A larger-than-life pendant or chandelier adds drama to a subdued space, especially when it’s smack in the center of the room. The light here is more than half the width of the full-size bed. This one is 32 inches wide. For a similar stunner the same size, check out the IKEA Grimsås. Shades of Light has gorgeous oversize options too. (Room design by Ali Budd Interiors)
Swap out your matching kitchen chairs or barstools in favor of more interesting options — you could paint them, replace them with a set of colorful vintage chairs, or simply give them a makeover with new slipcovers or cushions. You can sew your own or browse Etsy for custom handmade versions like the red barstool cushion shown here from Britta Leigh Designs.
This dazzling, decorative doorway displays bold colors and pattern grabbing the attention against a white wall. Inner doors open to reveal a shaped doorframe, while a latch can be unhooked for a larger outer door option making this set up both useful and enjoyable. Upper panels match the warm design allowing this doorway to double as art.
For free patio and porch decor, use stones from your yard or a piece of driftwood from the beach or lake. "You would be surprised to learn that you already have plenty of decor options right in your own backyard," says Atlanta designer Alice Cramer.
This tiny house is undeniably packed full of personality and character. The thatched roof, arched door, and flower box details make this home designed by Randy Jones at Incredible Tiny Homes look like a fairytale cottage. Despite its whimsical aesthetic this tiny house is as durable as a traditional home yet, still has the option to move with the family.
As part of the Pearson home transformation in Atlanta, Georgia, licensed contractor Chip Wade designed a custom wood couch on a track that allows for moving the couch from indoor to outdoor. This seating option allows for either space to be a place to relax. The Pearson home renovation also included a fire pit, lounging areas, a grill area and game lawn, as seen on DIY Network's Elbow Room.
"When you're working on a strict budget, cash doesn't usually extend to custom-made built-in cabinetry," says designer Anna Williams. "Instead, I've used a set of affordable and modern white bookshelves to create plenty of storage, without the expense." A bright abstract is a colorful focal point, while wicker baskets provide some hidden storage options.
As seen on Cousins on Call, John and Anthony have designed a relaxing space for the homeowners to be able to enjoy their beautiful mountain view. With a reading nook on one end of the balcony and lounging chairs on the other, this space has an option for whatever your mood. With a hot tub in the middle, this balcony is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or to entertain your friends.
Sleek and sophisticated, this custom vanity is stocked with storage options. Designer Tracy Black designed this elegant, oversized piece, which measures an eye-catching nine feet long and 25 inches deep. "A vanity is so much more practical and functional with deep drawers instead of just doors," she says. The roomy drawers and center cabinets easily accommodate bath and beauty products, hair-styling tools and more. The lower open shelf is a practical spot for storing towels or baskets and prevents the vanity from overpowering the room.
“When planning a kitchen layout, placing the sink under a window is a great option,” says designer Karen Sealy. “Having a nice view can make washing the dishes or prepping food more enjoyable.” In this space she specified shutters to complete the room's transitional style. “Using shutters is a low-maintenance alternative to drapery that still controls light levels and views,” she says.
Art on canvas, instead of framed masterpieces, can be a lower-cost option to personalize a room. Designer Robin LaMonte says many of her clients hang artwork by their children prominently in their home. To start with, you can find a blank white canvas packs sold at arts and crafts stores.
“When pairing wedding florals with lighting, make sure to consider how your linens play into the overall look," says Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor'd Events Group. "Linens can add a level of texture to the table and there is a wealth of choices above and beyond the floor length white cover. Explore your options and have fun with it!” Roses, hydrangeas and orchids by Flora Nova Design.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good laminate countertop. The style factor of laminates has skyrocketed in recent years, and the availability of different patterns and finishes makes them a good option for many looking to redo their countertops. If you want to budget down from engineered quartz, check out Formica’s Silver Quartzite. This stone-look laminate will serve any kitchen well as a strong neutral design force and a major player in making the kitchen a worry-free, fun, and functional place to be.
When designing a mudroom, think of how your children will use the space. Jeffrey S. Brown, president of J.S. Brown & Co., says, "Most parents tell us their children do better with open areas because they are more likely to hang their coat on a hook than to open a closet door and pull down a hanger." In this situation, low-hanging hooks are the best option. Kids can easily hang their bags and coats on rows of hooks and kick off their shoes below. Designer Sarah Richardson's walk-through mudroom is the perfect example of a low-maintenance entry with kids in mind.
The type of door you choose depends in part on the size of the opening. Many manufacturers offer a range of options for larger and taller openings. For example, LaCantina’s Aluminum Wood System is a unique design innovation based on the same styling as a traditional wood-clad door and engineered for large openings requiring oversized door panels.
“To create a warm, soft and romantic glow, I used pillar candles in a few spots on this front porch. The candlelight offers just the right amount of lighting, not to take away from the breathtaking view of the sunset over the hillside vineyard,” says designer Miyuki Yamaguchi. “Use battery-operated pillar candles — they’re a much safer option to enjoy from dusk till dawn,” she adds. The natural flame look is a perfect fit for the bohemian style of the decor.
`The dining set in this Midcentury Modern dining room was inherited by the homeowners who wished to have it included in the redesign of their home, so designers added some funky art an fun colors and textures to the space. Yellow modern art adds a cool pop of color to gray walls, and a modern chandelier is suspended above the table. To complete the space, new raw silk drapery was added to the windows to give the homeowners the option of privacy.
The kitchen was also one of Erin’s top priorities for the first round of upgrades. Even though it was a complete gut renovation, the designer recalls handling the job with relative ease. “The kitchen was actually pretty easy,” she remembers, “because it's small, we didn't have a ton of options.” Nevertheless she chose well. In keeping with her New England-inspired style, the light gray cabinetry, metallic pendant lamps and wicker bar stools show why some classic styles are simply timeless. “This house has had many design redo’s over time, but I still like what I chose for the kitchen six years later,” she says.