planning your dream kitchen? If your layout needs renovating or use simple one to
refresh your color scheme now is the perfect time to create the kitchen of your
dreams. In this post, I will share with you some of the biggest and emerging trends
that will help you plan your dreams.
The Role Of Your Kitchen
is the heart of any home. So it makes sense that there is a strong desire to make
it the dream space to share beautiful moments with. If you have any question after
watching this video or you need any specific advice to achieve your dream kitchen,
please let me know in a comment below here we go with kids and ideas for a modern.
Trend number one target. Nowadays, one of the favorite trends of 2019 is a dark
color pop showing fewer primary colors and greater emphasis on black.
my favorite combination is dark gray with natural way because it’s elegant Timeless
and add warmth to the space. The natural wood helps to human eyes and soften up
the space creating a perfect balance with the dark order.
is full of mad cabin appliances and attains its perfect partitions because they
are easier to keep it clean. Hardware is the easiest things to change in your kitchen.
So take a risk and try something beautiful and different.
personalize your kitchen open shelving and glass-fronted cabinets allow homeowners
to showcase their personalities with this place of unique and artistic kitchen and
living room. Please, also, if you don’t like to have open shelving because you don’t
like to reveal the entire content of your cabinet textured glass is the solution
for you in this way. You can add a wonderful layer of textures to the space and
it’s a great tool to mix it up with the straight line of the cabinet’s adding a
visual on Arsenal told you to a contemporary it.
Counter And Backsplash
going back to base for counters high contrast in Marvel’s in dark colors are Timeless
and elegant also Terrazzo made an important come back and has their pants nowadays
for Terrazzo exits so many different combinations that can be very interesting.
Now designers are using them to create real focal points in the kitchen. For a cleaner
look, consider using the same material on the countertop and the backsplash.
Special And Unique Sinks
aren’t just details. They make the design. Say goodbye to all the to Common Sense
and say hello to Unique a statement designs try a thing in gold or multifunctional
sink that can be beautiful and functional to develop in a comfortable way the time
post comes highly requested by one of my best friends Taylor. She actually just
bought a brand new house in Newport Coast and has no idea where to begin with lighting.
I mean you got bathrooms dining rooms living rooms penned in sconces chandeliers.
I mean, where do you even begin in this topic? I’ll be breaking down the four key
principles that you should look out for when deciding on the right light fixture
for your space will be talking about the size of the fixture and the location of
the room the scale of the fixture in proportion to Room the ceiling Heights and
the shape of the room and lastly we’ll be breaking down the styles and the functions.
Installing A Chandelier
a living room is one of the largest common areas that you’ll have in your space.
I love to install a chandelier because a chandelier has arms to appropriately fill
up the space a dining room light fixture is usually situated right above the table.
What you want to do is to specify a smaller chandelier or pendant light. So not
only does it light up your table top, but it’s a really beautiful focal point to
kind of anchor the space kitchen islands are usually one of the trickier spaces
to Source a light fixture. Start first, you have to measure the size of your Island
and then you’ll know what type of fixture looks best, right underneath it.
are the perfect space to install a really beautiful crystal chandelier for bathrooms.
I love to install a wall light or a vanity sconce.
you have general recessed lighting, a wall sconce is the perfect place to show off
a little bit more of your personality for really narrow passageways, like hallways
or closets. I love to install flush mounts. This will allow you to walk right underneath
it without repeating the walkway and it won’t hit your head since He’s dropping
down. Have you ever walked into someone’s house and all of a sudden? They had a
really huge living room and a tiny little fixture. That means the proportion of
the fixture is totally off in relation to the size of the room interior designers
know the scale of portion is one of the most key ingredients when it comes to designing
your space. The first thing you need to do is bust out those tape measures. You
absolutely need to understand the size of your space and the ceiling height before
you get to sourcing each individual light fixture for your space. Let me break down
all these different ceiling heights for you starting with something very typical
an 8-foot ceiling. You wouldn’t want like a chandelier dropping right on top of
people’s heads. So for an 8-foot ceiling a flush mount fixture would be best.
probably source something between a 12-inch to an 18-inch diameter for a flush mount
chandelier 90. You have a little bit more height from an 8-foot. Just think that’s
12 more inches. He can either install another flush mount or you can have another
drop with a semi flush mount.
