bookmark_border5 Decor Ideas For Your Work Space

Whether you’re a freelancer working at home or whether you’re working in an office space the way your work station looks will have a great impact on your productivity. Having a proper table and set up can definitely increase your productivity and inspire you to work harder! 

This is why we strongly recommend that you take the time and make your workstation as aesthetically pleasing, organized and creative as you want to make yourself comfortable at work.

Remember that this is the space you will be spending a huge amount of your time so it needs to look nice! Here are 5 tips for you to make your workstation creative and inspiring. 

  1. Choose A Color Palette 

It has been proven that colors trigger different kinds of reactions in people so choosing a color palette is very important. For example the color yellow is supposed to encourage communication, stimulate mental processes and activate your memory, all things essential for working! Similarly you can look into other colors you really like and create a nice atmosphere in your working space. We recommend choosing mild and neutral shades for your office but if you are in a creative field bright colors might go well in your office space as well. 

  1. Colorful Stationery Holders

The only thing I don’t like about the rapid digitization is the redundancy of stationary. We no longer need highlights, pens, pencils, sticky notes etc. But if your work still allows you to use all this stuff then first of all get super cute and trendy stationery from amazon and secondly get a nice holder. If you like to get creative then maybe reuse old containers by painting them or wrapping them up with some chic wrapping paper. You can even use old cans for a vintage look! 

  1. Add Motivating And Inspiring Quotes 

As cliche as it may sound but adding small bits and pieces of motivational quotes around your office space can actually work! When you’re depressed and lethargic and you look at your bulletin board that says “Good things come to those who hustle” I’m sure you will be more willing to get back to work. You can also get nice picture frames of these quotes to add art and motivation in your office at the same time. If you just have a workstation use cute push magnets and pins to attach these quotes right in front of you to keep you on the top of your game always.

  1. Add A Lamp 

Dimly or badly lit spaces are the worst ever. They literally perpetuate sadness and make working so boring. If you are building your work space at home then you definitely make considerable changes in your light and modern pendant lights on your desk to make it look nicer. But if you’re in an office then your best bet is a lamp. You can find small cheap ones easily in thrift stores and online. Just make sure your lamp is not too big so that it doesn’t take up so much space on your desk. 

  1. Organize Your Desk 

No matter what you do with your workstation or office, if it’s not organized it’s never going to look good. Apart from the aesthetics, working on a messy desk is virtually impossible so take time out to sort your desk! You can find trendy paper separters and organizers on Amazon. Get a plain Letter tray and paint it with golden spray paint to add a colorful accessory to your table. You can also get document holders and tag them for keeping it organized always. 

  1. Add A Small Vase 

Vases may not be everyone’s preferred piece of decoration but it would be for a lot of people who love flowers! You can occasionally bring in fresh flowers and put them in the vase and other times just the usual fake flowers can get the job done. Flowers add color to your space very subtly and if they are real then the accompanying aroma is just amazing. If you have a whole room to yourself you should get 2-3 vases and place them in different places and fill them with some fake flowers. This will surely make everyone look back at your office once more! 

Most office spaces looking amazing but don’t smell amazing so don’t forget your aroma diffusers and never forget to declutter!

bookmark_border5 Effective Ways to Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

Your kitchen is the most used space in your home, which means that besides the wear and tear, you will also need to occasionally update it. The look of your kitchen also matters, and you achieve that while also investing in sustainability and eco-friendly appliances.

Green remodeling your kitchen can come with a variety of options from interesting your cabinetry, walls, floors, appliances, countertops, plumbing, etc. The numerous options may be overwhelming at first but our helpful guide to making your kitchen eco-friendly can help you through your remodeling journey.

From water efficiency, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, to the economic use of space, you can use a variety of strategies to redesign your kitchen in the most environmentally friendly way, while never compromising on style and elegance.

