Buying a new house, getting one ready for sale, purchasing one that needs renovations, or remodelling your existing property can be an exciting time as a homeowner, especially when considering interior design. It can also be a bit overwhelming. There are a plethora of options when it comes to every design aspect of each room in the house, and that can make it difficult when trying to decide what you want from the interior space. When your ready, take time to make your final selections, take into consideration these interior design tips for these two essential rooms in your home - the kitchen and bathroom.Modern Showers
The most up-to-date look for a shower is one that's freestanding. While it looks sleek and stylish, it isn't always very practical. These kinds of designs don't often come with shelf space. This can be a nuisance when it comes time to day to day life, and you fill it up with toiletries and children's toys. When making the update to the of the bathroom, be sure to include some shelving or storage so you can enjoy the space, how it was designed.
Bathrooms are frequently one of if not the smallest spots in terms of square footage throughout your home. You can add a more open feel by installing a floating vanity instead of a pedestal version or a traditional vanity. The space underneath is a great way to free up more area and utilise it for storage in any way that you see fit.
Neutral Colours or Bold Statements
With the endless amounts of colour options out there, it can be easy to get sucked into one that you think looks fun. However, it could date very quickly. When it comes to you should aim for a mixture of neutral tones, with a bold statement, in the form of modern tiles or traditional block wall colour. It will give the space a larger feel, and it allows for a broader selection when it comes to choosing fixtures, cabinets, and other components.
A neutral colour also gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the many patterns available for bathroom tile and flooring. Keep the designs simple to open the space up and define any of the existing vanities, cabinets, or other fixtures. The material that they are made of is going to make or break the overall look.
Open Plan Kitchen Design
You can give your the same feel and elegance of your bathroom with the use of glass fronted cabinets. Mix this with organic material throughout and you can break up the look and provide the eyes with different places to focus on. Hardwood flooring gives the space a grounding force as well and peaks the visual interest level.
Create Uniqueness in the Floor Plan
Unless you are building your home from the ground up, there is already an existing floor plan that you have to work with. When you first enter the room, you probably get an idea of where things "should" go. That doesn't mean that those are the way your final design has to be though. Get creative and think about all the possible options.
You don't have to put the dining table directly in the centre of the room straight on. There are generally other places it can go like off in a corner a bit on an angle. Then, other sections of the room get opened up for more decorations like a breakfast nook or reading space.Build Up
This is an excellent option when it comes to kitchens that aren't large or open. You can build your cabinets up higher so that they reach tothe ceiling to give your space more height. It naturally draws the eye upward making it seem as though the room is taller than it is.With adequately installed cabinets you can also create a lengthier appearance. Make sure to expand on the look by following the same design with your tiles.Lighting is Everything
The illumination of any room in your home, but especially the bathroom and kitchen areas, is essential to the final look and feel of the space. You want the lighting to be coordinating, but also something that is realistic for the tasks that are going to be carried out there.
For instance, you are going to want to have accent lighting put next to your bathroom mirrors so that you can complete your daily rituals, whether applying makeup or shaving.
In the kitchen area, you can have warm lighting to use when the purpose of being in there is for socialising or gathering. However, when it's time to cook and clean, you need an option for brighter lighting so that it opens up the room and makes things easier to see. Article kindly provided by gdholland.co.uk
We've solicited a number of user anecdotes on this topic, and have hand picked some of the more interesting ones below. We feel that anecdotes can give a practical, human perspective on a topic.
"When I first moved into my apartment, the kitchen and bathroom were in dire need of a makeover. I started by focusing on the kitchen, as it's the heart of any home. I kept the color palette neutral with whites and greys, which made the space feel much larger and brighter. I also invested in some high-quality appliances and storage solutions, which made cooking and cleaning up a breeze. One thing I would recommend to anyone tackling a kitchen redesign is to make sure you have ample lighting. Install under-cabinet lighting and consider adding a pendant light above the sink or island to create an inviting atmosphere.
<br><b>Maria S.</b><br><br>As for the bathroom, I've had my fair share of experiences with small, cramped spaces. One tip I've found incredibly helpful is to make use of vertical space. Install floating shelves or a tall, narrow cabinet to store your toiletries and linens. Another game changer for me was swapping out my old shower curtain for a clear glass shower door. Not only did it make my bathroom feel more open and spacious, but it's much easier to keep clean. Finally, don't underestimate the power of a statement mirror. A large, decorative mirror can instantly add personality and make your bathroom feel more luxurious.
<br><b>Helena M.</b><br><br>I recently renovated for my small apartment and found that making smart choices in the kitchen and bathroom can make a huge difference in the overall feel of the space. In the kitchen, I chose to install a smaller, more efficient dishwasher and a combination stove-oven-microwave to save space without sacrificing functionality. I also added a pull-out pantry to make use of every inch of space available. In the bathroom, I installed a floating vanity to create a sense of openness and added a wall-mounted toilet to save space. Overall, I'm very happy with the outcome and would recommend others to consider these tips when redesigning their kitchens and bathrooms.
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