When choosing tiles for the bathroom, shape, color and texture decisions factor in immediately, but one aspect that can strongly impact the final look is often a mere afterthought. Choosing the right grout color can make all the difference, so it's worth thinking about when planning the overall look of your bathroom. Using a light colored grout, particularly in conjunction with white tiles, can produce a bright, clean look, but it is a very high maintenance choice. Because of this, dark grout has gained in popularity. Choosing a grout that is darker in color helps conceal dirt and is less likely to change in color as quickly as a light colored grout. Dark grout against a light tile can help the look from being too washed out and can help anchor the white and provide some substance to the look. Dark grout is not without its own set of issues though. While it is not necessary to clean it with the same attention to detail as you would with white grout, it is necessary to wipe it off very regularly. Dark grout can lose its color when cleaned with products that are too harsh or with tools that are too abrasive. Using gentle cleaning products and adding a color seal to dark grout can help maintain the color longer.
She writes: I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year and would like to pose a question to the group. I have attached a photo of my living room - as you can see, the fireplace wall is built out and pretty bare right now. I am thinking about wallpapering just that wall with a bold pattern.... ...and could use input. Would it look strange to wallpaper just that wall? Any ideas or suggestions on patterns, process or other creative input? Please share your suggestions with Julie in the comments...thanks!
We've had questions on here before regarding the protocol for mixing wood tones. It's a subject that can cause people quite a bit of torment when decorating a home.... We usually feel that decorating 'Rules' are meant to be broken, and this is no exception. Sticking to one wood tone can easily end up looking bland or matchy-matchy, whereas different types of wood and finishes can create major interest in a home, as these interiors from architect and designer Andre Rothblatt clearly show. Do you stick to one type/finish of wood in a room or do you mix it up?
My room makeover:: My boyfriend and I decided to take the plunge and move in together, and we decided to start completely fresh with our furnishings for our new apartment. We wanted to incorporate a few styles: mid-century modern, industrial, and a twist of what we call, 'Geek Chic'. We found a couch we liked at West Elm and closed the deal. It wasn't until after we paid that she told us that delivery would be in 8 to 10 weeks! So all while we were gathering the remaining details for our apartment, we had to imagine what the couch would look like in the space. In the meantime, we collected the rest of our furniture from IKEA, Target, Home Goods, and Etsy. Finally, 9 weeks later, we received the couch, and our place was complete! We love how it turned out, since it encompasses our personalities perfectly. My makeover advice:: Take your time and find items you REALLY love. We had purchased a stool from Target that we were just okayyy with, but then found something WAY better at Home Goods. Save your receipts, just in case you need to return anything. What I love most about my new space:: We love that it incorporates all of our 'Geekiness', but in a stylish way. I honestly sit down at my couch sometimes and just say, 'I'm so glad this is my place'.
American retailers have started to climb aboard the small space wagon these days. In Europe they've been working the small space challenge for several centuries, and so many of the best solutions hail from those far shores. With this in mind we're rounding up the best of Swede giant Ikea's small space solutions, starting with the bedroom. Pictured at top, the new Malm Queen Bed with 'Vanishing' Headboard shelves, $189. The headboard unit contains two banks of retracting shelves. A nifty trick for hiding visual clutter, though the unit does still occupy some floorsplace, behind the bed. The bent wood-framed Anes Mirror, $89.99, is a dramatic way to bounce and maximize light in a small space The Hopen Bedside Table, $79.99, gives you easy access to underbed storage: just swivel around to retrieve whatever lurks beneath your bed - as long as you placed it on the platform. Brekke bed with storage boxes, $149, is a twin bed with built-in storage boxes The recently discontinued Hemnes Daybed, $379, extends into a double bed and also has storage underneath. Re-invented as a banquette, it won Ikea Hacker's Hack of the Year award in 2006.
You've no doubt seen rooms employ a 'Pop of color' to add interest to a neutral space. There's an endless rainbow of hues that can do the same for you at home, but if you happen to be buying in to 2016's on-trend moody, dark rooms, there's also another unexpected color pop option on the proverbial table: White. We could go on all day debating whether white is actually a 'Color,' but the truth remains the same: When the rest of a room is cloaked in inky and dramatic shades, layering in a few bright white accessories is a cool way to add intrigue and highlight your furniture, art, accessories and architecture.
We think Pottery Barn's Shayne Dining table would be a great addition for small space dwellers. The table comes complete with a traditional style, a place for storage baskets underneath and an option to fold the 2 side leaves up or down for more or less space - perfect for those of us that need pieces of furniture that function when we are using them and store away when we are done.
Now this is pretty cool: National Geographic teamed up with artisans across the world to start Novica, an online retail shop that sells beautiful handmade home décor and gifts that come directly from the artisan. If you're looking for high quality ethnic furniture and accessories, this is the best place we've come across. It's like World Market without the mass production. Featured here is the 'Spanish Elegance' leather ottoman, hand embossed by artisan Jose Antonio Rios. The Tooled Leather Ottoman is available at Novica for $144.95. The craft of embossing leather in the Rios family has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming a part of Peruvian culture and tradition. To this day, all the design and labor is handmade: embossing is done with chisel and hammer before the leather pieces are placed on the wood base. Here we were, complaining about carpal tunnel from typing.....