Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

    Kitchen lighting comes in all shapes and sizes; from chandeliers, to wall sconces. Recessed lighting is becoming more popular, for its sleek design along with growing performance of newer bulbs. In the past, recessed lighting was a way to trade quality of light for a smoother design. But with today’s bulbs, there is very little difference. 
    Recessed lighting provides accent lighting when used in specific areas, and can provide full room coverage when used in groups. Under cabinets, or in rooms with low ceilings, recessed lighting can be a simple way to light the space without taking up space. It is also relatively simpler to install than most other lighting fixtures. Targeted recessed lighting can act like a spotlight for the workspace.
    Lighting with recesses rather than one central light helps create more even coverage. There can be a better distribution of light throughout the room; from the stove, to the sink, to your prep station. 
    While chandeliers bring your eyes upward, recessed lighting won’t usually attract attention. This gives a greater emphasis to the rest of the space. Recessed lighting also is almost always in the trends. While it comes and goes, it is never truly out of style.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Natural Wood Cabinets in Your Kitchen

   Wooden cabinets have been a mainstay in kitchen design for centuries, if not millennia. Wood is the classic choice for cabinetry because it just makes sense. And while the types of wood used in each may change, in the more recent years, most homeowners have been opting for painted or darkly stained cabinets. But more recently, there has been a surge in the use of natural wood for kitchens. Natural wood creates a beautiful, rustic look that adds warmth to the space.
    The most common natural wood choices are maple and cherry. Maple is a lighter colored wood; and it has even, smooth grains. It is very durable, and relatively inexpensive. Cherry is darker, with rich red tones. Cherry wood is more likely to show knots in the grain, but to some, this adds to it’s natural charm. Cherry wood is also very durable, and is stronger in most cases than Maple. 
    In most cases, but especially with Maple and Cherry, natural wood pairs well with stainless steel appliances. Dark and light countertops alike look great while paired with natural wood. 
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Making Your Small Bathroom Feel Less Cramped

    Often in Staten Island, half bathrooms in our homes will feel relatively cramped due to design space when the home was designed. Small bathrooms and powder rooms are a characteristic seen all across most of the island. But what can you do to make these rooms feel less cramped. During your next remodel, consider these upgrades that can make your small bathroom space feel more spacious. 
    Serene colors make you feel less cramped by creating the illusion of more space. Cool-feeling colors, like pastels and neutral tones can help create this feeling of calm and add a sense of openness to the room. This also applies to the floor and ceiling. Lighter colors will open the space up, while darker colors will tighten the space up. Crown molding around the ceiling can add depth and make the room seem taller. For the best results, the molding should be painted the same color as the rest of the ceiling.
    Vanities can be beautiful in any bathroom, but can be bulky in smaller rooms. Pedestal or wall-mounted sinks take up minimal floor space; but at the cost of storage space. If your bathroom can afford losing the additional storage that a vanity would provide, you should consider one of those sink options.
    Lighting can really make a space seem bigger. Wall sconces add warmth and accent lighting. If possible, consider adding a window or skylight. Natural lighting from outside adds softer light, which helps widen a space. A bigger mirror over the sink can help the bathroom lighting seem brighter, while also creating the illusion of a larger room in general.
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5 Ways to Splash Color into Your Kitchen

    Modern kitchen design in 2017 is leaving behind the sleek and straightforward color schemes. Splashes and pops of color blended into the room help create eye-catching spaces and evoke a more personal feel to the room. But where do you add these personal touches? Many homeowners that want to embrace this new trend often don’t know where to start when adding color splashes to their kitchen. 
    Backsplashes are among the most popular ways to incorporate color into a kitchen space. A mosaic-tile backsplash can be very eye-catching and evocative. Mosaics can be created to add a plethora of color or to bring forward a specific one. If this is not your style, most natural stone backsplashes can have veins and streaks of color that can add to the beauty of the space.
    Painting a single wall can tie an entire room together and create a bold pop of color. Take inspiration from the rest of the decor choices in the room, such as the countertop or a painting. A solid, monochromatic wall in the space can break up the bland and direct your eye to a specific part of the room. 
    Appliances can be a good way to incorporate color into a space in places where you will usually look towards anyway. The stove and fridge, as well as smaller appliances, are usually eye catching in general. By adding color to these items, less is more. There can be a lot less color added to the room when it is produced via appliances.
    Open shelving can let your plates add all the color. A colorful plate set can add some additional layers to the space with ease. Add more of a splash by painting the space behind the shelves.
    Living color is a great way to add both color and function. Herb plants or a small vegetable plant can provide you with fresh ingredients while also bringing in some color. Basil, parsley, and cilantro are relatively easy to grow indoors.
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5 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Seem Bigger

    Many homeowners find that when they are unhappy with their bathroom space, part of the reason is that it feels too cramped. Especially on Staten Island, small bathroom spaces can be a problem, but it is important to consider a few different design techniques that can help your bathroom feel bigger.
    Monochromatic spaces are a very easy way to enhance the relative size of a space. White or neutral colored spaces that stay within a few shades of each other, for the most part, will make the room feel more open. 
Don’t let the door swing into the room. Bathroom doors that come into the room take up more space. Rather than utilizing a swinging door, try adding a pocket door or a sliding one. These unique features can make a room seem more spacious, while also adding additional resale value.
Don’t cut out the shower space. Glass shower doors extend the room by keeping the room more open. A glass shower door allows you to see all of the room when you walk in, and makes it seem bigger. Curbless showers reduce this level of division as well. If you decide to go with a shower curtain, hang it very close to the ceiling, and let it drape almost to the floor. This makes the curtain act more like a tapestry than a curtain, adding a visual element that draws your eye and adds height to the space.
    Get a bigger mirror. Mirrors make a space seem bigger by reflecting light and by creating an optical illusion of having more space. Mirrors also help make a room brighter with less lighting, which can be a big benefit. 
    Add more natural lighting, if possible. Natural lighting can be an important tool in making any space feel bigger, not just bathrooms. Skylights add natural lighting and ad ceiling depth while not compromising privacy. Frosted windows help add natural light and add a stylistic element, while also maintaining privacy.
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