Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Sun, 19 Aug 2018 07:27:34 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.comCool Kitchen Backsplashes to Whet Your Appetitehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/nK9-rwbjfuo/https://freshome.com/cool-kitchen-backsplashes/#respondSat, 18 Aug 2018 12:00:03 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=282265The basic function of kitchen backsplashes is to prevent water, food and other types of liquids and solids from damaging the wall behind your kitchen counters. However, backsplashes can be both functional and stylish. There’s a dizzying array of styles to choose from, but we’re skipping the most popular backsplashes (since you’ve probably seen them […]

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The basic function of kitchen backsplashes is to prevent water, food and other types of liquids and solids from damaging the wall behind your kitchen counters. However, backsplashes can be both functional and stylish. There’s a dizzying array of styles to choose from, but we’re skipping the most popular backsplashes (since you’ve probably seen them anyway) so we can highlight some of the coolest options.

Art glass backsplash

A photo of the city’s skyline is the inspiration for this spectacular kitchen backsplash in Melbourne. Image: Visual Resource

According to Katy Brut, interior design consultant at New York Furniture Outlets, “The newest and freshest trend in kitchen interior design is to use uncommon materials, such as metal panels, glass and ceramics.”

Hexagonal tile backsplash

This hexagonal pattern is clean and modern. Image: Trevor Brown Architects

“People are gravitating toward cleaner, modern backsplashes, as opposed to the busier mosaics, to create a timeless look,” says Pace Tropper of TileBar. “The use of simpler tones and designs for the backsplash with pops of color from accent pieces create a kitchen that is more transitional for a long-term investment.”

Solid color sheet glass backsplash

This solid sheet of gray glass provides a sleek, seamless look. Image: thirdstone inc.

This gray, glass sheet backsplash is another example of a cleaner, more modern design and requires virtually no maintenance. Just wipe clean.

Wood and wood-look stone tile backsplash

The latest generation of stone can realistically mimic wood. Image: Chroma Design.

Brut says some homeowners are achieving customized looks by using specially treated (water and mold resistant) solid wood panels.  However, the wood look above was achieved with stone tile.

Can you tell if this is real wood or not? Image: Leicht Westchester

The warm look of wood in this backsplash is replicated in the floor-to-ceiling cabinets and in the under-counter cabinet cut-outs.

Stainless steel metal backsplash

A stainless sheet backsplash is durable and can be cut to fit any space. Image: Langford Design Group

This gives new meaning to the phrase “stainless steel package.” While that term generally refers to stainless steel appliances, this kitchen is stainless steel from floor to ceiling: backsplash, countertop, cabinets and sink.

Back-to-nature window backsplash

Nature always creates a complementary backdrop. Image: David Coleman Architecture

It’s hard to find a better backsplash than nature (but you should probably wear clothes when standing at the sink). Smaller windows are common in kitchens, but a wall of windows makes a cool architectural statement.

Slate backsplash

Arranging the backsplash vertically helps to create depth. Image: Clarke

The slate backsplash in this Asian-inspired kitchen complements the light wood and stainless steel. Slate resists water, stains and spills.

Porcelain tile backsplash

This backsplash adds interest without looking too busy. Image: Georgio Home

“Porcelain-cement tiles are unique materials perfect for kitchen backsplashes because they don’t stain and are quicker to source and install than traditional cement tiles,” explains Matt Karlin, third-generation President and CEO of Nemo Tile + Stone.

Subway tile backsplash

Subway tile remains a popular choice among homeowners. Image: Kitchen Lab Interiors

“Backsplashes are one of the easiest ways to personalize a kitchen, but there’s a reason subway tile is so popular,” says Jonathan Self, a real estate broker for Center Coast Realty in Chicago.

Pablo Picasso backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes can be customized for any style or taste. Image: Key Piece

“Unless it’s a forever home, I’d avoid going too crazy with the design because this can make it harder to sell your home down the road,” Self says. Maybe this Picasso is what he’s talking about. It’s definitely original, but how many homebuyers do you think would like this style, especially in the kitchen?

