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Mediterranean Decor in the Bathroom

     The Mediterranean region inspires much of our modern culture. From ancient Greek civilization, to a wide variety of cuisines. When you think Mediterranean-style decor, many people think of the sun, the sand, the sparkling sea, and the colorful culture. But what can this mean for your home? One place the wonders of the Mediterranean inspires American culture is in design style, especially in the bathroom. A Mediterranean inspired bathroom brings the beauty of the region to your home. 
Mediterranean decor blends colorful jewel tones, deep blues, and earthy shades. These are often contrasted with whites or yellows to produce elegant saturation and a bright color scheme. This color style adds natural beauty to a space in an incredible way.
Texture is an important quality in this type of design. Texture on the walls is a way to add drama, depth, and beauty to the space. Stucco and raised plaster, as well as 3-dimensional tiles can add this level of design. 
Terracotta and limestone are huge in Mediterranean style. Often featuring striking, hand-painted designs, these tiles add an old world feel, while still bringing together the modern look. Arabesque-shaped or Moroccan-inspired tiles are often a common choice by homeowners looking for this type of design.
Windows are important in the design of a Mediterranean style bathroom. In many cultures of the region, there is a flow between the indoors and outdoors. There should be a continuity between the room and what is outside. As such, many homeowners look towards the use of larger windows, skylights, and an overall increased use of natural lighting in these rooms. 
Accenting the room with Mediterranean flair brings it all together. Tapestries, art pieces, and colorful textiles can complement the other decor choices while bringing aspects unique to your very own bathroom. As for the fixtures in the room, many Moroccan and Mediterranean bathrooms feature wrought iron. It is used for light fixtures, pull bars, towel racks, and more. Curves and soft edges are much more common in Mediterranean design than corners are. Look for curvatures in design, especially in the use of the wrought iron fixtures; as well as the tub, shelves, and even the windows.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302. 

Designing a Blue Kitchen

    Blue color often evokes peace and calm; and a bit of blue in a kitchen can be very visually appealing for this reason. While earthy tones and grey tones have long reigned in the modern kitchen, other colors have been popping up more and more. This especially true for blue.
    Pairing blue in a kitchen allows you to create a two-tone space that brings out the best in both colors. Lighter blues tend to pair very well with whites and beige tones. Navy blue hues mix well with greys and rich browns. Lighter blues brighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker blues can add drama and elegance to the room. 
    Blue can be added to a room in another of places. In cabinets and appliances, blue hues can enhance the room in a soothing way. Blue backsplashes add tasteful color without being too overbearing. Subway tile is becoming a thing of the past. Consider a mosaic design or a colorful tile layout for your backsplash. Even faucets and other small accent pieces in a kitchen can benefit from a bit of a color splash. 
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Linear Shower Drains

    The traditional design of a shower drain stems from the bathtub, a circular drain that is at the bottom of a slight slope. But when many homes are separating the tub from the shower; this drain style is less necessary. Homeowners are moving towards the use of linear shower drains. A linear shower drain is a rectangular drain that follows a length of the shower space in order to maximise the collection of wastewater to be more efficient than the traditional circular drain. 
    Linear shower drains are more aesthetically pleasing. The general design of a circular drain is simple, without a lot of design innovation. But the nature of the linear drain allows for a design tailored to accent the design and color scheme of the rest of the room. There are a number of drain cover designs that allow for you to have a large number of choices, so you can get your dream bathroom. These drains can be more easily built into and installed within tile floors.
    Linear drains are safer. Linear drains reduce the need for slopes in the shower space, which lowers the risk of slipping and falling. They are recommended for showers for the elderly and disabled because of this lower risk. Rather than sloping towards the drain in the center of the shower, a linear drain calls for a less steep slope targeted to an entire side of the space. The use of a linear drain also allows for a curbless shower, which is safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

