A traditional countertop design extends the lip of the countertop just a few inches beyond the edge of the actual counter. A waterfall countertop continues the past the edge of the counter, vertically down to the floor, extending the material to all sides of the island.
A new year means out with the old and in with the new color. With 2019’s announcement of these leading design companies color of the year reports, its time to get painting! Pantone’s “Living Coral”, Benjamin Moore’s “Metropolitan”, and Sherwin William’s “Cavern Clay” will bring warmth and vibrancy to any drab space.
1. Benjamin Moore
3. Sherwin Williams
One of the first design concepts you learn is contrast. Complementary colors are located on opposing sides of the color wheel. Finding colors that go together but create contrast is a key step in designing a space. Therefore it may seem counterintuitive to do it with only one color. However, we are seeing more and more rooms that play on variations of a single color. These spaces are immersive, moody and shocking.
Monochromatic rooms set the mood immediately and without question. That mood, depending on the color, can range anywhere from bright and whimsical to sleek ultramodern. Monochrome also brings the added benefit of allowing your accents and fixtures to stand out where they might otherwise go unnoticed.
What are Butcher Block Countertops?
The four most popular types of butcher block countertops are made from maple, oak, bamboo, and antique pine. Each type of wood has its own pros and cons. Learning about each will help you make a more informed decision when you are thinking about adding butcher block countertops to your next new build, renovation, or remodeling project.
This most popular butcher block material today is maple. This hardwood is a natural choice for a couple of reasons. First, this wood has a simple, straight grain, which gives off an overall appearance of elegance. It also a beautiful blond to light-brown coloration, which goes well with many styles. Staining tends to bring out the spectrum of this wood’s coloration, making it an eye-catcher in any setting.
Oak countertops aren’t quite as durable as maple, but they do have their own perks. Oak gives you the greatest range of color variation, thanks to the numerous species of oak that can be used. You can have from rich dark honey tones of a red oak all the way to the subtle corn and hay tones in a white oak.
You might have heard that wood countertops are impossible to sanitize. This is a myth. Most wood countertops naturally kill bacteria. Germs like salmonella and listeria need water to grow; wood binds up water, making it difficult for bacteria to grow. Wood consistently outperforms materials like plastic when it comes to controlling the spread of bacteria.And of the wood countertops, bamboo countertops are the most bacteria resistant.
Bamboo is also a great choice if you’re looking for an eco-friendly wood option. Bamboo takes only a few years to reach full maturity, making it a sustainable resource.
Antique Pine Countertops
Last but not least are antique pine countertops. These countertops have a unique look, thanks to their 100+ years of maturation. This gives the wood a close-grained texture and a super hard, durable surface. It also makes the wood more stable than young woods. The color will not change over the years as dramatically as with other woods.
Antique pine countertops are easy to clean and maintain.
With less than a month left in 2018, we thought this would be a great opportunity to look at all that made this year merry and bright. It is, after all, that time of year! Take a look at the best of 2018, and get a sneak peek at what we think will be big in the New Year.
Top Posts of 2018
What was trendy in 2018, you ask? Small pools and ombre interiors, among other things. Click the links to reread this year’s best blog posts.
You don’t need to go Olympic-sized to have a great escape from the summer heat. These tiny pools give you relief while working with the size of your yard.
Sometimes, you want lots of space. Sometimes, you want to feel cozy. Partition walls help you have the best of both worlds.
Let the light shine on you.
Love them, hate them, ombre interiors made a big splash this year.
We’re already looking ahead to 2019. This is what we think will be hot in interior design in the year to come.
Last year was all about spice: fiery Caliente and bold Ultra Violet were the top colors. This year, though, major companies are going for a more subdued, sophisticated look in their paint choices.
Behr’s top pick for the year is Blueprint S470-5, an approachable cool blue color that compliments pretty much any other color. Benjamin Moore went with Metropolitan, a stylish off-white with rich grey tones, reminiscent of Eggshell. And among Pantone’s picks for the year are Soybean – a subtle, buttery white – and Brown Granite – an earthy grey-brown tone.
