Designing your dream bathroom with a view is all about location, whether perched on the ocean, surrounded by mountains or in a dense forested landscape. With large expanses of windows in your bathroom, you can feel like you are taking a heavenly bubble bath immersed in nature. The bathroom is one of the most necessary spaces in the home, it is a great place to relax and release the pressure of a working day. The main object in any wonderful bathroom is a bathtub. There are plenty of unique designs to select from, so finding one that will fit your bathroom well should not be a problem. Besides the bathtub, any great bathroom is filled with light, whether it be natural or artificial. The incredible bathrooms that we are bringing to you today all are filled with plenty of windows and overflowing with natural light. Some of these bathrooms are world class resorts, other look out over woods, oceans, mountains, fields and city skylines. Be prepared to be inspired by these dream bathrooms with ideas to design your own sanctuary of relaxation! If you are still in need of more bathroom design inspiration, be sure to check out our past articles, 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
Photo Sources: 1. Victor Canas Arquitecto, 2. DanelonMeroni, 3. Tongabezi Lodge, 4. Antoine Predock Architect, 5. Jamie MacDougall, 6. Trendir, 7. Jade Mountain Resort, 8. Stephen Sills Associates, 9. Southern Ocean Lodge, 10. Kaesch, 11. M+M Space Design, 12. Stelle Architects, 13. Paz Arquitectura, 14. The Upper House, 15. The Generalist, 16. Pinterest, 17. White Pearl Resorts, 18. Villa + Villa, 19. Alterstudio, 20. Pinterest, 21. Kaldewei, 22. Elle Decor, 23. Garret Cord Werner Architects, 24. Mw|works Architecture + Design, 25. Madikwe Game Reserve, 26. Duravit, 27. De Meza + Architecture, 28. Mobili Martini, 29. James Glover Residential & Interior Design, 30. Christopher Simmonds Architect, 31. Cesana, 32. Ancient Surfaces, 33. Locati Architects, 34. FINNE Architects, 35. CoCo Interiors, 36. JLF & Associates, 37. New Mood Design, 38. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 39. Gregory Phillips Architects, 40. Devi Garh Palace, 41. Raffles Praslin Seychelles, 42. Christian Dean Architecture, 43. Singita Sweni Lodge, 44. Abramson Teiger Architects, 45. Steve Hermann Design, 46. Rexa Design, 47. Villa Beyond Phuket, 48. Ponta dos Ganchos, 49. BAAN design, 50. Kaesch, 51. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, 52. Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives, 53. Walker Zanger, 54. Pfuner Design, 55. Rafael Viñoly Architects, 56. Stone Creek Building Company, 57. Prentiss Architects, 58. acaa Architects, 59. Sharyn Cairns Photography, 60. Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
If you are a budding chef looking to renovate your kitchen, it’s important that you consider the design layout carefully. You need a layout that makes navigating the space easy; gadgets that cut down on the time it takes to prepare your favorite dishes; storage solutions that ensure all your utensils, crockery and ingredients are close at hand; and durable materials that can withstand the demands of your kitchen adventures.
Take some inspiration from our design guide below, and take the first steps towards creating the ultimate cook’s kitchen.
Obeying the kitchen work triangle is crucial when it comes to choosing the layout of your kitchen. This ergonomic principle states that you should equally space out the three most-used areas of the room—the sink, cooktop and refrigerator—in a triangle in order to improve efficiency. Each point of the triangle should be at a distance that allows easy maneuverability, and nothing should obstruct movement in-between. This YouTube video explains more.
Wherever possible, your sink should be placed beneath a window, and your oven/hob should have worktop space on at least one side. In order to experiment with the possibilities for your space, try the Wren Living kitchen planner – it’s free, and allows you to visualize almost every aspect of your desired design.
Kitchen units and worktops
There are a range of options when it comes to worktop materials, and each have their pros and cons. However, budding chefs may find granite the best choice: it’s extremely durable, attractive and easy to maintain. The surface is stain, water, and heat-resistant; and its cool, smooth surface is perfect when you’re working with pastry. This 4Homes guide has information about the other countertops available.