Kitchen Trends for 2018

    Fall is almost here, and as we enter the last few months of the year, we should look towards the future of home design and interior decorating. When you redesign your kitchen, especially to prepare it for the real estate market, you should consider these up and coming trends that are sure to be popular during 2018.
    Granite is becoming less and less popular. If you still want the natural stone look, consider choosing quartz. It is natural, durable, and requires less maintenance than granite. Quartz is also available in a wider variety of color options and finishes. 
    A golden touch is one thing that many modern kitchens are lacking. Brass is making a comeback; even in small ways. From sink faucets to cabinet knobs, a bit of brightness and color from a brass feature can really make the space pop. For a bit more subtly in this aspect, consider brushed brass. This creates a more vintage, antique look; without losing out on the complete modern style. 
    Stainless steel has been the main choice for appliances for quite some time, but the use of black fixtures is on the rise. The addition of black appliances to kitchens can evoke a look of sophistication and add a bit more class to the space.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Bathroom Windows: Balancing Light and Privacy

    Natural lighting is one of the simplest ways to open up your bathroom space; but it can also take away your privacy. It is important to find a good balance of light and privacy when remodelling your bathroom and adding or changing the windows. 
    The most classic “fix” for a bathroom window is to go with a glazed or frosted window. While this reduces the amount of light that can come through, frosted windows are almost opaque. Glazed windows allow for more light to come through, but are hard to see in or out of.
    Skylights are beautiful additions to any bathrooms that have the open space above for them. They create a beautiful view above, while casting down plenty of light without compromising privacy. 
    On the other hand, your bathroom may be in the basement. Add some natural light to a basement bathroom with well lights. Well lights are enclosed from the outside, creating a nice, private window space. Unfortunately, well lights do not offer a lot in the way of scenery; but many homeowners create their own by using the space to grow plants. The natural colors and foliage will add something unique and beautiful to your bathroom space.
    In many bathrooms, the use of small, higher up windows cast natural light down, while maintaining privacy. A new bathroom trend seeks to do the same, but with small windows at or near floor level. The windows tend to not go above knee height. This contemporary change to a design classic makes the space seem roomier by making the lower half of the room seem brighter, and bigger in general.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Kitchen Design With a More Masculine Style

     Statistically speaking, it is just as likely for a man to be cooking at home as it is for a woman to do it. Shifts in gender roles, and the popularity of cooking as a skillful, even competitive activity have helped push the design of the home kitchen into a more masculine design style. Males are beginning to take over kitchen design trends, and a lot of these new influences in the style of kitchens are becoming hot on the market in terms of resale value. 
    Men are more likely to spend more on appliances. Commercial ranges, bigger fridges, and commercial range hoods are often the choice for kitchens when picked by men. Males also will choose to add extra appliances more often than women. Males renovating a kitchen are more likely to add extras like a deep fryer, or a salamander (small broiling oven).
 Adding a second sink is also a common choice made by male homeowners. One reason that these are more popular now is the idea of cooking as a couples activity. This is seen more in younger couples, but there is starting to be a higher demand for these appliances and installments in kitchens on the market.
    In terms of cabinetry, the masculine influence in design trends has created more of a popularity of flat-fronted cabinets. For countertops, men often prefer a mitered edge, rather than more curved or bevelled styles that are more popular among female homeowners.
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Adding a Closet With Your Master Bathroom Remodel

    Many homeowners are opting to add some closet space while upgrading their master bathroom. Creating a walk-in closet while at the same time upgrading your bathroom helps you get the most out of one remodel, without having to worry about changing things around later. Whether you take space away from the bathroom, the bedroom, or a bit of both to set up the closet, upgrading your master suite with a walk-in closet is something you won’t regret.
    When preparing to upgrade your bathroom, you are already in the renovation mindset. You want change, and you are ready for a change in the space. You are already planning for the new bathroom. It is easier to do both in a single renovation; saving you time and money.
    Long-term, adding a walk-in closet not only adds to your convenience in the space, but can add to the overall property value of your home. While this increase may only be a few thousand dollars, in the grand scheme of things, it can be a plus if you decide to move.
    Dream Kitchens and Baths prides itself on quick and hassle-free renovations. Our team will get your new bathroom and closet together in a few days; a small price to pay for a lifetime of added storage and convenience. 
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

