Are you wanting to transform your small and compact kitchen into a dream kitchen but you’re unsure of where to start? We have presented to you several articles in the past on kitchen design, including Bright and colorful kitchen design inspirations, Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens, and Vintage chic kitchens from Marchi Cucine. The reality is, most of us are tight on space and although large and spacious kitchens are every chef’s dream, sometimes space constraints will not work with us to create these types of kitchens. Even though you may have a smaller space, that doesn’t mean that you cannot still create a beautiful kitchen. Ideally the kitchen work triangle would be a great guide in your kitchen, which is meant to create efficiency, yet if you have a single wall kitchen, it is impossible to achieve. Just be sure to pay close attention to each and every measurement when setting up your kitchen workspace— a few inches can make a big difference, especially in small kitchens.
In a small kitchen, the reality is skimpy counter space, a cramped work triangle and precious little space for appliances. If you are not ready, or willing to knock down walls to create more space for your kitchen, you can do the next best thing: create the impression of a larger space with a few strategic decorating tricks. The problem of creating a fabulous kitchen simply comes down to what you can fit and where. In order to create efficient kitchen design in a small kitchen, you need to work on three major areas: storage, lighting and appliances. Small kitchens may appear to be a design challenge, but they can also be functional, stunning and efficient. Have a look through our vast collection of small kitchen design ideas and prepare to be inspired to create your dream kitchen! Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite. If you have renovated recently, we would love you to share your pictures with us on 1 Kindesign, you can submit them here.
Use smaller and more compact appliances. Appliance manufacturers offer more compact space-saving appliances to make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep. Appliances such as microwaves can be hung underneath cabinets to save counter space.
Make use of the center of your kitchen. Create an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.
Create the illusion of more space with lighting. Creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.
Open shelving mounted on steel brackets support dishes and provide for light from above.
Use illusion. Make your kitchen appear longer with floor tiles placed on a diagonal.
Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don’t clutter the interiors or you will defeat the purpose.
This stunning urban kitchen in Toronto, Ontario, is a cool Ikea design that transforms a kitchen into aesthetically pleasing yet functional design.
Flood the space with light. Whether your kitchen is done in pale colors or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.
Storage really matters. Install deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.
Merge into a larger space. This breakfast nook feels like a natural extension of the cooking area.
Use a pullout cabinet. This pullout cabinet works great in small kitchens as a dual-purpose storage and chopping block that can be moved to the center of the kitchen and put away when not in use to save space.
Remove clutter. Don’t crowd counters, shelves and cabinets with clutter, which makes the space look as though it’s bursting at the seams. Instead, focus on a few standout items and necessities and hide the rest away.
Sometimes less is more. Reduce your clutter and create open shelving where you can display your plates and utensils.
Incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets.
The galley kitchen. Using a galley kitchen design, the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor. This can works great for a small kitchen!
Paint cabinets the same color as the walls. Limiting the cabinetry and the wall color to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. The conventional school of thought is that pale colors will reflect light and make the space feel bigger, and that’s certainly a safe approach. But don’t be afraid to go dark, either. Deep tones such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.
Direct the eye upward. Choose patterns and visual elements that help to guide the gaze toward the ceiling. The vertical lines of the wall and ceiling boards in this kitchen lend the impression of greater height.
Recess storage. Tuck a pantry, shelving or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. It’s fairly easy to retrofit a recessed niche, especially if you orient it between wall studs.
Choose furnishings with a small footprint. Select petite islands, slim chairs, streamlined stools and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk.
Design with clean lines. Big corbels, ornate cabinetry and fussy details can make a kitchen feel chopped up. Instead, keep the elements tailored and sleek to smooth out the look and create a roomier feel.
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If you are searching for inspiring design ideas on how to create the perfect small bedroom design layout, we have collected some incredible ideas to share with you. We have published several other inspiring bedroom design ideas, such as minimalist bedroom design ideas and barn style bedroom design ideas as well as a roundup of our most popular bedrooms from 2012, now it is time to give you some functional design solutions for small apartments and homes or even a guest bedroom or attic space that has minimal space but needs some large ideas! Today, we have collected for you 60 images of bedroom interiors that offer brilliant floor plans with clever storage solutions.
