Modern Rustic Design

Rustic design has been around for centuries. It emphasizes on timeworn, craftmanship furniture, distressed décor, natural elements to help highlight a countryside-inspired design, as well as earthy textures and warm tones. Through time, other themes have emerged from this genre of design. Today, Modern Rustic Design has become a highly sought-after theme in many commercial and residential spaces. This subcategory is separated by its overall openness and relaxed style of elegance. Modern Rustic still stresses on incorporating elements of nature but gives a unique contemporary twist. This popular design has quickly grown due to its luxurious feel and influence on accentuating rustic design in a more modern way.
One of the key features that quickly separates the Modern Rustic Design from its predecessor is the value attributes to open, airy tones like soft white and light beige. This allows a space to let light travel easier throughout it and gives an overall more spacious feel. Natural elements like woods and stones are still heavily used throughout the design but are used more as bold accents rather than the primary tone and feel to the room. Rustic rooms may use more warm tones allowing reds and oranges into the theme whereas Modern Rustic will allow the pure colors of nature to take the role as the accent colors to the room.
Modern Rustic Design has a sheer beauty that is encapsulated throughout the style. With its neutral color palette and pure design, Modern Rustic give a tremendously luxurious feel to the space. Allowing for modern backsplashes and more contemporary flooring designs into the room to help bring this new age style to life. Large windows and exposed beams can help bring in more of the outdoors through the architectural layout. If your blueprint does not allow a lot you these amenities, applying enough soft tones, light colors, and mirrors can fix this. This design should have a very open comfort to it yet also feel homey as well.
Modernizing Rustic Elements
Do not fear the modernization of this design. Rustic is still a great style, but this adaptation gives you the freedom to add more contemporary features like a modernized fireplace or using an entertainment system as a focal point to the space. Find the balance in this design is key. This style should highly acknowledge the roots of Rustic Design but accentuate the present and allow for a sharper, more dapper environment.
Adding this style to your home is a fantastic choice in modernized style. With a strong passion for highlighting nature, this design will have your space feeling livelier and more energetic. Explore the design style and pick out the element you would like to see in your own home. Having everything picked out prior will help set you on the path to success before beginning to incorporate this beautiful design style in your home.

Flooring Styles for Wet Areas

There are many different styles of floors, all with their pros and cons. Over the years, companies have engineered high-quality products that are more durable, stain-resistant, and last longer; however, not all floors are made to be installed in wet areas, like bathrooms or laundry rooms. If water gets to the subfloor, it can lead to mold and mildew issues down the road. Here are our top three picks of flooring suitable for the wet areas of your home: 
  • Tile
If your goal is not to have a floor that will soak up water, tile is a great option because of its water resilience. The weak point comes in where the grout is located. Make sure that your subfloor is waterproofed correctly, or that all the grout lines are sealed to prevent water damage in the future. You can waterproof using different systems such as Schluter and Wedi to prevent future water damage and have ease of mind. 
  • Vinyl Planking
Vinyl planking is another excellent option. With today’s industries and technology, you can find a vinyl planking that replicates hardwood floor exceptionally well. Vinyl planking has taken a rise in the industry over the last century due to its waterproof features and long-lasting durability. Adding this to your home is an excellent choice to battle against water issues. Most vinyl planking is floating which allows you to take up the floor if it floods, address the problem, and then reinstall it.
  • Sheet Vinyl
Sheet vinyl is great for bathrooms and laundry rooms as well. You can have your sheet vinyl cut and dropped wall to wall in most small areas. This leaves no place for the water to go except where the vinyl meets the wall. It is an economical and durable solution which has an impervious finish and is convenient to clean.
  • COREtec
While being a newer addition to the flooring industry, COREtec is a renowned waterproofing option that gives you beauty to match its durability. With a vast selection of colors, textures, and styles, homeowners can have the look they desire without sacrificing quality. COREtec is an excellent choice for bathrooms where you want a wood-like finish without the fear of installing authentic wood. 
Which flooring style is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section.