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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5 Ways to Get a Zen Living Roomhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/mHGhP_d5-4U/https://freshome.com/ways-to-get-a-zen-living-room/#respondFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:00:41 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=286249Merriam-Webster describes Zen as “a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.” From a colloquial standpoint in the West, we generally use it to describe anything that is calm, serene, simple and soothing, especially when it comes to interior design. Zen spaces are also usually […]

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Merriam-Webster describes Zen as “a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.” From a colloquial standpoint in the West, we generally use it to describe anything that is calm, serene, simple and soothing, especially when it comes to interior design. Zen spaces are also usually defined by distinctly Japanese design aesthetics, like rock gardens and tatami mat floors. If you love everything Zen, you may be searching for ways incorporate Zen in the central spaces of your home. Read on to learn how to get a Zen living room.

Zen Living Room Indoor Zen Garden

Zen gardens can fit right next to sitting areas. Image: Triptych Design

Indoor Zen garden

When people think Zen, they usually think of Zen gardens. But don’t assume that just because it has the word garden in it, it needs to be outdoors. The unique living space in the photo above puts a Zen garden right in the home. Since Zen gardens are usually made up of sand, stone or gravel, they’re easy to put indoors because they don’t have the upkeep of natural plant life. Your Zen garden can also be for more than show: You can also meditatively rake the Zen garden no matter what the weather looks like outside.

Zen Living Room Buddha Head

The white and gray neutral coloring on the Buddha head fits in well with modern, light color schemes. Image: ASI Interiors

Chic Buddha statues

Zen itself is grounded in a type of Buddhism from Japan. Because of this, one of the easiest ways to get a Zen living room is to find a chic representation of the Buddha. Adding this element to a room allows you to create a Zen focal point.

How Zen you go from there is entirely up to you. It’s a nice way to add an element of Zen, even if you’re not looking to go drastic with your design plans. Also, choosing a chic artsy figure like in the photo above allows you to keep the space more modern, if that’s the style you’re going for.

Zen Living Room Rustic Space

You can apply Zen principles to surprising places, like this rustic mountain home. Image: Locati Architects and Interiors

Combine Zen with other styles

The above tips suggest ways to incorporate Zen into modern stylings, but Zen also complements rustic spaces, creating a rustic chic vibe. Just take the photo above: Something as simple as the light earth tones gives the space a loose, natural Zen feel.

Zen is usually associated with natural elements, so the style pairs well with rustic elements like exposed beams, textured wood flooring and carved art. If possible, combine the style with open views of nature. That creates an even more rustic, natural and soothing Zen vibe.

Zen Living Room Outdoor Zen Garden

Bring that Zen feel inside with sliding doors that open to a stone Zen garden. Image: MM+J Architects

Open to Zen outdoor spaces

Of course, not all of your Zen features have to be in the living room itself. Simply opening your room into a Zen rock garden or having a window view to one can create that sense of Zen. It’s an easy way to add visual style to the Zen living room without installing a full-fledged Zen garden in your home.

This is also a good idea for minimalistic or transitional spaces. The soothing nature of a gravel-based Zen garden pairs well with minimalistic style, and the Zen garden itself is a traditional element that adds interest to a transitional space.

Zen Living Room Japanese Style Room

Japanese design makes your home feel instantly Zen. Image: e-sumai

Incorporate Asian design elements for a Zen living room

Since Zen has its roots in Japan, you may consider using traditional Japanese architectural elements in your living room. The photo above is actually a design from a home in Kyoto. But the traditional tatami floor and paper doors are great sources of inspiration for your own living room design project.

If committing to this style makes you nervous, you could choose one or two elements to suggest it. Try installing one paper sliding door. Or place a tatami mat in the middle of the living room. You might also consider other Japanese elements like koi fish or a short-legged table, also called a chabudai. We’ve covered many ways to incorporate Japanese style into your home if you’re craving more inspiration.

Remember, the goal of Zen design elements is to add a sense of calm to your living spaces — so try not to stress as you decide how to incorporate it! There are many options for achieving that soothing aesthetic, whether you want to go big or understated. Do any of the ideas above make you want to add a little Zen to your home? We’d love to hear about it below.