If your space currently lacks natural light, smart storage and even the right color palette, it will feel cramped and uncomfortable. With the right techniques, even in the smallest of bedrooms can be more functional and even appear larger. We have some great tips to turn a bedroom, attic, storage space or office area into a cozy bedroom for guests, family or for a personal refuge. Remember that darker colors recede and will make a small space feel enclosed and less spacious. Try using lighter hues and consider painting the ceiling the same shade as the wall to erase shadow lines that visually define a space. If you paint your ceiling white against a dark wall, the space will feel smaller and your eye can gain a sense immediately of the size of the room. If the walls and ceilings have the same tone, you will trick your eye into not being able to see where the room’s parameters start and end, therefore making the room appear more spacious.
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Install wall sconces. Don’t take up precious bedside table space with bulky lamps and oversize shades; install wall sconces or even pendant lighting instead. Installing wall sconces on the wall can create a unique look and create a focal point while providing task lighting on each side of the bed. Just remember to measure carefully and hang them low enough so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn them off.
This daybed is a clever space saver solution and makes the room look more like a sitting area instead of a bedroom but doesn’t take away from its cozy vibe.
Let in natural light. While you should avoid blocking natural light in a small room, sometimes the only place that makes sense for a bed is right in front of the window. If that’s the case, try a see-through headboard (like the one on this metal frame) to make the most of your sunlight.
Add built-in shelving. Shallow built-in shelving can help you gain storage and maintain floor space. Stick to shelving that’s no more than 12 inches deep. The units here act as bedside tables, eliminating the need for extra furniture. Recessing the bed in the middle of the shelving prevents it from encroaching on much-needed floor space.
A small room benefits from the same elements as a larger one. The round mirror above the mansard headboard is a fun contrast, while all the textures (headboard, bedding, flooring, curtains) give the room depth and sophistication.
Fun, layered, bohemian and girly — this fantastic small bedroom has a lot going on with the pink wallpaper layered with other patterns and textures. Don’t be afraid to hang art on a wallpapered wall; just be thoughtful about the type and size. Here the gold frame blends nicely with the pink wallpaper.
The wallpaper feature wall. If you’re looking for a bit more oomph for your small bedroom, a single wall of patterned wallpaper behind your bed might just do the trick. Go minimal on the linens and glam it up a bit with a Murano-style chandelier, or something even more bold and colorful.
If you go with built-ins in your small bedroom, try taking them all the way to the ceiling to make the ceiling look higher. And paint the back wall a contrasting color to create layering and depth.
Use a daybed. A daybed can help create the illusion that the room is more of a small sitting area, instead of a small bedroom that’s been taken over by a bed. Daybeds often have storage built in underneath too — another bonus for a small room.
A nightstand with drawers can hide just about anything. Besides the usual bedside items, you can stash spare linens (two drawer), photo albums, books or even socks and other small items.
Adding built-in storage saves space and is highly functional and aesthetically pleasing, making your space feel more clean and organized.
Put up wall shelves. A nightstand can take up a lot of floor space in a small bedroom, and using just one with a double- or queen-size bed means that someone won’t have a spot for an alarm clock, phone or beverage. A wall shelf on one side of the bed — or on both — can give a small bedroom a more open feeling and extra floor space, while giving you all the room you need for nighttime essentials.
In a small bedroom, no matter what the style is, from traditional to contemporary, a corner window is an effective way to make a smaller room seem much larger than it actually is.
Go for mirrored closet doors. Using a mirror to double your room’s visual square footage is a trick that’s been used for centuries. In small bedrooms this often means replacing your closet doors with mirrored ones. The effect tends to work best when you can take the mirrors from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
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The latest decorating trend is painting the spaces in your home in varying shades of gray. It’s a fabulous elegant neutral backdrop to set off any color, adding depth to subtle hues and making bold tones pop. Whatever shade, warm or cool, gray is the new white and is one of the hottest go-to shade for designers. As the dominant color, it’s a great choice for layering shade upon shade upon shade. The opposite of depressing, as its name implies, it is urban and compelling. But getting gray right is tricky: The “temperature” of a particular shade—cool or warm—can evoke very different feelings and have an enormous impact on the mood of a room. Light gray walls feel crisp and airy, while darker tones create a sultry, sexy, cozy mood. A common mistake that people make when selecting gray is using a ‘cold’ gray for a wall color. Grays with brown undertones can really help to warm up a room. Try playing with dark charcoal for dramatic dining rooms and use foggy gray for relaxing bedrooms full of natural light.
