Fixtures and Finishes. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, bathroom fixtures take up 20% of the renovation budget on average so when choosing fixtures and finishes consider who is using the space and how heavily it will be used. Is it a kid’s bathroom? Then plastic laminate flooring and countertops are a good option because they’re both durable and inexpensive (and high-end material is of less importance to children). You’ll thank yourself later for using finishes that are low maintenance and easy to keep clean. In that regard, choose quartz instead of marble and make sure glass shower doors are treated with anti-spotting agents. In terms of fixtures, you’ll want high-quality construction like all-brass parts and a PVD finish that will resist scratches. Basic chrome is cheaper than materials like nickel or bronze. Low budget, high impact swaps include replacing specific features; here’s our guide on how to pick out the best bathroom vanity. When making any changes consider where you can creatively hide storage in the room and for energy efficiency be sure to look for low-flow toilet models.
Shower Tile. Define zones in the room by using a different tile in the shower. You’ll want to use a tile that has a water-absorption rating of less than 3 percent (lower than what’s recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that’s greater than or equal to 60).
Positioning your furniture with the corresponding views is a great way to make your rooms feel more comfortable, and they will be more enjoyable to live and entertain in. If you’re having troubles visualizing how to take advantage of the views, try taking a walk outside and looking back inside your home! You will be pleasantly surprised how seeing the back of a couch from outside, will instantly remind you to turn the couch towards the window for maximum enjoyment of the beautiful vistas!
Even though there is no specific formula when it comes to designing a small home or room, there are a few keys to success. Painting your walls in bright colors, utilizing unconventional hidden storage (such as this underbed box from The Container Store), embedding multi-purpose furniture — these are just some of the tricks we’ve come across on Freshome.
Flooring. Tile flooring is common in bathrooms and offers a nice alternative to hardwoods, which can get warped if they are exposed to too much water. If you decide to put ceramic tile on the floor, look for a grade of 1 or 2, a water-absorption rating of less than 7 percent and a coefficient of friction above .60, which are slip-resistant and can stand up to water. Also pay attention to porosity; you’ll want a more impervious tile for the floor because of exposure to water. Vinyl feels better on bare feet than ceramic tile, and it’s one of the more popular flooring choices as it’s inexpensive and practical (safe, easy to install and maintain).
Color Accents. Now you’re ready to give your small living space a personal touch. Adding some color, texture and interest to your basics will keep your apartment from looking like a furniture showroom. Layer textiles such as pillows and throws on your seating. Choose 20- or 22-inch-square pillows that can double as floor cushions. Add wall canvases and decor in bold tones. Finally, the right area rug will warm up your space while adding color and pattern. Below are some of our favorite accent pieces. Don’t give up on your apartment just because it’s small. Give it the high-design look you’ve always wanted; it’s easier than you might think, thanks to these products and tips. The saying “Good things come in small packages” is popular for a reason. Use it as your small-apartment-living mantra.
You may have already heard about the age-old kitchen design rule known as the “Golden Triangle.” The simple concept here is that the three appliances you use the most (typically the refrigerator, stove, and sink) should be aligned to form the three points of a triangle if you saw the kitchen from a birdseye view.
Furniture Shows Personal Style. Last but not least, the furniture you choose to allow to fill your rooms is undoubtedly an expression of your unique sense of style. After all, some of us may flip over the simplicity of Scandinavian interiors, while others may prefer the collectivist comfort of a more eclectic design. Either way, the pieces that we allow into our homes speak volumes about our personalities.
Double It. Create a look that’s twice as stunning by duplicating the style two (or even three) times. This is most commonly done over double sinks, but multiple mirrors could be used over a long single-sink vanity as an alternative to one large mirror.
Since the living room is usually the first room that your guests see, it should be a space that reflects your style. The most popular decorating styles are contemporary, traditional and transitional. I prefer a modern, contemporary look, so for those of you looking for more modern living room design ideas, here are some pictures to help inspire you.
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