Kitchen and Bathrooms are two of the most overlooked spaces in the home. Why? Ironically enough, they’re visited so often, and purely for the function, that they tend to lose their personality. Don’t let this be the case for you. Turn your home into an Instagram-worthy living space without breaking the bank. Below are a few styles that are easy to emulate. See which one of these fits the best for you – let the transformation commence!
Classic black is a perennial favorite in interior design. But it’s the dichotomy in black and white that is the real showstopper of late. Think high contrast: strong color-blocking, big heavy stripes and even more unexpected patterns.
In this master bath, bold chevron floor tiles offset the glossy white tub with a matte black exterior.
All in the Mix
A little pattern shy? Don’t be. When designing with pattern, the key is in the positioning. Choose patterns that will complement, as opposed to matching. Think about what will bring out the best features when juxtaposed against each other. Colors can be a great place to start, so you can worry less about what patterns look good together, and more about color coordination.
In the mix below, you’ll see a feather-motif ceiling, a mosaic backsplash peppered with jewel-toned drops, and a quilted, blue-green banquette all in one.
What makes it all work together? The color of the countertop, a rich, taupey-brown with copper flecks, because it is not the loudest piece in the kitchen, it brings it together in a harmonious way. Notice there is a shade of blue that runs consistently throughout.
Gone are the days where white bathrooms dominated (and think about how much work they are to keep clean!) Velvety blues and vivid greens are gaining ground in bathrooms and kitchens today. Pair them with a complementary color and that’s when the real drama happens.
In a master bath pictured below, the color pairing of marine blue and blood orange is both of-the-moment and classic all at once. The vibe becomes infectious with the addition of blood orange—but in small doses. The color-pop in this scenario draws attention to the room’s tug of war between different design elements. All is fair in love and war…and this bathroom is to love!
Amber Waves of Grace
Let’s face it—the living room has expanded. With comfortable banquettes in the kitchen and easy chairs in the bathroom, we are “living” in every room today, so the more alluring the better. Too much bling can be overwhelming, but just the right touch, could make a kitchen your next hangout spot!
Antique brass upper cabinets that have natural, inherent warmth, is paired with a bronze mirror backsplash, from top to bottom, that reflects the striking Jean de Merry chandelier. The trick to this look is keeping the space from getting too dark or heavy, so a little glow goes a long way.
Keep It in Neutral
If you’re more of a traditionalist who wants to keep the bathroom and kitchen as simple as possible, then neutral shades are the style for you. Today’s neutrals play in a more unusual palette than you might expect—think pale icy blue and blush sand and more refreshing straight-from-nature shades than your standard beige.
These more transparent pales diffuse light beautifully and lend themselves particularly well to elements of contrast. In this tiny house kitchen, a matte black faucet and an olive countertop pop against white cabinets. There’s nothing wrong with a little rustic!
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