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.
We recently came across this graphic black and white kitchen. Our initial reaction was that while it was a fun way to add some character to the space, we'd probably grow tired of it in a year or two. Well, Suki from the fabulous Finnish blog Varpunen is one step ahead of us. Suki wanted to update her basic kitchen, but with a move on the horizon she didn't want to do anything drastic. Inspired by her love of geometric patterns, Suki used tape to create the design. So when her style changes or she makes that move, her kitchen update is easily removable. To see more images of Suki's kitchen, visit Varpunen: Ugh! We think this is a great idea for rental kitchens or those that are commitment phobic. Has anyone used a similar method to update a room in your home?
We tend to avoid putting red and green together for obvious reasons. After looking through WorldTraveling's photos of her beautiful flat in Japan, we're starting to reconsider this traditional holiday color combo for the home. The color coordination almost overshadows some of the small living solutions that she and her husband have devised in their stylish home. More details and photos after the jump.... Even though the majority of the furniture in their place came from a leasing company, this couple does a great job making it all their own. The pillows on their leased sofa are made of memory foam and large enough to throw on the floor for extra seating, while the basket next to the sofa holds blankets for lounging or overnight guests. The large mirror behind the sofa opens up the living room nicely, making the apartment seem much wider. Check out more great photos and details at WorldTraveling's flickr.
Q: I am about to move into this super cool apartment, and I am not quite sure on how to arrange everything in this one room. The room is large; 373 square feet with 2 large windows. The kitchen is separate, so what I need to do in this room is: sleep, work, live. I have a pretty large working desk and need plenty of shelf space, also because I have tons of books. I also have a Karlstad bed sofa, a queen sized bed and will have to buy a lot of shelves. I was thinking about putting the bed in the right corner and adding some shelves in front of it in order to create a 'Bedroom' in the room, but I am not sure about that. If you've got any ideas, I'd be glad to hear them! Thanks! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ida in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
We've loved this long, narrow shelf ever since we came across it months ago. It's just nice and simple - and you'll probably have noticed that we're suckers for nice, simple shelves.... Image: Skona Hem via Purple Area.
From AT:Chicago's own classifieds there are two glass vessel sinks for $150. Victor, the seller, says they are new and includes the drain assemblies and faucets in the price. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.White dining table/chairs for $125Crate and Barrel console and coffee table for $90 Heywood Wakefield dining table for $600.Set of large carved mirrors for $100. each. Room and Board daybed for $250.Faux bamboo coffee table needs work for $40 Mid-c dining set with sideboard for $200 obo.
We've been shopping for more casual, colorful file cabinets for our offices for the past six months and purchased a few AND returned them. Six colors, solid metal construction and not too high so that they fit easily under all of our desks!
We have some nice brick walls, 10 foot ceilings, and quite a bit of wall space. We love the space and want to add some really unique pieces punch up the décor. While at the Elephant's Trunk flea market in Connecticut this past weekend, we happened upon a very old wheel used on a hay baler. Since our goal is to mix in some country rustic chic into the apartment, we knew it would look perfect in the dining area against the brick wall. The wheel weighs somewhere between 75-100 lbs.2. Because of the hub, the rim of the wheel will sit roughly 6 inches from the wall.4. We'd love to hang it using something complimentary in style to the wheel - for example; a railroad tie as opposed to a shiny industrial bolt from Home Depot. Editor: Can you help out with some tips and ideas for Ted's challenging wheel hanging? Let us know in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Dear AT:SF, I'm graduating from college and moving across the state to a new city. I don't have much furniture, but I've had my eye on the Gus* Modern Chunk dining table for a while. I was wondering if anyone out there can attest to the quality of this table.... ...I've had IKEA particleboard furniture all through college and I am now looking for furniture that will last me more than a few years. I know some pieces from stores like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn may cost more, but are still made of the same MDF or particleboard. How is this table? Also, are there any similar tables out there that may be made of real wood? Or should I simply be trying to get over my fear of particleboard furniture? Thanks,. Christa,We'd always choose wood over particleboard or MDF. There are some comments here about Gus Modern, but we don't know about the quality of the Chunk. It does remind us of Crate and Barrel's Big Sur Dining Table, which is also made of solid oak.
We were surprised to find a few elements of its large dining room that stood out to us for inspiration in our own home. Here are the four things that we related to most in this photo of the White House's State Dining Room.... Fire Element: There is nothing quite like eating at a hearth. If you don't have a fireplace in your dining room, candles are another way to introduce fire to the setting. Calming Colors: Linger on this photo and you'll recognize that the State Dining Room is almost entirely a soft white color with just pops of color from the yellow seat upholstery and dark accents from the wood and the painting over the mantle. The soft white color of the room is warm, soothing, and inviting. The room's color, like its layout, allows one to focus wholly on the dining experience. The ability to adjust the table's size can be a great asset to a dining room. The State Dining Room is where where large dinners are held. The President's Dining Room is for smaller family dinners, but we found only one photo of it.
Rather than hiring an architect to design a custom home, some owners are opting to purchase stock plans and paying an architect an hourly fee to customize the existing plan.... While savings is significant, we wonder how well-suited the various stock plans are for the wide variety of lots and environments. At the same time, we know that the majority of new homes are inexpensive and contribute largely to sprawl. We wouldn't turn down a craftsman bungalow from Sears Roebuck & Co. We suppose this is a positive trend, right?
I really like these chairs - traditional French bistro chairs. >> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs: Made by Maison Gatti since 1920 these are constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. Available through Annick de Lorme in NYC and through Cafe Society in the Bay Area. >> Poitoux Rattan Chairs: These are also one of the top brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. >> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag: 'Bring that French cafe feeling into your home' with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles' American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200. -. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. >> Bistro Rattan Chair: These only come in two colors and are made for commerical customers. >> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. How about a rattan bistro high chair? this was is Paris - custom made for this bistro near Les Halles.
The happy modern aesthetic is one that is, well...modern and happy. In the living room, a peppy colored sofa is key to the look, then build around it with graphic textiles, contemporary furniture frames and punchy accessories.
Q: After having lived in super-tiny 1-room student apartments for my whole life, where space constraints meant there was really only one way to arrange the furniture, I recently moved into a new space which allows for a bit more space planning and design. The good news is that I didn't bring much furniture and will buy everything after having planned the room layout. The only pieces I wanted to keep are a big wooden dining table with leather chairs and an old Chinese chest that will be a coffee table. So there aren't many constraints from that end. What I definitely would like to have is one dining area at least containing the dining table and chairs, and a living room at least containing a small sofa, an additionalchair, the Chinese chest as a coffee table and a 55'' flatscreen. There is some kind of alcove and I don't really know how to use that one. In that alcove and dining room with table and chairs diagonally opposite, or.... 2) the other way round, having the dining room area with table and chairs in that alcove and the living room area diagonally opposite. I'm not really happy with these designs. My style is a mix of art deco, eclectic, Asian/African. There is dark-brown wooded parquet in the room with white walls of 2,80m height.