Repetition Matters

Patterns are great tools to utilize in your home.  Repetition through the use of pattern helps captivate the mind and is intriguing to the overall design perspective.  Bold colors and designs can make strong statements through repetition as well as help encompass the room’s theme.  Here are several ways to put patterns in your home to aid your space’s design:
Splash of Color in a Neutral Room
If you have a neutral room lacking emphasis and color, try incorporating a bold accent color through repetition. Colors can help change the room’s feel.  For example, a neutral living room with no color will respond great to red throw pillows, a couple of red accented pictures on the wall, and simple red decor.  By repeating a color (i.e., red), you are providing a more continuous design scheme.
Pro-Tip: Adding red will help the room have a more soft, warm feel.  Whereas, on the contrary, adding blue to the room as the primary could help give a more tranquil, cool vibe.
Hard Angles Versus Soft Curves
This one can be overlooked in some design themes.  Pay attention to your room’s furniture and angles.  If your furniture has sharp angles, continue this concept throughout the room.  The rest of your furniture should help complement one another.  If your space has round edges, you can also have more circular attributes in the room’s decor as well.  Keeping this repetition in a room will help give a sense of unity and balance.
Direction and Patterns
If you plan on incorporating stripes and patterns, be sure to keep unity throughout the space.  Vertical lines and horizontal patterns can clash if not done correctly.  Repetition matters and how you use these patterns should help add to the room’s overall theme.  If you have a striped wall as a primary viewpoint of the room, try to have decor compliment the focal point.   Polka dots can be a useful, creative design tool to use as an attention-drawer. They can help add depth to a room with contradicting colors.  When trying to match polka dots, consider using similar patterns and colors through the room’s design to help strengthen your space’s aesthetic.
However, you chose to use patterns and repetition in your room will help amplify the features of your space.  Different patterns can be used to capture height or depth.  Consider what your overall design is and what repetition should then allow it to be the room’s base.
Remember, patterns make great accents to rooms to help with the overall aesthetics, and the use of repetition will help create consistency and an effortless flow from one room to the next. 

2018 Color of The Year

What is Color?

Color is how we perceive an aspect of an element determined by how it interacts with light.   There are three properties which define color.  The hue which lets us identify red from blue and yellow from green, the intensity which allows us to interpret how vivid we see the color and lastly, the value helps us see shades and different versions of colors.  Colors make up the world around us and can strongly influence emotions, decisions, and how we perceived the environment but did you know there is a color of the year?

Who Decides the Color of The Year?

Leatrice Eiseman is the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and is highly recognized by those affiliated with the substantial brand fashion and marketing industry.  She has been put in charge of a committee of color experts which travel internationally to discover what the next years up and coming color will be.  When Eiseman and her committee determine the most important color of the year and announce it, many large industries like Ikea, Sephora, Microsoft, Banana Republic and others will release brands and trends capitalizing on this trend.

What is the Color of The Year?  

Pantone Color Institute is recognized as the foremost leading source of obtaining information on colors and forecasting color trends.  Pantone Color Institute has Eiseman travel the world to observe the latest fashion trends, celebrity wardrobes, and, marketing endeavors so she can determine what color will impact the upcoming color campaign.  Greenery strongly influenced last year’s color.  This year, however, is the year of UltraViolet.

Background on UltraViolet

Every color has a generally recognized feel to them.  Being on the farthest end of the color spectrum, UltraViolet has been linked to mysterious and spiritual feelings.  It is a vivid color that intrigues the use of our creative imagination.  With today’s world being so chaotic and pushing boundaries of social connections, this color hosts a mindful refuge with it cool, tranquil vibes.  Violet has been associated with dignity and wisdom and is a color which strongly suggests the vision of the future.

Now that you are familiar with the color of the year see if you see it in more marketing this year.  You will be surprised by how influential the color of the year really can be in today society.  UltraViolet shows the mystery but creativity of our world rapidly revolutionizing today.

Outdoor Weekend Projects

As summer is coming to an end, it can be a great time to capitalize on the beautiful weather by completing some outdoor projects. The outside of your home is the first impression your home has to offer. Take some time this weekend to give your home an external renovation with these five easy weekend projects you can do to transform your curb appeal:
1. Paint Your Front Door
Painting your front door is a quick project that should not take more than a couple of hours. This is not only a quick and reasonable project, but it can really make your house stand out on your street. You can do a subtle color or be brave with a vibrant, colorful hue! Painting your front door is a great way to own your house and personalize it to your taste this summer.

2. Plant Flowers
Planting flowers is a great way to show that you care about your lawn. Flowers can be hung from baskets on your home’s porch or planted in a garden. You can even add herbs to your garden for further use in your kitchen. Planters are another great option you can add to your home’s exterior. This project should not take you longer than your weekend and can make quite the impression on your curb appeal.

3. Stain Your Patio Furniture
If you have patio furniture and have not stained it yet this year, try making it a project this weekend. Patio furniture can quickly become weathered and in need of staining. Sand your patio furniture thoroughly before staining to ensure that it will stay. Staining will do wonders on how different your furniture will look after being stained.

4. Mulch, Gravel, & Woodchips
Mulching your flower beds and around your trees can present a clean, well-kept look. You can even get woodchips or gravel as well as an alternative depending on your local environment. Adding these to your yard can really make your landscape more aesthetically pleasing.

