The Situation for Beautiful Dark Cabinets
September 21, 2018
Painting my doors black is at the very top of the to-do list, and also the more pictures of black doors I see, the more inspired I am to do it. This is a hot new trend, not just for exterior doors but interior doors too. A reference in a previous ideabook struck a chord with viewers, which prompted this particular ideabook dedicated to painting your doors black. Are you prepared for doors? Have a look at these examples, and tell us in the Comments section.
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For me, black doors look best when paired with clean whites and light neutrals. You receive a crisp and clean combination that is not expected.
Samuel H. Williamson Associates
Black is not a new idea. When she was mourning the passing of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria ordered doors at the British Empire to be painted black. This had a lot of influence on American homes then and today. We see conventional homes with a black front door and white trimming as timeless Americana.
Black front doors operate nicely with the white chic interiors. They supply a dash of extreme contrast to Scandinavian-style decoration.
Just a Girl
Just A Girl had a very popular blog article about how to paint your own door black without taking it off the hinges or removing hardware. The secret is Benjamin Moore Ironclad Metal and Wood Enamel in Black 363.
Of course, the right way to paint a door is to first remove the door from its hinges. It is possible to boil the existing hardware to get rid of paint, or upgrade to new hardware. Add an oversize door knocker and a brass kickplate to add a pinch of metallic.
Jennifer Grey Interiors Design & Color Specialist
Provided that you have your black paint outside for the door, why not use it to your furniture in need of refurbishment? An old necklace takes on a modern look as a result of a coat of strong black paint. The black door, black blouse as console and black accessories in the kind of boot tray and coat hook on a creamy beige background come together beautifully for a New Conventional appearance.
Carla Aston | Interior Designer
If you’re thinking about painting a solid door black due to how dark it might make your room, the frames of a French door really are a fantastic place to get started. You still get that touch of classic black, however, the glass panels will allow plenty of light to filter in. Pair them with wispy white curtains for a stunning view.
Dawna Jones Design
A black door black complements black cabinetry, joining a room together in a sleek appearance.
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Palmerston Design Consultants
Do you have a black vanity cupboard and a black tub? You are almost required to paint the bathroom door black. Paired with white marble or subway tile, it’s perfection. Notice how the dashes of yellow at the painting and at the flowers infuse energy into the room.
Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..
Black doors framed in glowing white trim add extra punch. The idea of using this handsome application with black-and-white patterned wallpaper speaks to the boldness of the homeowner.
Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..
I like the glossy black finish with this particular door accented by black ceiling pendant, table lamps, and furniture.
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Employing a black door on a black wall is catchy. Herea black door with black trim is intended to disappear in the wall, and also white furniture and vibrant textiles in the room make it operate.
Can you paint your doors black? Please show us below!
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Glue Bright Color from the Kitchen
September 14, 2018
Many of the most well-known kitchens nowadays are bathed in white, highlighted only by grey veins in tasteful marble and a few glints of metal on hardware and appliances (see some stunning examples ). While such kitchens are dreamy, they might not be sensible for your lifestyle.
If you are craving some cheery colour in your kitchen, then take a look. There are a number of levels of devotion; here’s the way to provide colour a try in temporary ways followed by more permanent moves.
Dallas Renovation Group
Try it out: This red island indicates a semipermanent devotion to the hue. However, if a grim mood should strike the homeowner, then it might be repainted without a lot of trouble.
Commit: These glossy red cabinets produce a bold swath of colour and a solid accent wall.
Try it out: Thinking about orange at the kitchen but not sure? Try out a few orange throw cushions, dishtowels or other tiny accents to find out whether you like it.
Mark English Architects, AIA
Commit: Shiny orange lacquer adds a spice to the modern kitchen.
Tara Seawright Interior Design
Try out it :This yellowish ceiling lightens up a kitchen that doesn’t get much natural light.
Commit:Counters aren’t easy to replace, so you need to know you love this bright yellow color before you use it for your countertops.
