Fresh Ideas for Every Room

By Heather Shoning Designing a home is painstaking, albeit fun if you’re the creative type. You want your home to reflect your spirit and taste, and that can be hard […]

By Heather Shoning

Designing a home is painstaking, albeit fun if you’re the creative type. You want your home to reflect your spirit and taste, and that can be hard to manage since your natural tendency is to like—even love—several different colors, styles and aesthetics. Great design tells a story, and these projects offer tips on how you can transform your home into a showplace of your personal style.

Go Bold
Bold color is not for everyone, but if you love it don’t shy away from using it in a big way. Dominant features in a home are often given neutral tones, and color is added in small doses. In this rustic kitchen, color takes center stage. Color from the floor, countertops and wood trim come together in the backsplash that ties the whole look together.

Create Space
A floating cabinet with vessel sinks gives this bathroom a modern look. The floating cabinet creates space and gives the room a larger footprint. Keep the look clean by finishing with simple woodwork. Here, the beauty is in the contrast between the right angles and curved details of the sinks and pendant lights.

Install Art
Opt for some permanent art in the form of a tile mural. They are available in a variety of sizes and designs. They’re a charming way to decorate a backsplash, shower or even a floor.

Don’t Fear White
Many people forgo the luxury of crisp white in their homes for fear of it looking dingy or requiring a lot of maintenance. Don’t shy away from this principal design element; just choose wisely where you use it—a low-traffic area like the master bedroom works well and looks lavish.

Embrace Architecture
Use the architectural style in your home to its fullest. This arched niche with an oversized pattern creates a stunning backdrop for the bed. Pump up similar spaces in your home with a faux paint treatment or wallpaper treatment.

Get Sideways
Let your imagination run wild with materials and their uses. Skip the wood floors; how about a wood wall instead? Rich wood tones make a space feel cozy while the horizontal lines make the room live larger.

Mix Materials
The contrast between shiny and dull, smooth and textured makes a space interesting. In this greatroom the wood tabletop plays off the stone hearth. The shiny, bright white chairs are contrary to rugged surfaces, but feed the contemporary styling.

Warm Things Up
Design a family space that is comfortable and cozy. Soften an oversized stone hearth with warm wood tones. The heavy beams, wood mantle and indirect lighting make this large space feel intimate.

Light Things Up
Show off your favorite artwork in clear frames that don’t detract from the piece, but are artistic in their own right. Adding lighting gives the art more significance and creates a radiant focal point in the room.

Divide and Conquer
If you thought islands were just kitchens or vacations, think again. Two vanities separated by an island is a great way to maximize storage in the master bath. Just like in the kitchen, opt for a contrasting cabinet color or countertop.