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5 Ideas for Rustic Chic Accent Wallshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/nrCT1dD9aXg/https://freshome.com/rustic-chic-accent-walls/#respondFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:23 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=282677In the world of design, rustic chic has become an increasingly popular option in a home. But what is rustic chic? Basically, these are spaces that take rustic elements like distressed wood and combine them with the simplicity of modern design. You can read more in-depth about the style here. And rustic chic accent walls […]

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In the world of design, rustic chic has become an increasingly popular option in a home. But what is rustic chic? Basically, these are spaces that take rustic elements like distressed wood and combine them with the simplicity of modern design. You can read more in-depth about the style here. And rustic chic accent walls fit right into the style.

Since striking the balance between rustic and modern can be hard, there is one way to almost instantly get a rustic chic look. Design a modern space and add a rustic chic accent wall. What makes these walls rustic is that they are made of visibly distressed and textured wood. Take a look below for how to use rustic chic accent walls all around the home.

Rustic Chic Accent Walls Bedroom Wall

Rustic wood accent walls are all about texture and contrast. Image: Creative Floors

Reclaimed barnwood look in the bedroom

One of the easiest ways to use a rustic chic accent wall is to put one in the bedroom. Using distressed boards on one wall gives the space a look like you’re partially inside a quaint cabin or barn.

The fact that it is just an accent wall won’t upset the balance between modern and rustic. Having four walls with rustic wood on them might make the space look like you are merely putting the wrong type of furniture in the wrong home. An accent wall is just that; it adds a touch that makes the rustic elements look intentional without being overbearing.

Rustic Chic Accent Walls Single Wall

An accent wall can also be free standing. Image: Sandberg Schoffel Architects

Divider wall

Another way to use rustic chic accent walls is to go for a separate wall that acts as a divider. In the space above, a white and geometric ceiling with white walls keeps the divider wall from overpowering the space. These elements surround the divider wall, visually separating it and adding balance.

This, in turn, helps other rustic elements work in the space, like the flooring, TV stand and old-fashioned wood burner. If you’re trying to balance rustic and modern, this space shows how far modern white walls and ceilings can go in adding a surrounding balance.

Rustic Chic Accent Walls Small Hallway

Rustic chic accent walls don’t have to be large. Image: General Assembly

Small accent wall

Rustic chic accent walls can also be on the more subtle side. The photo above shows how they can be used on small walls to add a rustic vibe to a space without being overpowering.

The photo also shows that using a smaller accent wall pairs well with rustic hanging bulb lights. The lights help bring the accent wall into the space visually, rather than leaving it looking random. Slight texturing on the hallway table further accents the rustic look. Meanwhile, the rest of the space uses the high contrast dark and light color scheme usually seen in more modern spaces.

Rustic Chic Accent Walls Pallet Wall

A reclaimed pallet design can make its own accent wall. Image: Les Constructions Montagne Art

Reclaimed wood pallet for rustic chic accent walls

This design puts a reclaimed pallet look onto the wall itself. The pallet is so large it creates a defacto accent wall. And then it also doubles as an entertainment center. It’s one of the most creative rustic chic accent walls out there.

What makes this work so well is that the rustic pallet sits against a modern, light wall. Again, this design shows how light walls work to add balance between the modern and rustic looks. Textured floors and ceilings also add to the rustic feel.

It’s also worth noting that modern and bright furniture goes a long way in balancing the space for the modern side.

Rustic Chic Accent Walls Dining Room Wall

A dining area is a natural place for an accent wall. Image: Amek

Dining room accent wall

A common place for accent walls is the dining room. They create some contrast and visual interest for your guests to enjoy. This rustic chic accent wall is well-placed by a dining table. The large abstract art is an interesting choice in that it balances things back towards a modern look, along with the clear chairs and stark table. Modern looks love contrast between light and dark, so the black and white rug was also a good pick.