1. Hire An Eco-Expert Contractor

With green remodeling, you may find yourself somewhat confused or lost, especially since the options available are endless. Therefore, we recommend working closely with a professional who is aware of all the options and your requirements.

Hiring an Eco-expert contractor can save you a lot of money and precious time especially since they are well-versed in the language of sustainability and non-toxic kitchen remodeling. Instead of running around in circles, you will have the advice and support of an expert who can make all the necessary choices for you, while also considering your budget.

You can visit the local green building supplier in your vicinity and inquire about local green contractors’ business cards. Always remember to meet with a few candidates before you make your final decision. Since you will be investing your money and time into this project, the contractor you pick should have the expertise and insight to make your green kitchen vision and reality.

2. Choose Eco-Friendly Materials

When redesigning your kitchen, we also recommend investing in eco-friendly materials that not only give a chic appearance but also help cut down on energy pills and resource wastage.

Be it your countertops, backsplash, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, etc., you should choose materials while keeping in mind their environmental impact and durability. FSC-certified cabinets, recycle appliances, eco-friendly sinks, and pipes, etc., can suit any space or style.

While beauty is certainly a top factor when remodeling your kitchen, materials that help with sustainability while maintaining that sense of modern flare should be your top choice.

Whatever choice you make when picking the right materials, gauge its environmental impact and check whether it suits your green kitchen vision.

3. Increase Water Efficiency by Changing Faulty Fixtures

One of the most common problems in old kitchens is leaky faucets, pipes, sinks, etc. Such faulty fixtures can lead to greater expenses and result in water wastage.

A quick and inexpensive way to modernize your kitchen and make it eco-friendly is by switching to the right eco-friendly plumbing methods that dramatically reduce the amount of water used in your home for cleaning or cooking purposes.

Low-flow faucets are excellent for conserving water without skimping on that lovely high-water pressure when you are in the shower on cleaning your porch. Eco-friendly faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute and are also known to reduce sink water flow by over 30%.

Just by switching to eco-friendly faucets, you could easily save billions of gallons of water each year and save on energy bills.

4. Use Energy-Efficiency Lighting

The best type of light is natural light but when it is nighttime or wintertime, you may not always have bright, crisp daylight seeping through the windows and lighting up your room.

For this purpose, you can make use of energy-efficient lighting such as LED bulbs over traditional high voltage, incandescent lighting. In fact, LED bulbs are also known to last 20 times longer than the average bulb.

If you are looking for ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly, while also saving your precious money on energy bills, then LED lighting will truly help in achieving that. You can purchase a wide range of colors that suit your taste and the overall look of your kitchen.

Another superb benefit of installing energy-efficient lighting is its durability. You can wait decades before ever having to change LED light bulbs. They are bright, conserve valuable energy, and help in reducing costs significantly.

5. Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances

Instead of sticking to those archaic gas-run ovens and appliances, we recommend going all-electric instead. Modern induction stoves, convection ovens, and electric heaters outperform appliances that are run with gas.

This will be the future of modern kitchens. By encapsulating terrific energy-efficient appliances that use renewable energy sources, we can play our part in decarbonizing the environment.

Did you know that your everyday kitchen appliances account for over 10% of your home’s energy consumption? This also significantly increases bills and maintenance costs. Energy-efficient appliances can help cut power emissions and shrink that electricity bill.

Always opt for appliances that come with the Energy Star Seal of approval as they are known to be the best eco-friendly kitchen appliances.  

bookmark_border5 Unique Ways To Use Pegboards For Home Organization

Getting organized is more of a journey than a destination. Just when you think, you have organized everything and there is nothing new that might pop up, we are wrong. The new trending organizer in most spaces is the *drum roll please* pegboard.

