This new bathroom design includes relocating the sink to the opposite wall, allowing ample counter space and storage for three users. Contest entry for National Kitchen and Bath Association People's Pick 2014.
The mirror reflection of the chrome fittings creates a sculptural element and an interesting side profile of this bathroom sink and faucet. Contest entry for National Kitchen and Bath Association People's Pick 2014.
Show off your bathroom’s flooring and illuminate a footpath with under-cabinet lighting. The floor of this Asian-inspired bathroom is painted to resemble a koi pond complete with fish and lily pads. Image courtesy of the National Kitchen & Bath Association
A vertical band of mirror visually expands the space and reflects light from the window. Other key features in this bath include a sleek wall-mounted toilet and floating vanity. This bathroom was a contest entry for National Kitchen and Bath Association People's Pick 2014.
Create an island with multiple levels and materials. This budget-friendly kitchen island mixes materials on its staggered surfaces in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. Quartz, wood and stainless steel combine to make a stylish and functional island for the space.
This high-end powder room, designed by Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, won first place from the National Kitchen + Bath Association this year. To snag a bit of this style, use hooks or towel grabbers, which can be purchased at Walmart for less than $5, to display hand towels.
Use a high gloss paint in a color that matches your other decor on some of your cabinets to give your kitchen a luxury lacquer look. Use the same hardware throughout the kitchen to maintain a cohesive look, as designer Diane Foreman did in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner.
Add pullout appliance storage to free up counter surface and maximize cabinet storage space. Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Co. designed this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner. A layered caddy like this one adds a lot of utility, but even a simple pullout drawer can help makeover your space.
A new backsplash is a wonderful weekend project, and doesn’t have to break the bank. Using mesh-mounted tiles, sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s, makes installing a backsplash a significantly easier project. This kitchen was designed by Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company and was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner.
Interior and under-cabinet lights add instant flair to this stylish kitchen, a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. Designer Judith Wright Sentz of Judith Wright Design used ribbon lights in the leaded-glass cabinets to illuminate the shelves within and low voltage lights under the cabinets to bathe the countertops below in warm light.
One of the easiest ways to give your cabinets a makeover is simply by switching out your hardware. “People say they add the jewelry when they add the hardware,” says designer Judith Wright Sentz of Judith Wright Design in Seattle, a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner. “We took special care to add really pretty hardware.”
If your bathroom has a high contrast color scheme, find artistic lotion and soap bottles that reflect that. The accessories to the right of the sink are shiny and almost sculptural, adding a chiseled brilliance to the sleek lines of this bathroom, a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winner, designed by Laurie Haefele of Haefele Design.
Add a tablecloth and centerpiece to your breakfast area. Seattle firm Judith Wright Design dressed up the homeowner’s original table with a tablecloth and florals to coordinate with the cushions she put on banquette in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association winner. Acrylic chairs add glam (often, new acrylic furniture is affordable) without hindering the view of the banquette.
Using gray grout with white subway tiles accentuates the tiles and provides contrast if your cabinets are white, says Minneapolis homeowner Patti Wagner, a senior product designer for Target. Plus, they easily hide food splatters, she says. David Heide Design Studio, a design company also in Minneapolis, won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award for this kitchen.
Even if your kitchen has a more traditional or modern style, you can accent it with country decor. Rooster home accessories add a chic, playful touch to any countertop, while stained glass or leaded glass panels in the cabinets can bring in a bit of farmhouse fashion. This kitchen remodel by Judith Wright Design in Seattle won a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award.
Incorporate metallic accents. The wall around the sink in this National Kitchen + Bath Association-winning powder room is covered in metallic tile that looks like silver leaf, a costly update. However, Arizona designer Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, says you could get a similar DIY effect by painting the wall a darker shade, taping off squares and then using a metallic paint.
Bring new functionality into your kitchen by maximizing the countertop space with thoughtful storage solutions, such as counter-level drawers. This kitchen by David Heide Design Studio, based in Minneapolis, was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association award winner and features custom drawers and cabinets. But you could buy a simple modular drawer (or two) and paint it to match your cabinets for a streamlined look.
Age your glass doors. The homeowner worked with Seattle designer Judith Wright Sentz to create the leaded glass windows in the cupboards of this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition winning kitchen, but premade glass would have the same stylish effect. For an even cheaper and simpler fix, faux stained glass craft kits and window films can be found through online retailers for under $40.