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.
The furniture made by OHIO Design is breathtaking - from their clever Primco Table, to their book matched and clean lined Sophia 30 Credenza. All OHIO furniture is made with recycled and FSC woods, and environmentally friendly substances and techniques whenever possible. The wood is then finished with all natural beeswax and orange oil. OHIO's got a great collection of bedroom furniture, check the pieces out after the jump.
Black and white is a classic color combo that works pretty much anywhere, but we happen to think it's especially nice in the kitchen. Black and white and just a bit of color, from Leva & Bo. Black and white but definitely not boring - there's tons going on in this kitchen from Vogue. Black and white mix in this kitchen from Milk Decoration. White marble and black cabinets in an Australian kitchen from Oracle Fox. Little things make a big difference: this kitchen from Nuevo Estilo is mostly white, but the steel-framed door and black lighting and furniture help to ground the space and keep things interesting. A black and white cement tile backsplash adds panache to this kitchen from The Style Files. Contrast is king in this kitchen from Dustjacket Attic: the traditional molding and the modern kitchen, and the bright white countertops and black cabinets. A black tiled backsplash adds a bit of style to a kitchen from SF Girl by Bay. Black and white in a traditional-meets-modern kitchen from Residence Magazine. Black and white are perfect partners in this kitchen from Miss Moss.
This week's LA Times Home section is like reading a back- issue from 2004...so last year. High design with mass appeal - Loads of celebrity home designers are Attempting to bring their good design to the masses. THE SCOUT - Mirror images: Both high end and not, Mirrored furniture is everywhere. THE SCOUT - Sparkling personality: West Elm's affordable barware with bling, just in time for holiday parties. THE SCOUT A new website to get great Italian design without the long wait and high price tag: //www. Europebynet.com Man of the House - Where in the world is Mom? Wreaths to ring in the season - Aside from the annoying premise that you can trick your wife into thinking you are helping out, here are some helpful hints on putting together a holiday wreath. Frugal and fabulous - Some good ways to spruce up dull decor. Maybe a tweak is all you need - The Times telling us what we already know: The new trend in having someone come in help you work with what you've got]instead of a complete interior design redo. A desert home that comes first - The lovely and hysterical Beth Lapides talks about her inspiring decision to move to Palm Springsbuying the second home first.