Yes! You read that right. Pegboards are typically used to train the motor skills for toddlers but some genius converted it into a full-on organizing wall for every room. LEt’s take a look at some ways this latest obsession can make your life easier and more organized:

1. Sort Kitchen Supplies

Adding a pegboard to your kitchen instantly adds more space without compromising the design or overall look. Small things such as mortars, petter shakers, or other spatulas will be taking space on your countertops. Moreover, homes with young children benefit from this a lot. Children have the tendency to open drawers and take out all the cutlery but with this pegboard, you can place everything they need on the board. Pegboards are also being used in modern kitchens to double as backsplashes too. Also, if you feel like adding plants to your kitchen but are out of space, adding small pots to the pegboard can be a great idea.

2. Gallery Wall

Fond of paintings but don’t want to commit to the permanence? Or does it go with your decor? Pegboards to the rescue. Getting a pegboard wall can not only give you more space to hang your decorations and paintings but also saves you from having lots of holes in your wall. It allows you to change as and when needed. If you are someone who works with the camera and needs a new studio every week. Having pegboards and being able to change the decor for every recording is a game-changer. Moreover, if you want to display a collection temporarily pegboards can be handy in this department too.

3. Table Runner

A table runner that can hold things and clear out space near your hands, seriously where is the genius of the year award? Dinner tables are typically full of things and can sometimes be annoying while enjoying your meals. A table runner that can hold things for you if placed on a stick is a game-changer. These can be very useful for parties. You can stick some appetizers on sticks and place them all over your table run. Fewer dishes to wash looks beautiful and makes you appear smart * wink* *wink*

4. Office Area

If you are someone who likes to have a dedicated office space for working but doesn’t have enough room yet, pegboard is the answer. Placing a pegboard in front of a table and an office chair can not only organize your sticky notes and staplers etc but also give you that little office setting you are hoping for. It’s a clean DIY way of organizing. This idea can also be used for creating a homework space for your kids. Easy to clean, fun, and keeps everything in one place.

5. Organize Your Laundry Room

Our typical basements or laundry rooms can be an organizational minefield but now that we know of pegboards, it doesn’t have to be. It’s the ideal way to keep your supplies at hand, in one place, and displayed beautifully. Moreover, if you have stuff lying around in your basement it is a health hazard while doing your laundry. Hardware supplies lying around in your basement/laundry room can also be very easily organized. One other benefit would be, you don’t need child drawer locks anymore. You can just place hazardous stuff on the top of the pegboard.

Lastly, pegboards are used mostly as steady mounting on the wall but they can be used in your cupboards, closets and can be converted into sliding shelves as well.  Pegboards will help you keep everything handy saving you space but also no one can get out of chores because they couldn’t find something. Let us know of any unusual places you have placed your pegboards on. 

bookmark_border6 Different Ways You Can Renovate A Bonus Room In Your Home

Bonus rooms also known as flex rooms are unused rooms around the house in addition to the living room, guest room and the bed rooms. Since they don’t have a designated use you can repurpose them in different ways. They sometimes come with challenging layouts but there’s nothing you can’t fix with a little bit of clever planning!

If you’re scratching your head over how to define that awkwardly placed space in your home, here’s a list of ideas we put together to get your design juices flowing:

1. Kids Activity Room:

If you have kids, you can definitely use your bonus room as a kids activity room. This will help you keep your home away from the constant mess that kids tend to make and you won’t have to collect toys from all over the house all the time. With a designated space to play, it’ll just be one room to clean. You can also put a chalkboard in there and a study table so it can also be used to do homework away from other distractions. Use shelves and organisers to store toys and school supplies and turn the space into a fun activity room!

2. Home Office:

If you work from home, you can totally use your bonus room as an office. Since there will be no noise or distractions, it will be really easy to focus on work. You can renovate it to look professional, place an office desk and a couple of chairs, shelves and organisers around to complete your office look. Make sure there’s ample light in the room to make work easier. It also gives a quiet space for making conference calls or attending clients, and becomes a catalyst for productivity!

3. Home Gym:

Finally getting in the mood to complete a fitness challenge? A bonus room can definitely work as a gym or yoga studio. People who work as fitness instructors can use a home gym since gyms are closed during the pandemic. Place some mats, necessary workout equipment, calming scents and reed diffusers, and a stereo system and viola, your very own home gym is good to go!