NOA Architecture Planning Interiors
Try out it :A bright apple green makes an effect on an accent wall. And paint is rather simple to switch down the street.
See the way the homeowner committed to this colour through the whole condo.
Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR)
Commit:Countertops and backsplash tiles revolve round a bold shade of green . Paint and vibrant dining chairs layer in even more green into the kitchen.
CapeRace Cultural Adventures
Try out it :In Newfoundland, Canada, winters are very long, and it gets dark very early; bright turquoise paint in the kitchen is an antidote to the winter blues.
Dan Waibel Designer Builder
Commit: Vibrant Rain picked up from the backsplash tiles is continued on the cabinets, providing this particular kitchen a South Beach Deco style.
Try out it :Painting one cabinet indigo will let you know whether you would like to paint the rest of them the same colour or keep them whitened.
Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..
Commit: A butler’s pantry is the perfect place for floor-to-ceiling saturation.
Try out it :This violet is so lively that a dollop of it on the island seems to be plenty.
Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance
Commit:A backsplash is not easy or inexpensive to replace, therefore this vibrant tile shows lavender some extreme love.
Try out it :Bring in floral arrangements to test out a hue; this is the smallest amount of commitment you can make.
Mal Corboy Design
Commit: You have to know you love bubble gum before this amount of commitment. However, the payoff is big; it’s striking and unique.
Check out another fabulous candy pink kitchen by precisely the same designer.
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Looking for a Bold New Furniture Arrangement? Super-Size It
September 11, 2018
If you are fortunate enough to have a large room or even when you just want your average size room to feel much more striking, super-sizing your accessories or furniture is a fantastic way to add grandeur and crank up the comfy element in your own space. Many oversize furniture pieces are extremely comfortable and practical, while larger accessories can fill an empty corner or wall. The lesson here? Think big!
This tufted, super-sized ottoman can serve as a dining table, extra seating and just a place to sleep. This large piece could be just what you need if you are having house guests for the holiday season.
If you enjoy reading or using your laptop in bed, then a tall upholstered headboard is in order. You will have the ability to sit comfortably for hours. (you may locate some tall headboards here.)
If you’ve got multiple chairs or sofas in your room, a large coffee table may anchor the seating space and bring the entire space together.
Lisa Benbow – Designs
Oversized artwork is a wonderful way to fill wall space without including visual clutter. Select a piece that ties into your color scheme so that the room will feel harmonious. Allposters is among my favourite websites for sourcing cheap wall artwork.
Cathleen Gouveia Design
To give your room an element of surprise, think about a life-sized sculpture. You may pick from metal, wood or ceramic based on the type of your room. A piece like this will offer your space big dose of drama.
A set of high lighting pendants gives this eating place a very dramatic texture. The fittings are with all wingback chairs and the massive mirror. The designer’s selection of black accentuates the drama while at the same time including a sense of elegance.
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
If you are like me, then your kitchen table will double (and triple) duty! Besides everyday meals, a large dining table can certainly handle crafting, homework, work assignments and also extra dinner guests.
Pavoncello Rotunda, 3-Piece Round Sectional – $4,599
Got space? If you’ve got a large living room or cellar, a super-sized sectional provides a lot of cozy chairs. This piece includes three segments, which provides much flexibility if you need to rearrange seating for special occasions.
Notice why a curved sofa is logical.
Eclectic Mirrors – GBP 375
A large mirror reflects light and produces an open, airy texture. Think beyond the box when choosing a mirror. You will add more attention to your space by foregoing a conventional mirror and deciding upon a more decorative one, like this hexagon style.
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Daylight Saving Time: Gain an Hour — along with a Bright Interior
September 7, 2018
Upon waking up this Sunday, a lot of us will probably be greeted with an extra hour of morning sunshine due to the ending of Daylight Saving Time. While that is much appreciated in the early hours, it means the sun starts setting earlier at night, leaving everything somewhat darker than we’re utilized to in the summertime. Have no fear: the literal darkness does not mean your interiors need to follow suit. There are plenty of tricks to brighten your space, mostly through color, accessories and a possibly a mirror here and there. If you are feeling somewhat in the dark this season, check out the following shots to brighten your outlook.
