Wednesday, September 26, 2012
If you're looking for a style that brings harmony and balance to your kitchen, consider a serene Asian interior. Natural elements, like bamboo flooring, are combined with clean architectural lines. Keep the color palette simple, and add appliances that blend into the overall design.
The cottage kitchen is all about simplicity. Relaxed and informal, this easygoing style is perfect for a relaxed look. Look for cabinetry and furniture in light woods or paint your existing pieces in a low-sheen white.
A Mediterranean kitchen is vibrant, but combined with aged texture and warmth. The style is characterized by architectural details, such as arches and recessed nooks, and uses a color palette of soft yellows, wheats, oranges and reds. A big family table is a must for gatherings, so be thoughtful about food prep and seating areas. Add Old World character to the walls, and use rustic hardware on distressed cabinet doors.
Casual and cozy, the English country kitchen combines traditional style with some farmhouse flair. A crisp, clean color palette and vintage furniture are simple ways to add the style to your kitchen. If you're making major changes, stick with easy-to-care-for surfaces, like subway tile and stone counter tops.
The French country kitchen serves up a warm, comfortable gathering place for family and friends. A color palette of blues, reds, greens and yellows echo nature, and walls and cabinets often feature a distressed, Old World look. Antique furniture, colorful fabrics and interesting textures (think hand-blown glass bottles and over-sized baskets) add the perfect touches.
Make a statement with a modern kitchen. Keep it simple with clean, straight lines, and use industrial materials like concrete or stainless steel for counter-tops and backsplashes. For your color palette, stick with black and white or choose one bold color to use throughout the space.
Inspired by a mountain lodge, the rustic kitchen evokes a cozy, cabin-style ambiance, but it can easily blend into a modern home. Organic materials, like timber and stone, are combined with polished tile and glass. If you live in an older home, highlight the original architecture to bring personality and a timeworn quality to the space.
Bring the rich flavor of Italy's region of Tuscany into your kitchen. For your flooring, choose a durable material like tile or tumbled stone. Tuscan walls are characterized with faux finishes and sun-drenched colors in shades of terra cotta, orange and yellow. Aged wood and open cabinets create an unstructured look, so complement the woodwork with rustic, handcrafted hardware.
You don't have to live on the beach to create a laid-back tropical kitchen. Combine a bright and breezy color palette of citrus shades and oceanlike blues with natural elements like rattan and bamboo. Tile backsplashes or countertops are the perfect places to add bold color, and bring the outdoors inside by incorporating botanical prints or artwork.
Whether you desire a cheerful '50s retro space or a graceful Victorian renovation, the vintage kitchen is the style for a chef who wants the special charm from a past era. A '50s kitchen conjures up ruby, yellow and turquoise shades while subdued colors mark the Victorian palette. Stock the ultimate vintage kitchen with the ultimate finds from the era you want to portray.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Floor-to-ceiling custom-made shelves complete this corner of a simple, yet feminine living space. All the surfaces are painted white and distressed to carry the Cape Cod theme. The windowsills are used as extra seating and storage areas.
The home office and guest room combination features a desk that slides out of the way so the Murphy bed can be pulled down when guests are staying.
This executive home office has a warm and distinctive feel with the rich, multi-colored wood desk and hutch. The bold stripe, mock Roman window treatment takes some of the seriousness out of the room.
This whimsical home office showcases a play on texture and vibrant bursts of color.
Leather isn’t just for chairs anymore — this luxurious office space also features a leather-finished desk and bookcase. A silver lamp accents the metal cubes on the shelf, and white stitching contrasts the dark leather desk.
This office was designed with contrast in mind. Dark espresso wood tones in the space ground the furniture and give a substantial look. A dark gray accent wall creates a dramatic background for light drapery, chairs and artwork.
Bright colors like orange and lime stimulate energy and give pep to this home office. A reclaimed desk from the '50s was painted in a car body shop to make it like new.
The handpainted floral design in this kitchen desk area repeats the floral pattern in the adjoining family room window treatments, helping to connect all the spaces.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Pile on the Pillows
Hanging a graphic quilt is an easy solution to the “big blank wall” issue. Complementary bed linens pull the decor together.
Work the Walls
Nightstands and adjustable lamps affixed to walls smartly save space in a small room.
Reveal a Personal Side
Your bedroom should express your personality (not just design principles), so feel free to go a little off-center, as with the art here.
Turn Photos Into Art
Make your most personal space even more so with artwork of those you love.
Keep Scale in Mind
Gauge the size of your bedside lamp by the scale of your bed: A four-poster would call for a big fixture; for a low bed, choose something smaller.
Add Warmth With Neutrals
That idea works just as well with neutrals. Here, soft lighting overhead and a clip-on task lamp add to the sense of warm comfort.
Mix It Up
Don’t be afraid to pair up unlike pieces, as with these bed tables. A short stack of books serves to even up the lamps.