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  • 4 Timeless Color Schemes for your Bathroom


    Defining the look or appearance of a bathroom can be extremely challenging. There is often a hesitation on which colors go well within the bathroom, yet still complement the rest of the home, and will work for years to come. Below, are 4 different color schemes that give a timeless look to the bathroom space and work for years to come.

     

    Grey Scale: As boring as it sounds, various shades of grey work very well within the bathroom. The grey tones can be a mixture and paint and textures to give the bathroom space some orientation. The grey colors can be complemented well with bathroom decorative items, such as plants or colorful towels to balance and brighten the space. Grey is an extremely soothing shade and it will create an uplifting and relaxing atmosphere within the bathroom space.

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    Mocha and White: Any combination of brown and white mixes modern and classic within the design. The brown or mocha tones warm up the bathroom space, making it look more inviting, while the white adds depth and highlights various areas of the bathroom, giving the space visual interest. Whether it is a creamy white or a stark white, it is a great shade to highlight various features such as the bathtub or vanity wall.

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    Blue and Yellow: If there is a preference to step away from the neutrals and add some color to the bathroom space, the first place to look is towards the outdoors. Bringing some outdoor colors inside, such as blue and yellow to create an everlasting color scheme within the bathroom. The blue and yellow is a mix of the sun in a clear blue sky. With a color combination like blue and yellow, the bathroom can have a cooler feel, with blue being the dominant color-balanced with pops of yellow; or warmed up with yellow being the dominant color balanced with pops of blue. The pops of color can be added in the form of towels, bathroom mats or even other movable accessories.

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    Black and White: Black and white anything is classic and takes you back to the 1920s and 1930s. However, black and white interiors are definitely timeless within the bathroom. Black and white can be complemented with chrome fixtures and hits of bright colors to give the bathroom space a contemporary design that will stand the test of time!

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    A timeless color scheme in the bathroom is definitely possible. With the ideas above, one can get extremely creative and defining a space that is unique to them and their tastes. Start with your bathroom interiors today!

  • 5 Ways to Give the Bathroom a Mini Makeover (without Renovation)


    We all like to upgrade our spaces from time to time, but refuse to do so mostly do to inconvenience. However, whenever we visit a hotel or a model home, we can't help but admire the beautifully styled bathrooms, which we understand can be a challenge to manage in everyday homes. However there are some easy style tricks one can add to their bathroom space to give it a mini makeover, without dealing with the hassles of renovation. The list below starts with the most simple and easiest ways to upgrade the bathroom, and ends making some moderate changes to the space.

    Adding some Greenery: As mentioned in a few previous blogs, plants are a great way to make a space feel more new and lively. A living plant in the bathroom adds great color and can look beautiful as well. Indoor plants such as bamboo shoots go very well humid environments, which makes the bathroom a perfect space for it! Place it at the corner of the vanity countertop to keep it out of the way, yet still adding color to a space.

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    Changing up the Textiles: Another easy way to make a change is to mix up the towels and bathroom mats. In a bathroom, the towels are the most visible items, and typically fade away with time and more use. Upgrade the bathroom space by adding some fresh bath, hand, and face towels. Either have a set or mix and match and create your own color scheme within the bathroom. Even changing up the bathroom rug can immediately make the room look new. All types of these textiles will add instant color and allow for an immediate upgrade.

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    Replacing Countertop Accessories: Even switching out the countertop items can bring an instant change. Changing the soap dispenser or the cosmetic items on display doesn't even require any extra shopping. One can easily use a mason jar or a beautiful vase to place their bathroom essentials, yet still have them on the countertop.

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    Changing Cabinet Hardware: A more moderate makeover idea is to switch the hardware. Just with a simple switch out the entire look of the cabinetry can change, making it look more modern or classic or transitional. Changing something as small at the bathroom handles can dramatically make a difference and possibly give the look of a whole new bathroom! 

    Mixing up the Sink and Shower Fixtures: Just like changing out the hardware, replacing the shower and sink fixtures updates the look and even adds a more comfortable water flow. A brand new shower head brings a fresh feel while using it and creates a more spa-like atmosphere within the bathroom itself.

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    Upgrading the bathroom space can be an extremely simple task. A few simple and small changes can really transform the space and make it look brand-new. In thinking about updating the bathroom space, remember it is the details that make all the difference!

  • 5 Ways to Light Up Your Home Interior Naturally


    We all love some decent lighting at home. However, most homes have a few dark corners and nooks that can add gloom to a space. A poorly lit home can cause an unpleasant space indoors and make being at home less desirable. Although there are a variety of artificial light options, the key is to find the best way to light up the home naturally. Natural light is excellent for daytime hours, as it saves energy and makes a space look more welcoming. Below are 5 ways to add more light to a home naturally.

