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Types of Flooring for Open Floor Plans

A home with a spacious floor plan — a living, family or fantastic room open into the dining and kitchen areas — generates a sense of massive space within the house when you choose the right flooring material. If you use different materials for each one of these regions, you interrupt the flow between rooms. If you must use a different material for the kitchen, avoid using contrasting colours between flooring choices; choose the shade of this flooring material for the kitchen that blends or matches together with the flooring material throughout the rest of the space.

Natural Stone

For any kind of open floor plan, to create the rooms transition to one another, choose continuous flooring. Butting a wood floor from the family area against a tile flooring in the kitchen jars the eyes at the transition — and it normally doesn’t look right. Because kitchens call for hardy, easy-to-clean floors, go with natural stone tile throughout the space, but choose materials that alternate colours, like slate tiles with separate tile colours that go from blues and grays to rust and beige with multiple colors in between. Well-placed area rugs add warmth to dialog or dining places in a house with an open floor plan.

Durable Strand-Woven Bamboo

Strand-woven bamboo flooring can work in a kitchen — along with the rest of the house — because of its hardiness and resilience. Strand-woven bamboo is the most hard-wearing and durable choice for an open floor plan; only confirm the producers used eco-friendly adhesives in the process of creating the flooring. On the Janka hardness scale, strand-woven bamboo is more difficult than most American hardwoods, coming in at 2900, well over hickory, pine, maple as well as ash, which vary from 1290 to 1800 on the scale. Another benefit of bamboo is that it is an eco-friendly option.

Mediterranean Warmth

In a house with a Mediterranean, Tuscany or Spanish architectural influences, saltillo tiles in octagon or square shapes bring warmth to your continuous flooring. You can extend these tiles to outdoor patio areas to make a unified appearance between the interior and exterior living spaces in the house. Though tiles traditionally give off a cold atmosphere, saltillo tiles come in varying colors of browns, that gives your open floor program a warm, earthy foundation.

Low-Maintenance Aggregate Flooring

For open floor plans, you can’t beat the price and durability of the epoxy aggregate continuous floor compared with other materials. This flooring seems seamless and produces open places seem even bigger. Color and design options are nearly limitless, since you can decide on the shapes, sizes and also the colours of the aggregates from hundreds of options. The aggregate is made of small chips, pebbles and stones and is hand-floated over concrete or wood for a smooth effect, and also covered with an epoxy sealant. It allows for layout options that have such things as border colour changes and intriguing patterns in entryways.

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DIY Rustic Distressed Table

One nice thing about owning a distressed table isn’t having to worry about dinging or denting it. Distressed furniture has a look that brings design or country charm to your decor. And a desk — a secondhand-store locate or that old table from the attic — doesn’t take a lot of ability to get it to look great. As long as you start with a solidly built piece of furniture, then you can distress end, a kitchen or a coffee table and cover it with the finish of your choice very quickly.

Clean It First

It doesn’t matter what size table you intend to distress is the same — wash it. Dirt doesn’t while used and abused furniture that is distressed looks OK, and a filthy distressed table does not allow for the finish to correctly seal. If you’re planning to paint or stain the item, remove using a agent in a room that is well-aired, before you begin, or sand the old stain in places away. Eliminate and wash with a mild mix; rinse clean and wipe dry.

Paint or Stain It

A distressed table can be painted or stained unless you intend to leave its normal color to the table; then you’d skip the paint or stain stage. If you plan on using chalk or milk paint, primer isn’t needed by you, but if you’re planning to just paint it, cover it using primer. As the other layers will probably show through after painful, you can choose to add over 1 coat. You may also paint it a color that is dark and cover with milk paint that lets some of the areas that are darker to show through if you are finished. After painting, then wipe off a few of the paint before it is dry to give a look to it.

