Deborah emailed us a good question: I have a windowless kitchen, which currently is lit by the original fluorsecent tube in a plastic box on the ceiling. The kitchen is around the corner and the length of the apartment away from the windows - so there is no glimmer of natural light at all. The kitchen is 10x7 with an open doorway into the front hall - the measurements include the counters and appliances which run along the right and far wall as you face into the kitchen. With all that in mind - do you have any recommendations on the best way to light the space? I would like to have light on my tasks as well as having a more attractive quality to the general lighting. What I'm hoping for is recommendations on types of lighting that would work best - track lights, recessed, whatever? I think pendant lights would clutter the space, which is quite small, and might make taller visitors want to duck, too. Based on what you describe, we'd suggest the recessed lighting for two reasons - one, it is an update in keeping with current lighting trends for kitchens and two, it would most likely work the best with the ceiling height you have. We found the above before and after photo of a kitchen that goes from what looks to be a florescent fixture to recessed lights as an example. We also ran across a good guideline for recessed lighting layout if it is the only source of built-in light for a room, such as yours - they should be no further apart than every 25 feet of floor space.
The bedroom, a spot that we usually want to be calm and soothing, may seem like an unusual place for a gallery wall. Lately I've been spotting lots of bedrooms that make this dynamic decoration work. You can keep everything else in the room fairly simple to let the artwork shine... or just go for broke and make your bedroom a place where you're excited to wake up in the morning. Keeping the furnishings and bedding minimal really lets the other items sing. Above: colorful art enlivens a bedroom in a home by Resolution: 4 Architecture. Matching the frames to the color of the wall keeps the overall look relaxing. As this bedroom from Lonny proves, dark colors in a bedroom can be just as relaxing as light ones. A gallery wall like this one, arranged over a comfy upholstered headboard, would be a good option for those who love the look but still want to be able to read in bed without bumping frames. Not a gallery wall, strictly speaking... but I love the idea of hanging a shelf over a bed and filling it with assorted framed art. The huge, framed print over the bed definitely makes a statement.
In a fascinating article she wrote for Apartment Therapy, Carolyn explains why dark interiors, which used to be the norm, were eventually superseded in popularity by light, bright ones. For a few of us dark, cozy spaces will always be the ideal. While these 12 living rooms may have dark walls, they are anything but dreary. Above: A velvet sofa almost glows in a dark-walled room from Felix Forest. This post would be incomplete without at least one photo of the home of Abigail Ahern, the master of dark, moody interiors. Black and pink is a sophisticated combo in this room from Farrow & Ball. In this living room from Trendland, hunter green walls make a lovely contrast with a light wood floor. I wish I were curled up in this living room right this very moment. Dark walls aren't dreary when there's lots of light. I love all of this - dark paneling, dark grey walls, gold accents.
Q: I am looking for suggestions on how to arrange the furniture in my long, narrow living room. Possibly so the TV is able to be seen, but not the focal point. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Stacy in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
We like to wait until the middle of winter, when our muscles ache from the cold, and splurge on our annual spa treatment. We always leave with a relaxed back and new ideas for the home. There's just something about those calming scents, mixed with clean tile and candlelight. We really love the look of the Peninsula's Relaxation Room. The drapes, the sheets, the tiled fireplace...such a peaceful vibe. White Egyptian cotton sheets Scented candles Long drapes that pool at the floor Clean tile in the bathroom Ambient lighting.
We think one of the greenest things is to use materials that are made to last through the ages. End grain wood floors are the epitome of durable and add instant warmth to any space.... 'Kaswell is one maker of wood block floors, which is made up of 1' thick wood blocks turned on end. With the grains perpendicular to the wearing surface, the floors hold up forever. The blocks might be strong, but their appearance is as soft and warm as brick.
