7 Secrets That Kitchen Designers Use For Easy Beautiful Updates

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Guest Post Jason Phillips

Every homeowner should want to upgrade his kitchen every now and then. Replacing new hardware, repainting cabinets, and accessorizing the space to make it livelier and more modern are just some easy ways of revamping the cooking area. Who doesnt love a bright, practical kitchen? Here are some ideas to help you upgrade without having to make a substantial investment.

1.  Include A Table Lamp On A Buffet Or Countertop

Who says table lamps are for meant solely for the living area? Some models are excellent in the kitchen, too. The key to making the cooking area appealing with lamps is to place them in the right spots. First, select a model and a colour. White for instance, is a smart choice. As for the location, you want to put them in visible areas like on the kitchen island. The idea is to make the whole space look feel and look like room, not like a laboratory. Invest in quality lamps that are beautifully decorated, and stay away from those awful desk lamps.

2. Show Off A High End Kitchen Gadget On Your Countertop

We are not talking about purchasing an industrial stove, or a new fridge. Advanced technology is cool, and you can use it to add a touch of innovation into your kitchen. Purchase an automatic, fun-looking citrus juicer and put in someplace where everyone can see it. Add a basket filled with fruits next to it, and your whole kitchen will come to life. The family will surely want to try the gadget, so apart from creating great ambiance you’ll also enjoy a beautifully-decorated cooking spot.

3.  Feature Nice Pots And Pans 

Rather than invest in new kitchen cabinets, why don't you try something different? Hang pots and pans from the ceiling. Purchasing a pot rack is a lot more convenient, not to mention that it is an excellent way of adding style to your cooking spot. If you are an avid cook, showing off your kitchenware is a great way of making the kitchen seem busy-cool, yet not cluttered. Suspended pots and pans are an excellent idea for homeowners with limited space, so if you want free cabinets and a neat kitchen, this idea will work wonders.

4.  Add Old World Style By Utilizing Large Baskets

Including large baskets into the kitchen is a smart, chic way of making your space environmentally-friendly, cool, and welcoming. Use baskets made of bamboo or wicker for example, and fill them with fruits and veggies. This idea is great for kitchens that lack shelves and storing areas. Make sure to keep everything organized, though, and place the baskets in plain sight to add colour and impress guests.

5.  Show You Have A Green Thumb With Fresh Herbs

Planting fresh herbs is probably the cheapest, most interesting way of making your kitchen seem bright, inviting, practical, and modern. Invest in a dozen beautifully-designed pots and buy herb seeds from your local store. The idea is such a great way of saving cash, too, because you can always use the herbs during the cooking process. Plant thyme, basil, chives, rosemary, and mint, and just enjoy the smell!

6.  Use Time Tested Designer Paint On Cabinetry That Looks Rich

Repaint your cabinets and counters. Leave your upper cabinets in their natural wood, and paint the cabinets below.   Use lighter shades to open up your kitchen. Decide what style you are after and work within those colors.  This season it’s all about pastels – mint, lemon and light pink, however beige, off white, gray are classic choices that show great from year to year.

7. Upgrade Your Hardware, And See Your Kitchen In A New Light

Replacing cabinet knobs will completely change the overall appearance of your kitchen. Purchase good quality hardware and pick attractive models. Vintage knobs for example, are absolutely amazing. Theyll instantly make your space seem alluring and visually enticing.

There are endless ways of upgrading a kitchen. Whether you choose to accessorize, repaint or replace items, make sure to assess the space you have available first.

Painted kitchens light up a gloomy space, while new hardware and planted herbs freshen it up to make it feels rejuvenated. Homeowners don’t have to invest huge amounts of cash to revamp their kitchens; they just need to be original, think outside the box, and take risks. Upgrade yours right now and make cooking your newest passion!

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Design Basics Of Victorian Interior Design – How To Pull Off This Style

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The Victorian interior design concept focuses on tertiary colors created from the mix of primary and secondary colors. Generally, darker shades are linked to the Victorian style and materials such as mahogany wood and rosewood, as well as silver and wrought iron. Early Victorian houses had walls painted in lighter colors. Richer nuances were used in the dining area and in the library. Later on, designers of the period switched to deep tones, grayer blue, and darker green to minimize effects of stains from oil lamps and grime.

Victorian Styles Seen In In The Dining Room

Victorian colors are subdued and tepid, and include creamy backgrounds, mahogany browns, walnut influences, shades of plum, teal, black, golds, mustardy yellows, and aubergine. Dining areas are decorated in a sage & olive color palette with "dusty" hues and lavender shades. The bright shades of white and beautiful pastels we have today are not specific to the Victorian design style, since homes were not using paint to change the decor back in the 1800s.

A Victorian home emphasizes complex patterns, multiple wallpapers, oriental rugs, and luxurious fabrics. Victorians were in love with patterned accessories, so they used them every time they had the chance throughout their houses. The furniture was particularly intriguing.

Tables and chairs were made of hardwood, usually mahogany, and they all had meticulous designs carved to give them an allure of opulence and extravagance.

Everything in a Victorian-inspired dining area was bursting with designs and patterns - linens, sofas, draperies, tables, chairs,  and antique iron made dining rooms seem expensive, prolific and eye-popping. This sense of design was also romantic, meaning homeowners were using luxurious fabrics and carved furnishing to give space a royal appeal.

