“Whether it’s a traditional design steeped in British country-house charm, or a contemporary model that conjures minimalist spas, the freestanding tub has a new-found stature as the focal point in today’s more ambitious bathrooms.”
In a 2014 report, The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) stated that more than two-thirds of NKBA designers specified freestanding tubs.
Above: Love how the freestanding tub in the above picture fits perfectly in that nook. The window above it only enhances it as a focal point in this space. It is balanced nicely with the velvet settee and warmed up with the wood elements.
Large scale art can have a big impact on a room.
You may have noticed the trend toward over-sized artwork and photography. It may not be for everyone, but I think it’s fabulous to be big and bold in your design choices. One huge piece will definitely take care of a single wall or may be enough for the whole space.
Here are a few of our favorite rooms with large scale art:
To view more large scale art inspiration photos, visit our Pinterest board!
In this post I will go over the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines, by first stating the guidelines and then pointing our their importance and giving insight on best solutions and practices. Find out more about NKBA here.
The Guidelines (according to the NKBA)
- A clear floor space of at least 30″ x 48″ should be provided at each kitchen appliance. Clear floor spaces can overlap.
- In a U-shaped kitchen, plan a minimum clearance of 60″ between opposing arms.
- Include a wheelchair turning space with a diameter of at least 60″, which can include knee and toe clearances.
- A wheelchair turning space could utilize a t-shaped clear space, which is a 60″ square with two 12″ wide x 24″ deep areas removed from the corners of the square. This leaves a minimum 36″ wide base and two 36″ wide arms. T-shaped wheelchair turning spaces can include knee and toe clearances.
A working aisle of 48″ is generally preferred, depending on the size of your kitchen. But you should know that while it’s nice to have a spacious aisle, you can actual go too far out in clearance.
I would recommend that you try to stay under 54″ wide.
Many kitchens will allow only a minimum clearance on one edge but often times will allow for an increase in clearance on an adjacent edge. The aisle with more clearance will have more traffic flow than the minimum clearance aisle.
There are several types of entrances for your home. These types usually include a utilitarian entrance, special-purpose entrances, and a formal entrance.
The Utilitarian Entrance
The utilitarian entrance to a home is more of a service entrance and one that is used multiple times daily. This entrance is usually connected to the driveway and carport/garage area and near the kitchen.
The Special-Purpose Entrance
The special-purpose entrance is usually connecting a space like your bedroom to something like a patio. However, this week we want to focus our discussion on perhaps the least used entry in your home: the front door and the foyer.
The Formal Entrance
The formal entrance is seen from the street and drive up to your house. It almost always includes a foyer and is the first impression for the design of the rest of your home. This is the room where you want to receive your guests.
“A foyer is the room or space at the entrance of a home. Also known as an entry hall or entryway, foyers are often used to make a design statement by being dramatic.”
The foyer is hardly ever the most utilized space in your house, but it is still a very important part of your home. As the first room that your guest sees, its important to have a foyer that makes a statement. It’s an introduction to the rest of your home and is a good area to define your style. Its like going on a date, and you put on your nicest dress for the occasion. Because of this, the foyer is typically more formal than the rest of your home.
There are few key items that can aid in designing a successful foyer:
- Seating (if room allows)
- A focal point such as a mirror, window or work of art
- A console table
- Good lighting, usually a pair of sconces or a pair of matching lamps in addition to a foyer light or flush-mount fixture
- Plants or greenery if suitable
- Colors/textures that speak to the rest of your home.
- TIP: be conscious of balance and scale!
The foyer above is very rich and heavy with its dark tones which is nicely balanced by the delicacy of the mirror and the thin glass top table. The white flowers provide an organic and feminine touch. The large scaled mirror is cleverly and slightly tucked behind the console table,which gives a nice, well thought out layered look. Mirrors in a multifunctional foyer, like one in an apartment can give the feeling of openness, especially where natural sunlight or windows are not present. Foyer mirrors are also good for those last minute checks of appearance before leaving the house. There is a large chandelier centered to the space which grounds the room.
Here is an outdoor application with the same idea.