We have compiled a list of 51 incredible gray spaces to help you find that perfect shade of gray and to inspire you to select a space in your home where gray would fit perfectly. What’s your favorite shade of gray paint? Have you painted any spaces in your home with gray, please tell us in the comments section, we would love to know!
Is it gray? Is it blue? A blue-gray is a nice way to get the best of both worlds. It looks amazing with rich wood or brown leather furniture.
Use flat paint, not semigloss or high-gloss, on walls. “Otherwise, any beautiful gray you choose will look like industrial metal—imagine a Dumpster,” says Mark Chamberlain, a New York City painter and a color columnist for apartmenttherapy.com. Although flat white wall paint is often avoided because it shows smudges and fingerprints, “gray actually hides flaws.”
With gray walls, opt for creamy trim, says Erica Islas, a designer in Culver City, California. Stark white can look too jarring. White Dove paint is a good woodwork choice with both light and dark gray walls (from $41 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com for stores).
In this gorgeous living room, warm-tone charcoal provides the backdrop for different colors, patterns and lines. It gives the room a nice weight and feels a bit more formal than white would.
Gray walls grow up with the child and transition nicely to a teen room.
If you are going to use the cool gray in a nursery, you may want to warm it up with some yellows or pinks. Not every child’s room has to be a kaleidoscope of bright colors. A small colorful banner and the odd pops of color are all you need. The rest of the space can be kept simple and plain so as not to overwhelm a baby’s developing senses.
Introduce lots of light sources, like table lamps, sconces, and floor lamps. Says Jessica Becker, a Rhode Island interior designer: “Gray is already the color of shadow—you don’t want to cast more with an overhead fixture. Layered lighting keeps the room flattering.”
Gray and yellow are a winning pair. Gray’s subtleness allows yellow to shine in all its cheerful glory. The crazier the combination of bright and colorful patterns in your upholstery or home accessories, the more welcome a gray background becomes as a way to counterbalance all the visual activity with cool simplicity.
Cool Grays: Dark. “Adds excitement and a sort of modern glamor. I love it for a dining room,” says designer Abigail Ahern.
This gray wall in the living room is a sophisticated backdrop for enlarged black-and-white family photos. The white sofa with white curtains keep the space casual and on the lighter side.
Gray used in bathrooms with white wainscoting and white ceramic plumbing fixtures feels crisp and classy. It complements the natural gray in the flooring as well as the silvery tone of the mirror.
Cool Grays Add Light. “Like a summer cloud,” says London designer Abigail Ahern. “Wonderful on ceilings as well as walls.”
Gray painted walls are a wonderful backdrop for a collection of black and white photos set up in a gallery wall. The white matting and white floor base create a dramatic contrast.
Using cool charcoal as an accent in a lighter gray room is the perfect way to create a focal point.
Cool Grays. Ethereal and breezy, these grays have undertones of blue. “Think of the darkening sky before a storm,” says New York City interior designer Jennifer Moore. In a sunny room (where some grays could look dull), cool grays hold their color. Zen and peaceful, these are also perfect for a crisp, clean feeling in a bathroom.
Using Warm Grays. The hints of yellow in warm grays telegraph earthiness, comfort, and coziness. When you test on walls, check colors morning, noon, and night, says Moore: “In some light, a yellowish gray can look taupe.” For rooms without much natural light, pick a warm shade; its slight golden hue will make a dark space less dreary.
A Shade Beyond White. Where once white was the go-to, gray has the same go-with-everything nature but it’s far more interesting.
Gray is Serene and Soothing. Though at face value a palette of grays might seem bleak, it’s actually sophisticated, with a hint of luxury, even.
Warm charcoal above the bright white wainscoting adds a lot of drama to this dining room but doesn’t get too flashy about it.
A citrus-yellow sofa with charcoal piping against a charcoal accent wall. Just about any bright color will pop with a gray backdrop.
Our favorite paint company, Benjamin Moore, has a collection of their five favorite shades of gray and they all look sensational. Their Aura environmentally friendly paint line is exceptional (paint and primer all rolled into one), true to color and usually one coat will cover unless you are selecting a darker hue.