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Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..
While many shudder with the thought of white walls, they can really work to your advantage when seeking to maintain a room bright. Maintain your room from appearing overly monotone by accenting the walls with pieces that pop, like this gorgeous navy sofa.
Laidlaw Schultz architects
If you like the appearance, go as white as possible with the two walls and furniture. However dark it is outside, this room will always feel bright. All-white rooms can feel stark; avert it by incorporating feel, like this oriental rug.
For Folks design
White furniture adds brightness, also. Consider creating a white landscape by selecting your overriding pieces of furniture in white, like this desk and credenza. Accent them with bright colors to make a fresh, inviting appeal.
If you just can’t settle for all white walls, consider painting the trim beige and white it with daring colors, similar to this magenta. The complement of a strong color against the white won’t only brighten your distance, but also make it feel extra sharp and contemporary.
Or, consider the use of color blocks. Your area will feel light and bright with all the white wall, while the purple color block adds visual attention through a daring inclusion of color.
Paint your walls skies blue. It brings the outside , so even on those dark evenings, you will feel as if you’re experiencing a sunny summer day in the yard. Grass-green furniture completes the look.
Cathy Schwabe Architecture
Neutral doors could have worked within this area, but the daring yellow gives the room bright, unexpected personality.
A periwinkle daybed provides this room a vivid focus.
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
If you want a room to visually pop, consider the ceiling. Painting it a bold magenta makes it feel cheery and chic, regardless of whether the sun has set.
Have a rather neutral kitchen that feels awful in winter? Insert brightness with a set of seats finished in vibrant upholstery, like the beautiful Mademoiselle Chair by Kartell.
Art is among the greatest strategies to inject a sense of brightness in your space. Start looking for something full of color to create your walls come alive. Check websites like Etsy, 20×200, and Houzz for beautiful pieces to meet your budget.
I know, I know, you’ve heard this a thousand times, but I’m going to state it again. Mirrors are each interior’s greatest buddy. Not only can they look amazing hung on the wall and also piled in vignettes, they also reflect light, including a luminous brightness to each space.
Maintain small spaces bright, and also help it feel larger, with a gorgeous mosaic mirror wall. There’ll be no sense of the dark-day-doldrums in here!
Laurie Gorelick Interiors
Brighten your area with silver background with a hint of shimmer. It’s contemporary and stylish and will become glowing under candlelight once the sun retires.
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Modern Icons: Florence Knoll Table Desk
September 2, 2018
Whenever Florence Knoll saw a gap in the furniture market, she would fill it herself. Her meat-and-potatoes creations were frequently basic pieces that could perform several functions and fit in with a number of other contemporary pieces. Seeing a lack of choices in the office furniture market, she made the 1961 Executive Collection and revolutionized office design. Here’s a peek at a primary part from the group, the Florence Knoll Table Desk, plus some gorgeous rooms that show off its own stylistic and functional versatility.
Dufner Heighes Inc
Knoll’s strategy to office furniture design revolutionized contemporary office area from the early 1960s. The table desk comes in several sizes and can function as a conference table or desk at offices, in addition to a dining table in the home. Here the table is paired with her mentor and friend Eero Saarinen’s Executive Chairs, that were also originally designed as office furniture. Knoll’s table and Saarinen’s seats equally transition to the house with ease.
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Florence Knoll Table Desk – $4,066
The Table Desk comes with an unadorned solid modern shape, made up of an oblong shirt combined with an angular metallic foundation. Tops can be found in a wide variety of finishes including white laminate, natural woods, wood veneers as well as marble.
Winn Wittman Architecture
Office chic from the dining area abounds in this spacious floor plan. With so many individuals working from their homes now, creating a dining space that easily transforms into a seminar space or a desk is a very practical and stylish solution.
