Home Design Ideas http://ihomedesigns.info Just Share Design Ideas With Pictures Wed, 09 Mar 2016 03:05:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stunning walk-in closet open concept design http://ihomedesigns.info/15651/stunning-walkin-closet-open-concept-design/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15651/stunning-walkin-closet-open-concept-design/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:35:17 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15651 affordable walk in closet design

This stunning walk-in closet resides in a space that would be the largest room in most people’s homes. Two walls are lined with custom storage. With all wood construction and clean lines, the storage area gives a nod to Scandinavian design. The all-white flooring and ceiling as well as the glass wall are more reminiscent of Swiss design. However you want to classify it, this space is large, beautiful and the envy of citizens from many countries.

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Rustic Country Kitchen Table http://ihomedesigns.info/15472/rustic-country-kitchen-table/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15472/rustic-country-kitchen-table/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:48:48 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15472 rustic country kitchen tables

This handmade kitchen table is tough to date. It has the look of turn of century country craftsmanship. However, this style has recently enjoyed a rise in popularity making it difficult to know if it is original to the era or not. Worn wood and uneven stain lend this table ageless beauty. A dual towel rack is home to a set of white hand towels.

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Dos and Don’ts for Timeless Design http://ihomedesigns.info/15151/dos-donts-timeless-design/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15151/dos-donts-timeless-design/#respond Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:04:57 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15151 For many, home decorating and design is not just a passion, but a borderline obsession. For these most dedicated decorators, the completion of one project marks the beginning of another. And the completion of every room in a home signals the start of a redesign. For others (myself included), a passion for decorating does not translate into a passion for re-decorating. Paired with affinity for timeless design, I tend to stick to finishes with staying power. If this sounds like you, review this list of what to include and what to avoid to ensure your home will look great long into the future, without much further effort on your part.

Try these for a timeless look:

  • Antiques: If that grandfather clock looks good after 80 years, chances are a couple more decades won’t hurt.
  • Whites, Grays and Light Neutrals for Wall Colors: These are safe choices that won’t tie your home to a time period.
  • Hardwood flooring: The blue jeans of interior decorating. Goes with anything, looks good with wear and never goes out of style.
  • Stone finishes – With proper care, a conservatively-colored stone countertop can last a lifetime and look great all the while.
  • Pedestal sinks – While a pedestal sink may have a distinctively vintage feel, they remain a popular choice for small spaces and for adding a touch of elegance to a room.
  • White toilets and shower units – You may not win any style points here, but in the long run, you’ll come out ahead. Just ask your neighbor with the mustard-colored toilet.
  • White cabinets – Woods and finishes fall in and out of favor. White paint does not.
  • Chrome finishes – Brushed and brass finishes have had their days. Chrome will always be there.

 

Avoid these to keep your home from becoming dated:

  • Wallpaper – No doubt about it, Wallpaper makes a statement. After 5 years, you’ll wish it said something else.
  • Carpet – As what’s fashionable changes, you’ll wish you could sweep your choice of carpet color and style under the rug.
  • Modern art – What emerges from independent artists makes its way to mainstream decorating stores, shortly before showing up at Target. Time to move on.
  • Tile flooring – Tastes change but tile doesn’t… easily.
  • Tile backsplash – See tile flooring above. (What? These little witty lines don’t write themselves!)
  • Bold wall colors – There’s a reason paint companies release color trends every year. Keep this in mind before committing to the latest look.

 

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High-End Design with Carpet Tiles http://ihomedesigns.info/15147/highend-design-carpet-tiles/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15147/highend-design-carpet-tiles/#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:54:08 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15147

Carpet tiles are typically thought of as a low-cost alternative to wall-to-wall carpet… which in turn is viewed as a low-cost alternative to traditional tile or hardwood flooring. Well, this setup proves you can take home all of the benefits of carpet tiles (inexpensive and easy to install) without sacrificing style. I’m digging the checkered look and think its a perfect fit for a playroom. Best of all, if tastes change with the times or as the little ones get older, a new look is just a handful of replacement tiles away. If you want to see more from the playroom’s owner (and you speak Norwegian), check out her design blog at www.foreldremanualen.no.