4. Library or Reading Nook:

Bonus rooms come with challenging layouts and often strange angles which might work out for a bedroom, office or even a gym, but one thing you can use it for no matter how many corners it has, is a library and a reading nook! You can create your DIY shelves or get some old drawers from a flea market, place some cushions in a corner, a lamp and some covers and have your own library with a reading nook ready to go. It will help keep the noise and distraction away and make for a perfect relaxing spot!

5. Home Theatre:

The concept of home theatres has mostly only existed in luxury homes with plenty of empty space and rooms. But you can create your own theatre with just a projector, some couches, bean bag chairs or even mattresses, and an empty wall. This is a perfect hangout spot with your friends and since the theatres are closed due the pandemic, and you totally create your own mini cinema at home (where you’re allowed to take in your own snacks!).

6. Laundry Room:

If you don’t have a separate laundry room in your home, you can use the bonus room as one. This is actually the most common use of a bonus room. Just keep all your necessary laundry stuff in the room and keep the piles of laundry hidden away!

Bonus rooms are a luxury in itself because you can use them to make up for whatever your home is missing. And it doesn’t have to stay the same! For example if you were using your bonus room as a kids activity room, you can turn it into a hangout spot once they’ve grown up. So if you have a bonus room in your home, use it as an opportunity to get your DIY juices flowing this pandemic and create something awesome out of it!

bookmark_borderMake Your Home Look Like You Hired An Interior Designer

1.Website/ Magazines Are Full Of Inspirations

We all know somebody who is an avid “pinner” on Pinterest. It could either be you or one of your friends but the point is that everybody craves a good home interior. In this digital age most of decor websites or apps can spark a flame of creativity, we often think we never had. Begin by making an inspiration board for your home decor and scour the internet especially Pinterest for different home styles that might be of appeal to you. Save pictures and designs that excite you. After hunting, If you don’t have a budget look for creative ways to get these designs done using DIY methods. If you have the budget then we will say “ ooh fancy” and then recommend you to hire an interior designer for your home. 

2. Color Scheme

After you have collected some ideas of the styles of decoration that you would like around your house, it’s time to pick color schemes. Colour schemes are one of the toughest parts of decorating your home. Look at your inspiration boards across websites or apps or pictures and see what colors or patterns emerge again and again and try to pick three to four shades of that. One main color for the walls and a second for the couches & chairs which would have to complement the ones on the walls and a third color that adds a pop to your accessories such as trays, small decorative pieces, and baskets.

Moreover, consider adding light to your home because all of these colors will only look as good as the light they are surrounded by. The formula of three colors in any combination is a good way to start. Just remember that three is always better than two in a room well done. Not only does it take out the boring but also gives it an extra oomph.

3. Texture Is Your Friend

 If you are a person of single colors then texture is your best friend. If you look at single-color rooms at first glance they might seem painted or done in one color but if you look closely there are different sheets of the same color to add texture to the room. The texture can be added using fabrics/textiles such as draperies, velvet chairs, cushions, throws, and blankets, etc.

To bring a dull room to light, texture plays an important role and it also speaks volumes about the personality of the owner. Make sure that you pick out the textures that suit your lifestyle. For example, if you have kids or dogs a cotton sofa is a bad idea but a mohair chair or darker leather sofa will suit your needs. If you love luxury then consider some high-end pillows and draperies.

4.Trays, Bowls, And Baskets

Do you want to know what screams “ An interior designer did this”,  using trays, decorative bowls, and baskets. Using an arrangement or a collection of them anywhere in your home can add a lot of glitz and glamour to your place. A small tray, a couple of books,  an Ottoman, and some pretty candles can add a lot of design will a lot of design to your home. If you are inclined towards a rustic approach then try wooden baskets throughout your home or you could also decorate different rooms with different approaches throughout, each having a little niche of its own. You can also use these trays to put in small items such as soaps, candles, or leftover buttons and use them as pieces of display art. 