Distress It

The step that is painful may be the part of the project. You can distress the table by hitting it with a hammer, a heavy chain or scratch lines into it using a nail or other object along its upper and edges. Sandpaper also works to wear areas down, particularly if you’ve selected the appearance that is painted distressed. Of distressing you increase the table, the amount depends on your preference. However, be certain that you cover the side panels beneath the tabletop, if any, the entire tabletop, and the legs with quantities. You can’t really make a mistake with debilitating; the entire look is based on imperfection.

The End Coat

The finish coat protects the timber and the appearance you created. For a desk that is painted, use a paste wax to seal it. Rub on paste wax in motions; let it sit and buff to a sheen. For stained tables, make use of a polyurethane or varnish in a mattesheen or product, based on the way you would like it to look. Than once you use a low-sheen or matte finish, the high-gloss finish coat show more of these imperfections. Wear protective equipment and work in an area that gets a great deal of clean air when working with polyurethane and varnishes.

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The way to Decorate With Chocolate, Blue and Burgundy

Outside of the occasional fabric pattern, blue and burgundy rarely come together from the sphere of interior decorating. Although it’s uncommon, this combination works because of the blue undertones discovered in burgundy, a color comprised of warm red, deep blue and a hint of black. Chocolate brown is recognized as a neutral color that naturally pairs with both blue and burgundy.

Cozy Bedroom

Create a warm, cozy bedroom with chocolate brown paint on the walls. Balance the dark walls using an ice blue comforter or bedspread, which contrasts nicely with dark brown. Accent the bed with toss cushions featuring a dark blue and burgundy design or solid pillows in colours of navy and burgundy. Drape a burgundy or dark brown toss over the foot of their bed or the back of a navy blue seat. Consider bedside table lamps with burgundy or dark blue colors.

Dramatic Dining Room

Paint the walls in a dining room with an appetizing shade of burgundy, reminiscent of a fine wine. Treat the windows using floor-to-ceiling chocolate brown drapes, repeating the rich color in an area rug anchoring the dining collection. Include jewel-toned blue accents such as a floral centerpiece with dark blue flowers, a set of deep blue vases on a sideboard and cobalt blue glassware displayed in a hutch or china cabinet.

Elegant Living Room

A combination of navy and burgundy upholstered furniture pieces at a living room can easily be tied together with an oriental or Persian-style area rug featuring both navy and burgundy. Use a lavish upholstery fabric such as velvet or micro-suede to match the upscale look of the rug. Unify the grouping further by accenting navy upholstery using burgundy cushions, and vice versa. Balance all of the vibrant upholstery using impartial wood furniture and lampshades or honeycomb cellular window colors in chocolate brown.

Stately Den

For a rich, masculine look in a den, then use oversized brown leather furniture accented with dark burgundy cushions and floor-to-ceiling navy drapes. Alternatively, use dark burgundy leather upholstery combined with navy cushions and chocolate brown plantation shutters on the windows. Search for wall artwork featuring hues of blue and burgundy. Complement the furniture using a dark navy accent wall, but consider a lighter hue on the rest of the walls to balance out all of the dark colours. If your style is more contemporary, use modern, low-profile leather furniture and textile colors in navy or burgundy to get a streamlined look.

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The way to Get a Primitive Look on White Painted Paneling

White painted paneling bounces light around and wears a faint air of summer beach house, even in the dead of winter. When your decor aesthetic is archaic, transform blinding white planks to your gently worn, faux-aged background for the own folk art which says “home.” You can add or remove to achieve a distressed and wrapped finish that is rich in character and showcases a milk-painted farm cabinet or a wall-mounted weather vane. Use the finishes by hand in a well-ventilated space, and wear a painter’s mask when sanding so you’re not breathing dust.

Sand protruding panel edges and corners gently, to remove paint where time would have worn it away naturally. If you’re lucky, the sanding will show another paint color beneath the white topcoat, but a glimpse of timber is fine, also.

