Kitchen Trends for 2017

There are some major changes coming to kitchen design. These changes are fresh and refreshing. Likely they will remain longer than a simple trend. Find out what is new in kitchen design and how to implement them into your kitchen!

Horizontal wood grain is huge for cabinetry. This technique is revitalizing traditional wood cabinetry. Most commonly the cabinet faces are flat panels. There is no recessing or molding details on this style of cabinet. Turning the wood grain on the horizontal actually makes the kitchen seem wider. Hardware does not need to be ornate or fancy. The most popular style of hardware is simple metal, horizontal pulls. One of the best features of installing this kind of cabinetry is that it can be paired with other types of wood. For instance, if the cabinet grain is very prominent, pair it with wood flooring that has a smaller visible grain. Also run the other kind of wood grain in a different direction, preferably vertical. This will create interest with a clean look!

Mixing in two kinds of cabinets is a wonderful way to add dimension and interest. In the photo you will notice the horizontal wood grain cabinets are paired with clean white cabinets, and some of them have frosted glass insert. In this case, three different materials were mixed to create an interesting cabinet design. The key to pulling this off is to keep the cabinet design simple. Again there is no raised panels or ornate moldings on the cabinet doors. Each different cabinet material is in the same flat panel design.

2017 is all about contrast. Contrast is the key to keeping a design looking fresh and interesting. Monochromatic schemes can be great if done perfectly; which is very hard to pull off. Details get lost in a monochromatic setting and everything just sort of blends together. Creating contrast is one of the best ways to add interest and dimension. Details are noticed and appreciated when contrast comes into play!

If you are making some changes to your kitchen this year, consider the above read. These are not simply trends but good design ideas that will remain!

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Space as an Element of Design

Space is one of the most fundamental elements of interior design. It is a blank canvas and the basic structure of an establishment.  In fact, space provides the foundation for an entire design scheme. That’s why it’s essential for a designer consider how much space is available, the dimensions of the room when planning the layout of a room.

 

Types of Space

Space is categorized into two categories: two dimensional and one dimensional. Two-dimensional space refers to the length and width of the floors while three-dimensional space covers the living area which refers to the length, width and height.

 

How Is Space Used In Design

In design space is used to both connect and separate elements. When the spaces are wider they are meant to separate elements. However, narrow spaces are meant to reveal relationships between elements those that overlap place special emphasis on elements.

 

Positive and Negative Space

There are positive and Negative spaces in design. Areas that are filled with furnishing and decorating items are known as positive spaces. Negative spaces are areas that are virtually empty. There should always be a balance of negative and positive spaces. Neutral spaces are often used to draw attention or place emphasis on the main subject.

 

Space Planning

During the design process, it’s important to plan for space for efficiency. What is involved in the space planning process?  First off, you’ll want to start off with an in-depth analysis of the what you desire the space to be used for. An interior designer will draw a plan that specifies what type of activities will be taking place e in each space and how people will move around these areas. Finally, furnishing placement is determined.

 

Space also helps you set boundaries when decorating. For instance, you’ll avoid crowding a small room with lots of furniture.

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The Lifestyle Quiz

Searching for the right type of flooring to install in your home? There are many flooring options on the market. Therefore, determining which one is best for your lifestyle can be difficult. While you love the look of hardwood floors would your home be best suited for laminate flooring? How can you make the appropriate decision?

 

We have a free online tool that can assist you in determining what type of flooring textures you should utilize in your home. This powerful tool is an in-depth quiz that generates interior selections, finishes and a host of other suggestions. Once the quiz is completed, in whole, you’ll receive tips on how to achieve a balanced home life through your interior design selections.

 

How exactly does it work? You’ll be prompted with a series of questions regarding your lifestyle. These questions will cover your daily activities, interests and the individuals living in the household and what their specific needs. These questions can help determine what type of interior materials will be durable for your home.

 

Why use the quiz? By determining your needs, the quiz can help you formulate a plan. Whether you’re set on turning a spare bedroom into an office or building a small gym this tool can provide you with a blueprint. Yes, the Lifestyle quiz can provide detailed suggestions. We believe that a home should reflect the family as well as fit the needs of all individuals within the household.

 

Are you ready to take the Lifestyle quiz? Visit our website today!

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Add Drama to Your Home Part 2

When designing the decor of a home, we often give much attention to the furnishings and the wall colors. But what about the ceiling? Homeowners, often ignored this space because they believe that it should quietly blend into a room’s surrounding. The color and design of your ceiling are vital to your home’s overall style? You can add drama to the ceilings through color, molding, and additional elements.

 

Lighting

You can start off by playing with different lighting schemes. Ceiling lights can emphasize the existing elements of a room. Fluorescent lighting can bring out the green and blue tones of a room. On the other hand,  an incandescent lighting scheme tends to bring out the warmer colors. If you install a dimmer switch, you can alter the mood of the room.