5. Build a Firepit
Building a firepit is a quick and easy project that can also be used for entertainment. Adding a stone firepit to your yard can be a fun project with a reward at the end. Firepits are great for having over friends and enjoying the evening weather. 
All these projects can be done in a single weekend. They are quick and easy, yet the reward is very satisfying. Keep in mind your landscape this summer and try out some of these fun projects to amplify your curb appeal.

The Perfect Master Bath

Homeowners dream of having a relaxing, elegant bathroom but sometimes, they do not know how to make it happen. We look through magazines and think about how much we would love to own those bathrooms, but we never make it a reality. Stop spending your time dreaming and have your imaginations come to life with these simple tips.  

How to Create The Perfect Master Bathroom:

  • Lay It All Out. Comfort, convenience, and capability can determine the layout of your bathroom. A huge factor to consider is the bathroom’s plumbing. The plumbing affects where the shower, toilet, and bathtub will sit. For help with envisioning, call your contractor to come over and walk through the room with you. They can be helpful by letting you know what is possible. Also, think about the space’s convenience. If you are shorter, your height can affect your decision on how high up the cabinets are placed. Take into consideration how convenient you want everything to be before you begin the remodel. 
  • Make It Stylish. You will need to decide on a central theme for your bathroom. You can make it simple, classy, bold, etc. Choosing your bathroom’s motif is imperative before you move forward with choosing fixtures, lighting, etc. 
  • Add Little Pleasures. Remember that this is your dream bathroom! Include luxuries that you have always dreamed about having (for example, a towel warmer or maybe jacuzzi bathtub).  
  • Light It Up. Lighting in bathrooms is more imperative than homeowners may realize. To keep the ambiance luxurious, choose warm colored light bulbs rather than fluorescence lighting. Consider the windows, mirrors, and wall color when you are deciding on the lighting for the room. 
  • Make a Statement. This space is yours to make a bold statement. Take a chance with dramatic, beautiful features to capture the essence of the room. 
  • Cozy Up. The final step in creating the perfect master bathroom is to make the space relaxing. Your bathroom can quickly turn into a spa with the right candles, bubble bath, and music. Sit back and soak up your new bathroom because you have deserved it.  

With the right additions, your master bathroom can turn into a dream oasis. For more expert design tips and tricks, be sure to check back weekly. Thanks for reading!

The Different Types of Doors

Doors are the grand passageway of entering into a room. Their importance comes from the desire of having privacy, but we feel that doors can be so much more. Most of the time, doors are the first thing you will see entering a room. They close off specific areas of your home and allow the space to have an optional continuous or discontinuous flow. There is an enormous amount of interior doors to choose from, but let us focus on the top tier selection:  

1. French Doors.

Oui, oui. We love french doors because they become a statement piece on any wall on which they lay. One of the benefits of having french doors is that they typically draw eyes to their beautiful presence. French doors are often referred to as “the french window,” because they allow an exceptional amount of light into any space. They are typically made with glass panes and tend to attract attention with their brightening appearance.  

2. Double Doors.

French doors are not the only statement doors. Double doors tend to make an entryway extravagant with strong, bold doors. They are typically found off the entrance of main rooms that want to draw attention to the entrance/exit. For example, these dominating doors can be located off the entrance of master bedrooms and front entrances.

3. Wood Doors. 

If you are looking to provide warmth to your space, wooden doors will do just the trick. Wood doors offer a sound barrier to outside noises. They typically block sounds from other rooms, and they provide a classic finish to any space.

4. Molded Doors

Molded doors are meant to resemble wooden doors and tend to have a less expensive price tag. These doors are made from fiberglass and are shaped to look like a classic wooden door. 

Pro-Tip: Solid-core molded doors contain the same sound-proofing property found in wooden doors. Solid-core doors provide excellent insulation and have the added benefit of fire safety! 

5. Barn Doors

Barn doors have become a growing trend over the past decade, and buyers love them for their dominating demeanor. Barn doors will need an excessive amount of space on your wall, but they are well worth the loss of any wall space. They are a combination between a door and a statement piece because they can become a form of artwork in your home. 

6. Hollow Core Doors

These tend to be the most inexpensive door of the bunch, but their properties show why. They are light, hollow doors that do not block out noise, provide a minimum amount of insulation and do not have fire safety. If you are on a budget, these doors are perfect for adding throughout your home or in rooms where you do not need to block out sound. 

These tend to be the most common doors that homeowners choose for their homes, but there is always a larger selection available to you. Do some research and determine what doors are a good fit for your home. The best part about doors is that you do not have to do the same ones throughout your entire home. You can choose one or two extravagant doors then purchase a more budget-friendly option. 