Mix a bit of burnt umber universal tint in the paint shop with water and then rub it over the paneling. Experiment with the mixture proportions on a piece of painted scrap timber to get the aging effect you desire. White paint wasn’t pure white in Colonial times; rather, it was cream, like buttermilk, and yellowed even more with age. The tint takes the modern shine to create a richer, more authentic hue.

Apply the tint alternative with a clean rag, wiping off some of this tint with another clean rag as you go for subtle aging. Allow the tint to dry fully before waxing the planks.

Rub liquid beeswax over the paneling; allow it to dry and then buff it with a clean dry cloth. Beeswax adds a soft, dull gleam to pointed paneling. It was used in early American rural and city residences to protect timber and painted surfaces, and it’s environmentally green — nontoxic to use and to live with.

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What Colour Walls Will Move With a Medium-Blue Comforter?

New bedding often inspires a new style for your bedroom. As the bed is the focal point in the room, it makes sense to build the room’s color scheme around the shade of the bedding. If you’re not certain where to begin, get a color wheel. You’ll find them at most art supply or craft stores, or download a version from the net. This handy tool can allow you to find multiple options to get a wall color for this particular medium-blue comforter.

Monochromatic Hues

Monochromatic color schemes — meaning changing colors and tints of the same color — create a tranquil atmosphere at a bedroom. Open the space up with a lighter shade of blue to the walls. Give your room a tranquil, ocean-inspired texture with hues of aqua, teal or turquoise. Darker shades such as navy blue or heavy blue-gray colors make a nice accent wall behind the bed. A mixture of blues with varying undertones of green and gray supply extra interest.

Cool Partners

Try among blue’s neighbors on the color wheel. Walls with a lavender or lilac tint make a soothing background to get a medium-blue comforter. Go deeper with a gorgeous shade of aubergine. An alternative is light- or mint green walls. If the comforter is much more of a muted medium-blue, opt for olive or sage green. Insert a seat rail for two-toned walls. Duplicate the wall colors in stitch accent pillows or a toss draped over the foot of their bed to help tie the space together.

Complementary Contrast

If you want a look that’s bold and a little daring, go to the other side of the color wheel. Here you’ll find the fiery hue of orange, a color guaranteed to make the blue of the comforter stick out in eye catching contrast. Tone it down to get a more complex look utilizing a dull burnt orange, pumpkin or rust. Go multitonal and insert texture with a glaze or color wash. A complementary hue in an accent wall brings more focus into the bed as a focus.

Beauty of Brown

Brown and blue make a fine couple. These two colors work well together in any shade. Insert a toasty warmth to your room using four walls painted in deep chocolate brown. If natural illumination or space is much more limited, try lighter shades of cocoa, caramel, coffee, nutmeg or wheat. Do a brown and blue color scheme on the walls, vibrant each color with two blue and two brown walls. Mix them up with stenciled patterns, vertical stripes or borders in the ceiling or chair rail height.

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Slow Design: Today's 'Wabi-Sabi' Helps Us Savor the Moment

I have been examining the parallels between contemporary Western style and wabi-sabi, the early Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and dated. We saw the way the philosophy paralleled modern layout and Arts and Crafts movements, as well as the Shaker.

Today wabi-sabi manifests itself at the Slow Design movement, founded in 2006 by Carolyn F. Strauss and Alastair Fuad-Luke to slow down the metabolism of people, resources and flows. Strauss and Fuad-Luke’s Slow Design manifesto urges designers to “fulfill real needs instead of transient trendy or market-driven needs” by producing moments to enjoy and appreciate together with the individual senses.

There’s also a push to design spaces for thinking, reacting, dreaming and musing. To put it differently, the idea adopts designing for people first and commercialization second, and it aims to balance the neighborhood with the global, the social together with the ecological — Overall, a transformation toward a much hierarchical method of living. This essentially mirrors the wabi-sabi strategy to style. Here are the six fundamentals of Slow Design.