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1 Kindesign’s collection of 63 Incredibly cozy and inspiring window seat ideas will help inspire your search for the perfect ideas on designing your own window seat. Designing a window seat has always posed a big design challenge for most people, how to make the most of the space under the window so that it is comfortable and makes the space look attractive. It can also help with providing additional storage if you design smart or even accentuate the architectural elements of the home. Window seats are typically carved out of seemingly leftover spaces, or sometimes they appear as an afterthought, added to a design scheme when everything else has been decided, and the details usually don’t quite work. Often times, they are tucked away and only exist to provide additional storage or fill a space no one knows what to do with.
We can help show you a variety of different ways to make window seats look stunning in your home, adding punches of color and accentuate your space. By using small sofas, pillows, cushions, throws, even small mattresses, a wonderful window seat can be created. Window seats can become your most treasured spot in the home, provided that the shelf is wide enough to accommodate a seat or you can even add small sofas to create the dreamy nook you have imagined. If you have a space in your home with a view and lots of sunshine, this is the perfect place to have a window seat with lots of cozy cushions, a tray for beverages, a luxurious throw and maybe even some shelving to store books with some accent lighting. By filling the recess of a window (dormer, bay, etc), you can create additional comfortable seating areas in your home. Using various decorating styles and patterns can enhance the comfort and appearance of a window.
We have different window seat styles for all room types, kitchens, dining room, living rooms, attics, home office, hallways, bedrooms, children’s bedrooms and bathrooms. Be sure to let us know which one most inspires you and can best accommodate your home design.
This extravagant window seat in a children’s room provides plenty of area to play and read. The massive shelves on both sides can store as many toys and books as any child could desire.
There are plenty of storage options in this space, drawers below, cabinets and shelves all around for one very generous built-in unit.
Storage, storage, storage. Don’t waste the space underneath the seat itself. This is great for storing winter blankets or toys.
Use a window seat to celebrate the architecture of your home, as this large bay window does.
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PIXERS has sent us their new inspiring collection of ready to color wall murals that will make back to school easier, funnier and more colorful. LET’S COLOR is the collection dedicated especially to kids but it will warm the hearts of parents too! PIXERS’ wall murals are eco-friendly, easy to install and remove and, most importantly, totally safe for kids. Where is the real magic? The material of all adhesives available in the collection allows children to color any of its elements with markers and compose a beautiful, huge drawing on the wall. All designs have been divided into two sections with the different levels of difficulty: for children aged 0 – 6 years and for those aged 6 – 12 years. Thanks to the age categories, it’s easier to choose the adequate motif which will bring smile to your kid’s face.
LET’S COLOR contains plenty of lovely sketches among others all kids’ favorites: well-known story tales characters, pirates, airplanes, flowers, animals, cars and much more! The collection mixes art and fun and is a great solution for those who would like to have a beauteous wall decoration and interesting space to let imagination run wild.
All adhesives from LET’S COLOR collection are available in custom sizes and come in a wide variety of permanent and reusable high quality materials. If you are interested in this exciting new collection from PIXERS for your child’s bedroom decor, you can find them here.
The laundry room is no longer just for laundry anymore, in most houses it’s increasingly become an important family hub, which makes it essential for this space to be well organized to make it work harder and have an improved design aesthetic. A well-designed laundry room should have great storage, be comfortable to work in and help you to facilitate your chores. To create a more functional space, having foldout drying racks or closet rods for hanging fine delicates can be very useful. Versatile storage cabinets, places to store dirty laundry, and easy to hang wall shelving are just a few of the current trends in laundry room storage ideas. Decorating your laundry room space with some whimsical wall art can help to complete your laundry room decor and make the space feel more comfortable and less like a chore room. Utilitarian spaces such as laundry and mudrooms rarely get the design attention that they deserve, they are usually the last space the homeowner wants to invest money in, even though they are spaces that are used quite often.
A properly designed laundry room can serve multiple purposes with the addition of custom built-in cabinets, utility sink, washer and dryer. It can help you to simplify your household chores, store sports gear and school supplies, cleaning supplies, shoes, jackets, and even function as a grooming center for your family pets. Since the laundry room does have the potential to function as a multi-purpose room, (the picture above is a perfect example, with a pantry packed with many storage elements and slide out work surface for folding laundry) a remodel for this space is a great investment for you and your family. After purchasing a washer and dryer, consider installing some built-ins for your cleaning supplies. It you have spare room left over, consider what else you could best use this space for and set aside corner space and cabinets or shelving for additional purposes. Once you have all of the functional aspects out of the way, you can move on to the fun part, decorating the space with paint, wall and window coverings, furnishings and decorative elements that will help stimulate those mundane chores.