 

Paint Color

If you are working within a small budget, you should consider only painting the ceiling a different color. Avoid using neutral colors if you are looking to achieve a dramatic look. Ceilings with lighter shades instantly attract the eye. While dark, deep colors bring more attention to the furnishings by bringing the eye downward. For instance, an orange colored ceiling paired with neutral colored furniture can brighten a room. Yellow colored ceilings make a room lively. Black is a bold statement that requires elegant furniture and accessories. Explore faux finishes of leather or plastic if you want to go big.

 

Architectural Designs

Adding architectural design elements sounds harder than it is. However, you can add elements by using a variety of simple techniques. Nail pressed tin panel strips into an existing ceiling. Reflective tin instantly adds drama without overtopping. Also, to enhance the appearance of your ceiling you can have a professional install a coffered ceiling by attaching molded beam to the ceiling to form a grid pattern. 

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Add Drama to Your Home

You can emphasize a room’s color palette or create some drama with your home’s decor by just selecting the right accessories and furniture. Yes, both of these elements can make or break a room’s appearance. 

 

When selecting bold accessories for your room, it’s best to visit a variety of different stores and outlets. Thrift stores have a unique collection of items that you more than likely won’t find anywhere else. You can find vintage home decor pieces at a secondhand store, revamp it and incorporate it into your design scheme. What type of accessories should you explore when aiming for a dramatic look?

 

–       Gold accessories can instantly add a sense of glam. For instance, an all gold lamp can quickly add style to your living room.

–       Chrome figurines or silverware attracts the eye especially in a room where most of the furnishings are dark.

 

Trying picking a particular area in a room that you want to dramatize. For instance, if it’s the living room you might choose to highlight the fireplace. You can do so by hanging a large, extravagant painting over the area. For lighting, you can consider adding wall sconces. The fixtures will be a talking piece for your guests

 

What about when it comes to furniture? You can add drama to a room’s decor by selecting furniture with a color. A big black couch or an all white sofa creates a focal point.

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The Benefits of Laminate

Laminate can be an excellent choice for your home, providing durability and easy maintenance. Those that may feel like shying away from laminate because of its old reputation should consider taking a closer look at the laminate of today. Technology has given laminate, new life as it can imitate almost any kind of natural stone or wood.

 

One of the great things about laminate is how easy it is to clean. With wood and tile, you have to be sure to maintain the natural flooring so that it lasts. Wood can fade in the sun, and with tile, grout must be cleaned. Some wood floors also require upkeep with their seals. Laminate is easy to clean and won’t fade due to sunlight. It is also stain and scratch resistant making it perfect for homes that see heavy foot traffic. 

 

Laminate is versatile as it allows you to choose from many different looks, making it ideal for any room. You can choose laminate that imitates natural stone for your kitchen, or choose from a wide variety of wood variations that can even be offered in plank form for an authentic look and feel, all without switching materials. Consistent use of materials can be beneficial when you are trying to overhaul more than one room, but you want to have different looks.

 

Laminate is a great alternative for those who are seeking to elevate their room with the beautiful new floor but don’t necessarily want to break the budget. The laminate of today can be installed to look just as fantastic and elegant as the best wood flooring or tiling. Come on in to Levis 4 Floors and check out our wide selection of laminate flooring for your home.

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How to Maintain the Ceramic Tile in Your Home

Ceramic tile is one of the most durable materials available today.  Available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, it’s an excellent choice because of its resistance to scratching and stains.  If properly cared for, your ceramic tile will last for years to come.  Below are some maintenance tips ranging from easy to clean messed to tough stains.

 

For daily upkeep, wipe the surface of your tiles clean with a damp mop or cloth.  Doing this just once per day will keep your floor’s surface from looking dusty and dull.  For further convenience, a vacuum is an easy way to keep the area clean as well.  Be sure only to use one that has a “bare floor” setting to prevent scratching the finish. 

 

If warm water isn’t sufficient alone, use a cleaner that is safe for grout and tile.  This could be a solution with a neutral pH level, which is a widely available cleaner that is effective at attacking everyday stains.  Use a mop for even distribution across the tiles you are cleaning. 

 

For more stubborn messes you would see in commonly used areas like the kitchen or bathroom, apply a neutral pH cleaner to the surface and let it sit for several minutes.  The additional time will allow the cleaner to absorb any dirt, soap scum, or water stains better and make it easier for you to wipe them away without intensive scrubbing.

 

If these methods fail to improve the floor by any of the above methods, an alkaline based cleaner will be your last line of defense.  Before you begin, check the manufacturer’s recommendations for using cleaners.  First, remove all surface dirt and debris by sweeping or vacuuming the area you want to clean. Once you have a smoother surface to work with, apply the cleaner and scrub the problem area with a pad that is not too abrasive.  A nylon pad is recommended to avoid damaging the tile.  Once you finish, rinse off the problem area with warm water.  While an alkaline based cleaner should work well for most messes, if there are there are calcium or rust stains present you should use a cleaner that is slightly more acidic as a lower pH level can break down these types of stains more effectively.