1. Reveal. Uncover spaces and experiences in everyday life that are often forgotten or missed.

The manifesto urges people to “believe beyond perceived functionality, bodily traits and lifespans to think about artifacts’ real and potential ‘expressions'” This wall displaying artifacts is a good example. Dealing with materials is another.

Megan Buchanan

2. Expand. Slow design believes the real and possible “expressions” of artifacts and environments beyond their perceived functionalities, bodily attributes and life spans.

This principle asks designers to consider facets beyond aesthetics and shape, paying attention to the way we live and interact with spaces and objects. In their paper “Slow Design Principles,” Strauss and Fuad-Luke cite Swedish designer Ramiz Maze’s contention that “style isn’t only about the spatial or physical form of objects, but the form of interactions that take place — and also occupy time — in people’s relationships with and through [them].”

These stairs, that provide an enjoyable way for a child to learn to count, show this principle in action. The plan expands arrangement and more than just its structure.

Laidlaw Schultz architects

3. Reflect. Induce contemplation and “reflective ingestion”

“Product designers are questioning not only ecological values, but also perceptual and emotional experiences that the unique materiality of goods can provide,” Strauss and Fuad-Luke state. They encourage performers to emphasize ephemeral beauty that reminds us that everything is transient and short lived.

Strauss and Fuad-Luke cite Icelander Katrin Svana Eythórsdóttir’s biodegradable chandelier, made from highly reflective sugar droplets; it gradually disappears within months, “encouraging its owner(s) to relish each moment of its existence,” they say.

Waterfalls, like this one in Texas, are another means to take a reflective approach.

4. Engage. Share, collaborate and collaborate in an open-source layout process.

This home, by The Architects Collaborative, was designed following the group’s philosophy of camaraderie instead of hierarchy. Directed by Walter Gropius, eight architects’ team encouraged collaboration to produce the product.

Nowadays design charettes, in which several participants meet to brainstorm solutions to an architectural issue, are another example of cooperation.

Debra Kling Colour Consultant

5. Participate. Make everybody an active participant in the plan process.

Color consultant Debra Kling (whose job is shown here) is an advocate of the notion, and she constantly engages her customers in her designs. “Color consulting with my customers is always a very collaborative process,” she states.

Customers who participate in designing their homes normally get more pleasing outcomes.

Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc..

6. Evolve. Look beyond current requirements and circumstances to consider how good Slow Design can attest positive change.

Strauss and Fuad-Luke cite architect and societal designer Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates, in which conventional lawns are replaced with all productive domestic edible landscapes; the one here is a good example. Growing food instead of resource-intensive grass not only feeds households but addresses bigger problems of global food production also connects people with their surroundings and their communities.

On the most elementary level, planting a tree, that will provide shade, shelter and possibly food several years afterwards, is evolutionary.

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Patio Deck Remodeling Ideas

If you adore spending a trendy, relaxing day outdoors, a deck is the perfect addition to your house and provides the additional advantage of increasing your home’s value and making it more attractive for sale in the future. Regardless of your preference for fashion or the size or shape of your yard, you can create a deck that fits your taste and provides you hours of pleasure.

Stained and Scored Concrete

If you currently have a concrete patio and are looking for a way to dress it up, consider staining the concrete. Stains can be found in a variety of colors that can mimic other and stone, tile surfaces. It is possible to choose multiple stain colours to make a pattern or design. Scoring the concrete gives the appearance of tile to the patio. Even fancier options are concrete painting, engraving and stenciling.

Composite Decking

If you like the look of a wood deck but don’t like staining wood or coping with rot, composite decking might be the best choice for you. Composite decking comes in a variety of colours and mimics the look of wood without the timber problems that are real. Composite decking won’t rot and will continue much longer than wood, making the extra price of composite decking well worth it in the long term.


