I don’t have a dining room, but if I did, I would want it to have some drama. After all, if I’m going to devote a whole room to an activity I usually do sitting in front of the television, it better be compelling :) I’m kidding, but not about the drama part — whether with a chandelier, a big piece of wall art or amazing textiles, my dream dining room makes a statement.
My advice is to consult with the pros. I collaborated on this room with my good friend and interior designer Autumn Clemons. I knew what I wanted, but she took my vision to the next level. Wallpapering the tray ceiling never occurred to me, and now it’s one of my favorite parts of the room. Having someone with the training and design eye in your corner can keep you from making costly mistakes and really make any project a show-stopper. I think there’s a misconception that hiring a designer is a huge expense. But these days, there are so many talented designers offering e-services, it’s really affordable for any budget.
I’d like to consider myself an inventive thinker, but after looking at these file cabinets, I have to say that I never would have thought to transform them the way Matthew did. Matthew had been looking for minimalist metal planter boxes for a while and when he spotted these file cabinets for 50 cents a piece (!) at a local thrift shop, the answer was clear. This project is so simple to recreate and I love the clean and simple results. You can read about his whole process here, and if you’re lucky enough to find a similar steal on file cabinets, you should definitely consider this a great way to put them to use. Great job, Matthew!
Purples and violets have been all the rage in the last few years, and every major fashion company and interior design giant predicts that these colors will continue to stay relevant in the next few years to come. Purple looks especially stunning in any setting that it is placed and instantly gives the room visual richness that is simply unmistakable. While purple has a lot going for it, painting your kitchen cabinets purple means that you should pay particular attention to the surrounding decor and matching hues. If you love an eclectic look, this is barely a problem.
The galley kitchens found in most homes are just replicas of the small but efficient cooking spaces found on military ships. The design of the kitchen entails a simple two-wall design and the space in-between just wide enough for a few steps backward or forward. Depending on how creative you choose to be, these small kitchens can actually be as stylish, if not more stylish, like several other larger kitchens.
They not only give you the right illumination that allows you to get the work done on the kitchen countertop, but also act as great décor additions even during daytime. When natural ventilation takes over, pendant lights still seem to retain their enigmatic charm. Here are some interesting and exception design ideas and inspirations that will hopefully spur you to add pendant lighting above your kitchen island as well.
There is plenty of planning that goes into the design of a modern kitchen. Most kitchen designs tend to continue the ‘contemporary’ look that home owners chose for their living and dining areas. This pretty much makes a sleek and stylish cabinet with glass-front the perfect options. Glass is an integral part of modern home design and with current residences using it in an extensive manner; it makes sense to incorporate cabinets with glass doors in your kitchen as well.
These days there is plenty of talk about giving the kitchen a green makeover. That obviously means ushering in sustainable practices that make your kitchen far more eco-friendly. But why not have a few green cabinets to go along with this design philosophy? Just like blue, green is available in a wide range of shades, hues and values. Lime green and dark olive green seem to be preferred in chic, contemporary kitchens. A lighter and more sober version of green can give your kitchen cabinets an amazing, vintage look. If creating a full-blown vintage kitchen is your aim, then do not give green cabinets a miss!
Design flexibility and an innovative plan is what a corner sink brings to the kitchen. By placing the sink in the corner, there is ample space available in the remainder of the space for the addition of storage units. At times though, the placement of the dishwasher can be a real hassle as one sitting next to the corner sink with its door open might make the movement through the kitchen a tad bit inconvenient. There are those home owners who also feel that cleaning up is far more difficult after the installation of a corner sink due to the limited reach.
This galley kitchen design is efficient for those who are short on space. With several storage options that did not leave out the cooker and the refrigerator, the homeowner can make the most of the wall space available in the kitchen. Even the dishwasher was concealed behind a cabinetry like the cooker and refrigerator. With the cabinets light-colored, open-shelving system maintained and the installation of a moderately large pass-through window, it is actually a beautiful and functional galley kitchen