Fundamentals of Design Part 5

You now know how geometrics compliment the architectural layout of your room with the use of lines and shapes. You have also discovered the importance of colors and textures and how they can amplify or weaken the design of your space.  Finding the perfect balance in your elements is crucial to making sure that nothing overshadows another elements’ spotlight.  Using the sizes of furniture brought into your room can help amplify a small space and make it not feel as crowded.  This harmonizes perfectly with making sure that there is enough space to flow to the room freely.  Lastly, you learned how to emphasize a focal point.  All these key elements all work with one another.  You cannot have one element without respecting the other fundamental principles.  This is where harmony comes into play. Let’s take a look:



Think of the combination of all the design elements that you applied within your space.  They should simultaneously stimulate one another.  If you only remember one goal of your design, remember harmony.  This is the most crucial factor to make sure your design flows and compliments the other elements.  You want your design never to feel overwhelming but as if there was thought and time put behind it.  This design principle illustrates the rhythm and balance put into each element you have in your room.  There are so many rules to include into creating and finalizing a space.  To ensure you encapsulate the basics, you will want to make sure they compliment each other. If something feels forced, it probably does not belong, or it lacks balance.  

The understanding of having your room incorporate a general “unity” throughout, is the key to capturing harmony.  Designs can come easy to some and be a little more difficult for others.  Using these principles and guidelines will help keep your design in check.  When creating your space, find a design style you want to replicate.  Take notes of lines, shapes, colors, textures and all the elements.  You can use this simple tool to help keep your design style in check as you create your dream oasis.

Fundamentals of Design Part 4

Balance is will keep different elements from outweighing others and size is important to help keep your project to scale.  These bring up our next design categories:  Space and Emphasis.  How to make sure there is enough space in the room works complementary to the scale and size of items in the room.  Emphasis can play off the color tones put into the room and be a great way to make key elements in your room stand out above others. To help you better understand the concept, we dug a little deeper into what emphasis truly means.  


Does your room have a focal point?  How do you emphasize this location or object?  Adding emphasis to an object can visually impact the room’s design. Lighting and contrasting is a great way to highlight your room’s focal points.  If you project a light onto an object, it will draw attention to it.  You can also paint a wall a contrasting color to make a furniture piece or artwork pop out more. 

Emphasis is an intriguing way to create a visual impact to your space.  How you emphasize focal points in the room can be a fun and creative way of expressing your own design style. You can start out small and work your way up to bigger objects/locations in your space, but be sure to never overcrowd a room. 

Space is an important element of design which shows a strong balance between shape and lines.  With colors and lighting, you can also emphasize what you want to be your primary focus in the room.  Try to encapsulate all of these elements to find the perfect balance.  Lastly, this leaves the final elements of design which will tie everything together: Harmony. Be sure to read the final post of the series: fundamentals of design part 5. 


Fundamentals of Design Part 3

Guidelines are essential to help encapsulate the perfect style and design elements for your home.  Deciding on what colors and textures you will be using through your space will help create a sense of style.  Things like lines and shapes will strengthen the geometrical layout of your room.  And with so many elements to put into a room, you will need to understand balance and sizing the find the right furniture and artwork for your space.  You never want something to overpower the whole space with a particular color or for a piece of furniture to feel overwhelming because this can quickly ruin a design theme in a home. To help you understand this principle, let us dive deeper into the discussion of balance and size: 



One of the most crucial elements to follow in design is “balance.”  Without balance, there is chaos.  Every object, color, picture, and light in your room gives off energy, and you do not want certain parts of the room to fall into a shadow or even triumph over other vital elements in your space.  If your color theme is red and blue and you paint all your walls red but only dedicate a small end table to blue, you have no balance.  Try to have an understanding of precisely what needs to be amplified and what may need to be toned down.  Ideally, this concept will help you incorporate more balance in your space. 


How big or small something is in a room can affect the Feng Shui.  The size of pictures and furniture are important to maintaining the flow throughout the room.  Bulky pieces of furniture can make a small room feel crowded, but small furniture in a large room can make the space feel under-furnished and even unwelcoming.  Playing with the scale of objects in the room can also help emphasized other elements.  This can be very helpful when finding balance in pictures or trying to make colors bolder.  Be creative on how you apply scale to your room to help subtly balance your room.

Balance and size will help make your room flow better.  You never want a room to feel cluttered or unwelcoming.  This is a simple but effective tool to have in your arsenal when designing your space.  Check out The Fundamental Elements to Design Part IV to understand the importance of space and emphasis and how to apply these elements to your home.