Dear AT,. I am searching for a kitchen island: standard height, but narrow, with a bottom shelf for storage of bulky items. Can you please tell me where I can find one already fabricated as I cannot afford custom made storage. On the low end we're a big fan of Ikea's Varde lineAnd we also like stainless worktables from Bowery Kitchen Supply. On the high end, John Boos is real nice and has many options.
I want to maximize my living space by creating a 'Floating' loft bedroom. My ceiling is set at 10' high and I want a minimum of 6' to stand below my loft bedroom and atleast 5.5' for the sleeping area. Should I take out the finished ceiling and expose the beams and perhaps gain some ceiling space? The building used to be an industrial building so I assume that each floor has high ceilings. What do you think? more below the jump....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. A loft plan is a great idea and you will definitely get more space, but - depending on how much storage you need - consider building up the floor 3', padding it and creating storage underneath as well. This may allow you to bring the bed down to the floor and create a more restful sleeping environment. We would definitely remove the ceiling, but only if you still have some insulation from your upstairs neighbors. Exposed beams are far more beautiful, but hearing them walk around is not worth it. You want to make sure it is clean above your head. If the building is old, you might nave to do a lot of work to 'Clean up' the ceiling before you can sleep beneath it.
Q: Hi guys! You maintain an excellent site and I'm constantly distracted on social media thanks to Apartment Therapy. I'm looking for design ideas for folks living in uninspiring places with low or minimum-requirement ceiling heights? The way I see things, a good design result is fairly easily achievable when there is ceiling height to play off. I'm in my cheap first home from the Australian property market, the weather is hot, the ceilings feel low, and I still had to put ceiling fans in for cooling. Will look for future inspiration in this area but thought I'd ask if here are ever a few golden rules. Editor: What a great question! I bemoan my house's low ceilings, but I know they could be so much worse. Other than recommending low-profile ceiling fans, I'm still figuring things out so I hope all of you have some tips to share with Mandi. Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Lots of New York apartments come with charming vintage bathrooms. The bathroom of Heather and Doug's Park Slope condo, true to its roots in the 80s, had dark, dour maroon tile on the walls and grungy white tile on the floor. The homeowners, with a view to selling the apartment in the next few years, wanted a bathroom remodel that would make their space brighter and more pleasant, and appeal to potential buyers as well. The new bathroom feels infinitely brighter and fresher, thanks to bright white walls, and a classic subway tile surround in the shower. The floor tile, a blue mosaic tile laid in a herringbone pattern, adds texture and character to the space. The bathroom is quite small, but a few new storage solutions help open up the space. The old medicine cabinet, which protruded into the room, has been replaced with a new one that's recessed into the wall, so the storage space is the same but the cabinet seems less bulky. The new shower curtain hangs on a thin wire instead of a rod - a tiny detail, but one that helps contribute to the new bathroom's clean, fresh feel. Heather says that she loves that the bathroom is 'Much more functional and looks bright and clean.' Now she and Doug, and their two kids, have a space that makes time spent in the bathroom much more pleasant - and will hopefully make selling their apartment a breeze, too.
Valentine's Day might have come and gone, but we've still got red on our brain. We think a touch of red is always welcome, especially in an accent table. We love a tiny table's usefulness - for holding a drink, a cup of tea, or our laptop - the way we prefer a tiny token of love. Some of these we've blogged before, but here's a list of our favorite red accent tables.... Capellini Org table by Fabio Novembre.
Cleaning out your bathroom cabinet can sometimes be painful. Sorting through old or unused items in your bathroom cabinets is as easy as coming to terms with what your family is actually using. Check out the tips below to make purging and cleaning as easy as can be! Pull Everything Out: You can't clean what you haven't faced. For bathrooms sinks with storage underneath, it's amazing how many things can fit underneath, so pull them out. Make Things Pretty: Although it seems silly to make your medicine cabinet or storage area pretty, you're more likely to keep things clean and sorted if you enjoy the space. Do you have a trick that always helps you clean things out? Share your secret in the comments below!