Whether you are planning a new laundry room or updating an existing one, use our helpful design ideas and inspiration from the images below to create a functional and efficient space.
How to Add More Storage to Your Laundry Room
As you remake your laundry space, help it serve multiple functions by incorporating clever built-ins. Include shelves and cabinets to store supplies like hangers, clothespins, sewing kits, irons and detergent —the leftover space can store pet accessories and seasonal items. To ensure that you deal with clothes right away, give yourself a table nearby the washer for folding, a pull-out drying rack for hanging and a hidden ironing board for crisply ironed clothes. Making it a one-stop shop will ensure that all your chores get done at once — no excuses!
The bright accent colors in this space creates a cheery laundry room.
Crafting area and practical laundry room all rolled into one!
Design a Multi-Purpose Laundry Room
If you have a smaller home, using your utility room for multiple purposes is a great space-saving technique. Because it often has a utility sink, it naturally is a great place to feed and bathe your furry friends. It also easily transitions into a mudroom, where you can store extra shoes, sports equipment and winter clothing. If you have room for a built-in desk, it can be a drop station for mail, cell phones and keys — it can even function as a craft or wrapping station, with the right organization. Think about what your family needs the most, and incorporate that into the room.
How to Decorate your laundry room
Because there isn’t a lot of counter space to spare, take advantage of your walls when decorating. Bright paint or wallpaper can help make chores pleasant, while fun signs, posters, murals and wall decals can add some character to the space. Think of your storage containers as decor too: Find bins, baskets and hangers with fun patterns and colorful fabrics.
The marble checkerboard floor and black cabinets make this laundry room unusually elegant.
Designing enough room to be able to wash the dogs and water houseplants, as well as folding laundry in this small space was solved by providing a removable countertop. When the counter is needed, the two pieces easily slide in place and they are pulled out of the way when the water is needed. When the dogs get a shower, the handspray works best, but for the plants the swing-arm potfiller serves optimally. The mahogany countertop, antique drying rack, windows and built-ins, and exquisite tile work make this a stunning room to do your laundry.
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We have presented to you several different rustic barn interiors in the past, including a recent post on barn style bedroom ideas. Designing a trendy bathroom in your home with a rustic barn interior can create a warm and welcoming bathroom oasis. There are several different styles to decorate your bathroom in, but barn interiors seem to be a popular and current trend. Using reclaimed materials, barn doors, re-purposed and vintage objects and mixing some industrial elements can create the perfect rustic barn bathroom interior. You can clad your bathroom walls in reclaimed barn wood, use an old bucket for a sink and you are already on your way to a chic rustic bathroom. Mixing industrial elements with wood will keep your bathroom modern yet warm and inviting. If you are looking for a more country style look, try adding some folk art to the walls. With its self-sufficient, homegrown appeal, folk art can look particularly nice in a rustic style bathroom. Try using old lanterns or wire baskets for unusual lighting or go industrial, there are plenty of salvage shops that carry lighting that can create a great statement piece in your bathroom.
We have gathered together for you an assortment of 51 rustic barn style bathrooms that will give you some inspirational ideas for your next bathroom remodel. Enjoy and please let us know which one most inspired you!
Sliding barn doors borrowed from outbuildings are ultra-functional and perfectly appropriate with rustic style.
Too many mass-produced or overly tailored pieces dilute a room’s rustic style. Instead, choose furnishings and objects with strong, slightly rough profiles, such as the bread trough, and barrel waste basket shown here.
Rustic style is about using found objects, such as old pails turned into sinks and wire baskets transformed into light fixtures.
Rustic interiors tend to mix with industrial style. Feel free to take a bit of a risk with accents such as offbeat lighting, decorative displays and artwork.
A rustic bathroom is nothing without some patina. Your space shouldn’t convey a feeling of shiny newness, you want surfaces with a little age on them (or at the least, surfaces that fake it). Reclaimed wood, such as in this bath; hammered, distressed and tarnished metals; and wavy or seeded glass blend together in a distinctively layered way.
It’s nice to have a few sleek surfaces to tighten the look. Simple, clean cabinetry and shelving keep this space cohesive but allow the rustic notes to come through.
