The 12 Best Design Tips of the Week

The 12 Best Design Tips of the Week

  1. Delineate rooms with metal and glass dividers. Open floor plans are great, but sometimes you need the option of sound buffering and privacy. The metal-and-glass divider provides that, keeping things feeling airy while allowing for two rooms to be closed off from one another.glass
  2. Consider a leathered-finish countertop. Countertops come in all kinds of finishes, and it’s worth looking into each one to see which is right for you. The leathered finish offers a bit of texture and helps hide fingerprints, as opposed to, say, a polished finish that tends to highlight every smudge.
  3. Try mini subway tiles. You can’t go wrong with classic subway tile. But for a different take on the style, consider going with a mini subway tile mosaic. It offers a bit more texture and helps make a compact kitchen look a bit more spacious.tiles
  4. Don’t forget pet-friendly design. There are a lot of great ideas in a 63-square-foot laundry room, but one way it really stands out is through its pet-friendly features. A dog bed provides a cozy spot for the family pooch, while next to the cabinet we may have a water station. The cabinet holds dog food, while the drawer pulls out to reveal food bowls.
  5. Get a storage-savvy coffee table. The name “coffee table” implies that all you’ll be doing is setting a steaming cup of joe down on its surface, but so much more happens with our coffee tables. That’s why going with a storage-packed piece is a good idea. A flat file with wheels offers slim drawers for tucking away remotes, charging chords, magazines, coasters, candles and so much more.
  6. Develop a material palette. It’s common to discuss a color palette when designing a room, but don’t overlook a focus on a material palette. Having a strategic plan for how materials will work together can elevate the look of your space. 
  7. Try wall-mounted faucets. Mounting faucets on the wall instead of the countertop makes the latter a bit easier to clean, and creates a breezy yet high-end look.
  8. Consider quartz that looks like marble. Quartz countertops resembling marble isn’t a new concept, but the styles and options are getting better and better. You can find quartz that’s practically identical to, say, Calacatta marble.
  9. Go with wallpaper. Just like quartz is getting better at mimicking marble, wallpaper designs are constantly improving. I bet you couldn’t tell that the driftwood paneling in a bedroom is actually wallpaper. (You can even see nail holes!)
  10. Install a chandelier in the bathroom. It’s hard to think of a room in which a chandelier doesn’t instantly enhance the design credibility. The small shimmery light brings elegance and sparkle to a contemporary bathroom.chandelier1
  11. Add sea grass shades to warm up a white kitchen. Everyone knows that wood is a great way to bring warmth to a stark white space, but that can get costly really quickly. For an easier update, consider installing sea grass shades. They bring that much-needed warmth while also introducing texture. Of course, they also block sunlight and heat.
  12. Play with purple. It’s fine to stick to neutrals like white, gray and beige in the public spaces of your home, but when it comes to the bedroom, why not have a little fun? purple