Choosing The Right Sizes
sizes will probably vary between 18 inches in diameter depending on what the fixture
looks like and how low it drops. I probably wouldn’t exceed 22 inches or 10 foot
to 11 foot ceiling height. You have a little bit more options depending on where
the location is if it’s in a living room and you have a coffee table underneath
or if it’s against the hallway and you’re trying to light up a little seating area
definitely consider what’s laying underneath it and you’ll know how far you can
drop that fixture down so you can probably go About 22 inches or 26 inches would
be the perfect size for a 10 to 11 foot ceiling. If you have a space with a 12 foot
ceiling 30 inches would probably be the minimum. I would go not only with this allow
you to fill up the space better, but the size of the light fixture would be a really
beautiful contrast to the height of the ceiling for double-height ceilings, like
17 feet or even up to 20 feet. What you want to do is Source the largest fixture
that you can around 54 inches in diameter to 7. T 2 inches in diameter, I mean I
know that sounds really massive but you’re trying to fill up a really huge space
and I am all about statement lighting the bigger the better.
Know The Exceptions
that there are always exceptions to these general guidelines. Definitely understand
where you’re placing the light fixture and you’ll know how large you can go in relation
to the ceiling height next. We’ll be breaking down the style of fixtures and the
know what to look for when designing your space for instance if your style is glam.
Want to look for statement lighting characterized by crystals mercury glass something
really beautiful reflective and bold is your style a little bit more Bohemian a
little bit more worldly. Do you love that jungle old look?
look for something with swags, chains, or fringe. Even cost Plus World Market has
really great fixtures a suit that type of boho lifestyle or is your style more of
like a modern Farmhouse, which is almost kind of industrial, but it’s characterized
by distressed wood. Would a little bit of metal black matte or a really cool brushed
nickel Farmhouse lighting is totally fixer-upper. Joanna Gaines type of vibe. If
your style is more modern you absolutely want to look for a fixture that highlights
a lot of glass and very clean simple lines.
style is more traditional you want to look for a fixture with fabric shades or maybe
even crystals if your style is mid-century modern. It’s a very 1950s look. It’s
characterized by bubble glass, bulbous glass. Very simple shapes if your style is
a little bit more on the industrial side or you live in a loft you love that type
of metal and glass and wood. I love to Source from wafer and Overstock because not
only do they have a variety of items. They have it at very different price point.
You really can find something for less than $500 to outfit your space here my designer
tips for lightning and choosing the right fixture for your space always place your
Lighting on dimmers.
to be able to control how dim or bright the light emits so That you can control
the vibe and the mood of the space The Only Exception is probably the bathroom lighting
where you want a controlled amount of light all the time. So if you have a wall
sconce in the bathroom and separate recess LEDs dimmers for the recess LEDs and
a regular on and off switch for the wall sconces.
these are not hard set rules. It’s just a general guideline to help you take the
guesswork out of choosing the right fixture for your space. I’ve designed so many
different types of spaces and now that I’m doing a lot more Custom residential this
is what I know for sure choose what you love and it can translate into any style
regardless of your accessories or your Furnishings for the home look at a fixture
and if it elicits a really positive reaction out of you or you just love to stare
at it. That’s the one if you love it. You will always take it with you from space
to space no matter how many times you move lighting is like a statement piece to
start a conversation.
tell my clients that lighting is like the finishing touch the accessory for your
room lighting can absolutely make or break a space. So my number one tip for you
is to always splurge on lighting get the best you can afford or save up for that
perfect piece that you’ve been eyeing for months.
never ever regret spending more on lighting that you do on furniture.
that this is a lot of information for you to digest and jot down, but don’t worry.
I have done all the work for you all of this information including shopping lanes
for some of my favorite pieces that you see mentioned in this post.
we are going to talk about the six different mistakes. You guys are probably making
in your home. You didn’t even know it and I’m going to show you how to fix it and
how to get out of those little rats and make your home look beautiful and amazing.
worry though. I have been a victim to these mistakes as well. But you live and you
learn I’m going to give you some quick fix tips and hopefully you guys will to do
that in a weekend or I don’t know a couple weekends. It’ll be fun and exciting and
you’ll be super happy with how it turns out in the end today. I like I said, I’m
going to give you six different tips, but I do have a total of 6 mistakes that we
make around our house when it comes to decorating.
Hanging Curtains Way Too Low
the first mistake that people make in their homes, if you guys know me and you’ve
been reading my posts, you can probably guess this one use curtains. We added curtains,
you know that I love curtains. We added curtain I suggest using curtains the first
mistake that people make is they hang the curtains way too low. They do not hang
their curtains close to the ceiling. They hang them close to the window, which makes
the whole house feel like it’s like squatted on or like push down or just small
and that’s not the vibe you want when people walk into your home. You want your
eyes to go up and you also want to feel like you’re kind of elongated the space
and I also encourage you guys to try to go and lean towards a fabric that isn’t
doing more the white or maybe like a tan or something. That’s a little bit more
easily matchable and kind of can transition with your furniture or your pillows
or whatever room you’re working on. I actually found my curtains from Ikea. They
have I think two different sizes. I got the tallest size the longest option gave
me like six inches or something additional maybe five inches. And basically it’s
just a way for you to hem your curtains without having to sew them and you want
them to lightly dust the ground. You don’t want them to puddle. Hopefully that’ll
help you guys put your rods about 2 inches away from the ceiling get your curtains
on there and have them touch the ground and that’s a really easy way to make a drastic
improvement in your space.
