There is no denying that a beautiful and functional outdoor space makes your house more appealing and increases its value. Here are six tips that will make your dream outdoor space a reality!
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Kitchens have become much more than an area for food preparation and storage. With styles and trends always changing, we like to stay up-to-date on the hottest “must-haves” so that we can deliver them to you. Read on to discover the top five trends you can expect to see in kitchens in 2018 (maybe even your own!)
We get it.
You want your bathroom to feel bigger.
While there’s no such thing as a magic wand that will boost your square footage (although this would make our jobs really, really easy), there are lots of hacks you can employ to “trick” the eye and make even the tiniest powder room feel like part of a spa getaway.
Check out some of our favourite space-boosting tips:
Light the way
From natural to artificial light sources, brighter is always better. You don’t always have to remodel to see results - this could be something as simple as keeping the curtains open if you have a big window in your space.
If you are renovating, think about making your windows bigger or upgrading your lighting for something brighter and more efficient, such as recessed lighting. While the goal is to welcome as much light as you can, try to avoid the common mistake of going overboard with fixtures that can get cluttered and wasteful.
Say hello to a new friend: glass
If bringing more light into your space makes it feel bigger, it stands to reason that all the new light needs to be guided somewhere.
Adding more glass lets light into all the areas of your space, creating more visual depth.
Something easy like swapping out the opaque doors on a linen closet or cabinet for glass ones will help make use of every ounce of space your powder room has to offer. Alternatively, if you’re planning a new bathroom design, opt for glass as much as you can – like glass surfaces that reflect light on your vanity.
This is another trick that seems suspiciously simple – but trust us! It works.
Clear as much as you can off your floor. It can be as straightforward as getting rid of an overloaded towel rack or moving an unused side table out of the room.
If you’re renovating, consider a wall-mounted vanity to clear your floor space up even more. The idea is that more floor space gives your eyes more freedom to look around, and more open space to see, creating the illusion of a bigger room (not quite magic, but we’ll take it).
Up up and away
Another clever Jostar trick is to draw the eye upward if you can’t draw it horizontally.
Let’s break it down: adding intriguing and elegant details in a vertical manner in your bathroom distracts the eye from looking side to side. One of our favourite tricks is using crown molding.
As long as the scale isn’t too dramatic, the detailing is enough to draw the eye somewhere new and create an elegant vibe. If you have a very high ceiling, you could also try adding a chandelier (if it suits your home decor) to the same effect.
Choose colours wisely
Our next tip is perfect for space boosting without renovating: lighten up your wall tones. You’ve probably already been cautioned at least once in your life about painting your walls too dark, but it really is true.
Lighter colours will make your space feel bright and airy. However, sticking to pale tones doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be boring or drab. There are plenty of easy ways to bring all your interior design ideas to life.
Maybe that deep red you love is too heavy for the walls, but it could easily be the colour of your accents and towels. Overall, the secret to more space is being strategic with how you balance colour – so lighten your walls, but don’t lose your creativity or be afraid to use bold colours wisely.
While there may not be one quick way to instantly boost bathroom space, there are tons of little secrets that can improve the serenity and spaciousness of your bathroom.
For more insight, check out the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz and discover helpful tips and industry tricks from Edmonton interior designers.
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5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life
Big, beautiful windows are one of the best parts of a room, and a feature you definitely want to show off. As your windows create such a focal point, it’s easy to forget about the importance of how you cover them. The window treatment you choose will bring your room together and add a meaningful finishing touch.
There are a many number of products and textiles available to help you cover your windows, but what you select depends entirely on how you use your windows.
Here’s everything you need to know to determine what’s right for you:
Blinds are great for rooms in which you may want to partially block natural light or go into full private mode. They can be constructed from a range of materials: from plastic to wood, and also come in any range of colours. Blinds feature slats that can be tilted to let some, a little, or no light in, and they cast lovely mood-setting shadows when the light strikes just right.
Shades are some of the most versatile window coverings available. They’re made by attaching a length of fabric to a sturdy mechanism, such as a frame or rod, and fitting directly over your windows. Shades are lowered and raised with a pulley system that doesn’t leave any loose strings.
Unlike blinds that have slats, shades are continuous with no gaps in the material. Ideal for any size of window, they can offer partial light to full darkness, depending on the material used in construction. Although they have less “settings,” you can control the light you let into your space during the design phase by carefully choosing the opacity of the fabric of your new window coverings.
Roller shades are true to their name: they roll up!
These are a great window treatment option when you’re looking for something that will look inconspicuous when open. Like standard shades, rollers are constructed with a continuous piece of fabric (so take care in choosing the right opacity for your needs).
The difference is that rollers spin into a neat roll at the top of your window frames when not in use. Best for minimalist designs, roller shades are especially popular in sitting rooms because of their sleek and unobtrusive look.
Drapes are where things can take more of a turn for the creative. They can be made from almost any type of fabric and in any colour, pattern, or texture you desire. Drapes are hung on a rod above the window, making them easy to open (or play hide and seek behind).
They give you the option to make a bold statement and are especially popular in main living rooms and master bedrooms. Again, opacity determines how much light will peek through your window coverings, so choose something heavier if you plan to sleep in, and lighter if you like to rise with the sun.
Sheers are ideal for adding a little privacy without blocking a lot of light. They are frequently layered over shades or blinds to give you more window coverage options and kick up your style.
Sheer curtains can make your space feel bright and airy, without the unfinished look that comes with completely naked windows. We love to use them in soft, dreamy bedroom designs for an added touch of whimsy and gentle movement.
If you’re wondering what window covering ideas are right for your space, we’re here to help. Get in touch with one of our designers to book a consultation today!
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