Is there a space in your home you’re looking to upgrade? If so, then just take a look at your walls. Yes, a can of paint can make a world of difference, but if you’re considering an elegant way to update your living space checkout wainscoting. This designer favorite adds Old World charm to any room, especially in living rooms, dining areas and bathrooms.
Wainscoting is basically wooden covering of a wall. In the 18th century, paneling changed from a floor-to-ceiling covering to one in which only the lower part of the wall was covered. The original purpose of wainscoting was to cover the lower part of walls which were often affected by rising dampness. Today its purpose is purely decorative.
There are plenty of designs homeowners can have made and installed. Within the living room, wainscoting will surely provide a classic architectural element, while in the bathroom, it can be the cure-all that pulls together the space. Wainscoting can also be customized to match perfectly with your custom cabinets and vanity!
Posted in Bathroom, Design, Home Office, Kitchen, Living, Trends, Wood-Mode
Tagged custom cabinetry, Home Decor, Home Renovation, Mouldings, Wainscoting, Wall Decor
Mark your calendar because the Parade of Homes returns in June! The event celebrates and recognizes the area’s most exceptional homes built by the finest builders in the Capital Region.
For more than 13 years, the Parade of Homes event has displayed the latest in building techniques and products for the home. It’s the perfect opportunity for homeowners to explore beautiful custom constructed homes, high-quality furnishings and fixtures from the area’s top interior designers.
There will be two weekends to join the parade tours: June 1st-2nd and 8th-9th from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Be sure to visit the Witt Construction homes on 51 Granger Avenue in Saratoga Springs and Retreat on Pond Hill, 38 Indian Pipe Drive in Wynantskill to explore the kitchens, baths, pantry and laundry room designed by CCW.
Visit the CRBRA online to learn more!
Posted in Appliances, Bath, Bathroom, Budget, Color, Convenience, Design, Events, Flooring, Home Office, Island, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Lighting, Living, Technology, Tile, Trends, Windows, Wood-Mode
Tagged cabinetry, Columbia CabinetWorks, Home Design, Home Renovation, Parade of Homes 2013
As design trends come and go, granite has remained a popular choice for homeowners in the kitchen. But today we are seeing granite countertops making a comeback in the bathroom. Homeowners want to recreate their bathrooms as a safe haven for themselves. They’re opting for luxurious features seen in hotels, magazines and online.
Granite easily adds something unique within a space. For starters, there are numerous color options to choose from that go with almost any bathroom style. Also, no stone looks exactly the same. Each has its own distinctive pattern.
If you’re selling your home, granite continues to be a top choice for home buyers. The material makes for a great investment and looks even better on top of a beautiful vanity made with custom cabinetry for the ultimate in luxury design.
Texture is everything and can play a vital role in how you layer the look and feel of a space in your home. Just remember that moderation is key. Knowing where to start is important, but so is knowing when to stop.
Decide a Look
Hewn wooden ceiling beams are accented by a weathered-wood farm table.
Do you want a cozy look and feel? Then select woods, plush fabrics, woven surfaces and natural fabrics for the floors and surfaces to add texture to a room. However if a streamlined look is what you want, then introduce lacquer, plastics, metals and glass. Just remember that balance is key. The best rooms have a perfect mix of both.
Thick, twisty tree branch and vase filled with freshly cut winding twigs.
Nature can play an interesting role in the home. It’s the perfect place to draw inspiration. Try using shells, stones, horns, feathers, and the unexpected, like cotton blossoms and birch branches, as decorative objects.
Make it an Accent
Leather Ceiling Tiles
Replace your accent colors with textures and surfaces. Texture can be used in place of color in a monochromatic scheme. And don’t forget the walls. Whether you include high-gloss paints, shell, leather wall tiles or Venetian plaster… walls are a great surface to play up texture.
Adjust the Lights
Your lighting scheme is just as crucial as the textural surfaces you add. Be aware of the materials and objects that reflect light or create visually interesting shadows.
Posted in Bath, Bathroom, Budget, Color, Design, Flooring, Home Office, Island, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Lighting, Living, Tile, Trends
Tagged Albany, colors, Decorative Accents, Decorative Textures, Home Design, Kitchen Design, Leather Ceiling Tiles, Nature In The Home, NY, Textures and Surfaces
As homeowners begin to look into a renovation, they may decide a complete makeover isn’t necessary. Or maybe they would like to update just particular feature to enhance a room’s look. For the bathroom, if a renovation isn’t on the table, consider these 4 simple updates to recreate your space.
Update Your Floors
Add value and style to your bathroom floors. Porcelain, ceramic and natural stone continue to be super popular with homeowners and designers. Also you’ll get the most added value with an almost dollar for dollar investment.
