THE NEW OLD TILE IN TOWN
Arabesque tile is here to stay!
The curvi linear forms along with sharp angles give the tile an artistic and ornate look. Available in a wide variety of colors and glazes, it looks great both in horizontal as well as vertical planes. They break the monotony of regular rectangular or square tiles and remain classic through changing trends. Here are some finishes to give an idea. Most of them have a premium $$$ amount attached to them but home depot’s online store also carries a small range of these tiles at a more affordable price.
What a gorgeous wall!
Architects “Jane Kim Design” did such a fine job by introducing patina-ted copper panels that match with the mirror, onto the entire wall, enhancing and expanding the character and beauty of the mirror. And oh! By the way, the mirror was bought from an architectural salvage store! How awesome is that?
Beauty can not be confined within high end stores…You only need to expand your horizon and put your thinking cap on!
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
Here are some of my absolute favorites when it comes to wall treatments!
Infused veneer – Chinoiserie
BURLAP, THE WONDER FABRIC!
Whenever I’m asked to suggest window coverings for someone on a shoe string budget, Burlap always instantly comes to my mind. Burlap is available in many neutral shades and weaves and is priced between $2-7 a yard depending on the quality and tightness of weave. It’s a very flexible material when it comes to usage and looks just as lovely as table runners as it looks great when used as curtains or furniture upholstery.
ARTWORK FOR WALLS
If the word “Wall Paper” reminds you of your grandma’s kitchen, think again! Wall paper is Back! And in more textures, designs and patterns than ever before. Gone are the days of floral’s, the fruit baskets and ribbons, sunflowers. Instead, chic-contemporary patterns and artwork has taken over. When compared to paint, it is a much more expensive option, but the durability and low maintenance recovers it’s cost. Moreover, it can be used sparingly on focal walls or as surprise elements within cabinets.
Wallpaper is available in several varieties, some of those being: paper,vinyl coated paper, coated fabric, solid vinyl, paper backed vinyl or fabric backed vinyl, foil wallpaper, flock wallpaper and grass cloth. To get into these categories and their specifications is a topic for another day….
But today I want to share with you this fabulous wall paper which is no less than art. Take a look at this beautiful new era wallpaper by “Wall & Deco”. The company has marvelously reinterpreted and transitioned the traditional concept by adding visually enticing graphics, texture and artwork more suitable for contemporary settings. I had a tough time picking one over the other. But here are some of my absolute favorites. Hope you enjoy them too.
DOODLING ON WALLS!
Seriously! There’s no need to limit imagination.
As a child, did you ever ruin the pristine walls of your house? Did you ever pretend play being a teacher with room full of imaginary students, writing and drawing on doors & walls to teach the class what you had learnt at school? I did! And often got into trouble for messing up the walls. I was told to express my creativity only and only on small pieces of sketch paper or small chalk boards.
COUNTER TOP SURFACES
Granite: Granite tops the popularity charts when it comes to selecting natural stone kitchen counter tops. With a wide variety grain pattern and colors to choose from, it is one of the hardest and strongest material. Not only is it scratch resistant but can also withstand high heat. Granite is also bacteria and stain resistant which makes it a one time investment and favorable choice for those who can afford it. It can be used as polished, honed, flamed or brushed to suit several design scenarios.
Marble: Marble counter tops are also considered elegant and spectacular. Its available in a wide variety of soft hues and also some stunning black variety. Being porous it stains easily therefore used in areas that are less busy in the kitchen. however it is favored largely by bakers and is considered an ideal surface for rolling the dough. It looks warm and luxurious in most conditions whether it is honed or mirror polished.
Engineered Stone: Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz mixed with resin and pigments to create a humongous range of colors . It has granite like properties such as being heat, scratch and chemical resistant. It is favored in modern kitchens where color can be used to create huge impact and without having to struggle with uniformity of pattern and appearance. Some brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq®, LG Viatera®, Cambria Quartz, and Silestone®.