I've lived with a few lacklustre bathrooms - in rented apartments and then in my own place before we got around to renovating - and it got me down. So here are some simple but effective ideas for perking up a tired bathroom without ripping the whole thing out and starting over. A new shower curtain, bathmat or towels will add a blast of color to your bathroom and immediately raise your spirits. This could backfire if your bathroom is really past its prime, as it will highlight how scruffy the rest of the room is. It's not as much fun as choosing a new shower curtain, but this chore really will make your bathroom look cleaner and fresher. Plants love bathrooms, and they are good for body and soul too. Find a longer list of suitable bathroom houseplants here. No matter how small your bathroom, there is always room for a picture or two. Most bathrooms play it safe with all white fixtures and walls.
We're proud of our alma mater, Oberlin College, for all the creative, hard working souls they have launched into the world. His Brooklyn company, OSO Industries, treats concrete like it were wood and uses it to make furniture that is solid, mobile and very, very modern. Top billing goes to his Rollerboy Stool and the Rollerstation Desk which it fits underneath. This compact workstation would sit nicely into a small apartment. There are also coffee tables, bookcases and tables, all of which can be custom colored to suit your needs. If you get really excited, Eric does custom work for architects and designers so that your whole apartment can become cool as concrete.
I had decided on dark tile floors, but now I am wavering and thinking about something light colored....apartmenttherapy(dot)com). Can you tell me will dark floors make my tiny place look bigger or smaller? The overall effect that I want is it to be airy and organic. In general, the lighter the floors the airier the space. Check out the rooms in today's earlier post on Stellan Herner's interior photographs. We pulled another example of a bright, simple, organic space - Andreas's Greektown Loft house tour. He chose to paint his floors black throughout rooms otherwise committed to white and off-white. What to AT-ers think? Should Karen go bold with dark tiles or emphasize openness with light floors? Karen, whatever you decide, please send in some photos!
We're often cautioned about design for small spaces, told to keep things light, solid, and neutral in order to avoid overwhelming the space. Especially when it comes to wallpaper! I think a small room-or part thereof-is the perfect place to add a bit of color and pattern. Using wallpaper makes smaller spaces special, and the limited amount of paper needed keeps costs low. Read on for 12 small papered rooms that pack a punch. There's a reason we often think of wallpaper as being perfect for powder rooms. These small spaces provide the opportunity to play with something a little bold, like this graphic black-and-white tree print in a bathroom by Regan Baker Design, while being relatively safe from design fatigue-after all, it's unlikely you'll spend so much time in the powder room that you'll tire of the paper. The owner has even made the unusual decision to paper the ceiling, which works perfectly in this small space. Why not treat utility spaces as something special? It might even make doing the laundry more fun. In a small, white, modern space, the pattern is the focal point; it could almost be too much in a larger room, don't you think? Here, trendy banana leaf paper completely covers this Tracy Murdock-designed sunroom/conservatory, and even though it's a small space, it looks fantastic.
One thing we've always needed in our own bathroom is natural light. We know that it's considered a luxury in a city like San Francisco... but we just can't give it up. We also know that living in such cramped quarters sometimes means you sacrifice privacy with a bathroom window. A curtain, some Emma Jeffs adhesives... those are all great solutions. We fell in love when we saw this photo of a recently built San Francisco dwelling. It provides you with wonderful and beautiful natural light, but without the hassle of needing privacy.
I've become absolutely obsessed with wallpaper lately. I've seen some fine examples of wallpaper in a few of the homes I've been in while shooting House Tours. My teenage bedroom was in a turn of the century house with walls that had so many layers of wallpaper on them that they almost started to encroach on the room's square footage! I'm in love with beautiful wallpaper patterns but I'm reticent to apply it to the walls of our condo out of fear that the walls will never be the same. There's always the option of using starched fabric as wallpaper. Sherwin Williams offers a removable wallpaper that was covered here at ApartmentTherapy a couple years ago. In theory EasyChange sounds like the perfect wallpaper for someone who likes to redecorate often. What do you think? Should I get over my fear of wallpaper and just go for it? Does anyone have experience with Sherwin Williams' EasyChange wallpaper?
Q: I'm so excited to be moving into my first apartment soon! Although some of the appliances are outdated and the counter space is limited, I think I can work with the kitchen. I'm stuck on what to do with the dark cabinets, though. My landlord has agreed to let me paint the walls, and I'm thinking that that might be the quickest and most cost-effective solution for improving the space. What are your suggestions for paint colors? Any other ideas for how to brighten and update the kitchen are greatly appreciated! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Do you like the soft cradle of Agape's Spoon Tub? Well, G.P Benedini has now designed a new version, called the Spoon XL. This tub is similar in overall length and width to the original Spoon, but its shape is much round-ier. The concave bowl of the tub is supposed to be shaped for maximum comfort. It certainly looks comfortable from this photo above. Like its predecessor, this tub is made of the very dense Exmar, which is made to retain the heat in the tub.