Super-strong solid wood is great for kitchen units, and also looks stunning – just make sure to look out for those with a smooth wipe-clean finish. Choose soft-close drawers and doors so you don’t have to endure slams while you’re cooking.
Consider installing an eye-level oven, as this enables you to check on your dishes without uncomfortable stooping. The type of range you choose should depend entirely on your preferences, but most cooks enjoy the flexibility offered by gas rings.
Your sink should have a vegetable drainer and a spray-hose tap so that you can easily clean produce. And, if your budget allows, install a garbage disposal system—these ensure food waste is discarded without mess or smells. Also, make sure you have an extractor fan to help eliminate steam and unwanted odors from your kitchen.
Photo Sources: 1. Alexander Design Group, 2. Pickell Architecture, 3. Carolina Design Associates, 4. Kohler, 5. Home & Stone, 6. Smith & Vansant Architects, 7. Drury Design, 8. Fiorella Design, 9. Thacher & Thompson Architects, 10. Dorn Homes, 11. Murphy & Co Design, 12. Studio 212 Interiors, 13. Smith & Vansant Architects, 14. SF Architecture, 15. Airoom, 16. Witt Construction, 17. Crisp Architects, 18. Cameo Kitchens, 19. Ahmann LLC, 20. Great Spaces, 21. Turan Designs, 22. Gast Architects, 23. Justrich Design, 24. Studio Swann
Sunrooms bring the outdoors in, supporting leisurely living and increasing the overall space of your home, typically with lower construction costs than a fully finished room. A sunroom can be comprised of different spaces in your house, a kitchen, living area, breakfast nook, lounge space, entertainment area, sleeping space, whatever you want it to be. This room is chalk full of windows, allowing plenty of natural sunlight to penetrate the space. They give you the opportunity to enjoy all the natural sunshine and views of the outdoors without actually having to be outside, which means you can enjoy the space all year round regardless of the weather conditions. If the windows can open, then you can also get some great crosswinds and save on your electric bill on beautiful days. Sunrooms add value to a home, too, whether as an addition or as a porch converted to something more weather-friendly. They are generally adjacent to the rest of the house and connected through a doorway. If you are considering creating an addition to your home or renovating a room to be a sunroom, there are many features you will need to consider. If you are wishing to relax in your own sunny retreat right at home, we have the perfect elements to help you make your sunroom comfortable, inviting and entertaining, have a look below!
Greenery. A transitional space between the indoors and outdoors begs for thriving potted plants as the connecting element.
Decorations. If your sunroom has sealed windows and French doors, there is no reason to hold back from decorating it with your favorite home accessories. Framed prints, books, mirrors, candles, vases etc. will really kick it up a notch.
Environmental controls. Most sunrooms are built without heating and air conditioning systems. But it’s still nice to be able to cool down with a ceiling fan if the air gets too stifling, and to warm up with a fireplace on chilly nights.
Whimsy. You can use this room as an opportunity to be playful with thrifted finds and salvaged pieces you don’t deem appropriate to display in your formal spaces. Find new uses for an antique sewing table or fruit crates, for instance.
Multiple purposes. Ideally a sunroom can accommodate both a seating arrangement and a dining table, so it can be utilized as frequently as possible.
Rugs. Add plushness and texture over a hard, moisture-resistant flooring — such as tile, stone or sealed concrete — with a rug. Jute and cowhides will hold up particularly well.
A home office. If you have a table in your sunroom, you can use the space as a home office between meals. A supportive chair, a Wi-Fi connection and a view to your backyard will make for a productive morning.
Simplicity. Don’t overthink or overaccessorize your sunroom. A pretty and simple scheme is all that is needed, like in this somewhat nautical blue sunroom. Notice the framed art, hurricane lamps and flower arrangement added to make it feel homey.
Privacy shades. Sunrooms get sunny, of course. They tend to boast floor-to-ceiling insulated glass windows and doors. Even if you have high-quality windows and doors, the space may still get overheated. Curtains or shades are must-haves to make sure that you don’t overheat as you browse home design photos and drink iced tea on a lazy afternoon.