Stone makes an attractive patio deck, especially if you prefer the look in your landscaping. Stone comes in a variety of shades and textures, which means that you can purchase stone look you desire or to match any colour scheme. You can purchase or cut stone to squares and install at a tile-like pattern or purchase organic stone and fill in the gaps with mortar or sand. Use stone shapes, if you’d like a look and allow moss grow between the stones.


Pavers are constructed to look like brick and offer homeowners the benefit of relatively simple installation without professional aid. For installation is sand and flat ground all pavers require. You can purchase pavers in a variety of colours and also select distinct patterns for installation, for example basket-weave or parquet. Pavers can also be readily utilised to make walkways to other areas of the yard that fit your patio. They can also be stacked and mortared to make landscaping beds.

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Mediterranean Style Home Decorating Ideas

You can be transported by home decor. It doesn’t matter where your property is located, you can”create” the place that you would like to be through the use of color, fabric, accessories and furniture. Mediterranean design has its roots at the Moorish method of living, when the needs of these materials available ordered the way they decorated. Whether you buy a house in Southern Missouri or even Northern California, you can bring the Mediterranean fashion to you.


Mediterranean style walls are textured, providing them that aged look of a more rugged moment. You can apply sand paint to your present walls as a base and add color to them later, or consider one of those Venetian plaster paints on the market which coat the walls at an burnished wall texture. Mediterranean style is all about balance, so make sure your walls do not fight for attention with the colorful accessories you’re likely to be adding to this room. Creamy yellow , muted burnt-orange, rich sand and sea green are good options for wall colors.


White or natural washed pine floors and terracotta tiles make the ideal backdrop for colored rugs rugs.


Furniture in the Mediterranean fashion are often thick and low, inset with accents of timber, marble or iron. They’re pieces that seem like they have been around awhile and are likely to last another generation or two. Tables are made of iron, glass, wood and terracotta.


Gauzy curtains blend nicely with a Mediterranean design room since they do not compete with the rich colors on the walls, but do let breezes and plenty of light to the space. Throw pillows with beaded fringe and trims add a little authenticity, as do rich tapestries hung on the walls from elaborate iron hardware.


Accessories pick up the colors of the Mediterranean area. Cobalt blue glass, colorful hand painted tiles and pottery, and terracotta pots full of rich greenery bring life into any space. Sconces and wrought iron candelabras include a Moorish flavor of elegance.

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9 Ways to Create Comforting Farmhouse Style Anywhere

Interiors are about the details. This American style is undergoing a significant resurgence, appealing to those who prefer the timeless, comforting design of a simpler time. It is a blend of architectural elements, most easily known by its own covered porches, inherited bits, light colors and rough-hewn finishes.

This easy-breezy, sentimental appearance is no longer only for people living on their own acreage — it could be accomplished by anybody, anywhere. Listed below are a few farmhouse details that could help you to get the look in your home.

Whitten Architects

1. The porch. A outdoor living room, the porches was traditionally employed as a mudroom or a place for gaining respite from the heat if it was hot inside during the summer. It eventually became a place for enjoying common moments with family and friends, rocking away the time while shooting in the night air.

Get this appearance: Do not own a wraparound porch? A porch, patio, balcony or stoop of almost any dimension can still help you to get the farmhouse appearance. Rockers and country flowers are timeless, but if you’re short on space, a rustic planter full of wildflowers will set the tone.

Barnes Vanze Architects

2. Traditional lantern lighting. A beacon of colonial American lighting, the timeless lantern has inserted itself into farmhouse decoration and will not budge for this day. This clean and easy fixture is perfect for a farmhouse exterior or interior.

Get this appearance: Consider replacing a bit of focal lighting in your home with a timeless lantern. Smaller sconces suit entries well, and bigger pendants operate beautifully above a dining table. If installing a new fixture isn’t in the cards right now, pick up a few budget-friendly tabletop pendants.