The Verdict: Stick to tried-and-true neutrals for walls, carpets, and ceilings. If you’re all about that pop of color, work it in with accessories or furniture. You want you home to feel clean, calm, and modern.
The Verdict: We love mid-century modern, but maybe it is time to leave in the last century.
2019’s biggest accessories will be a mixture of old and new. Old: terrazzo. Yes, that 30s staple is back. Advances in manufacturing have given buyers a wider selection of looks and finishes, from positively kitschy to on-par-with-granite elegance. Also, geometric patterns, which have been a staple in the design world for many years, continue to be popular. New: artisanal fixtures. Bold metal accents, blown glass features, and hand made accessories will elevate the look of light fixtures in 2019.
The Verdict: Your options may be unlimited, but it is never a bad thing to stick with what you know.
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Someone recently told me “Every room needs something black in it;” a rule that, I realized, is an inherent practice that, as a designer, I most always tend to follow. Ultimately, every room needs a bit of contrast. When a palette is becoming too monochromatic, that’s when its time to pull in the black. “Something black” could mean tile, or paint; but it can also come in the form of furniture or decor or even artwork. The subtle, yet impressive black accents in these interiors really complete the spaces.
|This black fireplace adds just the right amount of depth to an otherwise light-and-airy room. Source|
|The black elements in the central ibis painting play off the black toilet seat and floor tile. Source|
|Subtle black accents on art and furniture play off this room’s dark wood flooring. Source|
|Black pendant lights are a great compromise of the popular all-white kitchen. Source|
|In a room with a busy palette, black adds elegance and refinement. Source|
What are Quartz, Marble, and Granite?
|These marble countertops are unlike any other.|
Quartz isn’t technically a pure stone, at least not in the form you will use for a countertop. It is mined like marble and granite, but the raw stone is they crushed into a powder then mixed with resin and pigment to create a single, smooth surface. Sometimes, it is referred to as an “engineered stone.”
|These lovely quartz countertops were the centerpiece in a recent renovation.|
Quartz vs. Marble vs. Granite
|These marble countertops are beautiful AND perfect for breadmaking!|
|These quartz counte
rtops are beautiful but not “natural.”
Stains & Hygiene
|These quartz countertops lend natural elegance to this modern kitchen.|
Because quartz isn’t porous, it doesn’t need nearly as much maintenance. Most quartz blends can be safely cleaned with most household cleaning products.
|These black granite countertops give this kitchen a very modern feel.|
Quartz tends to be in the middle, price wise. For quartz, part of the cost comes down to the manufacturing process. Adding unique colors or asking for specialty veining can drive the price up even more.
But, the king of stone countertop materials is marble. Marble has long been prized for its beauty, enhanced by the subtle veining. Marble is mined at several places around the world, but Italian marble, particularly Carrara, is considered the finest. Expect to pay top dollar for marble pieces from Italy.
So what’s the best material for your countertops?
In most markets, quartz is the most affordable option. Other perks of this engineered stone are its ease of maintenance and durability. But it simply does not have the natural beauty and high-end look that marble, or even granite, has.
|The floor at the GHBA Product Expo.|
This week has been a busy week for me and my team. Yesterday, I attended the Greater Houston Builders Association Product Expo, where I met some really outstanding builders, contractors and designers. It was such a great experience for me and a great way to expand my network in Texas. I’m really looking forward to working with some of my new contacts on some future projects.
Today, I’m on my way back to Louisiana!
For this month’s post, I thought I’d take a moment to share my latest video. If you’re not familiar with the pieces that I make through my company, The Olde Mill, then this is a great introduction.
If you are familiar, I’d appreciate it if you shared it with others in the industry who might be able to use a product like our engineered beams. The light weight of these beams makes them easy to install at any stage in the construction process.
Thanks for your continued support!