A setup for entertaining. if you have a large group dinner on the calendar or a special event, consider the sunroom the perfect place to set up your celebratory meal. Ample table space, lighting and air circulation, plus proximity to the kitchen, will make for an unforgettable event.
Comfortable seating. The ultimate sunroom acts as a second living room. It need not scream wicker. You may bring in upholstered seating, plush pillows and throws, indoor-outdoor rugs and occasional tables that you would think to use inside. A proper sunroom has electrical outlets to support floor and table lamps as well.
Photo Sources: 1. JLF & Associates, 2. Elsie Interior, 3. Tim Cuppett Architects, 4. EJ Interior Design, 5. Coastal Living, 6. Alan Design Studio, 7. Emerick Architects, 8. Chad Jackson Photography, 9. Dwelling Designs, 10. Decorating Den Interiors, 11. TreHus Architect, 12. Pinterest, 13. Linda McDougald Design, 14. Tim Clarke Design, 15. Michael Matrka, 16. Balodemas Architects, 17. Cathy Schwabe Architecture, 18. Hart Associates Architects, 19. Karen Gallagher Interiors, 20. JP&CO, 21. Hansen Architects, 22. Frank Shirley Architects, 23. Fraerman Associates Architecture, 24. Murphy & Co Design, 25. Marcelo Brito & Pedro Potaris, 26. Dewson Construction Company, 27. Coastal Living, 28. Olga Adler Interiors, 29. Solaris Inc, 30. KohlMark Architects and Builders, 31. Crisp Architects, 32. Peter Zimmerman Architects, 33. Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, 34. Carolina Design Associates, 35. AVP Architect, 36. Avondale Custom Homes, 37. Knight Associates, 38. Dennison and Dampier Interior Design, 39. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 40. Blackstone Edge Studios, 41. Stonewood LLC, 42. Pinterest, 43. Crisp Architects, 44. Tom Stringer Design Partners, 45. RLH Studio, 46. Period Architecture Ltd, 47. Crisp Architects, 48. Group 3 Design, 49. Tom Stringer Design Partners, 50. Whitten Architects, 51. Circa Interiors Ltd, 52. Pinterest, 53. Simplicity Interiors, 54. Schrader & Companies, 55. Witt Construction, 56. Lucy and Company, 57. Crisp Architects, 58. Summerour Architects, 59. Lucy Interior Design 60. June Street Architecture
As we head into the New Year, resolutions are abound; this year in particular is seeing people focusing not only on overhauling their diet and fitness regimes, but also updating their homes and decor. Bathrooms are seeing a big change in 2014, leaving behind the bohemian and shabby chic styles of the past and looking more towards minimalistic, sleek designs for an uncluttered home as well as mind.
Drawing on trends such as Japanese minimalism, 2014 will see shabby chic disappear from the bathroom, replaced with more fluidity in terms of shape. For example, the antique furniture once picked up and DIYed to create a mismatched, trendy room of recent years is out, and less obtrusive pieces such as floating sinks, roll top baths and built in cabinets are in. In color terms, the last few years have popularized pastels and brights in home decor, but bathrooms are likely to turn away from this towards a much more elegant and muted color scheme. Monochrome will be the ruling feature, with luxurious and elegant black and white, followed calming beige and grey hues.
Wet rooms have been becoming more popular recently, being much easier to keep clean and tidy as well as adding value to a property. Because of this, having a more fluid move from shower into the rest of the bathroom will become more popular. Investing in proper wet room tiling is the most important factor in this, but also consider shower trays without a lip or a curb in a normal bathroom to embrace this trend without going all out. This also helps with the theme of fluidity in your bathroom furniture, having one piece flowing into another.
The 2014 bathroom overall should feel stylish and luxurious. The bathroom is the one place in the home that you can spend a bit of time to yourself to relax and trends are embracing this. In addition to the more solid color schemes, having freestanding furniture such as large soak tubs or roll top baths as the focal point of the room will help to create the spa like atmosphere that you crave. It is predicted that there will also be a rise in the amount of saunas and steam rooms being developed for domestic bathrooms, so you can get a touch of luxury in your own home.