5 Kitchen Features for the House that Entertains

    If you entertain guests often, or just have a big family, you will need a kitchen to help you turn out a lot of food. But why should you slave away in the kitchen all day for your party? With these kitchen upgrades, you can cook more food at once, and seriously cut down on your cooking time.
    Double ovens are a must-have for any entertainer’s kitchen. It can take long to cook up a lot of pick-ons or dishes when your oven can only be set at one temperature at a time. With double ovens you can bake at two different heat levels, or cook two batches at the same time.
    Island Cooktops allow you to have plenty of workspace next to and around the stove. It also allows you to cook while engaging in conversations with your guests. Having a stove built right into the island also gives you more freedom to separate the oven from the stove, for stand-alone models or dual ovens.
    Having a bar in your kitchen can be a great way to keep your alcoholic beverages and mixing tools all together. A sleek bar combined with a half wall is a great transition between the kitchen and dining room areas, while affording full functionality to the space. Keg taps, wine cabinets, a bar sink, or a refrigerator drawer in the cabinetry surrounding the bar can be convenient added features for the space.
    Warming Drawers are important for heating up something a guest brought over, reheating hors d'oeuvres, or warming up dips for the table. Nobody wants to eat cold leftovers towards the end of the party.
    A Coffee Bar is a good way to keep all of your hot drink stuff together. A small alcove or corner of the counter space can be set up for a coffee bar. The area should have ample storage for coffees and teas, mugs, and coffee pots. Pick a space with enough outlets for your coffee machines and other accessories. 
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Soften Up Your Kitchen’s Features

    Most kitchens have a very stark and rigid design style; mainly due to box-shaped appliances and rows of shelves or cabinets. But what can you do to soften up these lines in your kitchen? The answer to this lies in creating beautiful and eye-catching focal points that add an elegance to the space. The best way to break up the harshness of kitchen lines is to add curved or rounded elements. Break up the harsh lines in a kitchen with these ideas.
    Pot hooks add practicality while freeing up cabinet space. Displaying your pots and pans in this manner creates a visual contrast to the rows of cabinets or shelves. In a similar fashion, windowed cabinets for displaying your dishes works too. Windowed cabinets also make a kitchen seem larger. Wine glass rails can also be a good addition to the same effect.
    Orb shaped lighting fixtures provide softer light and more evenly distribute light throughout a room. For area lighting or chandeliers, filigree-styled curvature can add an elegant and stately element while creating something that the eye can focus on instead of the normal lines of a kitchen.
    Backsplashes are meant to be eye-catching. There are a few ways to create a stunning backsplash that softens up the room. Tiled backsplashes with designs on them can go above and beyond. Mosaic tile, whether glass or ceramic, designs can be an incredible focal point for your new kitchen. The colorful tiles and style of a mosaic backsplash is a good change from more traditionally patterned ones.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Wood Design in Bathrooms

    While more traditional bathroom design tries to stay away from wood; modern design can make excellent use of it. Innovations in wood treatment give homeowners a lot of options in designing with water-resistant wood for bathrooms. Now more than ever, using wood elements in your bathroom design can be simple and create a spa-like feeling in the room. There are a number of uses for wood in the design that will bring a more natural quality to the room.
    For the walls of your bathroom, wood panelling can be utilized in many different design styles. Darker wood creates a warmer and classier feel; while lighter wood can evoke that of a spa. Natural looking wood, with knots and creases, will make the bathroom look rustic. Wood panels put in horizontally make the room feel bigger, and more natural. Vertical panels create a more uplifting feeling, and make the ceiling seem higher. Diagonal or zigzag lines can create an energetic feel, but can be overbearing at times if overused.
Wooden floors don’t get as cold as tiles, and can make a great floor for a bathroom, especially with radiant floor heating. Wood also makes a great material for your vanity, adding textural elements and a sturdy design.
For the shower and bath area, using wood can provide excellent spa-like elements and a natural, earthy feel. Duckboards in the shower are a non-slip surface that allow for water to drain through. They are generally more hygienic than shower mats. Duckboards hide away the drain, making a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing shower floor. For bathtubs, drop-in models set in wood can be beautiful. A natural wood element for the tub skirt brings the spa to your home.
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