And perhaps nothing exemplifies the rustic chic look better than the centerpiece. The rustic twig design popping out of the bright, modern vase has a strong balance between modern and rustic. Small details like this can help add that feel of balance between rustic and modern in any space.

Where will you be using rustic chic accent walls in your home?

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6 Hacks to Maximize Space in Your Small Laundry Roomhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/yQwgDbFbWM4/https://freshome.com/small-laundry-room-hacks/#respondThu, 16 Aug 2018 17:00:01 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=285891If you’ve ever lived in an apartment that had off-site laundry, you know that having a washer and dryer inside your home is a huge bonus. Even the tiniest laundry space is a complete game changer for people who’ve been hoarding their quarters for the local laundromat. That said, the novelty of in-unit laundry can wear […]

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If you’ve ever lived in an apartment that had off-site laundry, you know that having a washer and dryer inside your home is a huge bonus. Even the tiniest laundry space is a complete game changer for people who’ve been hoarding their quarters for the local laundromat. That said, the novelty of in-unit laundry can wear off pretty quickly if you have a small laundry room. Confined laundry space doesn’t seem capable of handling all the dirty clothes, lint piles and detergent drips. Sure, it’s better than hauling your soiled clothes up the block, but a small laundry room still makes this chore – well, a real chore.

You don’t have to suffer in your tiny space. With a few tips and tricks, you can transform your cramped clothes-cleaning quarters. Making the most of every nook and cranny frees up precious inches, helping you create room to breathe in your laundry room. Here are six hacks to maximize space in your small laundry room.

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A simple rod mounted underneath a cabinet is an ideal place for air drying. Image: Marker Girl

Hang it out to dry

One of the biggest frustrations in having a small laundry room is dealing with clothes that need to air dry. Do you move them all to your shower curtain rod and temporarily convert your bathroom to a drying chamber? Do you add a clothing line to your outdoor space – if you’re lucky enough to have one? These are options, albeit somewhat risky ones. Fortunately, there are ways to add a drying area to your small laundry room without taking up much room. A simple rod installed at the bottom of a cabinet or, if you want to get really fancy, a pull-out drying rack can solve your air-dry woes.

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Don’t waste any precious space in your laundry room. Use the narrow space to the side of your washer and dryer. Image: Talianko Design Group

Take the straight and narrow

Don’t waste any inch of space in your small laundry room. If you’ve got a narrow nook for your washer and dryer, you probably have them centered in it. If you pushed them to one side, you may be able to free up just enough space for a narrow bookshelf or slide-out cart. These provide ample storage space for softener and detergent bottles.

small laundry room - shelf

Create usable space on top of your machines with the simple addition of a shelf. Image: Urrutia Design

Extend shelf life

If you have front-loading machines, the area on top of your washer and dryer can become a sad space that gathers lint. But, with very little work, it can be a useful surface. Install a shelf across the tops of your machines to create an area for folding, organizing your detergent or even putting a vase of flowers. You never thought you had room in your laundry room – until now! A butcher block is a great option for a solid, laundry-friendly surface that fits right on top of your washer and dryer.

small laundry room - mounted

Move your washer and dryer up a level to create useful cubbies. Image: Kurt Krueger Architects

Level up (your washer and dryer)

Alternatively (or even additionally, if you’ve got high ceilings), you can maximize the space underneath your washer and dryer. Lofting them even a foot or two off the ground creates a perfect cubby for dirty laundry. If you keep your unclean clothes somewhere else (as most of us do when we have limited laundry room space), those open spaces can store detergent, dryer sheets, a small bin for single socks and whatever else you need in order to tackle this recurring chore.

small laundry room - ironing board

When mounted to a fold-down or fold-out mechanism, an ironing board takes up virtually no space. Image: Connie Young Design

Iron in your ironing board

If you have a compact laundry area, it might feel like a good idea to store your ironing board somewhere else. But then you have to find additional space in which to store it. You don’t have to leave it in the guest closet until it topples out onto an unsuspecting visitor. Consider a pull-out or pull-down ironing board in your laundry area. Once you install the mechanism and attach the board, it takes up minimal space.

small laundry room - outdoors

Who says your laundry room has to be in a room? Image: RH Studios

Think outside the box

Who says your laundry room has to be indoors? If you’re frustrated with your small laundry room, consider moving it to the garage or another covered outdoor space. You could even install a shed next to water hookups to create a spacious laundry area while simultaneously freeing up square footage in your home or apartment.

