Not just a utilitarian way to access different floors. Sculptural, textural, play of lighting, pattern, form… Stairs can definitely be an opportunity for a wow moment!
Blush, red, green, cobalt, turquoise... Bold use of color is an exciting way to enliven both modern and traditional interiors. Have fun with it!
Cladding with metal - the island or even the surrounding cabinetry makes a huge impact. It's definitely eye catching, and looks amazing antiqued with a beautiful patina, or gleaming with a mirror finish. It's a great way to highlight different materials. I think it looks best when the cabinetry profiles are kept very clean and minimal, but love how it contrasts in the image with the wood herringbone floor. And it's a fresh new way to highlight the new and very-now metal finishes: antique brass, gold and copper.
Dramatic marble slab back-splashes. The strong organic lines of the veining looks amazing against modern cabinetry, and is a no-brainer with more traditional cabinetry. The organic look of marble contrasts brilliantly with metal cladding - as seen in the last image.
And impress all of your friends with your erudite-ness.
A bookshelf can be wonderfully functional and become a dramatic focal point in a room. Who doesn't love form AND function?
... do NOT buy it all from one place. It's great when we have our favorite resources, but a room decked out in all one store/ designer is boring in the best case scenario and dated in the worst case scenario. Or boring AND dated in the worst-worst case scenario. I love interiors that look layered, that have character and aren't too matchy-matchy. Mix era's, patterns, textures, old and new! That's when the magic happens.
I'm in love with black. For interiors, for exteriors, for accessories, light fixtures... It adds so much drama, and colors really pop against a black backdrop. And as these photos show, black works brilliantly in many different styles, from classical to feminine glamor to super clean-lined modern.
These days, who doesn't love wallpaper? Although the idea of putting up wallpaper can seem daunting, it's not that hard or expensive. If it seems overwhelming, try it in a limited way: a feature wall, or a small space like a hallway or entryway.
I have two words to describe this. Amaze and balls.
If there is only one room in your whole house that you can invest your time and money in, it should be the kitchen. It not only improves how you live, it's a great investment. Improvements to your kitchen can get you a return on your investment from 100% - 150%. And let's face it, even if you think you're in your forever home, a house is always an investment and it's a good idea to keep re-sale in the back of your mind. Wise choices that get you a good return on your investment, while also being beautiful and appealing are a win-win.