3. The warmth of timber. Wood was frequently used in farmhouse homes because of its abundance and accessibility to landowners. The scuffs and scrapes that come with longtime use communicate a farmhouse home’s history. Do not be afraid to embrace timber — even the more rustic the end, the more nostalgic it will feel.

Get this appearance: If you can not manage to put in hardwood floors throughout your house, consider putting them in a part of your home that’s observed the many — such as the family room. Wood furniture, wall paneling and accessories can also enable you to make that farmhouse warmth without repainting your entire home.

Ben Herzog

4. Bright and Light. For some early farmhouse owners, the walls were kept mild because of restricted access to more expensive colored finishes. Families with a little more money sometimes used wallpaper in important spaces, such as entryways, to showcase their design or affluence. But easy, mild walls have become an identifiably classic feature of farmhouse interiors, providing rich contrast against darker treasured design components.

Get this appearance: Paint your walls, trim, doors and baseboards in a light shade to get an affordable and effortless method to honor farmhouse design. Woodwork isn’t constantly painted in farmhouses, however if your home has restricted light, you may look at painting any dark timber to brighten your space. Just be careful — when you paint timber, there is no going back.

Historical Concepts

5. Relaxed fabrics. Farmhouses are not fussy. Textiles and upholstery traditionally were frequently handmade or passed, well loved by the generations that inherited them. As a consequence of this heirloom kind of decor, fabrics were generally mixed and matched to get a comfortable, diverse and texture texture.

Get this appearance: In early rural America, cotton was king, so take that as your cue if thinking of a comfortable base cloth to work with. If child chaos is a concern, use a poly blend for wear and tear, but maintain the styling easy.

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6. Heart of the home. Kitchens will be the center of a farmhouse. Because this is a heavily populated area, finishes are meant to be tried and tested. Apron-front countertops, sturdy hardwood countertops and cabinetry may look great, however they were initially designed take a beating and appeal to a house full of guests.

Make this appearance: Farmhouse-style apron-front sinks can operate in almost any kitchen. But if your budget is restricted, add ceramic accessories, such as utensil holders or dishware. A couple well-placed, chunky cutting boards can substitute for farmhouse-style butcher block counter.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

7. Dining staple. One word could sum up the centerpiece of any farmhouse dining room: sturdy. As the main event in this space, the traditional farmhouse dining table has been generally handmade and lovingly passed on to relatives.

Get this appearance: in case you don’t have a family heirloom (or even the funds to get a wooden table), a large wooden cutting board can produce a fantastic base for any rustic centerpiece. Take farmhouse style’s mix-and-match motto to center with a set of varied chairs, also.

Tom Stringer Design Partners

8. Mix and match in the bedroom. The traditional farmhouse bedroom would have been adorned with weathered, matched and mixed heirloom pieces, inherited from friends and family. Airy and light linens and whitewashed walls complete the appearance.

Get this appearance: Search for brand new or used bits that have a 19th- or early-20th-century appearance to them. Do not worry about finding matching sets, either. The more collected your bedroom appears, the better.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

9. The luxury of a claw-foot tub. Though claw-foot tubs were not readily available in America until the late 19th century, they have become a staple of farmhouse layout. Initially made from cast iron and lined with porcelain, these hefty pieces typically hold more water compared to modern tubs. The sloped end permits users to recline, unlike the bathtub’s European counterparts.

Get this appearance: Fiberglass replicas of this initial beauty can be purchased from just under $1,000 up to several thousand dollars. Not ready for the extra cost? Consider giving your bathroom a dose of farmhouse design with accessories. Hang hooks on walls to hold towels. Include a wooden seat for dressing or to utilize as a side table. Throw down a woven carpet instead of a typical bath mat.

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Budget Decorator: 16 Ways to Bring Summer in Your Kitchen

Envision stepping through the threshold to your own summer home, hearing the screen door shut behind you while you drop your bags and sigh with relief. You have came. What is it all about summer getaways that makes us feel wonderfully carefree? What if it were possible to re-create at least some of this atmosphere in our own homes, daily? In this new show, we’ll be focusing on ways to do just that. Join us as we go room by room discovering creative ways to get this away-at-the-beach atmosphere in the home daily.