The Victorian Design Style - Stylish & Comfortable

Even though it may seem too much for the modern eye, the Victorian interior design style is comfortable and tasteful. Many homeowners today want to make their homes seem elaborate, welcoming, and well-appointed. Floral patterns, stripes, damasks, and geometric accessories are all characteristic to the Victorian design style. Back in the 1800s, upper class homes had to look extravagant to convey a feeling of wealth. Although we don't have that many color combinations anymore, the trend is still alive today, only it has been adapted to modern rules of interior design.

The furniture ranges from subtle to massive and elaborate items. Lavish decorations, stained glass, china, knick-knacks, lace, souvenirs, busts, prints, paintings, and patterned fabrics are interior decor pieces homeowners can use to give their homes a Victorian vibe. Today's Victorian space is no longer that cluttered though. The dining area for example, has to look clean and soothing in order to be modern too.

You can include a huge dining table made of hardwood right in the middle. Make sure it's not painted and opt for a set with beautiful carvings and sculptural influences. Purchase matching chairs, and place a patterned painting on the wall. Keep the walls white, add flowers and try not to overcrowd your dining room. Make it look Victorian but stick to the basics and don't include too many accessories.

Romanticism - The Reason People Love The Victorian Style

Romanticism is the strongest reason homeowners love the Victorian decor. It evokes imageries of European fairytales with gargoyles and turrets. Seriously carved furnishings, beautiful layers of luxurious fabrics, and exotic trimmings make the Victorian style romantic and sensual. That's exactly what the modern home needs, a touch of innovation to make it seem unusual and appealing. Dining areas in particular, are the easiest to adorn. Leaving aside furniture elements, walls, and paintings, a dining area should include vintage china and linens specific to the Victorian period. In terms of color, shades of ruby, burgundy, plum, and emerald are exactly what you need to give your home a Victorian appeal.

The Victorian interior design style will never go out of style. Even the trendiest homes today have some sort of vintage-inspired decorations to make them look opulent, luxurious, and ingenious. Whether you can afford to purchase carved furniture items or you just want to add a Victorian-inspired rug in your home, the goal is to have a balanced end result. Think outside the box, improvise, and make your personal space look rich with Victorian decor accents.

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Latest Trend – Lighter, Softer Tones

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Wood types in dark colors such as rosewood, teak, walnut, and mahogany have been populating our homes for decades. Murky, shadowy hues in wood are not in trend anymore because they make homes seem too sinister. Softer tones have finally made an appearance, and this year the most popular types of wood are oak, pine, chestnut, maple, and birch. Invest in light, organic wood elements to open up your home and make it brighter. Give your personal space a complete makeover and add soft wood tones to prepare it for the bright summer season.

Honey-Toned Woods - pastels, crisp white and beige make spaces open up

What we love most about light wood is that it makes rooms bigger, wider and airier. The traditional office space from 10 years ago was all gloomy and cluttered due to darker shades of wood used for desks and bookshelves. Things have changed a lot, and we finally understand that offices should be light and bright for us to work properly and enjoy our time spent in front of a desk. Honey-toned woods, crisp whites and pastels are excellent for this summer season.

One of the most pleasurable aspects of interior decorating with wood is selecting the pieces of furniture and mixing them with the rest of your decor items. Coordinating individual elements and making seem harmonious when combined can be challenging for the average homeowner with no eye for interior design. Nonetheless, learning how to blend wood colors can also be a rewarding experience. Mixing light & bright birch, complimenting a home decor with pleasant mid-tones of oak, and including decor elements made of pine can be exhausting. And yet, you can make your home look both attractive and cohesive if you invest in the right wood tones.

Light Wood Tones Feel Less Heavy

Both traditional and contemporary homes should invest in lighter wood items for their personal spaces. The fine texture of maple for example, will brighten up your living room and it will change its appearance to 180 degrees. Purchase a maple coffee table and enjoy the resistant, beautiful properties of this wood type.

Pine is also an excellent alternative to darker furniture items. It is a soft wood that grows mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Featuring over 100 species around the world, pine comes in pale yellow and white shades, perfect for a modern home decor.

Raw Wood

This summer season is all about making homes seem all-natural, organic, and raw. Wood can help us achieve that effect. Tables, chairs, and desks made of raw oak wood with no staining, lacquer or polish can be an excellent addition to a classic, traditional living room decor. You don't need a lot of money to buy a raw wood table as you can always grab a sander and do the work yourself. Head over to your garage and look for the oldest, most unattractive table you have stashed behind books and others items. You'll certainly find something worth restoring.

Light Wood Is Becoming Increasingly More Popular

Unlike dark wood, lighter tones are meant to add light into a room. Whether you choose to buy new furniture in brighter shades of wood, or you're thinking of restoring old elements, always remember that it can be extremely versatile. It goes perfectly with all types of decor influences. Wood is a malleable material. It is extremely structural, and thus it blends smoothly with a modern home. On the other hand, it can also be used to give your home a traditional, cottage appeal.

Soft wood is excellent for a DIY project. If you're the type of homeowner who cares for the environment and would rather make a table rather than buy it, you should probably head over online to explore the countless DIY projects to make decor items from wood. It's amazing how much wooden decorations can change our home's appeal. Softer, lighter hues will make our spaces seem wider, brighter and a lot more welcoming for friends and family. Among some of the most convenient types of wood we have oak, chestnut, birch and pine. They're all excellent choices for wooden tables and chairs, not to mention that investing in these types of wood is quite affordable.

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