3 Step Guide to (re)Designing Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the most important social space in your home. It’s where you nourish yourself and your family. It’s where you gather your loved ones for an evening of fun. It’s as much a creative cooking space as it is a living and loving space. We’re here to help you maximize your kitchen’s enriching qualities with fabulous interior design ideas.

Pick Your Style

Retro

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Rustic

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Modern

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Make A Color Plan!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little red here, a splash of blue there, some green over here? No! While those are all nice colors, interior design requires organization and planning. Ask yourself: what mood do I want my kitchen to have? How do I want it to make me feel? Then, you can start thinking about the colors.

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Here’s how we can help you paint your kitchen in 3 steps:

  1. Choose a soft main color to create the overall mood.
  2. Pick a darker shade or another color that supports your main color.
  3. This is where you can get a little wild. Pick an accent color that adds some life and personality to the first two colors. Use it on trim, decorative ornaments, flowers, and more.

Tip: An open kitchen plan is inviting, allowing you to socialize with guests while preparing their meal. If you can’t have that, use bright colors, light wood or faux marble for counter tops, and accent your windows with plants and flowers to lighten up your space.

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Add Texture

You can add texture to a kitchen in a variety of ways. You may choose chunky furniture to fill out empty space. You may want skinny metal chairs to add a futuristic taste to your space.

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One of our favorite techniques is adding a decorative backsplash. A backsplash is a space behind your stove that, well, catches the backsplash of your cooking. We have ample experience in giving chefs a piece of art to watch while they wait for water to boil.

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Another way to bring your kitchen to life is simply by updating and replacing cabinet knobs, pulls, and doors. Why be ordinary when there are so many options available?

 

We hope this post inspired you to embrace your space. Whether you want to cozy kitchen or a large, welcoming hall, you have plenty of ways to imbue it with your personality.

 

Questions? Contact us, we’d love to chat!

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3 Elegant Uses for Metal Gilding

What is Metal Gilding?

Metal gilding is an art form by which thin gold leaf (or other metal alloy) is laid over a solid surface, such as wood, metal, ceramic, and stone, giving the object the appearance of gold, silver, or platinum.

Metal gilding goes back as a far as ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Egyptian and Greek metalworkers would use a layer of thicker gold (by today’s standards) to cover jewelry and pottery. Later, the Romans applied metal gilding to the ceilings of temples and pillars of palaces.

How is Metal Gilding Performed?

Today, there are several methods for applying metal leaf, from brushing on a powder to heating metal leaf, letting it cool, and sanding it smooth, to burnishing. Here are some stunning examples of metal gilding and metal accents in modern homes.

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How Can I Use Metal Gilding in My Home?

There’s a high demand for gold, brass, silver, and metallic accents in homes. Mixed metallics add an ethereal feel, reflecting the stars and the heavens, while alluding to nature and strength. Here are the top 3 ways metal gilding can add elegance to your home.

1. Gilt Decorative Objects

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Metal gilding can be applied to any object. Turn any decorative item, whether it’s made of wood, stone, or metal, into a silver sculpture or gold cast.

2. Frames

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Perhaps the most common modern day use of metal gilding is frames. Silver gilded frames make mirrors sparkle. Add some old world class to a painting with a gold frame.

3. Furniture

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Mixing metals with fabrics around the home adds luxury and character. Yellows bring out the warmth of gold while dark blues might reflect the starry shine of silver. Play around and see what works for you.

Do You Have Metal Gilding Ideas?

Let us know what they are! Contact us for more information on how you can add some shine to your home or business.

 

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5 Textured Wall Treatments For Your Home

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A textured wall treatment is an Old World technique that adds a modern look and feel to your home. Treating an accent wall, a wall with a fireplace in it, or even cabinetry, ceilings, doors, and furniture, will add edge and class to your living space or business.

Textured wall treatments can be as subtle or as bold as you like. Let’s walk through 5 fantastic styles in order from subtle to outstanding and find the one that fits you best.

5 Textured Wall Treatments for Your Home

1. Textured Paint

Some retailers sell paint specifically for textured wall treatments. It may give a surface a rough stone feel, the look of rusted metal, or the smooth touch of grooved ceramic.

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2. Drywall Mud

Step up the texture and hide unsightly nail holes with drywall mud. A textured wall treatment in this style can help you emulate a stucco finish or add horizontal lines that give an wood grain effect.

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3. Repurposed Wood

On a budget? Looking for a beach theme? Wood can be used (or reused) to add a natural touch to a room, especially with excellent natural light. Stain or paint it to match your home, or leave it as is.

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4. Bold Tiles

Tiles in metal, plaster, or other materials can be purchased to create perfect patterns. The right set of tiles will add luxury and value to your home. Find many more examples of here on Houzz.

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5. Stone or Brick

You read that right. A stone wall creates a masculine backdrop for a bachelor’s bedroom or home office. Geometric shapes give your space a sense of purpose. Stone comes in a variety of colors and styles.

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Textured Wall Treatments Aren’t Ordinary…

And neither are you. Why turn a room into a boring box with the same old paint? Make your space feel special. Use textured wall treatments to create a cozy nook at home or in your office. Add style on a budget in your apartment or small business. Interior design is supposed to be fun. Be bold.

Need some help designing your favorite space? Ask us for a free consultation today.

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