Measure Your Space
there the second mistake that people often make is they do not measure their space
before they purchase before they go to shop. So what I always recommend you guys
have heard me say this is whether you make a floor plan like draw out a floor plan
before you go shopping or if you just want to go. Okay. I know that the dining table
is going here, and I know that I have 65 inches to fill write that down like in
the notes on your phone that way when you’re out shopping and you see a great deal.
Dining table you can have your measuring tape in your purse and you can measure
the size and the width of the dining table and then you know, oh, yeah, this would
totally fit and it’s on sale so I should get it you want to make sure your furniture
is proportional and the best way to do that is to make your measurements before
you go shop and shop wisely the third mistake you guys might be making in your home
is you may have picked the wrong rug size for the space.
with curtains, you know, you want to elongate the curtains with the wrong size Rug.
If you pick too small of a rug, it can actually make your space feel a little bit
dwarfed in a little bit scrunched together as opposed to widening out the space
and allowing the room to feel a little bit larger specifically within like a living
room space. You want to make sure that your rug goes at least halfway under the
furniture. You want the rug if you were to imagine a big rectangle it would fill
in that open space.
have to keep going past the length of the furniture doesn’t have to go completely
underneath the furniture unless you have a ginormous space that doesn’t necessarily
look bad, but you definitely do not want to just get a rug that only fills in the
open L shaped area.
make sense. Go to the Limit Journal. We’ve got tons of tips on rug placement Rug
sizes just specifically for each room. So dining room living room and bedroom options
where to put a rug. If you have side tables all that stuff, we’ve got lots of tips
and lots of things for you guys to use as references and resources to help you guys.
Make sure you get this one right because this is important as you guys have heard
me say a rug really grounds of space it helps open up walkways. So if you are in
a smaller area, it’s going to really help direct the path of traffic and it just
really defines the space. I really utilize drugs to Define. Okay, this is the living
room and this is the office and here’s the dining room and it kind of separates
it in a way without having walls.
Hanging Art Pieces Too High
your living area the fourth common mistake that you might be making around. Your
house is hanging your art too high. So in theory your art when you hang it should
be close to your eye level. If you live in a really large house. You probably should
adjust this to keep the scale of the space. You can bump it up a few inches, but
general you want to try to make sure that the center of your art pieces are about
I level which is around 60 inches or so. Obviously, this is subjective depending
on how tall you are and depending on how big your spaces but it’s kind of like a
good generalized rule of thumb another great way to make sure that things are kind
of at the right height. If you have a large piece of art or a large mirror I try
to make sure if it’s near a window or a door frame that the height of the door frame
and the height of the art are somewhat similar give or take a few inches the Need
additional help when it comes to Hanging art how to hang it in vertical spaces horizontal
spaces awkward hallways.
Bring Your Furniture Away From The
a blog post that I put up on the Block this week where I give you a ten foolproof
hacks on how to hang art all around your home. The next common mistake people make
is they put all of their Furniture up against the walls and it’s like they’re afraid
to be anywhere but backed up against the wall instead of pushing everything up against
the walls. You wanted to feel lively and conversational.
your furniture away from those walls setting them up in different angled areas will
again allow for a better community feeling better conversation areas, and it doesn’t
make the space feel really awkwardly broken up and just like starkly open you want
it to feel cozy you want to bring stuff in but you want Do in a way that allows
for convenient walkways that doesn’t block doors and there’s kind of a strategy
behind doing that. If you check out the live at Journal we’ve got lots of information
and resources on how to do that effectively and how to do that the right way. So
click below and check it out the sixth and last common mistake that people make
around their homes is they go to furniture stores and they buy a furniture set and
that’s what they put into their bedrooms or into their home’s there’s nothing inherently
wrong. Wrong with the furniture set but instead of just buying the set all at once
you want your home to feel kind of curated and that it actually reflects your personal
Make The Colors Connected
kind of fun to add in a dining table. That’s kind of maybe one style and a bookcase
that kind of maybe is another style making sure that the colors are connected and
there are some similar repeating attributes of them. That way it’s not drastically
different. Just make sure that you have some things that speak to each other because
you wanted you feel cohesive, but you don’t want it to feel so matchy matchy that
it’s not unique if that makes sense. So skip the bedroom sets or the furniture sets
and go for something a little bit more diverse unique and fabulous.
you guys those are the six common mistakes that we make around our home and again,
don’t worry if you feel like oh my gosh, I have all of these around my house. I
have been there. So hopefully these things will help you become aware of them tackle
them as you have time, and if you want to know additional mistakes, you might be
making around your place and you Want to know the answers on a how to fix them and
make it look better.
