Q: I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how best to decorate the walls in this room. The room is part of a flat in a friend's lovely Victorian house that's I'm moving into. The ceilings are high and the windows are fairly big. I am finding it a bit of a challenge because the bed has to be pushed into a corner, and the wall next to the window to the right of the bed is fairly dark. I would like to hang a large print somewhere in the room, also but need opinions as to where best to place it without the room appearing overcrowded, as it's not the largest of rooms. The photo taken is the view from the door as you walk into the room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Bluetiger in the comments - thanks!
Apparently March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but here on AT it started in the bedroom and will end in the bathroom. Yes, once a year we like to elevate this most ignominious of rooms by devoting an entire month to its improvement, and we start today. So what makes a bathroom great, anyway? And how do you turn a run-of-the-mill rental apartment loo into a place you actually want to spend time? These are good questions for the month of March, and we intend to blog the heck out of them. Got good bathrooms ideas or resources? Let us know! Got a great bathroom? There's a fresh crop of AT books and tees available as thank you's to the first 25 readers who submit pictures of their great bathrooms. As always, we also welcome tips and questions on all things home.
I live in a small one bedroom apartment, with a tiny bathroom. After reading the old postings/ debates about tub vs. shower- I've decided to take the plunge to remove the tub and have a walk-in shower instead. I was thinking about using glass mosaic tiles hakatai carter series, jade blend for the floor and perhaps pale yellow for the shower surround. When I told him that I want to use small mosaic glass tiles for the bathroom, he was pretty against it- saying that I should go with larger tiles, granite or marble....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. He thinks that small tiles would cheapen the value of the bathroom. I had thought that smaller tiles would make the bathroom seem larger. p.s. a little about my bathroom- the tub/shower area is at the far wall when you enter, next to the shower closer to the door is the vanity. The wall mount vanity would be tiled the same color as the floor, the same tile then would extend into the shower area, creating a contrasting band around the shower.
We love a make-over, even if it's only imagined. In this Sketch Pad, Lynn Gaffney and her colleagues at Lynn Gaffney Architect reimagine a two-bedroom prewar apartment in Washington Heights to take full advantage of the view of the Hudson River in the communal areas.... As usual, the Audio Slideshow component is full of information.
Q: We are moving into a new home and need a new sofa and chair for the main floor, open concept, living room. Things get interesting when one takes into account the 'eclectic' pieces we are bringing into the space. We have inherited a beautiful tufted leather rocking chair that we are having refinished. Somehow we would like to pair it with a coffee table we received as a wedding gift years ago. Help is needed for two things - 1) what kind of sofa and chair could possibly tie these pieces together? AND 2) how should we refinish the table? The space, although not reflected in the pictures, has crown molding and very large baseboards. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Clueless in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
In 1986, Pixar released its first film, a 2.5-minute computer-animated short featuring two expressive desk lamps. Rendered in an unusual gray-yellow, the Crane Desk Lamp from CB2 promises to enliven workspaces from drab to fab. Leave it to Design Within Reach to offer oodles of LED options. Its aluminum-alloy Kelvin LED Table Lamp stood out for its slender, square head that swivels. From the mecca of S-wrenches and Swedish meatballs comes the Janslö work lamp, IKEA's curvaceous light that consumes 70 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The coil features six LED bulbs within its steel/aluminum construction. The Link Table Lamp, designed by Peter Stathis for Pablo, boasts 15 high-output LED lights and a high-low switch.
How does your furniture fit in the living room, and how should you orient the room? Experimenting with layout yields interesting, yet practical, rooms that work on multiple levels. BALANCEThink how strange it would look to have all the furniture on one side of the room, and a huge expansive blank space on the other side. Divide the room in sections and make sure the furniture is distributed equally across all areas. FUNCTION Your living room might be as pretty as can be, but if you can't find a spot to put your water glass, or have to crane your neck to spot the television, then your furniture isn't working for you. SYMMETRYMirroring furniture on either side of an imaginary axis is a nice ways to make your eyeballs happy. It feels nice, and always an easy approach to laying out your furniture, even when furniture doesn't perfectly match. TRAFFIC FLOWIf you have to walk almost 360 degrees around the sofa in order to make it to the kitchen, your furniture placement isn't working. Create natural paths around the room that take you everywhere you want to go. It just creates weird dead space in the middle of the room, and doesn't feel very cozy. FOCAL POINTIf you have a framed Burt Reynolds poster you are in love with, and want to acknowledge at every turn, make sure your furniture is oriented to pay homage to that cherished feature. Any secrets you've learned that you'd like to share?
Hello AT,. Our new apartment has a 30 foot long living room that does not get good light at all. We love dark wood furniture and already own a wonderful dark coffee table but really have no idea what to do with the rest of the room! Rectangle rug or round rug? Carpet tiles or shaggy area rug?....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. Is dark wood too much for a poorly lit room? We are allowed to paint and I'd love some thoughts about how to make the room look a bit lighter with paint. Your apartment looks lovely, and the living room area, though long, looks like it will make a very good living room. Paint your main room a nice, warm, off-white, but give the long wall a rich warm accent color that will ultimately run behind your sofa. We see the track lights on the ceiling, and these will be great for lighting up that color and bouncing it into the room. Orient your living room with sofa along long wall facing media stand and TV on other wall, with coffee table in center and two chair on the TV side facing back at the sofa.
Banned because of power consumption? The New York Times writes that Australia could consider banning Plasma TV's as a result of failing energy efficiency tests. We did not realize that there was such a big discrepancy between LCD and Plasma energy consumption, but it turns out that 153 LCD sets 36 inches or larger earned energy star ratings while only 83 plasma sets did the same. What this means for US standards when it comes to energy hungry televisions is unclear but it does make for a nice argument in the LCD vs. Plasma debate.
Break out of the box when considering a coffee table. Round coffee tables bring a lovely organic softness to a room, and can help visually balance a space that has harsh straight lines. They look particularly great when contrasted with a boxy sectional, but round coffee tables can look good in a variety of different living room seating arrangements. Peruse these photos of living rooms getting round coffee tables right and use them as inspiration for your own space.
COLOR INSPIRATION: The artwork I create is an inspiration for my living space. I wanted to create a space that the creatures I draw and paint could feel at home in. GO TO LINDSAY'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!