Floor lamps can be divided into three main types: arc lamps, stand lamps, and tripod lamps. Each type comes with its own pros and cons. Choose based on the needs, and style, you have in mind for your space.
|This stand lamp gives off a clean, mid-century vibe. Source.|
|This gorgeous art nouveau stand lamp would be the star of any room. Source.|
|Whimsical bird-perch stand lamp. Source.|
|This stand lamp doubles as a table or shelving. Source.|
|This pencil stand lamp would be a great accent in a children’s – or writer’s – room. Source.|
|This stand lamp offers a little storage. Source.|
|This rocket ship stand lamp is both modern and fun. Source.|
|The fun lines of this stand lamp contrast the modern lines of the wall decor. Source.|
Arc lamps come with a stand or pedestal that is curved or bent. This is a great option for someone wh
o wants the drama of a chandelier or hanging pendant but can’t make it work in the space. The curve of the lamp’s stand allows the light to hang.
|This arc lamp provides a great alternative to a hanging pendant lamp or chandelier. Source.|
|The wire cafe of this arc lamp gives it an industrial feel. Source.|
|This arc lamp provides a little bit better reading light than your average floor lamp. Source.|
|This arc lamp can be adjusted to fit the height of surrounding furniture. Source.|
|A rose gold arc lamp lends a very modern feel to this space. Source.|
|The paper shade of this arc lamp lends a soft light to this bright space. Source.|
|The added texture on this arc lamp’s light shade adds some interest to this clean space. Source.|
|This arc lamp adds big visual interest. Source.|
With the rise in popularity of mid-century modernism, tripod lamps themselves are increasing in popularity. These lamps have three legs, usually made of a wood, and a top-mounted light source. They’re often shorter than stand lamps, and the light they cast is more angled downward; that is, unless you get a la
mp with a more novel light source. These lamps work best in corners of rooms, or out of the way of foot traffic. You don’t want to trip over one of the lamp’s legs.
|This tripod lamp draws the eye when displayed against the space’s monochromatic palette. Source.|
|This tripod lamp makes clever use of a vintage Cadillac head lamp. Source.|
|The added swing element of this tripod lamp makes it feel more industrial. Source.|
|Reclaimed objects, like this vintage tripod lamp, work well with a rustic look. Source.|
|With a globe shade, this tripod lamp casts light in every direction. Source.|
|This simple tripod lamp complements the existing furniture. Source.|
At one point, it sounded like something out of a sci-fi movie: push a button and “print” a sofa for your home in minutes. Thanks to new technology in the field of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, we’re not too far from that reality.
With 3D printing, manufacturers use advanced machines to “print” either entire pieces or parts for pieces. Usually, extremely hard plastic or silicone builds up the piece, but some makers are branching out to metals and even wood. 3D printing can be much faster, and much more affordable, than traditional furniture making methods. These machines work more quickly than people and can produce furniture around the clock. And the materials they use are readily available, cheap, and durable.
Additive manufacturing also allows manufacturers to produce pieces that would be extremely difficult or even impossible with traditional furniture-making methods: 3D printers can make full use of 3D space and aren’t hindered by the effects of gravity. Furniture makers are no longer bound by the limitations of furniture-making methods like inject-molding or routing. They are free to make incredibly complex pieces that are beautiful in their intricacy.
The latest designs from the world’s top brands are both functional and pleasing to the eye. And, combined with traditionally-manufactured or natural pieces, such as fabric, cushions, wood legs and platforms, and more, these 3D pieces are becoming a comfortable staple in homes and offices everywhere.
Most 3D printed pieces have an organic, natural look to them; some go as far as to appear “futuristic.” Manufacturers take advantage of these design features to minimize the amount of plastic used in the piece, which lessens the weight.
Many of these pieces, especially those with an emphasis on natural forms, would be right at home in a mid-century modern space. Those with eclectic tastes shouldn’t have any problem incorporating them, either.
For more traditional spaces, you will need to add additional pieces made from similar textures and colors, to further incorporate your 3D printed piece.
If your space has modern feel, try to choose pieces in the same color scheme as your home. Softer, ombre or pastel pieces will look jarring in a space that is clean and minimalist.
With further advances happening in 3D printing everyday, we might not be too far away from printing a sofa in our living room at the press of a button.