Winn Wittman Architecture
A dark, glossy oval table paired with reddish Eames Aluminum Management Chairs revs office up design.
Winn Wittman Architecture
The same mixture of furniture takes on a very different look in chrome and white.
Here’s a peek at a marble-topped Table Desk with tall white task chairs at a minimalist office area. If I were the office supervisor, I would prohibit all Sharpies within this area.
Gary Hutton Design
The easy shape makes it an ideal option in a room full of legendary mid-century furnishings.
A wood-topped version used as a dining table adds heat to this two-story, completely open area. This room features quite a collection of legendary pieces, including a Corbusier Chair, and Eames Compact Sofa, a trio of Nelson Pendant Lights, Saarinen’s Tulip Armchairs and Side Table, and Mies van der Rohe’s Brno Chairs.
Webber + Studio, Architects
Note how well the finish on the legs of this table work with the finish on the Brno Chairs. Knoll designed with Bauhaus principles in mind, making this Knoll/Mies van der Rohe pairing superbly simpatico.
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Best Roofing Materials
August 14, 2018
The roof is an essential part of your house. Revamping your roof can also help raise the value of the property substantively. There are many different types of roofing Tuscaloosa AL materials that can be used today. Each of these materials has unique attributes, benefits, and shortcomings.
But before you choose a roof for your home, there are a number of simple questions you will need to ask.
-How heavy is the material? Will it need special framing?
-What are the installation and maintenance issues to keep in mind? Are they feasible for me?
-How much money do I need for the roof? How long will it last?
-Do I get a warranty for this product?
-Does the material meet the fire codes and regulations in your state?
-What type of colors can I go for?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it will be easier to pick a roof that truly meets your needs and preferences.
Types of Roofing Materials
Even as you begin assessing your roofing needs, there are a few materials that actually stand out.
Below are some of the most recommended materials that you can use for your roof:
Asphalt shingles are pretty common in many residential properties. The biggest advantage you get with asphalt shingles is the cost. They are very economical. Besides, it’s very easy to install them so labor and installation costs are also very low. The material comes in a wide range of colors. The only challenge with asphalt shingles is the shorter lifespan. It may also not provide the insulation you get from other materials.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
The durability of clay and concrete materials for roofing Tuscaloosa is a huge advantage for any homeowner. This means that the roof will last longer. The material is also non-combustible so it’s very likely that it will be in line with all fire codes in your area. Concrete is also versatile allowing you to fully customize your home in the best way possible. The disadvantage with clay and concrete roofs is the cost. They are very expensive to buy and install. You will also need additional framing which will increase the cost even more.
Metal roofs are also quite popular. One crucial factor about them is the way they resist the elements of weather. They also offer adequate solar resistance. Metal roofs will come in many different colors. Finally, the roofs are lightweight, recyclable and ideal for rainwater harvesting. The cost of installation is however very high.
You can also use slate for your home’s roof, especially if you are looking for a durable product that will last long. You will, however, need extra framing due to the heavy nature of this material. This will shoot up the costs substantively.
These are basically some of the common types of roofs you can use for your home. You can also use wood shingles and other synthetic solutions. Always pick a Tuscaloosa roofing material that goes with your home’s style and your budget.
DIY: Create a Dream Tree for Fall
August 4, 2018
Fall starts Friday, and with this new year you could be expecting new fantasies come true for you. Whether that want is for peace on Earth, finding love, finding a new job, or anything else that would make your life happier, this DIY Dream Tree is an enjoyable way to keep those fantasies near to remind you of who you would like to become and where you want your life. Every leaf on each branch will contain a fantasy (want) you. It is simple (you can do it in a day) and inexpensive, and it adds a warm texture to a room.
Make a Dream Tree on your own, have your family, or give one as a present for someone special.
Put it by the fireplace or in the foyer, or make a smaller version for a tabletop.
This is a kid friendly job too!!
