09/10/13

Guest Post: Making your Bathroom Look More Spacious by Jay Harris from Home Depot

How To Make Your Bathroom Look More Spacious

Powder rooms are easily the smallest room in the house. There is no need, however, for you settle for a bathroom that is considerably smaller than you prefer. You simply need to consider a few tricks to create a more spacious feeling. It’s time to get out your paintbrush and toolbox and make your bathroom look bigger.

Choose the right paint:

The color of paint you choose can either make a room feel dark and cramped or allow it to feel roomier. Darker paint colors will always give you the feeling that you are being closed in so opt for lighter ones. Light blues, pinks, greens and lavenders are a great choice for making the room feel open and spacious. When it comes to paint, keep it the same color throughout the bathroom. Avoid painting the trim of the room a different color to steer clear of defining the actual size of the space you have. Painting the ceiling the same color of the rest of the room will also give it a cleaner look and will expand the upper space of the bathroom.

painting pots

Choose the right lighting:

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to lighting. For starters, natural light is always ideal. Windows, skylights and natural light entering in from adjoining rooms will help give your bathroom a bright and open feeling. By hanging sheer curtains you can give the room some privacy while still letting plenty of sunshine in. If the adjoining room is dark, however, it will affect the light that comes into your bathroom, so consider lighter paint choices and window treatments so that you can fully access all of the natural light available. Adding tracked or recessed lighting is also a great option. This lights up the whole room and is installed in a way that takes up very little, if any, usable space. Shiny bathroom faucet fixtures will also brighten up the room as light will bounce off of them creating a soft, ambient glow.

window with butterfly

Choose the right sink:

Bathroom vanities are nice for storage but they can take up a lot of space. Try replacing your vanity with a pedestal sink. This will create the illusion of more space in the room. Replace your vanity storage space with open face cabinets and hang them above the toilet or on a wall that is off to the side so they are out of the way. Since the area is small, it may be a good idea to have a linen closet outside of the room to store things, as well.

pedestal sink

Choose the right mirror:

A large, decorative mirror in your little bathroom can add quite a bit of style and space. When you place a large mirror right above the sink, it will reflect the wall behind it, giving you the illusion that the room is larger than it is. Mirrors also reflect light so they will help brighten up the room, as well.

mirror frame

Choose the right flooring:

Flooring should be treated similar to the trim of the room and can either define the actual space you have or trick the eye into making it look more spacious. If you are choosing tiles, pick a shade that is similar to the color of paint on the walls. The fewer transitions you have in the room, the bigger it will look. Choose larger tiles 12 to 18 inches in size. Having fewer grout lines will give it a roomier feel with the added bonus of being easier to clean.

tile shower brass fittings

Choose clean and clear:

Shower curtains have the ability to cut a room off. Clear glass doors can do wonders when it comes to opening up your space. This little trick allows light to slip in, creating a very expansive feel. Sometimes, however, a shower curtain is your only option. If that is the case, opt for a clear one to brighten up and enlarge your room.

Bathroom remodels lead by a construction team takes up so much time and money. Save yourself the headache by implementing these helpful tips and be your own designer. Have fun making your tiny powder room more functional and spacious in no time at all.

Jay Harris is a Home Depot sales associate in the Chicago area. A regular contributor to the Home Depot website, Jay writes on a variety of bathroom decor topics, providing advice to homeowners on bathroom sinks, vanities and showers.

03/12/12

Guest Post: Whimsical Wallpapers

Hello Monday and all my fabulous readers. How are we doing with Spring Forward. Kind of rough right? But hey at least we get more sunlight throughout the day and for that, I have nothing to complain about.

Well, today I am delighted to share a guest post from Design Shuffle. Check it out:

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here from Design Shuffle, a fabulous social networking site for interior designers and design enthusiasts to upload their work and receive lots of exposure. As a writer for Design Shuffle, I get to visit design and decorating blogs like .ariela’s studio. to share some of my favorite interior designs.

Today, the topic at hand is whimsical wallpapers. I love wallpaper, vintage, retro, contemporary, glamorous葉o me they’re the perfect way to add character and personality to just about any space. It seems a lot of designers agree because they are creating fresh and original wall coverings that are simply irresistible. I hope you’ll be inspired to update a wall or more with a swath of whimsical wallpaper.

Whimsical Wallpaper

Globetrotter is part of Clarke & Clarke’s Showstoppers wallpaper collection. It’s available in four colors including black, blue and natural, but I love the delicate look of this pink one. From the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China, it takes me away.

Whimsical Wallpaper

Cole & Son delivers a fashionable dark pink and white stripe paper that would be so perfect for a sophisticated dressing room. It’s hand screen painted and comes in a more neutral beige and white stripe, just in case pink isn’t in your future.

Whimsical Wallpaper

This cool wallpaper is called My Neighbors and is strewn with an array of nostalgic windows. In addition to black on white, it is also done in pale purple and turquoise. This is one of my favorites.

Whimsical Wallpaper

From a windows motif, we turn to picture frame covered walls. They look hand drawn and can be left as is or customized by you. What a creative idea!

Whimsical Wallpaper

From Nama Rococo comes a paper called French Dot in the color “Ooh La Black.” With intriguing names like those, you know it has to be something special and it is容ach panel is handpainted and unique. Every time I see these wallpapers, the living room ideas begin to flow.

Whimsical Wallpaper

Oh, so whimsical and in one of today’s trending colors, this Pet Sounds wallpaper comes from a family farm in the Irish midlands. How is that for an intro to an intriguing back story? Be sure to read “about” Garrendenny Lane Interiors.

Whimsical Wallpaper

Can you ever have “too much stuff?” Flat Vernacular says no預s long as you show it off on your walls.

Whimsical Wallpaper

How perfect would “London city gents” look in a television room, gentlemen’s bath or den design? Kudos to Lizzie Allen who also did this one in bright blue and red. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Aren’t these wallpapers just adorable? Be sure to check out Design Shuffle to find even more inspiration and get the opportunity to connect with Los Angeles interior designers, New York interior designers among many others!