Photo Sources: 1. Peace Design, 2. JLF & Associates, 3. Knickerbocker Group, 4. Dan Joseph Architects, 5. Blender Architecture, 6. The Bath Works, 7. Lands End Development, 8. On Site Management, 9. Opeenheim Architects, 10. Lawrence Architecture, 11. Peace Design, 12. HGTV, 13. Habitat Post & Beam, 14. Frederick + Frederick Architects, 15. Home on the Range Interiors, 16. Sand Creek Post & Beam, 17. Studio Carver, 18. Wellborn + Wright, 19. Pinterest, 20. Kimberly Peck Architect, 21. Lawrence Architecture, 22. Peace Design, 23. Inspirations Kitchen and Bath, 24. threshold interiors, 25. R Brant Design, 26. Jordan Design Studio, 27. Pinterest, 28. Bates Masi Architects, 29. Fiorella Design, 30. Minarc, 31. Cushman Design Group, 32. Pinterest, 33. Montana Reclaimed Lumber Co., 34. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 35. Black Tusk Development, 36. Pinterest, 37. Andrew Melaragno, 38. Pinterest, 39. Artistic Designs for Living, 40. Ambiance Interiors, 41. Key Residential, 42. Peace Design, 43. Birdseye Design, 44. BeDe Design, 45. Northworks Architects and Planners, 46. Home on the Range Interiors, 47. Design Associates, 48. Peace Design, 49. Richard Olsen, 50. Joan Heaton Architects, 51. Birdseye Design
PIXERS is likely to be inspired by famous books and movies. Their projects become to live not without reason – they are always deep-rooted in the culture and European heritage. This time they took an imaginative urge from all girls’ favourite book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The novel is a great source of maxims of how to look for joy every time and everywhere in life. This floral collection is also such an optimistic impulse for all romantic girls and women, especially those who like the shabby chic style.
Following the aesthetics of the motives from The Secret Garden collection, PIXERS arranged them in the interiors full of eclectic furniture and accessories. The effect is simply stunning – a bit nonchalant and, at the same time, romantic. With such a collection, you could come back to the beautiful world of imagination and to your own “secret garden”, where you keep all the mysterious stories from childhood. You can use our wall murals to decorate not only your home, but also every interior for any special occasion, like wedding, birthday or anniversary. Don’t forget that every flower keeps its own secret and that it carries different meanings. Just remember to first look for its symbolic before you choose your dream motif.
All wall murals from the collection are available in various kinds of high quality, eco-friendly materials and are custom sized.
For those of you that love DIY, this is the most inspiring collection of reusing and recycling old windows. If you love vintage and flea market finds, you will have lots of fun taking old windows and re-purposing them into creative ideas for use around your home. Old windows will look amazing in any room in your home, including outdoor rooms. You can find old windows at salvage yards, vintage and antique stores, flea markets, yard sales, old barns and houses that are being torn down and places such as Craiglist. There are so many creative uses for old windows, the possibilities are limitless.
Using older, weathered windows creates a more unique look to your home rather than using new windows. They are also a lot less expensive and good for the environment to re-purpose old materials instead of throwing away. They also add an eclectic aesthetic to your home to mix old with new, they personalize your space, and picking up old pieces can be a fun challenge to find materials that will work. Once you get your creative juices flowing, you may never stop!
Since there are so many different ways you can decorate your home with old windows, we have put together a comprehensive collection for you. Our hope is that you will be inspired by the images below and find something old and transform it into something brand new. If you are a DIYer and enjoy being creative and designing things to decorate your home, than these ideas will be very helpful for your next project. Enjoy and don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite. If any of the designs inspires you to create your own, please send us some images so we can share your creation on 1 Kindesign with our readers!