Supplies you will need:
FeltScissorsJute twineBranchesLeavesVaseWhite replicate paperFine-tip permanent pen (such as a Sharpie)Clear tapeDouble sided tape
you are able to find fallen leaves and branches out of your house or in a park. The remaining materials are found in a craft store. Choose a vase strong enough to support your branches. It can be small for a tabletop, or bigger to the flooring.
Step 1. Decide how big you want your Dream Tree to be, and find an appropriate sized vase for this. Then organize your branches inside it and trim as necessary.
Step 2. Create your gathered leaves! Using a pen, trace around your leaves, drawing on their shape onto the felt. Cut out your leaf shape, trimming just within the outline to remove the pen marks.
Step 3. Make a hanger for each leaf. Cut a little hole toward the top of the leaf with the tip of your scissors. Then loop a bit of jute twine through the foliage and secure it to your foliage with a knot in the base (see photo). Leave three inches, then make another knot to make a loop. Cut off the excess.
Step 4. Grab a fine-tip permanent pen, white copy paper and clear tape.
Write your fantasies on the newspaper. The height of your phrases must be shorter than the height of a piece of tape.
Cut around each wish that is written.
Cut a piece of tape long enough to pay each cut piece, place over the newspaper, and cut away the excess.
Step 5. Grab your dual sided tape. Put a bit on the rear side of your wish paper.
Then press on the side back on the felt leaf.
Step 6. Hang your leaves on the branches. I hope your dreams come true!
Use this project as a learning tool for kids by renaming it “The Thankful Tree.” Instead of writing fantasies, everyone is able to write what they’re thankful for. This is a superb idea to do on a rainy day or as a Thanksgiving job.
“I am grateful for the Earth!”
Happy Fall everyone!
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Artful Stairs: Pairing in Steel
July 4, 2018
Stairs are among those components in a house that allow architects to truly flex their style muscles. When many pieces of a stair are standardized — both the height and length of risers and treads, railing heights, and the openness of guardrails — numerous factors allow for intriguing surfaces and construction details.
One means of designing stairs is to treat them as a constant surface, like a ribbon that wends its way from floor to ground, forming the treads and risers. Steel is a great material for this approach, since it allows to get a thin profile to accentuate the continuity of surface; it may act structurally, so other structural supports may be minimized, and the welding steel plates may give the appearance that a piece of steel is crimped to shape, although truth is quite different.
Following are some examples of steel stairs that express continuity of surface. The effects are minimal and contemporary, fitting a certain sort of interior. Yet at precisely the exact same time the effects are somewhat varied, originating from the treatment of the steel and the detailing of those other parts of the stair.
Eggleston Farkas Architects
This photo clearly expresses the thin profile that may be achieved with steel plate stairs. The only additional support is a steel tubing beneath the steps. Launched in context…
Eggleston Farkas Architects
… the black steel stairs float into the area between the kitchen and living room. The glass guardrails fortify this floating impact. A closer look …
Eggleston Farkas Architects
… shows the minimal construction of the steps: Notice the weld joints in which the L-shaped bent plates match the measure above (one can be seen right below”A36″). This is industrial in appearance, but it functions with an interior that is easy in detailing and surface.
This gorgeous stair unlocks a single step above the stone flooring, The wires on the proper suspend the steps from the ceiling and act as a guardrail. Notice the angle of the risers, a response to code that requires a 1-inch nose extension, apparently not required in the previous example.
John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA
Here we see that the 1-inch nosing is reached through the introduction of wood treads on top of the steel stairs. Again we see stairs that are suspended, in this case with steel rods. A closer look …
John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA
… shows the capping of the rods below the treads, a wonderful detail. As well, the welds are apparent in which the risers fulfill the treads. Bent plates — in the opposite direction of the first example — are evident in the curve on the bottom.