Photo Sources: 1. LOTOS Construction, 2. K Studio, 3. Elad Gonen Photography, 4. Carola Vannini Architecture, 5. MAK Studio, 6. Pinterest, 7. Famosa- The Surface Studio, 8. Savio & Rupa Interior Concepts, 9. Nasciturus Design, 10. Webber + Studio Architects, 11. Cecconi Simone, 12. Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design, 13. Blender Architecture, 14. Pulp Design Studios, 15. C O N T E N T Architecture, 16. Altereco Design, 17. Jane Kim Design, 18. Susan Jay Design, 19. Cornerstone Architects, 20. Partners 4 Design, 21. GAST Architects, 22. Amelie de Gaulle Interiors, 23. Harrell Remodeling, 24. DesignBlue, 25. Ashley Campbell Interior Design, 26. UK Bathrooms
Creating the perfect home office environment to meet your needs and look stylish can be tricky. You want a space where you can feel professional and be productive, a “work only” dedicated area. This space does not necessarily have to be a separate room, but simply an area well divided and set up for work focus. The flexibility from working out of your home has many perks, especially being able to design your office just the way you like it! To not get distracted, a properly organized workspace can help any home office worker to maintain their focus and get the job done (despite the endless comforts of working from home distracting you). We have gathered together a collection of creative ideas to help inspire you to create your perfect home office environment.
Here are just a few of the essentials you will need to create the perfect home office space: storage, inspiration board (chalkboard, cork board), natural light, good lighting, calendar, a canister to hold pens and pencils, planner, visually stimulating artwork, computer, printer/scanner, desk and comfortable seating.
Designated Work Space
The most important factor for having a productive home office is to have a designated spot to work. Any place other than the kitchen table, the sofa, or the bed. Even if you live in a small apartment, prioritize space for a small table or desk that will be used solely for work. It will dramatically help separate your “home” from your “office,” and will be very beneficial when you finish for the day. People who work from home often have a difficult time separating work hours from their non-work hours because it’s so easy to keep at it late into the night. But maintaining a balance and shutting down the computer and email is important for overall well being. Physically being able to step away from the desk helps promote that balance. Similarly, it’s easier to get into work state of mind when you’re at your desk/in your office, and away from the living areas of your home.
Visually stimulating spaces breed creativity. At the same time, they can also end up distracting, depending on how busy you make things. Pick pieces with only a few colors in them (even if they are bright or bold) to help keep you focused instead of day dreaming! This is a great place to rotate art if you are short on space to display all of your finds.
Countless studies have been done by scientists and pyschologists that show natural light improves productivity and mood. If possible, position your home office as close to a window as possible–preferably one that gets more light. Exposure to natural sunlight also helps our bodies get on a better sleeping schedule, further aiding in concentration.
Add A Plant
Plants are a natural air filter and even if they are too small to do much good in that department, they still bring what other objects in your home office can’t. Life. If you don’t have enough light to sustain a potted plant, try just a few stems of fresh flowers or if all else fails, some fake plants can still create a happy and colorful environment… not to mention some good Feng Shui!
Most people use digital technology to schedule reminders, to do lists and appointments, which can sync through to all of your devices and pop up with reminders. It still helps to have a paper calendar as a secondary reminder for planning when you have your whole month staring you in the face throughout the day. The designer’s of this home office created a budget friendly calendar by tacking hot pink post-it notes onto a bulletin board, where every day has its own note card.
Overhead lighting and computer monitors just aren’t a great combination. Adding in a desk top lamp can do wonders to relieve eye strain and to create some additional warmth to a room that can typically feel cold and overly electronic. Some spaces work well with adjustable height task lamps, while others do great with more conventional styles. Try making the bottom of your lampshade just higher than the height of your monitor. It will go a long ways to producing the most light possible without overpowering your screen.
The quickest way to warm up a room and define a space is with an area rug. It creates comfort in the space and adds some pops of color, creating a more cozy work environment.
