Designing an open floor plan can be a great way to make your living areas seem more spacious. What is the first aspect that comes to mind when thinking about modern living rooms? For us it’s openness. And since we already featured a post on Freshome showcasing 26 wonderful living room ideas, we decided to continue this amazing display with 30 open floor plan living rooms that are very much in agreement with the modern interior design trends. Read more
Check out these stunning living room design styles that range from modern to Old World, and find the one that best suits your lifestyle.
Clean and streamlined, modern style is characterized by a neutral color palette, strong geometric shapes and asymmetry. The most common features of a modern interior are white walls and neutral tone-on-tone color schemes. The words sleek, smooth and polished will come to mind when you think of this … Read more
Take a look at the latest kitchen faucet trends — plus, get advice to help you sort through the new styles, finishes and features.
By Leah Hennen
Though a decent, good-looking faucet can be had for a few hundred dollars, it’s not unusual for some of the newer and more innovative models — especially those from European manufacturers — to come with price tags that are as eye-popping as the faucets’ designs. Indeed, a top-of-the-line kitchen faucet can easily set you back more than $1,000 — and a few even surpass the $2,000 mark. If that seems hard to swallow, consider this: “I use a set of guidelines with my clients called the Decisions Triangle, which consists of quality, concept and cost,” says Richard. “If you want quality and good design, you’ll have to pay.” Read more
By Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist
Do you want to be on the cutting edge when it comes to decorative concrete countertops, and dare to go beyond a simple ho-hum, no-frills rectangular slab? Creative concrete contractors are always experimenting with new looks and applications for concrete countertops and vanities, often in response to the desires and changing lifestyles of their customers. Here are some of the hottest trends we’ve been noticing at The Concrete Network, based on recent countertop projects concrete contractors have shared with us. Hopefully, they will spark your imagination and embolden you to create countertops that rise above the ordinary and break new ground. Read more
by Mary Wynn Ryan
While not every bath can be the statement-making bath made popular in the ornate 1980s, every bath can benefit from the flow of great new ideas entering the market. Even baths that can’t be enlarged are looking and feeling much better these days, thanks to inventive fixtures, attractive personal touches, appealing color schemes, and intelligent design. Read more
A sunroom is not an integral part of every design, for the simple reason that it is not a necessity such as a kitchen, a bedroom or a living room. However, for those who can afford the space is a fabulous add-on to opt for as it definitely improves the quality of life. Interior design ideas for sunrooms spring up from most magazines that deal with home and garden interior design and makeover ideas. Sunroom interior photos accompanying these articles, allow a potential user to visualize the end product since sunrooms are a cut above the necessary but not so much that fairly ordinary persons with reasonable means cannot afford them. Read more
Nowadays outdoor kitchens are more elaborate extensions of the indoor kitchen and far more sophisticated than a simple charcoal grill. Outdoor kitchens need to be sized appropriately for the space available while meeting the entertaining and dining needs of the homeowner. Read more
Take a look at some of our most coastal-chic living room transformations.
Writer: Rachel Bertone
Before: Distracting Elements
Disoriented seating and an overbearing hearth distract from the gorgeous view of the ocean outside. Read more
It may be common practice to design a kitchen to be the heart of the home, but it’s not what everyone wants. The owners of this kitchen wanted the exact opposite – a kitchen to themselves, where they could work uninterrupted by friends and family. Architect Michael Menn of Michael Menn Ltd, who worked with Diane Bohstedt of DB Kitchen Design Concepts, says the owners love cooking and entertaining, but they didn’t want anyone else in the kitchen. Read more
Spend more time in your yard enjoying perfect weather with an outdoor kitchen. Here are some top considerations to plan for before you start.
Think About Your Needs
It’s easy to go overboard when planning an outdoor kitchen. While lots of fancy features will make it more fun, they’ll also up the price tag. So start by thinking about how much you’ll actually use your kitchen. Will you want to prepare gourmet meals for friends and family where you’ll need lots of counter space? Or will just a nook with a grill and a sink suffice? Set your limits before you get started. Read more