If you have any questions about the best way to keep your tile floor looking wonderful, feel free to ask the staff at Levis 4 Floors! 

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Using the Virtual Room Designer

Whether it’s your home office or the kitchen, it’s important to make every space in your home as beautiful as possible. If you’re ready to start decorating that forgotten space, it’s best to start off with some inspiration. Start off by finding a photo of an existing room that you’re interested in recreating. The Virtual Room Designer is an online tool that can be used to help you recreate a particular design style.

 

Use the Virtual Room Designer tool to upload a photo of your room and a picture of the room that you’re using for inspiration. Once both images are uploaded, it can take up to three business days to use the Virtual Design Center. You’ll receive a notification email once your photo is ready for use in the design center.

 

The Virtual Design Center is a great tool to use because it allows you to make the pictures you upload interactive. You’ll be able to outfit a room in different paint colors and floor finishes. If you’ve always wanted to see how a room would look with gray walls and hardwood floors, this tool will enable you to do so. You can switch out cabinetry and other features through the design center. Also, you can make your room identical to the inspiration photo.

 

Whether you need to make minor updates or major renovations through the Virtual Room Designer, you’ll be able to see just how those updates can improve the look of the room. Yes, our software is a great tool to use when taking on any home improvement project.

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Insightful Interior Design – Part Three

Welcome back! In Part Two of our Insightful Interior Design series we discussed the importance of choosing quality pieces over trendy ones, keeping your layout in proportion by striking a balance between large and small pieces and finishing up the ground work with the proper layering of accessories.  In Part Three we will discuss how lighting, natural and artificial, will put the finishing touch on your design.

 

Proper Lighting Brings the Final Design Together

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the obvious decorating tasks that need to be completed and forget about the best way to showcase all of your items: lighting.  Do not underestimate the power of proper lighting in your design and be sure to include natural as well as artificial sources to make sure you can enjoy your final product from day to night. 

Ensure that window treatments allow you to manipulate the amount of light being filtered into the room to match the mood you are looking for.  If possible, install a mirror on the wall opposite of your windows to help reflect even more natural light into the space to make it bright.  Using glass accessories and accents for cabinets and side tables allows natural light to pass through as well. 

When it comes to artificial illumination, think about what works best with the size of the room.  If you don’t have much floor space to work with, overcrowding it with floor lamps isn’t going to help things.  Try wall sconces or table lamps if you need an extra boost of light.  The overhead lighting needs to be thoughtful as well.  A higher ceiling will allow for a drop-down fixture since it won’t overwhelm the space.  Lower ceilings should be equipped with recessed lighting to prevent it from looking like the walls are closing in.  Finally, programming a dimmer switch with all of your lighting choices is a must for making sure your lighting is always appropriate for any of your needs.

Thank you for joining us for the final installment of our Insightful Interior Design series! Come see us today to get started with your interior design project!

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Insightful Interior Design – Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of our Insightful Interior Design series.  In Part One we discussed the importance of preparation.  Having as much information as possible prior to purchasing materials puts you in the best position to stay on schedule, remain within budget and preserve the integrity of your design.  In our second post, we are going to offer some easy ways to best show off your space.

 

Choose Quality Over Trendy

When it comes to the larger pieces being used in the room, choose quality items that are well-made and versatile.  Trends change constantly and it may be tempting to go out and purchase the next big thing, but having to replace these items when they become outdated will end up costing more in the long run.  If there is a trend you enjoy, express that through the accessories you use in the space.

 

Keep Your Pieces in Proportion

Proportion and scale are an important part of making sure your design flows.  Space large and small pieces together for a more even look.  Separating them will only make the design look lopsided.  A room should also have easily accessible walking space so be mindful of overcrowding it with too much furniture.  If need be, remove a few pieces to keep the space functional.  Consider the shapes of the furnishings.  If the predominant shape is circular, sprinkle some more circular items throughout the room.  Do this just enough to tie them together, but don’t go overboard.  You want to show intention without looking like you tried to hard. 

 

Proper Layering is Key

Proper layering of a room is essential for bringing the look together.  The correct amount of color, shape and texture will bring effortless warmth to your space.  Start simple, with accent pillows or a luxurious throw blanket.  If you have a larger room, go for a larger pattern while a smaller one works best for a smaller space.  With every detail, think of what can bring out the personality of the design.  Can the drapes be made from a thicker, more decadent material?  Will a bold wall color accent the furniture?  Is there a special piece that can be showcased in the room?  Make what you have work for you.  Layer slowly and with purpose.  Step back and assess the room often to be sure you’ve achieved the right balance.

 

Check back in with us for Part Three of our Insightful Interior Design series!

 

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