Now that you have some idea of how to do your home like an interior designer, it’s time to get these tips into action. Sites like MyMove and spruce can help you accent your kitchen and home. Whether you are rustic, minimalistic or full-on pop of color, there is something for everyone. Let us know how you DIY your home to look like a designer did it

bookmark_border8 Affordable Ways To Give Your Bedroom A Luxurious Looks

When it comes to adding glamour to the bedroom people often assume that it will take buying expensive things and hiring a top notch interior designer. Well that is not true at all. You just need to make a plan according to your budget and can just reorganise things and make little changes in your bedroom to make it look luxurious. Design your bedroom because it is the room where you spend most of your time.

Here are 8 ways to make your bedroom look luxurious without spending too much money: 

1. Add Mirrors On The Wall 

Mirrors on the wall add texture as well as give a glamorous look to your bedroom. It is one of the simplest ways to make your room look aesthetically pleasing. You can buy a new one or just can redesign an old one by framing it in different colours. There are different sizes and styles of mirrors which you can choose according to your needs. 

2. Style The Bed

To add a glamorous touch to your bedroom, you do not need a huge bed. It is just that you need to style it by adding similar bed-side tables and by putting beautiful and matching lamps. Add some cushions on the bed as well to make it look glamorous. Put them in an organised way so it gives a neat look to the room. Keep the bedside tables uncluttered and put some candles there for a nice comforting look of your bed.  While you do this, it is also important that you get rid of all the other stuff and put them in the drawers. 

3. Decorate With Frames and Art Pieces  

Frames on the wall can give a beautiful touch to the overall look of the room. You can go for wooden frames or pastels to match the furniture and the colour scheme of your room. Do not go for darker frames because it won’t match with all the other things and will look out of the place. Keep this in mind while buying art pieces. Art pieces add a personal touch to the space and make it meaningful and priceless. 

4. Remove Unnecessary Furniture.  

Do not put extra or huge furniture in your room as it will make your bedroom look smaller. You just need a bed, side tables and a chair or sofa, that is enough to make your room look luxurious. If you have any other furniture in the room that you do not use, then get rid of it and place it in another room. 

5. Add Plants and Flowers. 

To give a more natural look to the room, add plants and flowers. Put a vase on the side tables. It will make your room look pretty. Choose plants that you like and place them in corners and sides of your bed. They will definitely add a glamorous touch to your bedroom. 

6. Place A Rug In The Centre.

Placing a rug in the centre of your bedroom will enhance the whole look of your room as it will add texture and warmth. You can simply choose a design that you like because there are so many different types of rugs available, ranging from florals to plain designs in different colours. 

 7. Focus On The Lighting. 

Make sure the lighting in your bedroom is perfect. Fix the lights on the ceiling and walls if it is not working. Add warm lights for a soothing look.  Table lamps also add glamour so do not forget to buy those. Wall lamps are another good option for a fancy touch to the bedroom.  

These are some of the ways you can give a luxurious look to your bedroom. You can always buy inexpensive things and make your bedroom look glamorous in no time. You just need to arrange things in a proper way and declutter the space. 

bookmark_border5 Reasons You Should Remodel Your Kitchen Today

The new decade has brought some amazing kitchen remodeling concepts that make your older kitchen a bit outdated. Maybe your marble countertops need a better finishing of butcher block, granite, or quartz which are undoubtedly more durable and long-lasting, or your all-white kitchen is now deemed boring and the bold monochromes have taken the walls and flooring and the textured wooden tones to add a rustic touch in your kitchen. Or your open kitchen is substituted with the closed and concealed ones. So if you care to keep up with the latest trends of kitchen remodeling, let’s find out why you need to remodel your kitchen today and the trends that must be incorporated into it. 