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Subway Tile Backsplash http://ihomedesigns.info/15143/subway-tile-backsplash/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15143/subway-tile-backsplash/#respond Sun, 06 Dec 2015 05:03:20 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15143 I may love everything about this backsplash. Admittedly, I’m a big fan of subway tile to begin with. Add to that the gorgeous color: a sultry sage green with dark and light overtones and the perfect complement to the dark wood cabinetry. I’d eat here any day.

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2016 Color Forecast Roundup http://ihomedesigns.info/15134/2016-color-forecast-roundup/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15134/2016-color-forecast-roundup/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2015 03:45:57 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15134 If you find the thought of winter nearing to be depressing, try looking ahead to 2016. The wave of 2016 color forecasts is upon us. From paint manufacturers to design outlets, seemingly everyone has an opinion about the colors that will don the most walls in the new year. Who knows how accurate these predictions will be, but it sure is fun to soak in striking shades and pretty palettes. Admittedly, these guides provide both inspiration and temptation. Must… resist… urge… to… redecorate.

Sherwin Williams 2016 Color Forecast
Annual forecast from leading paint manufacturer combines pastels and neutral earthtones.

Behr Trends 2016, Structure of Color
Home Depot’s preferred paint brand offers similar neutral tones to Sherwin Williams but with brighter reds and warm colors.

Pantone Spring 2016: A Transporting and Transformative Canvas
Though used more for fashion and graphic design, Pantone’s forecast work well for interior design as well, particularly when choosing impact colors for accessories. This year’s forecast for spring is bright and heavy on primary colors.

2016 color forecast

A look at the hues in Pantone’s 2016 Spring Color Forecast as provided by Graphic Design USA

Benjamin Moore: Color Trends 2016
Upscale paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore doesn’t exactly go out on a limb by declaring “Simply White” to be the color of the year. (Isn’t that like nominating water for beverage of the year?). Nevertheless, the paint giant follows it up with a lovely palette of whites, neutrals, pastels and nautical shades.

Pittsburgh Paints & Stains: 2016 Paint Color Trends
I have to give Pittsburg Paints some credit here. Their color choices are the most distinctive of all the sources I looked at. The article title suggests that their selections are based on consumer purchase behavior rather than sheer prediction. Whatever the reason, their color choices stand out and are flat out gorgeous.

HGTV: Color Trends: What’s New, What’s Next?
Everyone’s favorite interior design channel offers insight into what’s trending (blues) and what’s fading (browns) while offering a few tips in selecting colors for your home. The highlight for me: HGTV’s “Hot Color Combos” offers recommendations for striking color pairs.

Well there you have it: Six sets of color picks for 2016 that could provide enough color inspiration to last a lifetime. Or at least until 2017 forecasts arrive!

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Simple and Modern Dining Room Set http://ihomedesigns.info/15131/simple-modern-dining-room-set/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15131/simple-modern-dining-room-set/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2015 04:16:25 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15131 Elegance doesn’t always have to cost a lot. This amazing look brings together a narrow wood table with sawhorse-style legs and suite of six office style chairs that find new purpose in the dining room. The understated look is both attractive and highly functional. Best of all, the economical seating arrangement makes this dining room look appetizing for the budget conscious.

Simple and modern dining room set

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Will dark colors make a room look smaller http://ihomedesigns.info/15120/dark-colors-room-smaller/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15120/dark-colors-room-smaller/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 01:52:58 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15120 One of the most common design tips you’ll hear is to avoid dark wall colors to keep a room from looking small. But is there any truth in the advice? Well, like many age-old questions, there’s some debate. While many designers advocate for lighter colors such as whites, pastel blues or yellows when trying to improve the visual depth of a room, others put little stock in the technique. And while there may not be consensus on color, there is greater agreement on other techniques for working with small spaces.

Wall paint color palette

Minimize contrast

One technique is to minimize the contrast within a room – particularly when choosing a paint color for the walls. Consistent tones in a room allow the eye to span a room more quickly and easily, giving the impression of a wide open space or a larger room. Harsh contrast disrupts this process, making changes in color standout, and thus giving the opposite effect.

Perhaps the recommendation of using light colors to make a room seem larger stems from the impact of contrast. Considering that trim and ceilings are typically painted white. So, darker paint colors will contrast more heavily with the trim and the ceiling, causing the room to look smaller.

