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Luxurious Bathroom Amenities for Lavish Living

Luxurious Bathroom Amenities for Lavish LivingWhile it might not be a hidden retreat, a carefully designed bathroom can provide sumptuous amenities that readily transform the most intimate room in the home into a spa-worthy sanctuary. Opulence can come from any corner of the room – lighting fixtures, decorative mirrors, the tub, flooring choices, accessorized fixtures, and wall coverings. Grandeur comes in many forms, whether you choose shimmering surfaces for a captivating visual effect or modern silhouettes for a contemporary look.

Modern Conveniences | For a welcoming touch of relaxing bliss, fill your bathroom with all of the modern conveniences so readily accessible today, including:

  • Heated flooring
  • Steam shower
  • His-and-her vanities
  • Super size walk-in shower
  • Dressing area of to the side
  • Oversized skylights
  • Remote-controlled toilet with a bidet, self-cleaning functionality, and nightlight
  • Deep soaking tubs
  • Stone vessel sinks
  • Zinc tub
  • Posh hardware
  • Glass mosaic tiles
  • Two-person rain showerheads
  • Sound system/television

Luxurious Features | The tactile qualities offered by a variety of traditionally elegant finishes can transform your master bath from sensible to gloriously exciting. If you aren’t quite sure what you want to incorporate into the end product, consult an interior designer for ideas. While inspiration can come from anywhere, a trained professional has the expertise needed to create pure luxury through the following strategies:

  • Adding reflective elements (chrome, brushed nickel, stainless steel, copper, and bronze accents) capable of infusing heightened illumination
  • Creating intrigue with contrasting geometric designs in the textiles chosen for the room
  • Adding drama and intensity with backlighting
  • Encouraging complex designs through the use of striated marble, granite, and copper accents
  • Creating a seamless transition by using the same materials throughout, allowing the bathtub and vanities to flow into the backsplash in a seamless transition
  • Mixing it up a little by combining natural stone elements with the high sheen of marble

Whether you choose the stylish simplicity of singular patterns or the complexity of remarkably diverse designs, each element that you include immediately becomes a part of the sumptuous glamour that you’ve created. With a little thought and guidance, you’ll easily be able to create a sophisticated bath designed for the man of the home or a feminine sanctuary for the woman.

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Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls to Inspire a Sense of Lavish Living

Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls to Inspire a Sense of Lavish LivingExperienced interior designers understand the importance of infusing smart ideas and blending multiple elements of a room in order to optimize existing features. This ability is essential in rooms with less-than-desirable features such as the presence of sloped walls. While you might have the option to make structural changes, this isn’t always a feasible idea. What can you do when one of your rooms has a sloped wall that makes it appear small and cramped?

Monochromatic Coloring | Rather than papering the walls, you might want to select a light shade of paint that can be used to create the illusion of spaciousness. You can carry this effect over to the entirety of the room by choosing a lighter hue for the ceiling. Avoid the impulse to choose the same color for the ceiling and walls because doing so makes the room appear smaller since the ceiling now looks lower than it actually is.

Redesign the Sloped Section | Depending on the angle and location of the sloped ceiling, you might be able to redirect the slope in order to create a new element within the room. For example, you might want to build an interior half-wall or two that can be used to create bookshelves or a short closet.

Select Sufficient Lighting | Choosing all three types of lighting (ambient, task, and decorative) can help to make the room well-lit, giving it an illusion of spaciousness. Track lighting, ceiling fixtures, sconces, and floor lamps can all add to the brightness of this space.

Minimize Your Furnishings | Keep the number of furniture pieces in the room to a minimum. This strategy avoids making the room appear even smaller than it is. Place shorter pieces beneath the lowest end of the slope and taller furniture items in the area that is unaffected by any sloping.
Optimizing the Size of a Room with Sloped Walls and/or Ceilings | Don’t allow a sloped ceiling to cut into the spaciousness of a room. Hire an interior designer who can provide you with innovative ideas or use some of the tips presented in this article. Colors, furnishings, and rebuilding can all be used to open up the space!

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Inspiring Ideas to Optimize the Lavishness of Dark Flooring

Inspiring Ideas to Optimize the Lavishness of Dark FlooringWhen you’ve chosen dark cherry hues in hardwood flooring or chocolatey tones in plush carpeting, the richness of the coloring can create a striking appearance that is both luxurious and appealing at the same time. Nonetheless, the end result can actually diminish the room’s appearance by making it look smaller than it actually is. This illusion makes the room’s dimensions look as though they’ve shrunken, particularly if your selection of furnishings enhances that effect.