1. Concealed Kitchens Are The New Trend 

The new kitchen designs are compact and concealed. The idea behind the notion is maximum efficiency and durability and minimum clutter and interference. For that reason, careful consideration is vital to utilize every inch of the space while keeping enough space to move around. To start with, the cabinets must be built on one wall, instead of larger style dressers, and work with tall wall units to streamline space. Breakfast bars and kitchen islands are a must but with careful dimensions, although a floating island is a better option. 

2. Subtle Floorings For Warm Vibes 

The terra cotta flooring promises a traditional yet unique and elegant kitchen for those who love earthy and warm tones of potted plants and green gardens. Pair the earthy flooring with brass hardware and soaprock countertops for a unique and happening look to your kitchen. The terracotta tiles are handmade and along with flooring, if you want to decorate your kitchen walls with refined texture, try cement or terracotta tiles in vibrant or neutral hues according to your taste.

3. Kitchen Ceiling Are Equally Important 

People spend thousands of dollars renovating their kitchens and slip one of the most important areas that could otherwise bring a lot of novelty and elegance into their space. Yes, we are talking about the kitchen ceiling. Adorn your regular ceiling with groin vault, shed style, coffered, beams,  drop and tray ceiling, or with the ceiling tiles. Among all of them, the angled glass kitchen ceilings are the most trendy in small contemporary kitchens. Or if you don’t want to spend much, add a popping wallpaper, wood paneling or just a refreshing coat of paint to add a flair.

4. Conceal Your Appliances 

The new decade is all about concealed kitchens. The kitchen cabinetry system is designed in a way that reduces the presence of small appliances on the countertop. Or a hidden station to conceal dishwashers, kettle and toaster, microwave, and even fridge. The aesthetic and alignment of kitchen appliances with the tiles, wall color, backsplash, and the kitchen island has always been a daunting task, so rather than getting two-toned, or mix and match, concealing these appliances is deemed as a perfect solution in order to maintain a compact kitchen. 

5. Vibrant Colors Are A Must!

The all-white kitchens are meticulously impeccable. Although the latest trend is more about vibrant and striking colors. Whether it’s the cabinet color or the walls behind them, a popped-out color is all your kitchen needs to keep up a modern approach. As of today the black cabinets are certainly trendy, but don’t go all black, nix it with the sleek upper wood textured cabinets, open shelving would be even better. As of the dark drama, the black color emits fiery energy, liveliness, and sumptuousness in your kitchen. 

The kitchen is the most multifunctional place in a house. Investing and upgrading it brings an invaluable addition to your home both while you are living in it and when you intend to sell your property. 

bookmark_border5 Essential Additions To Your Home Renovation Plan

What is the purpose of renovating your home if it does not bear any fruit? Imagine going through  weeks of struggles, spending all your savings and yet the outcome is not pleasing enough. Your home renovation plan must add value to your house. You are definitely free to make your own decisions, and choose what’s best for your home. However, there are few essential additions that would add more flexibility to your lifestyle. These additions won’t get you bankrupt or become a nightmare. But rather add a unique twist that would add comfort and value to your home. We suggest that if you’re interested in getting one step closer to the house of your dreams keep reading. 

Let’s dig into those essential additions nobody told you about! 

1. Install A Security System 

Security concerns are a priority even if you live in a safe neighborhood. Renovation days are chaotic to say the least. The frequent coming and going of designers, contractors, laborers can be distracting. As it is most likely that you would not be at home 24/7 to keep a check. The solution? Install cameras and video doorbells to monitor your home at all times, you can even check the footage later on. Smart locks prove to be extremely beneficial as well. These precautions can be fruitful for the coming years as well. A smart security system will help you keep your house safe no matter where you are.  

2. Cost Estimates 

Home renovation plans always have an estimated cost of everything. The budget is set and the goal is to fulfill the expenses within that range. Yet, this is not the safest option. Your estimate can be proven wrong. It is preferable to always add 20 percent of the estimated cost. It might help you save more than you could think of. Additional estimates are safe and save you from going bankrupt! But always try making a budget and sticking to it. 