Exchange Your Shower Head
Should you sell your home, even the simplest detail plays a role. Therefore, minor updates shouldn’t be avoided. By switching out your shower head, you can turn your shower into an oasis. Consider a rain head for its dollar for dollar return on investment.
Install New Lighting
Lighting makes a huge impact in a room creating the ambience you desire. Instead of glaring, blinding lightbulbs above the sink, install task lighting. These lights can be recessed into the ceiling, or even select a pendant or sconce fixture to help illuminate the mirror. Track lighting also continues to be a wonderful option, providing lights to sit along a track on the ceiling or wall. You can adjust their position to shine wherever you want.
Switch Out Your Sink
With so many tasks taking place around the sink, why not update it for a look that appeals to the eye? Not only can sinks be fun, but also they can introduce luxury into your bathroom. Simple details like a new shiny chrome faucet and porcelain handles can add a lot of value to your home. Integrated sinks, in which there are no edges or hangovers from the countertop to the sink, continue to be a homeowner’s favorite. Also, vessel sinks are a creative way to bring life and uniqueness into the space.
Posted in Bath, Bathroom, Budget, Design, Flooring, Lighting, Living, Trends
Tagged bathroom, bathroom design, Bathroom Lighting, Budget Renovations, Ceramic Floors, Countertop, design, home, Home Renovations, porcelain tiles, Shower Head, Sink, Trends, Vessel Sink Ideas
The year is fresh and new, so you are probably considering ideas on how to update your home. In addition to renovating your kitchen or bathroom, color is a simple way to revive a space and add personality. Explore these three colors designers are excited about in 2013.
Relaxing yet bold enough to make a statement, olive is the perfect shade of green that can be used in any room. The color pairs well with cream and brown tones. We personally enjoy this color for the living room accented with brown leather furniture.
Create a welcoming escape in any nook with this pink hue. The color is perfect for the foyer or even in a dining area. Rose goes well with a variety of colors creating a lush and rich feel. Incorporate the color in spaces where guests will gather due to its inviting nature.
The grey family may have some of our favorite tones. When you use colors like charcoal in the home, you can juxtapose your most eclectic pieces in style and color. Accent colors can be a breath of fresh air in rooms of neutral colors, so get creative. Bring in pieces that will pop, such as a red sofa, bright tufted benches or funky art.
Posted in Bath, Bathroom, Color, Design, Home Office, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Lighting, Living, Trends
Tagged bathroom, Bedroom, Color, design, Home Decor, Home Design, Home Renovations, Interior Style, kitchen, Living Room, Paint Colors
The balance between durability and efficiency with comfort and beauty is the ultimate goal of bathroom design. Homeowners are looking for a reliable space to withstand time and use, which is, at the same time, the safe haven they need to escape everyday life. In years past the options were minimal, however, today there are tons of choices when designing the ultimate multi-functional bathroom.
Bathroom designers and suppliers are producing more diverse products. The industry is constantly improving and refining the manufacturing processes and materials without forgoing style. Every fixture has endured some change for the modern bathroom. Wooden bathroom furniture can now withstand the steam-filled rigors of daily life. By pre-treating the furniture with a moisture resistant coating, you enhance the performance and durability of the product. Manufacturers have been using higher quality materials, such as acrylic and resin, for tubs and showers that retain heat. These products are also easier to clean and are stain/scratch resistant. Lastly, improved technology provides better control of water temperature flow rate for faucets and shower heads.
With 60% of water usage taking place in the bathroom, it’s important for manufacturers to discover ways to reduce the home’s impact on the environment, and also your utility bill. To reduce water consumption, dual flush toilets and ceramic disc technology hare two great developments. Also cabinet manufacturers, including Wood-Mode, have become industry leaders in developing greener products and processes for the home.
The modern bathroom isn’t financially out of reach as you may think. You can certainly find the special products you desire to design a space without forgoing reliability and durability.
Posted in Bath, Bathroom, BrookHaven, Budget, Convenience, Design, Lighting, Technology, Tile, Trends, Uncategorized, Wood-Mode
Tagged bathroom, Decor, Home Design, Remodeling, Technology, Water and Energy Conservation
As most of you may recall, Pantone chooses a color that will represent each year. Last year Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. In 2013, enhance your sense of well-being by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, is the official color for the new year.
Often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. This magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.
Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful tone translates easily within home interiors. Add this vibrant hue throughout your home as a soothing pop of color. Pillows, wallpaper prints, dishes in the kitchen and decorative boxes are just a few design ideas for the home. The color also pairs well with browns, darker greys, neutrals and jewel tones, including cobalt blue and magenta.
