Could your home use a slight facelift? Maybe you don’t have the expertise or the budget to undergo a huge renovation project, but your home’s appearance is feeling just a little outdated and stale. What can you do to give it a new, fresh look and liven it up a bit?
Does coffee hold a special place in your heart? Give it a special place in your home too! Whether you can’t start your day without some caffeine or you just enjoy being a home barista instead of (or in addition to) constantly stopping by Starbucks, you care about your coffee.
If your household is like many others, your kitchen is a lot more than just a single-cook, utilitarian space. It may serve as a room where multiple cooks work together at once, where you entertain guests, or where spend a lot of time with your family. It might even be a combination of a dining space and a cooking area, making it even more of a central component of your home. Because of this, you want your kitchen to look attractive and inviting–a place where both your family and your guests will feel at home. Here are some steps to make sure you plan the kitchen that is the right fit for your needs, especially if you’re replacing the cabinets and and redesigning the kitchen layout. Continue reading “How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project”
If you’ve seen a well-designed home featuring a rolling barn door (or beautiful examples of rolling barn doors around the web), you’ve probably thought about installing one in your own home. Do you love the idea but aren’t quite sure where you’d put one? Take a look at these perfect ways to use a rolling barn door in your home!
There was a time not too long ago when home décor updates and home renovations seemed to be the result of a mysterious and costly process involving expert contractors, expensive materials, and an unending, ever-expanding timeline. Thanks to the proliferation of online educational sources and the explosive growth of media outlets such as HGTV, the notion of “experts only” for home renovation has been replaced with a do-it-yourself mentality. Every day, more and more people are learning the skills to plan, develop, and execute complex projects in their home on their own.
The kitchen is often the focal point of the home, and spending extra time crafting the perfect design is well worth the effort. Most people like to create a theme with their kitchen cabinet layout, including specific choices on hardware and finish. The newest trend on the block is “bejeweled kitchens” that mimic the glamour of a regal home without the cost. Here we take a look at the ways you can transform your kitchen into a jewel of a room.
Paint and Accent Pieces
Gemstone colors are bright, but you can use them sparingly if you’d still like to present a traditional kitchen look. This trend can be adapted for any personal taste. The easiest step: paint the cabinets! Whether you prefer a vibrant green jade or a deep smoky quartz, painting your kitchen cabinets is the first step to a bejeweled kitchen. Go full force and paint the cabinets in full, or consider using a jewel tone as a framing color for just a splash.
Adding elegant accents such as brass or chrome door pulls and lighting fixtures will add to the gemstone coloring. Unusual lights or faucets will add to the older-era feel.
Counters and Backsplashes
Sleek and colorful granite countertops provide a way to inject color into your kitchen. Depending on the color desired you may have to search but there is a good selection of blue, red, green, and other combinations to discover. Alternately, a backsplash behind the counter can offer some shine. Typically silver or gold, backsplashes can add a bit of glamour.
See the examples below to discover new ideas! While bejeweled kitchens may be on-trend, choosing just a few jewel tones here and there is a great way to create a new subtle look.
Are you going to jump on the bejeweled trend for your kitchen design? Tell us about it! Share you pictures here, or with us on our Bejeweled Kitchens Pinterest board. We’d love to see what you come up with!
Over the years, the internet has changed the way home remodeling works. There are so many more resources available for homeowners, contractors and interior decorators than ever before. In addition to using Pinterest or iPhone apps for your home remodel, there are also a large variety of blogs out there. Here are a few blogs you should be reading for inspiration, tutorials and resources when remodeling your home.
Remodelaholic (http://www.remodelaholic.com) – One of the most popular remodeling blogs out there, Remodelaholic is written and run by a couple who love everything and anything DIY. Not only do they produce high-quality content, but they also take user submissions as well. Over the span of the blog, they have successfully remodeled three separate houses, sharing their ups and downs along the way.
Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com) – Their motto is, “Saving the world, one room at a time”, and they do just that. Apartment Therapy sets out to “help people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online”. This blog is known for its beautiful images and wide variety of topics (including everything from outdoors to style).
Ikea Hackers (http://www.ikeahackers.net) – This blog features tutorials of how to modify and repurpose Ikea products. The blog takes reader submissions and always has original content due to the popularity of Ikea furniture. This is a great space for creative people to come together and share their ideas and get inspiration for their own furniture remodel.
Young House Love (http://www.younghouselove.com) – Another reader favorite, this blog focuses on a couple’s journey of remodeling their first home together. Complete with DIYs, personal stories and plenty of before-and-after shots, this blog is full of useful resources and inspiration for any home remodel on a budget.
Charles and Hudson (http://charlesandhudson.com) – Charles and Hudson features articles that focus on the quality, design and innovation in the world of home improvement. The blog’s popular categories include DIY, design, tools and outdoor articles. If you’re looking for something that focuses less on the interior design and more on the construction, this is the blog for you.