An experienced interior designer can provide tips to help you to optimize the size of the room without the need to replace the flooring. In the meantime, you can use the following guidelines to counteract the effect of dark floors on the appearance of a room’s size.

Streamline the Room’s Appearance | Reducing clutter opens up the visibility of the floor and walls, adding to the spaciousness of the room. Take out anything that you aren’t using for decorative or functional purposes. If you use area rugs, consider using small ones that don’t take up much space. Choosing area rugs and tables with rounded edges can also make the room seem less cluttered.

Choose Light Colors for the Walls | Brightly colored walls can add an element of lightness to an otherwise “darkened” room. Choosing pale colors can help to create an illusion of expansiveness, while also presenting an opportunity to reflect illumination from light fixtures and make the room appear even brighter. Choosing lightly colored window treatments can also deliver a sense of spaciousness within the room.

Select Sufficient Lighting | For rooms in need of brightening elements, the lighting choices that you make are critical. It is essential that you select ambient (overall illumination), accent (visual interest), and task (for use with activities) lighting.  Combining all three types of light sources optimizes the opportunity to infuse a sense of spaciousness into the room using illumination.

Hire an Interior Designer to Assist in Presentation | Interior designers have the expertise needed to design a room optimally through a complementary selection of colors and patterns for walls, flooring, ceilings, and furnishings. If you’ve already invested in some of these elements of room design, professional assistance can help you to achieve your intended effect.

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Adding Warmth to Oversized Rooms Easily and Successfully

Adding Warmth to Oversized Rooms Easily and SuccessfullyDoes your home have one or more overly large living spaces that just don’t seem to be as inviting and cozy as other rooms within your home? Even if you enjoy having such an expansive area, you might still be wondering if your interior designer can assist you in adding the warmth that this space currently lacks. Fortunately, it is quite simple to do so, particularly if your designer is experienced in designing large rooms.

Choosing Rich, Dark Colors to Create Warmth | Darker colors are known for their ability to infuse an inviting sense of cordiality to any living space, particularly if they are chosen for walls and ceilings. Choosing solid coloring rather than tiny prints or patterns typically works better to minimize a space. Offset the dark tones with lighter hues for crown molding and trim. Furnishings (furniture and carpeting) should also make use of rich, deep tones with large prints that optimize the coziness of the room.

Using Furniture Arrangements to Fill the Space | Choose oversized pieces of furniture to create the illusion that the space is sized normally, enhancing the sense of warmth that you’ve created with your coloring selections. Use tall pieces for rooms with high ceilings and wide pieces for rooms featuring expansive borders. Clustering your furniture to create individualized areas within the room also assists in generating a space that is welcoming in appearance.
Framing an Open Area | If you are trying to add warmth to an open area of the home that serves as the landing zone for a living and dining area or some other combination, speak with your designer about the possibility of framing the dividing line between the two. Adding framework at the ceiling in the form of an arch that separates the two spaces instills the area with a clear sense of demarcation that enhances the existing warmth and coziness that you’ve created.

Rely on Your Instincts as Well as Those of Your Interior Designer | If the room feels cozy to you, then it probably is. Choose accessories that accentuate the primary colors in your design scheme. The key is to include items that invite the eyes to look and the heart to feel.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips Homeowners Can Use

Kitchen Remodeling Tips Homeowners Can UseThe kitchen is one of the most often remodeled rooms within a home and with good reason. Drawing people in with promises of delicious food, bright lighting, and excellent conversation, the kitchen truly is the place where many families spend time together. So, of course, it’s the space that often undergoes a welcome upgrade in functionality as well as styling. Here are a few tips that can make this process go more smoothly, both for you as well as for your interior designer.

Design for Efficiency | Every kitchen should be designed to optimize the functionality of its space. For example, if you plan to do a lot of cooking, you’ll want to streamline the kitchen’s layout to promote ready access to the fridge, countertop, sink, and stove, enabling easy transitioning between cooking phases. Likewise, if you intend to incorporate the kitchen as a focal point for entertaining, you’ll want to include specific features that enhance your ability to do so.

Embrace an Open Floor Plan | If your kitchen is part of an open design, encourage its inclusion through careful use of colors, textures, and lighting. The flooring that you choose and the furniture utilized as the dividing element make a huge impact on the overall attractiveness of the room. Discuss your intended use of the space with your interior designer as well as your expectations for the ability of the kitchen to stand as a distinct entity as well as a blended component of the open floor plan. Doing so enables your designer to be on point more efficiently throughout the entire remodeling process.

