When it comes to modern bathroom design, nothing is more eye-catching then a floating vanity. Floating cabinetry offers a modern minimalist design that will make a statement while adding some other benefits. One advantage with floating vanities is that they make a great impact in a small space and can provide some opening of the space to make it feel more “airy”. The computer rendering to the right shows how an asymmetrical floating vanity can offer the additional counter space in a small bathroom without using a smaller cabinet for scale. These vanities are more than just a fashionable trend, if you are looking to put radiant floor heating in your bathroom- a traditional floor mounted cabinet will reduce the floor area and provide less heat output and a floating vanity can also make cleaning the bathroom a bit easier. Whether you want cabinetry for storage or as a statement for a vessel sink, picking a floating vanity will give your bathroom the style and function you want. We recently completed a bathroom remodel in Natick were this walnut vanity floats in a tiled alcove adding drama to the master bath without too much fuss- and that spa like feel is the soothing affect many people are looking for in the master suite.
You’ve finally chosen beautiful new cabinets to go into your home. You’ve picked the finish, the door style… there is one last detail that can make a major difference with your kitchen or bath renovation, and that is the hardware! Many people know what finish they want to use, it is the challenge of what style, size and use of the hardware. Well selected cabinet hardware is an opportunity to increase the over all design aesthetic. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- The shape and style of the hardware can change the feel of the space, turning shaker style cabinets into a traditional, transitional or contemporary environment. The hardware finish and design can help push your design to a higher level by adding value in it presence, and typically the hardware is less than 1% of the overall budget so spend a little time to get some wow factor built in.
- Use more than one size and sometimes use more than one design. Some areas can benefit by adding back plates to a knob to provide some bulk or accent. When a drawer and door rhythm needs help with a balanced feel, the addition of a back plate can add relief from that repetition. Large or over-sized pulls can conjure a sense of quality or purpose when added to a tall pantry cabinet. We have found that by mixing up the size and shape of the cabinet hardware, you can add to the tailored appearance and also create a better working space.
- Like so many things in the design world, scale or size is very important. If you have a project with various door/drawer sizes you might need to get the same hardware in a few different sizes so that knobs will not be lost on a wide drawer. There are other benefits to different sizes though, like the tall handle on a pantry cabinet, it offers the little ones in a house to reach the bottom of the hardware so they can get access to the pantry. Pulls that are large enough to drop your hand in make the design work for people with certain disabilities, or can also hold a dish towel at the top of a dishwasher panel. Most manufacturers also make matching or complimentary appliance pulls so you are not restricted to the handles available from the refrigerator you select.
Our designer team gets very excited with any new product designs because we are always looking for something unique to add to our projects. We carry Top Knobs or Schaub which offer a wide variety of ever changing styles, but there is no end to what you can find in the world of hardware. We understand that there is a knob for every person and space, whether it’s a knob on a vanity that needs some bling or oil rubbed pull in a rustic kitchen. Picking hardware for your cabinets doesn’t need to be hard task, and once the right ones are selected the results are always eye catching.
From ancient Rome to modern homes, herringbone can be seen in fabrics, textiles, flooring and wall tile. A herringbone pattern is an arrangement of rectangles or parallelograms set on an angle; it’s named such because it is reminiscent to the bones of a fish. While this pattern is more commonly used in Craftsmen styles, it can add interest and movement without confusing a space when done with certain design ques. Herringbone can be emphasized by using contrasting tile colors to create different effects.
Below are some samples of our projects with the same color tile. When you select just one color tile, this pattern can be very subtle when installed, as you can see from one of our bathroom renovations in Holliston, MA. Here the pattern works with the large format tile paired with a more modern stacked wall tile. If you want a bit more pop, contrast the tile with a lighter grout like in the slate tiled foyer.
If you are intrigued by the look but do not want the full pattern, don’t worry herringbone can be a great accent. Here is a simple back-splash inlay above a range in a Wellesley home renovation. The creamy white tile uses the hand-made texture to showcase the pattern change.
If you are not a big fan of herringbone, no worries… there are hundreds of ways to blend color, texture and structure to form the perfect place for you to call home.
Ceilings are often overlooked simply to be coated with a layer of flat white paint. But by adding something of visual interest to the ceiling, you can create a focal point to draw the eyes up and even make the room appear larger.
If you’re looking to do something more architectural, you can opt for a vault, beams, or coffers depending on the style of your home. When designed properly, coffers can add a high-level of detail and craftsmanship for variety of rooms in your home. Don’t have the ceiling height? An applied molding is a good way to achieve a similar look.
Wallpapering a ceiling creates a bold impression and helps to add a pattern in an otherwise plain room. For the less adventurous, a standard paint color applied to the ceiling may do the trick (and it doesn’t hurt that it can be easily changed). So next time you remodel or decorate a room, don’t forget about your fifth wall!
The most obvious and traditional place for a chandelier is the dining room. With the wide selection of styles, sizes and finishes available, chandeliers can be complimentary to almost any room in the home. But take care about how many chandeliers you feature in your home. Over-sized, miss-matched or awkwardly placed fixtures can easily overshadow the desired look and feel of your home. Above an island, a chandelier makes a good alternative to pendant lights and gives a nice bold statement. However, you’d have to have pretty high ceilings in the kitchen to accommodate this look. Private areas of the home such as a bedroom or a bathroom allow a good opportunity to introduce some glamour and sparkle by way of a chandelier. Petite chandeliers are great for areas like a powder room, kid’s room, hallway or even a closet. They add a great punch of personality to these often overlooked rooms. No matter the room or décor, there is sure to be a chandelier that will work.