3. Don’t Be A Control Freak 

This isn’t a silly addition! We have a habit of noting down everything and expecting for things to go as per the plan. The obsession with perfection can lead to major mishaps if things don’t go well. It is good to have control but if things are not going as per the plan, you need not to fret. Let them go with the flow and wait for the end results. At times, it’s best to trust the universe for making it right. You can renovate your home but not your health! So stop worrying about every small thing and learn to ignore some problems too! 

4. Never Stop Interrogating 

While we are a strong believer of not worrying too much we still believe that curiosity ain’t a bad thing and asking questions is definitely not. We can never be 100% sure of our choices. If you have any doubts or any queries then don’t hold back. Ask away from professionals, designers, contractors as many questions as you want. Be sure about every decision till the very end. Questions don’t cost anything so feel free, it is YOUR home we are talking about! So never hesitate to ask the important questions even if you think they might seem a little dumb. 

5. The Right Replacements 

Your entire home renovation plan is of no use if you have not replaced the windows, installed ceiling fans, and upgraded the kitchen cabinets and handles. These minute details are essential to make your home look better and increase its value. Instead of cheap plastic or aluminum blinds, opt for plantation shutters or wooden drapes. Save your electricity bills and instead of hefty air conditioning install ceiling fans. If you wish to sell your home, make sure that the kitchen looks chic and classy. It needs to be appealing for the eye but more than that it needs to have quality hardware. 

No home renovation plan can be perfect and save you from worrying in the end but we hope that with these essentials we may be able to help minimize the stress. 

bookmark_border5 Tips To Maximize Your Small Kitchen Space

You may suffer the lack of space in your kitchen while you are in the process of renovation. But there are plenty of reasons why small is better; small spaces are easier to decorate, easier to keep clean, and easier to organize. Many of us have small kitchens so we‘ll be discussing about maximizing your small kitchen space and how to make it feel bigger than it actually is, without breaking the bank.

1. Storage spaces:

The first area we must focus on is storage. In case you have so many utensils and gadgets, perhaps a purge is a good idea but before you purge, think of different ways to store items outside of kitchen cabinetry. For example, who needs a pot drawer, if you can hang your pot drawers on the wall in a creative and decent manner. Any wall space becomes a key area for storage if utilized smartly. Hanging it up means you can free up space in your cabinetry for other items. Choose anything that you would like to have at arm’s reach and hang them on the wall. Adding some decorative items like plants for a different texture and a burst of color along with your utensil will add value to your design.

2. Open shelving:

Think about how you can display your fancy dishware and decorative items. Open shelving with incredible functionality is an excellent option. Tuck some buckets or stools underneath open shelves for a little extra something you may not have had space for, in your small kitchen. It also helps to avoid people from getting too close to the open shelves. You can also use your windows for storage space as well as add few shelves up high where you can display some decorative items and still get your view. The key to keep all the stuff outside the cabinet is to keep them organized and tidy. Group like-minded things together or group them by color to make it all look cohesive. Moreover, Cabinets all above the ceiling maximize your storage spaces automatically.

3. Flooring:

Floor plays a vital role in making your kitchen practical and user friendly. Sometimes small kitchens means you have very limited surface areas. Therefore, you have to find out how to expand your walkways effectively. Light Colors and Bright places always makes the space feel bigger, so opt for light shade while choosing flooring for smaller kitchens.

4. Countertops:

We would all love a kitchen island if room allows that, Island will provide much needed surface area as well as storage space, additional sitting or both. If you do not have enough space for an island in your kitchen, you may add a folding table. A folding table is as functional as an island. Many foldable tables have tops that can be adjusted to change their height, position, shape, or size according to your needs.