Allow Your Lifestyle to Emerge during the Remodeling Phase | All too often, homeowners forget to consider what it is that they like along with what it is that they do. If you know that the children are going to gravitate to the kitchen for homework, it’s important to incorporate task lighting along with counter space or a work nook. Additionally, you need to consider how your family’s needs will transition over the next couple of years so you can incorporate the appropriate furnishings.

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Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home’s Interior Design

Creating the Perfect Look for Your Home's Interior DesignWhether you are looking for pops of color or focused on the materials utilized in your home’s interior, the idea is to create a flow of style so that your décor and theme transition easily from one room of the house to the next. The key to doing this successfully is to create a plan that encapsulates every aspect of your goals from the very beginning, leaving nothing to chance.

Creating the perfect look for your home’s interior design isn’t just about selecting a contemporary trend that is currently gaining popularity with the heated enthusiasm sparked by YouTube videos or seasonal catalogs. It’s about the feeling that you get when you look at the room, knowing that its appearance embraces your inner spirit and personality in a way that is going to transcend the next five or even ten years with a distinctively stylish look that brings a twinkle to your eye and a lighthearted bounce to your step.

Finding the Heart and Soul of the Room | In order to capture the heart of the room, you need to first look at it objectively so that you can plan not only the layout of the furniture but also the colors, textures, and patterns. Assess the space that you have. Pinpoint problem areas so that you can find ways to optimize their presence.

Select a focal underpinning from which to build out the remaining elements of the room’s design. Choose something large, eye-catching, and distinctive enough to draw the human eye to it upon entrance into the room. Accent its colors, patterns, and textures through your other choices, pulling the room together in a kind of seamless manner that seems easy on the eyes.

Embrace the Room’s Natural Features | Each room in your home has different characteristics, such as flowing beams of sunlight, narrow doorways, high windows, built-in shelves or fireplace, and varying ceiling heights. Rather than attempting to hide what some people might call imperfections, embrace their presence and find ways to optimize them. Create a cozy appearance for darker rooms or a lively one for those basking in sunlight. An interior designer can assist you with any or all of this.

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Inspiring Tips for Visually Dividing a Great Room

Inspiring Tips for Visually Dividing a Great RoomThe immense size of a “great room” provides a welcome opportunity to create zones that meet the individualized needs of your family. Intended to function as the family, dining, and living rooms of your home, this area is essential not only to provide a much-needed space for most family activities but also to serve as a focal point for your home’s floor plan. Breaking the room up successfully allows you to optimize its use while maintaining a comfortable environment throughout the space. Here is a look at several easy options that your interior designer can assist you with in order to accomplish your goal.

Architectural Details | Offering a distinctive appearance that is difficult to miss, architectural details such as cedar beams or decorative pillars can visually define the space of your great room. A fireplace in the living room not only provides warmth but also delivers a distinctive focal point that defines that space, while built-in book shelves assist in separating the family room from the dining area.

Layout Features | It’s important to keep in mind the layout of the home when choosing your zones. For example, you might want to place the dining area of the great room closest to the kitchen, or you could consider placing the family room as far away from the bedrooms as possible to minimize the noise that arises from TV watching, video game playing, and gathering with friends. An experienced interior designer can offer suggestions that have worked well for other clients, providing innovative ideas that might not have occurred to you otherwise.

Colors | Unifying the colors that you choose for each section of the room provides easily recognized zones. Ask your interior designer to assist you in your selection of a color palette for each area, being careful to rely heavily on neutral tones to anchor the remaining assortment of hues. Ideally, you can incorporate certain furnishings into your design to act as an underpinning for each zone. For example, you can select a boldly colored area rug for the family space, an elegantly designed table for the dining area, or uniquely styled sofa and armchair for the living room.

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Optimizing the Spaciousness of an Open Floor Plan for a Dining Area, Living Room, and Kitchen

Optimizing the Spaciousness of an Open Floor Plan for a Dining Area, Living Room, and KitchenCreating a spacious eye-level view isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish. This thought is particularly true when you are working with an open-concept design housing a kitchen, living room, and dining area. A professional interior designer has the experience and knowledge needed to assist you with each of the following helpful strategies.

Fashioning a Color Base | Before you define separate areas in an open floor plan, you must first provide a color base that ties the rooms together for an attractive visual presentation that seems to offer continuous shading without disruptive demarcations. Your interior designer can assist you in choosing neutral shades for the ceilings and crown moldings as well as the majority of walls in this area as well as in selecting coordinating hues that complement the overall color scheme while providing distinctive accents to each individual living space.