Have a look at these 16 creative, budget-friendly tips for bringing this wonderful summery feeling to your kitchen.

Venegas and Company

1. Decorate with market finds. Place juicy berries ripe peaches in a major bowl, then plunk an armful of sunflowers in a pitcher and also keep fresh citrus hand in a glass apothecary jar.

2. Roll an indoor-outdoor rug. Bring in a dose of colour without worrying about spills and stains with a tough indoor-outdoor rug in the kitchen.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

3. Place palm fronds in a huge glass jug. Unusual and fun, large palm fronds will outlast any blossom fragrance and are much more striking.

Carter Kay Interiors

4. Curate beach finds. Sift through these buckets of flotsam and set your best finds open shelving in the kitchen. Coupled with stacks of plates or glassware, they’ll attract a festive, beachy vibe to the room.

5. Set up a kitchen bar. You understand everybody ends up in the kitchen at parties anyhow, therefore be ahead of the curve and also establish a bar right on the counter.

Daleet Spector Design

6. Paint a wall. A great huge chalkboard in the kitchen is the best spot for writing shopping lists, go-to recipes and inspiring quotes.

7. … and use it in order to make your summer record! Give yourself an inspirational boost by listing all of the fun things you hope to do (spend all day at the beach, make ice cream, go to an outside concert) this summer.

SHED Design & Architecture

8. Add portable tunes. Make cooking the easiest weeknight dinners feel fun and summery by cuing up some music. A tiny portable iPod dock is going to do the trick — and portable speakers can even proceed with you in the event that you have dinner al fresco.

Portico Design Group

9. Grow herbs. If you rig a creative wall-mounted container garden such as the one displayed here or plant a few basic pots and plunk them on the windowsill, using fresh herbs on hand is a summer must.

Alice Lane Home Collection

10. Pack away half of your dishes. Make your shelves and cabinets easier on the eyes and reduce cleanup time by packaging away everything but your most frequently used dishes, glassware and cooking resources.

11. Put up open shelving or eliminate cupboard doors. Give your kitchen a breezy feel by doing away with cupboard doors swapping out upper cupboards for shelving. You will be astonished at how much bigger your kitchen will feel.

Seattle Custom Cabinets

12. Organize a baking station. Be prepared for summertime treats by collecting all of your go-to components and ingredients in a handy spot. Flours and sugars decanted into resealable glass containers not just seem pretty but will remain free of pesky bugs.

Dresser Homes

13. Curate your cookbooks. Keep things simple and inspiring by sorting through your cookbooks and placing aside volumes that you know you will not utilize during warmer months (winter soups and stews, I’m looking at you). In the first nip in the air this autumn, it is possible to go grab that box of books and then swap from the summery ones.

Jute Interior Design

14. Update a skillet with trendy colors and easy-care cloths. Seat cushion covers and cushions in swimming pool hues feel refreshing once the sun is blazing outside. If you reside in a warm climate, then you might also want to think about using fadeproof (and easy-to-clean) outside fabrics.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

15. Go for a natural appearance. Keep things simple and new with colors produced from natural fibers, wood and white ceramics. Try classic bistro chairs or stools in the breakfast room, a sea grass or sisal rug, woven baskets to keep dish towels and a large earthenware jug for wooden spoons.

Linn Gresham Haute Decor

16. Swap out cookware. Dig your biggest bud for freshwater stalks and dust off the ice cream maker — it is time to prepare for summertime cooking! If you’re tight on space — and that is not? — pack the gadgets and tools you probably will not be using anytime soon (such as the turkey roasting pan) to make room.

Inform us : How do you prefer to utilize your kitchen in the summertime? Any summertime rhythms you can not wait to make?

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