Everyone is looking for fresh new ideas for the hottest new trends and styles for home improvement or interior design. However, how does a homeowner avoid those awful design blunders without going through trial by errors? A great way to start is with reading design magazines, such as Interior Design or Architectural Digest. Also, you can visit design websites such as Houzz.com, HGTV.com, Martha StewartLiving.com and a host of others.
I came across an article from Moen, a leading faucet and home accessory brand manufacturer on Tips to Avoid Design Disasters. At first blush, you may wonder what this has to do with faucets, since this is what Moen has been known for over the years. However, since Moen’s product line includes kitchen and bath faucets, accessories, showerheads, bath safety products, kitchen sinks for residential and commercial properties, it makes perfect sense for them to share helpful design advice. Full disclosure, at Donco Designs, we love the Moen brand and use them in several commercial and
Update your lighting. Have you ever wondered why some people look better in certain professional photos or why you feel better in some restaurants or can stay in the Nordstrom cosmetic section all day? I know that it sounds funny, but a lot has to do with the lighting. Why should you cheat your home from having thr best design? A popular place to spend money on is in the kitchen and bathroom? Adding recessed lighting in these two areas can do wonders for the atmosphere and making the rooms more enjoyable.
Coordinate kitchen appliances. Don't mix and match your appliances! Try and coordinate your appliances with your kitchen cabinets. For example, if your kitchen cabinets are white, you can create a modern look with stainless steel appliances. You will see that you lots of options when it comes to appliances these days. Try visiting different appliance maker sites like, Bosch, Thermador, Viking, Wolf, Sub Zero, LG Electronics, Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool and Kenmore from Sears. As you can see, there are several choices in the appliance category.
Create adequate storage to avoid clutter. Do you have a “Messy Marvin” in your home? A good way to counteract this is to have adequate storage. A great place to start is at the Container Store. They can help you become very organized and efficient. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen in the near future, be sure to put Thomasville Cabinets on your list. They have an excellent organization system called Performa Organization System. They help you maximize the use out of every cabinet, drawer and shelf in the kitchen and pantry. Remember: Leaving things on the counter, creates a cluttered look.
Coordinate finish for a polished look One of the easiest ways to create a professionally designed look in your kitchen and bathroom is to coordinate the metal finishes. Your Kitchen faucet or Kitchen Sink can set the tone in the room, so try and coordinate the drawer pulls and handles. Your bathroom has lots more options; since you have sink faucets, shower and bath faucets, drawer pulls, towel bars, showerheads, and shower doors. This is an area that you should invest time on and coming up with a balanced look. Don’t forget today you have so many options, however, don’t go over board and mix antique brass with polished chrome, it can look a bit garish. A few options for ideas include: Moen, Hansgrohe, Blanco, Pfister, Delta, Grohe and several others.
Choose the right blend of Accessories. The adage “Less is More” holds true when it comes to Interior Design and Home Remodels. Don’t fall into the trap of having too many accessories on a counter or on tops of cabinets. Choose a few items that make a statement and limit them in the planning process. Adding accent mirrors to wall or a nice colorful throw can add a wow statement to a room. You don’t have to be stark in this area, but you do have to hold it to a minimum, to not be so overpowering. The goal is to have a clean look and feel throughout the entire room.