One question I get asked a lot about is
what type of flooring to choose and it really is such an important decision because
it can be a big investment one that you’ll live with for many years if not forever
and it’s the foundation of your design. So it not only has to work with your style
but be functional for your lifestyle and needs as both a designer and a landlord
who owns rental properties. I look for flooring. That’s not only aesthetically beautiful.
And not too trendy but also durable for tenants and of course affordable, we recently
moved into a house that were renovating to use as a vacation rental.
And before we get too far into the rehab
we decided to go ahead and replace the floors the existing floors had different
tile and every room they were old and cracked the grout was falling out there were
uneven transitions which were tripping hazards and the surface was slippery. So
these floors were not safe not nice to Look at and they had to go now when it comes
to choosing new floors, there’s lots of options to consider. So I’m going to walk
you through our decision making process and share my experience and thoughts on
each one in the hopes that it will help you decide what will work best for you here
allows to look at flooring options for the new house.
The major decision like flooring. I always
recommend seeing it in person first since I could look really different in photos
online in a perfect world. I don’t think you can really beat the look of hardwood.
It’s so classic and inviting can warm up any space and it will go with any decorating
style but there are some negatives. So here in Central Florida real Hardwoods are
not a viable option they buckle and warp the humidity and it’s advised to avoid
them altogether in drier climates. They’re great. Can also be really pricey and
they usually require some maintenance.
And there’s alternatives out there that
give real would a run for its money. So the closest alternative to real wood is
engineered wood, which is a thin layer of real wood on top of a composite. I’ve
used engineered hardwood in the past and they look beautiful once installed. You
can find the cheaper stuff for under $2 a square foot. But a lot of the better ones
there in the five to ten dollars per square foot range, which makes it a great option
for many homeowners who want a higher quality flooring with a wider range of styles
and price points. But they still can’t be exposed to a lot of moisture. So they’re
not ideal for every room here in Florida. And in other warmer climates one of the
most popular choices in style.
Tiles one of my favorite materials to
work with because there’s an unlimited number of styles colors and patterns you
can get creative with and they’ll always be my top choice for bathrooms, but there
are a couple of drawbacks to using it throughout your entire home.
First of all, the materials and labor
involved for the install can make the total price go way up, even if you use a budget-friendly
tile tile also has a more specific look and won’t necessarily transition. Well,
if you change your style or even color palette over time it can Also both look and
feel cold and it doesn’t bring a warmth to a room like wood. Can it usually requires
more maintenance like having the cleaner repaint your grout and you have to worry
about cracks and chipping. It’s also a more permanent choice and removing. It can
be a pain.
Another option that’s become popular,
especially with investors as luxury vinyl here. We have luxury vinyl tile which
are thin strips of vinyl that glue or stick down. It can mimic the look of both
wood and stone and it’s one of the cheaper options. This one’s less than a dollar
a square foot, but they just look and feel cheap to me. My whole made a lot of progress
in the last several years, but I can still tell a difference in quality when I walk
into a room and I just don’t think the minimal cost savings this worth it.
We have carpets. Carpets can be the most
economical initial investment, but it’s too easy to stay in or damaged professional
deep cleaning is expensive and you’ll have to replace it sooner or later. I just
can’t see myself using carpet anytime soon. The last option we’re going to look
at is laminate is made of a composite wood with an image of real wood printed on
top. The biggest selling points for me are priced durability and style I used Pergo.
My last house and I love the way it turned out. So I knew I wanted to use it again
this time. They’ve added a lot more colors recently and I really love this Brier
Creek Oak from their Timber craft line. I specially love that. It’s an extra wide
plank, which is pretty rare and really expensive with real would think we have a
winner they have these smaller samples in the store, but I think I’m going to go
ahead and order a larger one online just to be safe.
When I got the sample from Pergo, the
first thing I did was look at it next to the paint colors in the room. We were deciding
on a paint color for our trim and holding the sample up next to the colors really
helped us to see the different undertones and which one matched up best with the
laminate our rooms will all have different colors and styles. So we had to choose
a neutral floor color that would go with all of them. I’m very particular about
the details in my design and these floors look and feel so much like real wood.
