Posts Tagged ‘home accents’

Light Wood in a Contemporary Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Kitchen and Bath

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 3.58.05 PMLight hardwood species like ash, alder and beech are popular choices in contemporary furniture design.  We’ve all seen it at a certain Swedish chain known for contemporary and inexpensive design.  The pale wood has a decidedly Scandinavian feel to it. Both ash and beech are popular choices for cabinets.

Pale wood on vertical elements like cabinets and horizontal elements like counters and floors create a nice flow throughout living spaces.  Light wood cabinets will seamlessly blend with the floors. A mix of gray stone, maybe soapstone or concrete, and pale wood on the counters can offer a nice contrast between light and dark, warm and cool.  You can be strategic and contrast certain areas if you want to focus on a specific area of the room, too.

Since we’re talking about light wood and gray accents and they’re both neutrals, pops of color would really stand out in the space. You could use bold artwork or incorporate bright colored décor around the space.  The colors would make for a nice addition but be careful not to take over the simple two-toned color palette created by the pale woods and deep grays we’ve been discussing.

Mosaic Accents in the Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

2012-09-24 15.06.59The Romans used mosaic as flooring for their homes and bathrooms so we have them to thank for the beautiful tile mosaics still being used in flooring and bathrooms today.  Mosaic is a natural choice to be used as flooring and walls in the bathroom.  It also makes wonderful accents with other materials.

A narrow strip of colorful mosaic tiles add interest to the wall in this bathroom.  The natural stone color of the larger tiles is given a punch with the deeper red tones of the mosaic.  This is also a great example of a more expensive material used sparingly for big impact at low cost.  Adding a strip of mosaic tiles made of tumbled marble or glass adds a touch of luxury to even the simplest bathroom tiles.

Mosaic tiles on the floors and walls can mean a lot of grout to keep clean.  Adding a mosaic tile border around the middle of the floor or stripes of mosaic tiles would liven up a plain floor.  In the shower, mosaic tiles can be used with natural stone tile, ceramic tile or porcelain tiles.  Tumbled stone mosaic tiles would have less impact than a glass or colorful ceramic mosaic.  A single row of mosaic tile used as a border high in the shower or at waist height, or both would work well.

Mosaics can also be used to decorate a mirror and bath accessories. Find a flat plain frame to fit your bathroom mirror and cover it with mosaic tile that you use elsewhere to help bring together the design of the bathroom.