Photo Sources: 1. Some Day Crafts, 2. Dishfunctional Designs, 3. Apartment Therapy, 4. Junk Chic Cottage, 5. Crafty Nest, 6. Dreamy Whites, 7. A Sort of Fairytale Girl, 8. Pinterest, 9. Design Sponge, 10. Dishfunctional Designs, 11. Hviturlakkris, 12. Flickr, 13. French Larkspur, 14. Hannotte Interiors, 15. Liz Marie Blog, 16. French Larkspur, 17. Junk Chic Cottage, 18. Itsy Bits and Pieces, 19. Five Brothers One Sister, 20. Justina Blakeney, 21. Key Residential, 22. Jaye Lee Interiors, 23. Dump A Day, 24. Katie’s Keepers, 25. Karen Grace Interiors, 26. Lil Luna, 27. Me and Alice, 28. French Larkspur, 29. Kelsey Inspired, 30. Invironments Design, 31. Lacey 405, 32. Mom 4 Real, 33. Nautical Cottage, 34. Pinterest, 35. My Romantic Home, 36. Saganaga, 37. Pinterest, 38. The Virginia House, 39. Junk Chic Cottage, 40. Pinterest, 41. Dump A Day, 42. The Virginia House, 43. Pinterest, 44. Stepping Thru Crazy, 45. The Painted Home, 46. CR Photographs, 47. Your Favorite Room, 48. Thistlewood Farms, 49. The Porch Company, 50. French Larkspur, 51. Living2Design
There is a true art to creating the perfect minimal, yet warm and visually interesting modern interior, especially for the oasis of the home, the bedroom. It takes skill to create that flawless balance between what is not enough and what is way too much, aka, clutter. You often hear the term “less is more” in design, but it isn’t necessarily about going cheap on your furnishings and accessories, it is about the attaining better design through simplicity. It is about how you can get the most impact through careful editing and restraint. The less is more theory is more about how the eye visualizes a space, which is all a personal preference.
Most people forget when designing a space to add personality through texture, color, materials and patterns when attempting to add less to a space, which ultimately gives the room an unfinished appearance. It is also about harmonizing a space and creating a perfect balance of leaving certain spaces in a room void of furnishings and accessories. The key to creating the perfect minimal bedroom is to create a serene and uncluttered space, not cold and sterile. Be sure to let objects have some breathing room so they are more appreciated. There is an art to creating spaces that do not have excess, but rather exude warmth and attractiveness. Enjoy the collection of 45 images that we have gathered together for you that perfectly illustrate the “less is more” approach. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, do you think less really is more? Which minimalist bedroom is your favorite, which more inspires you?
When a room is neutral add some spice and let it stand out, such as these orange chairs that creates a ‘pop’ in the space. The chairs command lots of attention — even in front of this spectacular view.
Try using restraint in furnishing styles. By using restraint in the bedding and furniture pieces, the interesting ceiling plane, skylight and wood wall cladding really stands out!
A minimalist bedroom does not have stacks of throw pillows. The two blue hued pillows provides a perfect dash of color. Along with the neutral bedspread and clean lines of the bed, they give a feeling of serenity. This would be a great bedroom for letting your mind clear at the end of the day.
This bedroom feels completely uncluttered, and each piece of furniture feels more special with all the open space.
All the wood cladding in this bedroom are extremely tactile surfaces. They need no embellishment.
The luscious materials in this room are sensual. For both the ottomans and the bedspread, the clean lines assure that the material is what you will notice.
There isn’t a lot in this bedroom, but each thing is chosen with care. The textures of the bedding and soft throw are so warm and inviting. They beautifully complement the soft neutral colors of the stone fireplace, and it all harmonizes with the beautiful view.
A little accent goes a long way. The fireplace in this room is such a beautiful piece, adding character and warmth to this minimalist bedroom.
Photo Sources: 1. Griffin Enright Architects, 2. OOOOX Architects, 3. Redmond Aldrich Design, 4. Robert Granoff, 5. Trend Design + Build, 6. Ministry of Design, 7. The Agency, 8. Stanislav Ermolenko, 9. sagemodern, 10. Belzberg Architects, 11. Baker + Hesseldenz Design, 12. Cornerstone Architects, 13. 01ARQ, 14. 38 Spatial, 15. HFP Ambuske Architects, 16. Ian Engberg, 17. Imagine Living, 18. Pinterest, 19. n232, 20. Mark English Architects, 21. Winder Gibson Architects, 22. Pinterest, 23. Imagine Living, 24. Britto Charette Design, 25. Sagan Piechota Architecture, 26. usona, 27. Victor Vasilev, 28. Rajiv Saini, 29. The DMD Group, 30. BarlisWedlick Architects, 31. Julie Charbonneau, 32. InHaus Development, 33. Imagine Living, 34. Alexandra Fedorova, 35. KCD Design Studio, 36. Neil Kelly Design Build, 37. Habachy Designs, 38. Jennifer Post Design, 39. Kelly Hoppen Interiors, 40. Imagine Living, 41. Diego Alejandro Design, 42. Jagoda Architecture, 43. Thielsen Architects, 44. Laidlaw Schultz Architects, 45. Harrell Remodeling