An Ergonomic Chair
You can have the best job in the world, but if your chair is uncomfortable, you spend your day slightly annoyed, frustrated and achy! Office chairs can range from high to low, but no matter what the price point, all that matters is that you can sit in it for more than an hour or two. Comfort is most important here, so make sure it is adjusted at a comfortable height! Try adding a pillow if you need additional back support.
To Do List or Planner
Start your day off by making a to do list outlining exactly what you need to accomplish before finishing work for the day. Set a realistic time frame in which all of that should be completed. Then enjoy the undeniable joy as you check each completed item off.
Pencil Cup & Basic Office Supplies
This seems obvious but how many times have you gotten on that important call and all of a sudden you’re scrambling to find a pen? Keep the basic office supplies organized and on-hand at all times: stapler, post-its, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, tape, paper clips, scissors, note pad, etc. Traditional offices have them and your home office should too.
Place for Inspiration
While this may not seem necessary, especially for those in less creative fields, having a source of inspiration in your work place is absolutely essential. Inspiration can be anything, family photos, a picture of the dream vacation you’re saving for, or even a quote that you love that motivates you to work. Whatever your inspiration is, make it visible in your workspace as a constant affirmation of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Another good tip is to pin post-it reminders of things you need to remember to do, or people you need to call back. No room for a calender, pin it on a cork board!
Whether you realize it or not, papers will pile up. Bills, files, mail, invoices, you name it. It’s important to keep work documents and supplies neat and organized, and separate from your personal paper accumulation. Shelves, storage boxes, and magazine files are a great way to make what could potentially be a mess look great.
Photo Sources: 1. Lori Gentile Interior Design, 2. Diane Bergeron Interiors, 3. Niche Design, 4. 3 Tok Design Group, 5. Jill Greaves Design, 6. Dana Lauren Designs, 7. Jennifer Pacca Interiors, 8. Michael Fullen Design Group, 9. Caitlin Wilson Design, 10. Brickmoon Design, 11. Margaret Donaldson Interiors, 12. Incorporated, 13. Polsky Perlstein Architects, 14. Going Home to Roost, 15. Pinterest, 16. Martha O’Hara Interiors, 17. Remodelista, 18. transFORM – The Art of Custom Storage, 19. MuseInteriors, 20. Anna Carin Design, 21. Melissa Mercier, 22. Modern Craft Construction, 23. Ed Ritger Photography, 24. IHeart Organizing, 25. The Everygirl, 26. Charlie Barnett Associates, 27. CWB Architects, 28. Armonia Decors, 29. Pinterest, 30. Axis Mundi, 31. Lovejoy Designs, 32. Carlyn And Company Interiors + Design, 33. Viscusi Elson Interior Design, 34. Shawna Feeley Interiors, 35. Maria Killam, 36. The Cross Design, 37. Pinterest, 38. Artthaus, 39. Wentworth Studio, 40. HartmanBaldwin Design|Build, 41. John Lum Architecture, 42. Leslie Goodwin Photography, 43. Sarah Jefferys Design, 44. Smith Firestone Associates, 45. The Inman Company, 46. On My Agenda, 47. Todd Arenson Construction
When updating your exterior doors, there can seem to be a million and one things to think about. It goes without saying that the number one priority is the safety features of the door, and how they work to protect your property and your family. However, the overall aesthetic appeal of an exterior door – especially the front door – should be something that is taken into consideration. Ensuring your entranceway to your home is visually appealing is important not only for its occupants, but also for any future potential buyers in terms of curb appeal.
An important part of your front door is the door hardware. This generally refers to features including handles, knockers or bells, letter boxes and house numbers. We’ve compiled a list of some of the things to think about when choosing these additions to your door.
People who make use of the door
As your front door will be used daily by yourself, family members and your guests, it’s a good idea to take them into consideration when choosing specific features such as handles. For instance, elderly people or people with disabilities may require handles that are simpler to use, with a less awkward locking system. Similarly, children may also need to be able to use it so it’s important to think about positioning as well as type, to ensure that little hands can reach it!
Condition of the door
If you are adding fixtures to an older door, you will need to consider whether your chosen pieces will work in terms of its condition. For example, will it be able to withstand the installation process (that may be fairly rigorous) or will you need something simpler? If you’re looking to update your door, view a wide range of UPVC doors from manufacturers that offer advice when selecting door furniture.