Posted in Appliances, Bath, Bathroom, Color, Design, Flooring, Home Office, Island, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Lighting, Living, Promotion, Tile, Trends, Windows
Tagged Color, Emerald, Home Design, Interior Design, kitchen, Trends
Last year, the bathroom was one of the most frequently renovated rooms for homeowners. As 2013 begins, it’s time to take a look at how the bathroom is making changes in the new year.
Spa Like Experiences
The bathroom is no longer a space only meant for washing up. It’s becoming more like a spa where one can relax and unwind. Soaking tubs offer the homeowner a beautiful style tub that is deeper than standard models. These tubs are designed to be the focal point of your bathroom while providing an “up to your neck” water experience. As for showers, they’re becoming more and more over-the-top. Pamper yourself with 10”, 12”, even 18” rain heads combined with 4 to 8 body sprays, or even throw in a steam unit to help ease and soothe tired muscles after a long day or workout.
Tile Is King
Whether used on the floors, backsplashes or in shower enclosures, eye-catching tiles are a must in today’s bathroom design. Tile manufacturers are pushing the limits in design and technology to create tile that is art. Large format tiles have been a huge hit recently. People love tiles made from wood to stone to concrete. Tiles with large graphic prints are also popular and are often used to create a stunning look for a bathroom wall. For luxury bathrooms, porcelain continues to be the go-to choice.
Space-Saving Cabinetry and Vanities
As designers work to create the perfect bathroom for homeowners, they’re cleverly designing cabinetry that has additional storage space. These vanities are a super efficient use of space, often eliminating the need to increase the footprint of the room. Floating vanities and cabinetry are by far the most popular choices in modern bathroom design. Their sleek and elegant look can help make a room feel larger and allow for under cabinet lighting.
Most people wouldn’t consider placing art in the bathroom because of its hot, wet and steamy conditions. Today, people are looking for ways to add a bit of excitement and individuality. This can be achieved by including beautifully printed tiles or glass screens that are waterproof and withstand harsh bathroom conditions.
Colors That Pop
Last year whites, beiges, browns and greys were popular with homeowners. For 2013, we see a continued emphasis of these colors as neutral tones and patterns, but with a twist. This year, you’ll want to mix in pops of bright, vibrant colors. We’re loving green, blue, orange and pink. Just remember not to overdue it. These colors should be used to accent and accentuate.
Posted in Bath, Bathroom, Color, Design, Flooring, Living, Technology, Tile, Trends
Tagged Art, Bathroom Trends 2013, Bathroom Vanity, Color, Home Design, Spa, Tile, Trends
As we continue sharing our holiday wish list, you’re gonna love these indulgent products for the bathroom.
GROHE Rainshower Cosmopolitan
For modern bathrooms, products that combine the latest design styles with high performance features are a must! The GROHE Rainshower Cosmopolitan handheld shower spray provides the luxurious feeling that will have you taking longer baths. From its chrome finish to four superb spray options, this piece will create the perfect shower to refresh, relax and rejuvenate!
Myson Electric Towel Warmers
Feel decadent every time you step out of the shower to dry off with a cozy, warm towel. This model from Myson Electric Towel Warmers provides a safe, reliable heating element that easily mounts to the wall. It’s stainless steel finish will look great in any bathroom while remaining energy efficient. Best of all, the product comes with a three year warranty in case of any manufacturing defects.
5th Avenue Egyptian Cotton Luxury Bath Towel Set
Woven in Egypt from the finest Egyptian Cotton, these towels from 5th Avenue are designed to wrap you in the kind of luxury found in most exclusive spas. These durable towels are deep-looped and densely stitched for optimal quality. They make the perfect gift for someone or keep a set for yourself!
DreamLine Majestic Jetted & Steam Shower
With its superb craftsmanship and unique materials, the MAJESTIC shower demonstrates true luxury. Designed to be installed against tiled walls, the model includes a rain top brass shower head, two recessed roof lights, six adjustable body jests and a designer shower head. The integrated steam controller includes On / Off / Time / Temperature settings for full steam adjustment and provides control access to lights, FM radio and MP3 sound functions. We love that its built in water management system lets us control the water temperature. Whether used for a simple shower, jet massage or steam bath, the MAJESTIC jetted and steam shower enclosure truly is….majestic!
Posted in accessibility, Bath, Bathroom, Convenience, Design, Living, Technology, Tile, Trends
Tagged Bath, bathroom design, Egyptian, home, Majestic, Myson Towel Warmer, Shower, Tech, Towel set