More small laundry room ideas

If you’re looking for more ways to amp up your small laundry room, check out these three tips or this roundup of 10 creative laundry room ideas. Or, if you’re ready to really start from scratch, use this guide to laying out the most efficient laundry room possible.

Do you have any other laundry room hacks we should know about?

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You Can Totally Change a Room by Switching out These 4 Small Design Elementshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/DC0vJuf4Dq0/https://freshome.com/small-design-elements/#respondThu, 16 Aug 2018 12:00:52 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=286857Not all interior design changes have to be full remodels. Sometimes, all it takes is a few small additions to totally change the way a room looks and feels. If you’re looking for some small design elements that make a huge impact, this post is for you. Read on to learn which elements make the […]

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Not all interior design changes have to be full remodels. Sometimes, all it takes is a few small additions to totally change the way a room looks and feels. If you’re looking for some small design elements that make a huge impact, this post is for you. Read on to learn which elements make the biggest difference and how to use them in ways that will truly help your design stand out.

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Use throw pillows to give the room a pop of color. Image: Ana Donohue Interiors

Throw pillows and blankets

If you’re looking to make a quick change to how a room looks, there’s no better way to do so than by switching out your textiles, like pillows and blankets. These items are not just functional. These small design elements help add visual interest in a variety of ways, including color, pattern and texture.

As far as color is concerned, you’ll want to keep the 10-30-60 rule in the forefront of your mind. Here, you’ll want to concentrate on the final 10 percent of the room. Pillows and blankets should always involve your accent color, or boldest, most eye-catching shade. Any prints or patterns you choose to use should also fit nicely within the color palette.

Then, there’s layering to consider. In this case, the goal is to infuse some texture into the space. Remember, in interior design, texture is experienced through the way an item looks like it feels. Do your best to incorporate a variety of distinct textures through your throw pillows and blankets.

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Switch out drawer pulls to give the room a new look. Image: Gold Interiors

Hardware

Your hardware, or the pulls that you choose to use on your drawers and cabinets, may not seem like a big deal at first glance. However, these small design elements can make a significant style statement. Luckily, making the change is a fairly simple home improvement task. In most cases, it’s as simple as unscrewing one doorknob and screwing in another. Just be sure to count the number of pulls that you need so you avoid having to make multiple trips to the store.

Whether you choose to go with a modern copper finish or a more traditional brass finish, swapping out your finishes can go a long way towards changing up the look of your kitchen or bathroom for a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. Whichever finish you pick, make sure to repeat it in multiple applications throughout the space in order to tie the look together.

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Plants can add some freshness. Image: Scandinavian Homes

Plants or flowers

No matter what your personal design style, you should make a point to have plants or flowers become an element of the space. The reason behind this thinking is that plant life can add a pop of color and visual interest into the space while almost functioning as a neutral. Natural elements are commonplace enough that they will add to the design without drawing attention away from your other, stronger statement pieces.

That said, shopping for plant life is not a one-size-fits-all task. First, you have to consider the amount of natural light that there is in the room and aim to find a plant that will flourish in that environment. Next, you have to consider the amount of maintenance that you’re willing to undertake and purchase accordingly.

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Use decor elements to add visual interest. Image: Robert’s 21st Century Design

Decor pieces

Last but not least, when you’re looking for small design elements that have a big impact, it’s crucial to consider decor pieces. These are design elements with the sole purpose of adding visual interest into the space. Take, for example, the way the items on the built-ins in the picture above make the room much more visually complex.

The key to choosing successful decor pieces is making sure to include lots of variety. Do your best to choose items that vary in terms of shape, size and color. Then, when you get the pieces home, arrange them together in groupings so that their placement feels purposeful.

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