Durability and maintenance
Another useful thing to remember is that these fixtures will be used daily and so it’s essential that they are durable and long-lasting, unless you want to update them frequently, of course. Letter boxes particularly can be treated fairly roughly by postmen in a rush, so choose the material of it carefully. Opt for materials such as stainless steel, as although they can be slightly more expensive than their alternatives, they don’t corrode or scratch easily.
Style of your home and exterior
How the components of your door work with the rest of your exterior is a really important thing to think about, especially if you’ve spent a lot of money on the door. Depending on whether your property is modern or more traditional, you are sure to find something that will compliment it. If it is modern, go for features that are simpler and clean cut, that avoid being too elaborated in detailing. Choose a silver handle with a matching lock for extra appeal. If your property is more traditional, look for more ornate pieces that pay homage to Tudor and Victorian design. Brass and iron are popular materials used for classic door furniture. Black is also a good choice, and black door knockers in particular look extremely sophisticated.
Photo Sources: 1. KBC Developments, 2. Crisp Architects, 3. Rocky Mountain Hardware, 4. Noel Cross+Architects, 5. Elevation Architects, 6. John Lum Architecture, 7. MAK Design + Build Inc, 8. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 9. Susan Newell Construction, 10. Simpson Design Group Architects, 11. Rachel Greathouse Design, 12. Koch Architects, 13. Paul Moon Design, 14. Brian Waterford Interiors
Now that 2013 is behind us, we decided to delve into our archives and showcase the most dreamy bedrooms viewed throughout the year 2013 on 1 Kindesign. We brought a delicious array of bedrooms to you last year, in case you missed it, you can view that article here. Bedrooms are the most important and the most intimate part of every home so it is important to take care of all the necessary details to make this space warm and cozy. They are a private oasis where people usually sleep for the night or relax during the day. About one third of our lives are spent sleeping and most of the time when we are asleep, we are sleeping in a bedroom. That is why bedrooms are one of the most popular rooms in the home for inspiration, so one should pay special attention, when we are planning for the interior.
If you are looking for some bedroom inspiration, prepare to be overwhelmed with the fantastic collection of 45 most popular dreamy bedrooms on 1 Kindesign for 2013!
(Click the links below the photos to see more details for each project)
That concludes our roundup of the whole year of 2013′s most popular bedroom designs that were featured on 1 Kindesign. Hope you enjoyed this post, please let us know which one was your favorite!
Today we are bringing to you some wonderful ideas on how to create a cozy and welcoming country cottage living room interior in your home. Interior design this season has seen a shunning of all that is modern in favor of the traditional and the classic. The cold metals, sharp shapes and sterile feel of contemporary furniture is one to be avoided, especially in the winter when you want to make your house look and feel as cozy as possible.
Instead, people have been embracing much more traditional trends. For example, many people are choosing to warm up their house by creating a cozy cottage look. Here’s how to create an authentic look in your living room:
A lot of the cozy cottage look can be created with the right furniture. A sofa is the main focal point of any living room, so it is vital that you get it right if you are to carry the look off correctly.
Instead of modern shapes and wild patterns, you should go for a traditional style of sofa in a muted yet warm color. A mid or deep brown is one of the best shades to go for – this Panama sofa from ScS would be perfect, as it is both comfortable and classic.
Leather sofas can be more durable than fabric sofas but they can also be cold, contesting with the overall look you are trying to achieve. If you do go for a leather sofa, make sure you invest in a few throws to make it look more homely and welcoming.
Sleek, flat-packed furniture that fills budget furniture stores may be perfect for creating a modern look on a budget, but it will fail to create a homely feel. Instead, you should ditch the MDF and go for solid, wooden furniture for your coffee tables, sideboards and TV stands. You should check out Oak Furniture Land, as all of their furniture is made from 100 per cent hardwood.
Painted walls are a no-no when it comes to creating the cottage look as they will leave the room looking bare. Wallpaper is the best option, so go for an understated design that will not overpower the room. A floral or leafy print, like this one from Wallpaper Direct, will help to bring the outside in – a defining feature of the cottage look.