John Maniscalco Architecture
This is another example where the treads are covered with another material. No wonder; wood is a lot warmer to the touch than steel. A look from under…
John Maniscalco Architecture
… shows the stair is held away from the wall, allowing some light from above to filter down the wall and give the impression that the stair floats.
Inside this staircase the perforated steel steps seem to disappear. When seen from the appropriate angle they supply a gauzy view of what’s outside. They also allow light to filter down the staircase. Seen from a different angle…
… the stairs have more opacity. Be aware that these steps span from the good steel guardrail in the center of the stair into the adjacent wall, with no intermediate support.
This stair squeezes and spirals to a narrow area that previously provided a ladder into the attic above. The new glass wall brings lighting from above (aided by painting the steps white) and puts the new stair on screen. Seen from the side …
… it seems that the stair floats. Held from the walls on each side, the stair is attached at the top and bottom. I’m imagining the form of the steps and the welding provide it structural equilibrium.
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Items Glam and Go Glossy
June 5, 2018
For a complex upgrade that will not break the bank, consider introducing high-gloss paint to your interiors. Anything from a coffee table for your walls will encounter an instantaneous transformation under the guise of the shiny and chic option — and with the right prep, a little patience and a free weekend, you may even make a few of those changes yourself.
Wondering what pieces of yours may benefit from high-gloss paint? Have a look at these photos to see where fellow Houzz members have introduced a small glow.
Anna Lattimore Interior Design
Coffee table. Punch up your living room with a brightly colored coffee table. Really make it stand out from choosing a contrasting color for your wall. Your guests may actually feel guilty sticking their feet on something this lovely.
Console. Consoles are usually found in hallways, and hallways are a great place to have a little fun with decor. A console in glistening paint will add a little eye-catching pizzazz for those walking through.
Rebekkah Davies Interiors + Design
Lamp. Lamps aren’t simply for mild; they are also an opportunity to fulfill your general scheme. Have an old lamp which you feel is lacking in style? Give it a quick coat of high-gloss paint to get a piece that will stand on its own.
Hutch. I love the bold use of glistening fire-engine red with this hutch. It is a great complement to shelves of colorful books.
William Conrad & Company Interiors
Side table. If you’ve got a rather monochromatic color scheme going on your seating area, add a some texture by transforming the side table with high-gloss paint. The combination of the complex piece with bamboo furniture is quite modern-retro.
table. If you want to find the kids to the dinner table, make it enticing! A dining table painted in high-gloss may not have them to eat their veggies, but at least it will be a treat for the eyes.
Mantle. Up the ante of your fireplace with a classy, glistening mantle. This is especially chic in this pastoral living room, and the interaction between the contrasting red of the couch and green of the mantle ignites the respective colours.
Knickknacks. Have some cool pieces you’ve picked up at flea markets which you’ve been intending to touch up? Give them the ultimate makeover with high-gloss paint. Go for an unexpected color, and you will have instant conversation pieces.
Bathroom mirror. Change the look and feel of your bathroom with a coat of high-gloss paint on the framework of your mirror. Guests will probably be too busy admiring your paint job to worry about their lipstick.
Kitchen cabinets. Tired of your cabinetry? Slap on some glow! The price will be a lot more difficult for your pocketbook, and the new look will be transformative.
Accent seat. Emphasize the”accent” on your accent seat by choosing a high-gloss paint. Choose a bright color so that it really pops.
Cynthia Mason Interiors
Bathroom vanity. You do not require a super fancy vanity when you have a can of high-gloss paint nearby. The paint itself will create it equally fancy and timeless.
Walls. Turn your room’s style with high-gloss painted walls. The best part: High-gloss paint reflects light rather than absorbing it, so your room will feel equally chic and bright.
John Lively & Associates
Ceiling. Insert an element of glow to the ceiling as well. Don’t feel as if you always have to decide on a vibrant color; high-gloss white is just as sophisticated.
Ana Williamson Architect
Front door. Nothing provides an enticing welcome just like a front door decorated in high-gloss paint. That said, it’s time to get out your paint brushes!
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