Remove clutter

Just like heavy contrast, objects scattered throughout a room hinder the eye’s ability to scan from wall to wall, giving the appearance of a smaller space. If making a space appear larger is more important than having it well decorated, stay away from unnecessary accent pieces and tchotchkes. No wonder real estate agents always suggest keeping personal décor to the bare essentials.

Try a mirror

While most decorative items only take up space, mirrors create space – or at least trick you into thinking that they do. Mirrors make great substitutes for framed art or other wall hangings, offering both beauty and a sense of openness. Mirrors are also a great choice when struggling to find the right accouterments. They coordinate with virtually everything and never go out of style.

While not everyone agrees if it’s necessary to avoid dark wall colors in small spaces, there are tried and true steps you can take to make a room look bigger. Take your place from snug to spacious by using low-contrast colors, minimizing clutter and introducing mirrors. Have any tips of your own for making a room look larger? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Concrete Sink http://ihomedesigns.info/15117/concrete-sink/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15117/concrete-sink/#respond Sat, 17 Oct 2015 03:40:41 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15117 If you’re bold enough to install a concrete sink in your bathroom, why stop with material. There’s absolutely nothing subtle about this stunning sink design. From the sleek concrete material to the brick red tone, this extra wide sink makes a statement. The bathroom bravado continues with a wall-mounted faucet and a textured wall. This design may not be everyone, but I could get used to it. What do you think?

Concrete Sink

Image unmodified and from Jeremy Levine of Jeremy Levine Design under Creative Commons license.

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Considerations for Choosing Floor Coverings http://ihomedesigns.info/15112/considerations-choosing-floor-coverings/ http://ihomedesigns.info/15112/considerations-choosing-floor-coverings/#respond Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:28 +0000 http://ihomedesigns.info/?p=15112 Some things, like paint and window treatments are easy to change out. Floor coverings on the other hand, require larger investments to change. If you’re thinking of making a change, review these considerations for floor coverings before you make the move.

Hardwood flooring

Longevity and Durability

While specific flooring options within a product category may have longer or shorter life expectancies, the material of your flooring will largely determine how long it will last. Generally speaking, carpet offers the shortest lifespan – even with new stain guarding techniques and more durable compositions. After 10 years, most carpeting will show signs of wear and staining. Vinyl, laminate or tile flooring can offer longer lifespans but are often replaced from falling out of fashion rather than wear and tear. For those looking for something that can last a lifetime, hardwood flooring is a great choice. While some may argue that hardwoods are more easily scratched or dented then tile, hardwood flooring can be refinished, extending its life indefinitely. Be cautious with engineered hardwood flooring options as many of these can only be refinished one to two times before the product must be removed.

Continuity

The best choice may already be in your home. Though not a sexy pick, using the same tile or shared of hardwood flooring will offer your home continuity – particularly when implemented on the same level. That gorgeous walnut flooring may look stunning on the showroom, but how does it look up against the tile in your kitchen and the maple flooring in your foyer?

Future plans

Where do you expect to be in five years? If you’re not certain in your “forever house”, don’t pay the premium for “forever flooring.” It’s difficult to get 100% of a remodeling investment back when you sell your home. So, if you think your house could be on the market in the coming years, consider an option that is neutral and will appeal to a broad audience without breaking the bank.

Are children in your future (or present)? Tile is the easiest to clean and the most resistant to scratches and dents.

Comfort

Carpet may not be the easiest on the eyes, but typically delivers the most comfort – particularly for bedrooms and other areas you’re likely to lounge without shoes on. Don’t overlook comfort in the kitchen. Hours on your feet washing dishes or cooking can lead to back pain. Flooring with a bit of give such as vinyl or hardwood can make all the difference.

Price

Generally speaking, carpet is the most economical flooring option, followed by vinyl, tile and hardwood flooring. But like with most things, there are exceptions. Each category offers premium options which can push your investment well beyond an entry level or mid level price of the next product category. Tighter wound carpet offers greater durability and comes with a higher price tag. Desirable stone such as marble or travertine are among the priciest options for tile. Those installing hardwood flooring can find products made from exotic woods such as ebony for a looks that’s both distinctive and costly.

There’s a lot to think about when selecting a flooring product. Be sure to think through these considerations to ensure you end up with a product you’ll be happy with for many years to come.

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