The thing we love about cottages is that there are lots of interesting things to look at. You should place a few framed photos, art and wall hangings around the room to really bring the space to life. A great design feature is to group your artwork together, such as the examples below.
Don’t forget to dress up your space with some window treatments!
Photo Sources: 1. Country Living Magazine, 2. Woonstijl Magazine, 3. Thompson Custom Homes, 4. Edwin Pepper Interiors, 5. Phillip Smith Contractor, 6. Country Living Magazine, 7. Witt Construction, 8. – 10. Country Living Magazine, 11. Laurie Gorelick Interiors, 12. – 13. Cottage Company Interiors, 14. Country Living Magazine, 15. Chris Tubbs Photography, 16. – 20. Country Living Magazine
With 2014 now firmly underway, there’s no better time to stick to a new year’s resolution and spruce up the interior of your home with contemporary eco friendly living. Though enjoying a newly redecorated home is often considered a treat, improving its energy efficiency can often add a further sense of satisfaction to any new style of decor. But how exactly do you go about this? The trick of course, is to find the right products and materials that can help you help the environment.
For your floor
If you’re looking to have fabulous wooden flooring added to your home, it is important to make it as environmentally friendly as possible, and you can do this by either purchasing engineered flooring or alternatively, bamboo flooring.
Engineered flooring consists of less wood by plank and can save more trees from being felled in the long run.
On the other hand, bamboo flooring grows far quicker than other types of wood, which means that it doesn’t take up to twenty years for a bamboo tree to grow back once that it has been felled.
For your Ceiling
Artificial lighting is a big part of our lives, and for many years it has been used in a vastly uneconomical way. In fact, your average incandescent light bulb only works at an efficiency of around 20%, meaning that 80% of the energy is being used up as heat.
LED light bulbs however, can achieve an efficiency of around 80% and additionally, the bulbs can last up to 25,000 hours, meaning that you will only have to replace the bulbs every five or six years.
If you are looking for a modern or contemporary redecoration, LEDs paint the perfect scene for any home looking for an environmentally conscious home setting.
For your pleasure
Of course, the whole purpose of redecorating a home is to make it more enjoyable, comfortable and welcoming to not only yourself and your family, but also any guests that you may also have from time to time.
In this area, there are a range of products that can help you combine luxury and eco living. For example, eco-friendly televisions, stereos and kettles are all very popular among modern homes.
Even oak furniture for example from Oak Furniture UK can be sourced more effectively to become more environmentally friendly, so looking out for eco-friendly materials at every turn is more than just a little worthwhile.
Photo Sources: 1. Capoferro Design Build Group, 2. Croma Design, 3. Blansfield Builders, 4. Rasmussen / Su Architects, 5. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 6. Siemasko + Verbridge, 7. Planika Fires, 8. GO LOGIC, 9. Furman + Keil Architects, 10. Garret Cord Werner Architects, 11. StudioLAB, 12. dSPACE Studio, 13. Coates Design Architects, 14. Giulietti Schouten Architects, 15. Alan Mascord Design Associates, 16. Jan Gleysteen Architects
Today we present to you a collection of the most fabulous living rooms that have been showcased throughout the year of 2013 here on 1 Kindesign. These living rooms were selected based on popularity through several social media sites. All of the living rooms are featured in beautiful houses and retreats throughout the world. We have featured links under each living room in case you missed seeing the home or just want to refresh your memory!
Living rooms are one of the most lived-in rooms in your home and are one of the most sought out pictures for design inspiration. We hope you enjoy looking through the pictures, with living rooms ranging from modern and bold to traditional and cozy and even welcoming mountain retreats, something to meet any style preference. Hope you have had a fantastic 2013 and have enjoyed what we have presented to you throughout the year. Here is to 2014 being an even better year, and please drop us a note if there is something you would like to see presented on the 1 Kindesign website!
That concludes our roundup of the whole year of 2013′s most popular living room designs that were featured on 1 Kindesign. Hope you enjoyed this post, please let us know which one was your favorite!