5. Color and design:

Bold colored kitchen becomes a real conversation starter and any bold color will make your kitchen a focal point no matter what your kitchen size is. You will actually forget how small your kitchen is when you catch a vibe with bold color. On the other hand, white will always make the space feel larger, so an all-white kitchen will give you that larger feeling.

Flat paneled cabinet doors will also make space look larger because it has less detail to focus on. Using mirrors in your kitchen will open things visually as well. You can add mirrors to the cabinet fronts or add a mirrored backsplash on one side of your kitchen. It is a way to fool your eyes by reflecting more light while also giving you the illusion of more space beyond.

bookmark_border7 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Kitchens are the most popular to renovate. Choosing beautiful finishes and fixtures for your new kitchen is one thing, but if you get the layout wrong, it won’t function as well as you want it to. A kitchen remodel is a great investment, and it pays off by improving function and boosting your home’s value. It’s easy to get wrapped up dreaming about colors, selections, and other design esthetics, but it’s extremely important not to put finishes before a function. When your design is well planned and thought out you can avoid making common kitchen design mistakes. These common mistakes people make when designing and decorating a kitchen.

Countertops

Let’s talk about the countertops, a common design mistake is choosing a countertop that does not meet your functional needs. Think about your lifestyle and the people who live in the home before selecting a countertop. It is a sad fact that some designs look incredible in a showroom or Pinterest but in reality they are not just that compatible with your day-to-day lifestyle. This is especially true for your floors and countertops. Choose a durable and budget friendly porcelain instead, that mimics the look of your favorite marble veining. Love the hardness of granite but want something that requires low maintenance then go for quartz for a modern look with uniform color.

Backsplash

Every kitchen needs a quality kitchen backsplash. They protect walls from wet spills, make it easier to clean up messes from cookers and countertops, and add color patterns in your personalized design of your kitchen. If you choose a tile, make sure you source matching grout that blends in well unless your design intends for high contrast. Be prepared to clean all your grout lines if you specify smaller tiles. If you do not go for the backsplash with full height slab and span the distance between the base cabinet and upper cabinet, you need at least 3 inches of backsplash for easy cleanup.

Finishes

Another common mistake in the list is opting for impractical finishes. Intricate designs carved or even three-dimensional tiles look fabulous in any kind of kitchen but when it comes to cleaning around all those nooks and crannies, it can be very hectic to get all the grease off. For preparation and cooking areas look for durable materials that are easy to wipe down, preferably with the flat or non-textured surface.

Paint

Picking a poor quality paint is a wrong move. You absolutely have to prime the walls before painting or else the heat and humidity in the kitchen will peel that top layer right off. Make sure the product that you choose is resilient to the daily wear and tear that kitchens endure. Use paint that is resistant to grease and will withstand regular washing and wiping. Anything with slight sheen like satin, eggshell or semi-gloss will be a lot easier to wipe down than anything with no shine like flat or matte.

Flooring

Avoid laying down the wrong floors. Kitchen area is a busy, high traffic and wet area so you want to specify a finish that is durable and has an anti-slip finish. Thin and cheap materials can’t bear the weight of heavy appliances so you need to look for something tough. Super smooth tile will be slippery once you spill water on it. Look for waterproof or water resistant resilient flooring. The newer types of engineered wood and laminate all come with a water resistant finish.

Open Shelving

Most common mistake is going on board with open shelving. Open shelves look fabulous in the kitchen especially, if you have some impressive dishware to display. But having a visual access to everything can also look clutter plus your kitchenware will easily get the dust if you don’t use it every day. Include a mixture of open and close doors storage

Cabinets Refacing

Major mistake, overspending on things that you do not see. Before undergoing a kitchen remodel, see if you can reuse anything. Take a look at your base cabinets and see if they are in good shape. Most of the time base cabinets are still structurally sound but the face is a little bit dated or more traditional than what you are going for. In this case, all you need to do is customize new door panels or look for prefabricated doors in the sizes that you need. It will give you a completely new look for the fraction of the cost