It makes getting items into the attic difficult. Make your attic useful by giving it easy access. Consider using one end of a garage for stairs leading to an attic or storage space. If building a multi-story home, have attic access on the upper floor. In place of the pull-down ladder, consider a lift for heavy items, too. It takes up the same amount of space as the ladders do and are far handier. It also promotes safety since there will be no more carrying heavy items to storage. Simply put it on the lift and send it to the attic.
Oversized Garage or Additional Garage
Most families have multiple drivers and several cars. Consider a three-car garage or a standard two car garage with a detached third garage. The detached garage can be used for parking, storage, a shop, or studio. A porte-cochere or awning is also nice to get to the detached garage without having to get out in the weather. Even expanding a garage two feet on all sides makes a tremendous difference when trying to get in and out of the car. When drawing up custom house plans, it's simple to add the extra feet during the planning phase.
A well-thought our house plan uses every inch of available space wisely. Whether it's custom cabinets with lots of dividers, sections, and dedicated storage space, or storage built-in under a set of stairs, custom homes maximize storage space. Make sure the home has various types of storage. Walk-in closets should have shelves, drawers, rods, and dividers. Consider laundry basket storage, rods, folding areas, and ironing board storage in the often neglected laundry room. Add locker style storage in a mudroom or entryway. Consider various heights for kitchen cabinets, too. Create storage space near the ceiling in the garage to get items up and out of the way. Even consider dedicating a closet to holiday decor storage. Sites like Pinterest are your best friend for clever ideas. Great storage and closets sell a house more than any other single feature.
Solid Core Doors
Most people do not consider doors as being important, but they are. Doors provide security and privacy. Solid core doors feel more substantial and dampen sound. Much better than their hollow core counterparts, solid core doors make your house quieter and feel more sturdy.
Building a custom home means tons of decisions. It can be easy to get caught up in the trends, but instead, consider all of the little details that will continually add value to your home. Spend money on those items rather than trendy fads that might hurt the resale of your home in the future.
Hot 2019 Trends in Kitchen Design and Décor
Hot 2019 Trends in Kitchen Design and Décor
If a kitchen remodeling is well underway for you in 2019, then you might want to get viable ideas flowing by considering these trends in residential kitchen design and décor. Most of them do not really break the bank and may fit easily into your lifestyle.
Suspended from a high-ceilinged kitchen area and over the countertop island, pendant lights lend a touch of luxury, especially to an open-layout kitchen. Both functional and decorative, pendant-style light fixtures can range from strikingly sculptural sockets to minimalist bare bulbs.
Color Palettes that Juxtapose Warmth with Cold
Think of the warm sheen of bronze or copper fixtures foregrounded by Arctic blue-gray slate tiles. Yellow foisted against industrial concrete also makes for an interesting finish, if you are thinking of repainting your kitchen soon. The latest trend in kitchen color schemes plays on the electrifying dynamics between warm and cool shades.
An all-black look is making a strong comeback in 2019. And yes, traditional white is losing its luster among would-be kitchen renovators. From cabinetry to appliances, dramatic black--and its corresponding ease of maintenance as the shade perfectly conceals potential stains--is high on the list of hot kitchen design trends for 2019.
Hidden Work Areas
Another design and décor trend that's sure to take off in 2019 is a kitchen that does not look like a kitchen and one that blends seamlessly with the home's living areas. This means creatively hiding the clutter and the grind. The pantry of kitchen staples is sequestered from sight by cabinet doors. Hood ranges are artfully hidden. Doors sporting folding fluted glass or attractive screens are used to section off the cooking area, larder, and so on.
Single-Block Stone Sink
If you have been mulling over finally replacing your dented stainless steel sink, a strong trend for kitchen sinks in 2019 is a cool nod to the Italian countryside. Consider looking at sinks that are cut and smoothened from a gorgeous solid block of stone. Over time, your stone sink is sure to age beautifully. A single-block stone sink is best paired with vintage-looking fixtures and faucets.
The above design trends may work perfectly for you and your lifestyle. Best of luck with your planned kitchen renovation!