Bathroom remodels often don’t bring the highest returns simply because they’re expensive to begin with, but if you’re adding a second bath where you only had one before — or if you’re operating in a hot real estate market — remodeling can be a very smart move. Jan Goldman, owner of renovation and design firm Kitchen Elements, has a tip for creating space: no windows over tubs. “Who needs a window in the bath that you’ll never open?” she says. “It’s a design flaw that many builders indulge in. Typically, if you move the window somewhere else, the floor space will open up.” In this bath, that move created room for more than nine feet of prime counter space.
Several rooms in the Cashiers Design Showhouse used curtains on walls rather than windows to create a feeling of plush comfort. Says designer Sande Beck of this upstairs dressing room and bath, "we didn't want it to be too precious. We wanted pretty." To that end they used drapery to hide unappealing cabinets and a timeless blend of old and new in the room with a mix of vintage pieces and fresh new details. Soft pink grasscloth on the ceiling creates a finished look and a mix of framed and unframed art does much to keep the precious at bay.
Virtually any bedroom nook can be turned into your own walk-in closet. HGTV fan CvilleJanice turned some extra space located off the master bedroom into a high-end walk-in closet by adding custom floor-to-ceiling wooden built-ins. The combination of shelves, racks, cabinets and drawers offers an abundance of storage that would typically be unimaginable in such a small space.
The custom wood headboard in this stylish master bedroom extends out from the bed into built-in nightstands. White walls and floors capitalize on the spacious design and allow the scenic view from the window to act as a natural accent. A piece of graffiti art complements the urban environment while adding a touch of bright color.
This spacious closet features a large shelf for organized and accessible shoe and handbag storage. An acrylic chair with a tufted seat cushion echoes the smooth curves and shapes of the high heels on display. A tile design on the floor transitions from dark chocolate brown to light beige for a mesmerizing effect. The patterned ceiling and flower-shaped chandelier complete the feminine look.
White walls and a natural finish hardwood floor create a clam and inviting atmosphere for this dining room. A glass encased light fixture is mounted into the coffered ceiling directly over the dining table. The natural finish of the table fits beautifully with the room while black dining chairs create a nice border around it. At the heads of the table, matching plaid armchairs add weight and pattern to the room.
Designer Vern Yip squeezes a lot of luxury into tight quarters in this Manhattan high-rise. To maximize the natural light streaming in from one lone window, Vern covered both the floor and main wall in Ann Sacks glass tile for its light-reflecting qualities. Because space is at a premium, the vanity features a slim, elliptical profile with 2 pivoting doors that swing out to provide plenty of storage for necessary toiletries.
To create a clear separation between the public and private space of the house, architects use materials that would delineate the two spaces. The first story-the public spaces of the home-is filled with windows that allow in natural light and create a transparency from one side of the house to the other. However, on the second floor, where the bedrooms are, architects used stucco to create a more private feel for those spaces.
The vanity in the HGTV Urban Oasis 2012 master bathroom from is illuminated by a huge frame of light. A walk-in closet off the bathroom comes in handy when one half of a couple wants to dress before the other one gets up. Glass subway tile used as accent in the shower surround forms the floor-to-ceiling backsplash above the furniture-style vanity.
This functional entry serves as a mudroom, complete with built-in seating for putting on shoes and built-in shelves and cabinetry for added storage. Rustic tile floors are durable and appropriate to the cottage setting. White trim, including a white-painted plank ceiling, is crisp and bright against pale blue walls, creating a cheery space that reflects light and feels airy and open.
Unable to completely remove a load bearing wall to create an open floor plan, Sarah Richardson widened a doorway and cut a large serving window out of the wall between this kitchen and living room to create a semi-transitional space. She updated the kitchen with a gray subway tile backsplash, new countertops and stainless steel appliances for a chic, contemporary look. As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential.
This gray and red boys' bedroom is perfect for this family's little ones. With cool modern bunkbeds that have storage built in, there is plenty of space left on the floor to play. On either side of the bunk bed, matching bookshelves let each boy have a space to express himself. The room is bathed in plenty of light from the windows, so the space is still bright and exciting.
The kitchen was one of the larger parts of the renovation project. Gladys recalls that, “we had to put in a whole new kitchen, new flooring and a couple of new windows.” But it wasn’t just about addition in this renovation. Before the new look could take hold, a significant amount of the old had to go. “There was an insane amount of removing wallpaper and painting too,” she remembers.
Sleek, white furnishings by J. Mascheroni are punctuated by black accents, creating a harmonious design in this chic, modern living room in Lugano, Switzerland. Accent lighting rims the floor and ceiling, casting the space in a warm glow and making it feel as it it were floating in time or space. Expansive glass walls open the home to sweeping views over Lake Lugano and surrounding mountains.
Though they loved their amenities and location, the owners of this condo in D.C. wanted the space to better reflect their Puerto Rican heritage. So designer Kerra Michele Huerta decided to define the open floor plan with a stripe of bright, energetic coral across the ceiling. This, plus the accent wall, infuses the space with warmth.
Designers wanted this spacious, Midcentury Modern living room to fell intimate despite its large floor plan, so they carefully chose textures and fabrics that would add personality, but wouldn't overwhelm the beautiful exterior views showcased by the expansive windows. Walls are painted white to reflect the views of the outdoors, while the color is added through a few pieces of modern art and colorful, patterned throw pillows on the modern sofas.
This bright and colorful living space features an Art Deco flair from the grass cloth wallpaper to the light hardwood floors. A saffron orange sofa sits on a green wool and silk blend area rug, with silk roman shades in watermelon pink that compliment the glass end tables. A small, white desk sits beside the two windows in the living space with a modern desk chair.
Across from her bicycle, sits another vignette featuring one of Nana Yaa’s favorite decorating accessories: books. While the vase of flowers do a lovely job of echoing the color of the bike, the real star of this area is clearly the walls themselves. The architectural details stretch from floor to ceiling, bringing a sense of character to the entire home.