Tile countertops are an appealing option for more creatively inclined homeowners, as they allow for full customization of color, pattern, and texture. Ceramic or porcelain tile also creates a polished, classic look that will stand the test of time with proper care and maintenance. You may also be attracted to tile if you want a highly cost-effective option. Like many of the most attractive countertop materials, tile requires some special maintenance. Scrubbing the grout between the tiles to remove food particles and prevent staining is essential, and this task can be time-consuming. Additionally, grout usually needs resealing every year. Aggressive cleaning can harm the tile finish, while excessive force can cause chips or cracks. However, with caution and proper care, tile can offer a unique and beautiful look for years.
Traditionally heard of and seen in industrial kitchens, stainless steel has made its way to the residential scene. And for good reason. The material is extremely durable. Its smooth surface is very easy to keep clean and gives a sleek, contemporary look to a kitchen. The nonporous surface also makes the countertop antibacterial; that is, bacteria are not able to find their way into cracks and pours. It’s stain and heat resistance also makes it an attractive choice. Stainless steel is not only functional, it is has a striking look. It complements many different styles of cabinets, flooring, and kitchen décor. Maintenance of stainless steel countertops is as easy as a simple wipe down with a mild cleaner. There is no need for sealing or waxing ever. While stainless steel is very strong, it is recommended that cutting food be done on a cutting board so as to avoid scratch marks.
Each of these functions comes with its own design considerations. For instance, if it is to function as a food prep area, you might find it useful to include a small sink and a butcher-block countertop. Additionally, you will likely want to position it close to the refrigerator, cooktop, and garbage disposal for the sake of convenience. Some homeowners also choose to add electrical outlets for small kitchen appliances to their islands.
What is the condition of the flooring? Is the carpet stained or worn? If so, replacing it with new carpeting will change the look of the entire room. If the carpet is in decent shape but a little matted down, you should consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner. If you have hardwood flooring, simply adding a new area rug will give your guest room a warmer touch and will make the area softer underfoot and more comfortable for visitors.
Choosing to go DIY or hiring a professional also depends on your comfort level with the job and your budget. Professionally done, a bathroom in your finished basement can cost $10,000 to $15,000. DIY can cut those costs in half, but hiring a professional brings certain assurances. Adding a bathroom to your basement will increase your property value and comfort level regardless of what you’ve done with the rest of your basement. Whatever the case, a basement bathroom will only increase the enjoyment of your home.
Whether your first love is layering prints in front of the mirror on the mantel, or mixing eight throw pillows on the sofa, or stacking area rugs, layering is an excellent design choice for softening a space. Edges and lines don’t disappear (which is important in contemporary design), but they do blur a bit when layered. These nesting-type oval coffee tables have an excellent layering appeal and add depth (which usually = warmth) to this neutral monochromatic living room arrangement
As shiny metallic, abstract, or modern as your living room’s light fixture might be, the inclusion of light bulbs with warm lumens will create an immediate softening of the space. This is a particularly effective balance to strike in the contemporary living room, as lighting extends throughout the entire room, not just affecting one visual experience
The next thing worth noting is that you will need to pick a good color scheme you can work with. Do keep in mind that colors will have a profound impact on the psyche of the people living inside of the building, so do your best to ensure you have something welcoming as part of the color scheme
Natural fabrics and wovens tend to have an innately inviting texture to them. Think of tweed, wool, and linen, for examples. Their appearance mimics the subtle unevenness that’s exhibited in nature itself, in tree bark, rock faces, and the cloudy sky itself. While the silhouette of a piece can be decidedly modern or contemporary, the upholstery can soften it right up
If your kitchen has high ceilings, however, recessed lighting will likely not provide enough light. In this case, you might want to consider pendant lighting. Pendant lights should be placed directly over it for the best effect. Here is a word of caution, however. If you choose pendant lighting, you must be careful to place the fixtures to hang at the correct height so that they do not interfere with your view or obstruct the work you do at your island in any way.