Even have the wood grain texture.
I actually prefer the look of these more than any of the engineered
wood options. I could find for even triple what the Pergo cost I could go on about
the look of this laminate but equally or even more importantly is the durability
this stuff can really take a beating. First of all, it’s waterproof, which means
it’s great for bathrooms kitchens and laundry rooms. It’s also a scratch resistant
which makes it great for pets and kids with toys and the best part is Pergo comes
with a limited lifetime warranty. So you won’t have to worry about any problems
down the line since this house will be rental. We need something that stands the
test of time and I think these floors are easily the most practical Choice out of
all our options.
Once we made our decision. We worked with
an Associated lows to get everything ordered and installed.
They got us on the schedule right away.
Send someone out to take measurements and about a week later. Sure, the floors were
delivered after all the tile was removed in the subfloors prepped. The Lowe’s install
crew completed the whole house in just a few days. They used the Pergo gold underlayment
for moisture protection and sound insulation in the install was quick and easy since
the forest simply lock in place. No glue or nails required. Now that they’re in
it feels like a completely different home.
We’ve instantly increase the value made
everything feel more cohesive. And now we’ve got a great Foundation to start on
the design for each room the baseboards and doors will be painted soon. And next
on our list is the laundry room for next time.
patio furniture you need to give some thought to the setting in which it will live.
Obviously the size of your outdoor space is important, but also consider its orientation
to any views you might have from your property or balcony and finally exposure to
Sun wind and moisture. You’ll also want to think about how often you use your patio
or deck. And for what purpose are you just reading and relaxing or dining and entertaining
if you often invite friends and family. For dinner, you’ll need a substantial dining
you see your patio as more of a quiet retreat deep seating sets and Ottomans or
adjustable chases and end tables might be a better choice. You can choose really
comfortable higher-quality seating for your everyday personal use and get less expensive
chairs and matching colors or styles that can be easily stored.
you don’t crowd your space with things. You don’t need all the time, but can have
a nice cohesive look when you do entertain.
Choosing The Right Material
key consideration is the type of material. Your patio furniture is made of heavier
materials, like steel or wrought iron are durable and beautiful and can be moved
fairly easily. However, they may be a better choice. If you don’t plan on changing
your patio Arrangement very often, but if you like to mix things up from time to
time or use your outdoor space for different activities and need that flexibility.
You might want to choose lighter materials that are easier to move around like aluminum.
great idea is having extra sets of cushions on hand. That way you can easily and
completely change the look of your patio sets by just swapping out those cushions
and also makes replacing worn out cushions much easier and quicker if you have a
larger outdoor area or you entertain a lot a long rectangular table is ideal a standard
rectangular table for six people is 38 inches by 60 inches a 42 inch diameter table
seats for comfortably and a The inch square table seats 8 take that into consideration
when planning your want plenty of extra space for moving chairs in and out and four
people standing and walking around just make sure that your patio or deck can accommodate
all that activity as well as the patio furniture that you choose.
your space is smaller a compact bistro table is a really good choice or for flexibility
try to smaller end tables. You can push those together when you have a crowd and
use them separately for smaller or more intimate gatherings also think about what
type of surface will work best table tops, maybe tempered glass metal tile or wood
contemporary seating has really evolved in recent years today. You can select from
an extraordinary variety of styles materials and types of seating if you have enough
space modular seating is really versatile.
Topping Things Off With An
species can be arranged and rearranged as desired. If you have a smaller patio or
plan to move your furniture from place to place consider buying a lightweight pieces
that fold folding designs also make it easier to store the pieces like extra chairs
and stools when they’re not in use now. No patio is complete without an umbrella
to provide shade from the Sun and add a touch of Personality patio. Umbrellas come
in a variety of sizes shapes colors and materials with varying degrees of resistance
to the effects of moisture and the sun think about your patios exposure to On wind
and salty wet are to find the right choice.
important to have a heavy umbrella base. You never want to just slide your umbrella
into the table without the added stability of a base. Just be sure and really tighten
the Locking pin onto the umbrella pole. That way your base can do its job and keep
your umbrella where it belongs. The above the table always keep your umbrella closed
and secured when not in use umbrellas that are left open can be caught by the wind
and really cause damage to your patio dining table.
your outdoor space, carts, cabinets, trunks, and storage bins offer a way to stow
cushions, rugs, lighting, and other outdoor accessories that require protection
from the weather. Storage bins with a hinged lid also double as a seat.
you plan to leave your patio furniture outside year-round, you might consider purchasing
furniture covers, even though most are highly resistant to the weather covers can
really extend the life of your seating and dining pieces.