Creating Distinctive Room Delineation | It isn’t necessary to incorporate physical dividers in order to define separate areas within an open floor plan. One option you have is to design one wall in each area in a distinctive manner using tiles, wall art, or a different paint color or wallpaper design. Area rugs, unique furniture arrangements, and vertical cabinetry or bookcases can assist in this endeavor. Your interior designer will have other suggestions that deliver similar results.

Optimizing General, Task, and Ambient Lighting Sources | For ideal results, it takes a combination of general, task, and ambient lighting sources to properly illuminate a living space. A brightly lit area looks more spacious, while accent lighting provides an extra touch of delineation that helps in creating separate living spaces. A professional designer can help you in choosing the type and number of lighting fixtures as well as with the best placement within each area.

Draperies and Other Window Treatments | Just as you should choose a single paint color for the majority of an open three-room space, the window treatments that you select should portray the same colors and pattern. Neutral shades offer the greatest versatility, but you can also choose bolder colors as long as you stay within the same color family.

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Embracing Broken Sightlines in Oddly Shaped Living Spaces in a Way That Promotes Interior Beauty

Embracing Broken Sightlines in Oddly Shaped Living Spaces in a Way That Promotes Interior BeautyNot all homes feature clean-cut lines with attractive transitions from one room to the next. In particular, l-shaped living spaces often create awkward transitions for homeowners who intend to design on their own. Taking advantage of the expertise of an interior designer is perhaps the best way to minimize the frustration of trying to figure out what works best to encourage an attractive continuation from one living area to the next.

Choosing Furniture That Works Well Together | Finding the perfect design flow is a task best suited for a professional with the training to know what styles, colors, patterns, and dimensions work best together. Choosing furniture in the same type of wood might appear to be too forced in selection. However, you do need to keep in mind the need to select furnishings that are complementary in nature. An interior designer has the experience needed to make useful suggestions.

Defining the Walls | No matter which two rooms are adjoined in an l-shaped setup, both of them are going to share a single wall. Therefore, it is up to you, in conjunction with your designer, to decide which room’s coloring will be featured on the part of the wall that is visible in both rooms. For example, you might want to allow the dominant color to be portrayed at the end of the wall that is shared.

Maintaining an Open Line of Sight | Since the furniture in one room is seen from the area adjacent to it, you’ll want to focus on a selection that allows your eyes to easily see over the furniture into the next room. This strategy keeps your line of vision open, while creating an easy transition from one living space to the next.

Complementary Hues and Patterns | Since portions of each room will be visible from the other area, it is important to select room décor in patterns and colors that are similar. For example, choose a rug offers a wide swath of blue shading with white designs and then reverse the color percentages in the drapery of the adjoining room. You can discuss ways to create a more attractive transition from one room to the next with your designer, who might make suggestions such as following a theme of crystal, chrome, or leather.

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The Open Floor Plan – Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend Well

The Open Floor Plan - Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend WellWith so many homes featuring an open floor plan today, figuring out how to transition your living space becomes an essential part of creating attractive, functional rooms. In particular, blending a kitchen that freely opens into the dining room without any wall barriers can be a tricky process.

delia kitchenChoosing the Breakfast Bar | The style of breakfast bar you choose often determines how it will be used. Ideally, the bar should offer usability for each room. Plus, it will serve as a divider between the two living spaces.

Blending with the Dining Room | Tying the presence of the breakfast bar with the dining room is as simple as asking your interior designer to assist you in selecting tall chairs that go with the furnishings in that room. You’ll want to stick with the same style, such as traditional or modern, and select colors that are complimentary with the décor in the dining room itself.

Coordinating with the Kitchen | Many built-in breakfast bars are designed to offer two individual heights – one for the kitchen side of it and the other height for the dining room side. Typically, the kitchen side is lower and used for work space. As a result, you don’t need to place any chairs here. Your interior designer might have some ideas regarding the color and style of tile for this work surface. The goal is to match it to the kitchen’s décor.

Blending the Kitchen and Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan | Ideally, your cabinetry, bar stools/chairs, and the base of the breakfast bar will match in coloring and type of materials used. This strategy creates a visual transition that ties the two rooms together while also being easy on the eyes. Another strategy that you can use is to choose accessories, countertop appliances, and wall décor that have similar patterns or colors so that you create a flow from one area of the room to another as well as into the adjoining area. Be sure to ask your interior designer for tips on additional ways to tie the two rooms together.

Written by Virginia Liberato | (908) 665-7997 ext.20 | Send Virgina an Email

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