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4 Things to ALWAYS Include on Your Bathroom Design Board

Monday, April 29, 2019



I LOVE bathrooms! Not only is this a space where you can relax and escape, you're able to incorporate natural elements with stylish design to create a tranquil oasis in your home. When it comes to designing a bathroom that will sell, I have some best practices that I keep in mind to help me design the perfect space that's not only functional, but beautiful as well. Here are my top four things to ALWAYS include on your bathroom design board.

Why Design Boards are Important

When you're creating a space in your home, you want to be able to have a clear vision, and the best way to do that is to create a design board, specific to that space. Think of this as a time for reflection. What do you want to accomplish in this space? By having a design board, you can find out which direction you want to go. Incorporate the following into your space:

  • Color

  • Texture

  • Wood

  • Metal

On your design board, you'll be able to have a clear picture of what blends with what, so that you can find the components that belong together. My key tip for you here is don't think within a box. It's kind of like thinking that you can't wear white before Easter. You can mix and match woods with metals. You can try something that you've never tried before. When you create a design board, you can see what will work together. You don't want elements of the space to be too matchy-matchy. Live a little here!

1. Consistency is Key




When designing your space, you don't necessarily need wood tones or metals to match completely, but you want them to be in the same family. My go-to practice is to pick two. For example, matte black and champagne gold can create a really sophisticated and high-end look in this space. You may want to choose matte black hardware with champagne pull handles in the tub. Tie it all up in a nice, neat bow by incorporating a light fixture that includes both colors.

2. Timeless Wins

A big trend for this year is open-concept bathrooms. This places the tub in the shower and loses the shower door to create a more open space. Although this can be functional, I say that this trend is solely dependent on personal preference. I always say that you need to do what's right for you in the space, and just because it's trendy now, doesn't mean that it's going to last. My advice...keep it timeless.

3. Don't Forget Elements of Texture




I think what people miss the most when they're designing their bathroom is texture. Add some elements of texture to the wall behind the mirror by way of tongue and groove designs or decorative tile. Wallpaper is making a comeback, but my advice is that if you want to use wallpaper in your bathroom, keep it limited to an accent wall.

4. The Right Decorative Pieces

Bathrooms need to be functional, so when you're trying to decide what decorative pieces to incorporate into this space, keep them functional. My go-to items are pretty glass jars that I can put necessities in, like q-tips and cotton balls. Not only are they pretty and elegant, they also serve a purpose. I also love to add in natural elements into this space. My favorites are bowls of shells, pieces of coral and candles. I like to create an indoor-outdoor feel in this space, and this helps me create this feel perfectly.

Your Bathroom Design Board

Your bathroom deserves to be your private getaway, nestled right in your own home! In creating a detailed design board of your styles and options, you'll be able to find the right look to complement the space. Remember, keep it functional and don't be afraid to think outside the box!

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Perk up Your Space with the Perfect Accessories!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Eeek! Where do I begin?” This is the question I hear the most when it comes to styling your home to sell… It's a lot to take in when you're getting your home 'show ready' so I wanted to start with some of the little accents that make a big impact on the space. From the rug selections that you choose to the accent pieces that you place on your end tables, there's a method to designing a home that will appeal to the most number of buyers. Designing your home is fun and exciting! Here are my top tips when it comes to choosing the perfect accessories for your space.

Decorative Clusters

You may think that decorative pieces are just placed in the room; however, there's a true method to what goes where and how much of it is in a room. For example, it's always important to use a mix of the following:

  • Metals

  • Texture

  • Greenery

  • Pop of color

When you're clustering your items on a table, keep these elements in mind. My favorite elements to incorporate into a space are coral and shells. Take a look at what's metal, what has texture and what you can take from the yard when you're deciding what items to place on a table. When you do this, you add some depth and life to the space and buyers just can't take their eyes away from your designs.

The Power of Odd Numbers

Another thing I always say is that you never want even numbered clusters. For instance, two items on one side of the table and two on the other. Instead, try for three decorative items on one side and two on the other, and always be sure that these items are never less than six inches apart. The thing is, when decorative items are less than six inches apart, they're then considered knick-knacks, which are more sentimental in nature and should be put away for showings. The goal is to not have your items less than six inches apart here to create that look you want for your space.

Timeless Color Combinations

Brushed gold is hot right now, which is why I'm loving it in a lot of the homes that I'm designing. My favorite thing is intermixing brushed gold with matte black to give that true timeless feel in the space. This works especially well in areas of the home, like the breakfast nook. Don't add too much brushed gold to the space though. It's meant to be an accent feature in the home. And because black will never go out of style, this is the perfect look if you want that timeless appeal in your home.

Rug Selections

Simple is always better when it comes to your rug selections. I always say that if you're going to go with a patterned rug, it should be a large pattern. If the rug pattern is too busy, it limits you on what you can do with the furniture and pillows in the room. So, if you're going with a simple rug, you can do more with the furniture by way of patterns, colors and designs, but if you're going with a busy rug, you'll need to keep your furniture and pillows simple in design.

Accenting Your Space

The right pieces provide the right feel in the space, so don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when it comes to choosing accessories for your home. Try elements that you wouldn't normally choose and see how they add a unique feel to the room. Most importantly, enjoy this time and have fun with your choices! Accent your space and create a timeless appeal in the home!

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