     

    Lots of Windows-The most obvious idea is having lots of windows. Ensure every room in the home has a natural light so no artificial light is required to be on during the day! Let light seep in thru the windows in the daylight hours to make a space feel more alive. In having a lot of windows, there are a variety of options: There are the conventional windows, there are clerestory windows, which sit above the eye level, high on the wall-yet still brighten interiors; skylights which are windows that bring in light from the sky! Skylights instantly illuminate a room, and are a great idea for bathrooms. Since they are facing upward, there is still the bathroom privacy, yet there is natural light at the same time!

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    Intelligent Window Coverings-Going with a lot of windows in the home, the next step is choosing the right window covering because that can make all the difference in how much light the windows give off. Drapes can be heavy or light depending on preference. However, lighter colored drapes allow light to reflect through when it is daylight, without being too interfering or disturbing any sleep. In more public areas of the home, sheer drapes are an excellent solution. They also provide the same, natural light without being blinding.

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    Gloss Finish: Whether it is the kitchen cabinets or flooring, gloss finish is brilliant for bouncing light around the room. As a finish, it is reflective, instantly brightening up a space and giving the illusion that there is more light than their actually is. Therefore, in adding more light to your home interior, consider a gloss finish for the kitchen, wardrobe, or even the floor. For more on the gloss finish in comparison to matt, click the previous blog post.

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    White Walls: In naturally lighting a home, colors matter a lot. While choosing the general color scheme for a particular room or a home, lighter colors, especially white work very well in adding instant light to a space. White walls make a space look open and airy, and it brings in extra light without adding an extra light bulb!

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    Mirrors: We have definitely mentioned mirrors in many previous blogs. Nevertheless, just as what was stated before, mirrors are a great way to transform a space. A large statement mirror adds glamour and reflects light. If the mirror were placed opposite or next to a window, then it would create the illusion of more light than there actually is.

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    Natural light in any interior is a definite must have. It creates a more welcoming space and adds some beauty indoors. While considering the interiors for your home, find a way to bring in the light....naturally!

  • Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid them-Part 2


    previous blog post of ours mentioned the designing a kitchen is quite the challenge, and oftentimes homeowners tend to compromise on one thing or another to get the job done in some way, shape or form. However, cutting corners in a kitchen design process can lead to some major design mistakes within a home. As a result, a kitchen can be a disaster! Continuing on with the previous blog post on common kitchen design mistakes and how to avoid them, check out three more design mistakes below.

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    Compromising on Hardware: One cost-cutting technique many homeowners do is they settle for a more inferior hardware choice. Whether it is handles or drawer systems, compromising on hardware greatly affects the functionality and productivity of the kitchen. As a result, the kitchen is not as pleasant to use. The solution to avoid compromising on hardware is to be aware of the options available. Whether it is a more expensive hardware or a more economical one, be fully informed before making the final decision. Choose a hardware that adds to the kitchen's aesthetics and functionality at the same time.

     

    Rushing through the Planning Process: One of the most common mistakes in designing a kitchen, or any room, for that matter is rushing through the planning process. From the beginning of the home process to the end, we all have a desire to get the job done as soon as possible so we can move in or start using our renovated home. However, planning takes significant time. In rushing, there is a higher risk of error and lesser quality, and the finish is compromised. Avoid rushing through the process, and slow down and take your time. Ensure all the important decisions are well-planned in advance so there is no confusion at the end.

     

    Clashing Style: While choosing the overall design and appearance of the kitchen, often homeowners isolate the kitchen as its own room rather than factoring in the rest of the home. As a result, the kitchen space is a completely different design and theme compared to the rest of the home. In ensuring the kitchen design is in sync with the rest of the home, avoid patterns that conflict between the walls. Go for simple colored walls or patterns that can be complemented in the rest of the home.

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    A brand-new kitchen or renovation takes its own time and comes with its own set of frustration and challenges. However with some due diligence, one can easily have a beautiful home without compromising on design, style, and functionality.

  • 4 Practical Home Design Practices to Follow


    Home design is one of the more challenging tasks in creating a new space or renovating an existing home. Oftentimes, one does not know where to start, who to talk to, or where it should even end, and it gets overwhelming. However, before designing the home, there are a few basic practices one should follow to maintain some organization and order and not get confused within the design process. Those 4 principles are below.

     

    1. Organize the Wiring: Wiring is inevitable within a home. Particularly behind the entertainment unit, the wiring can be a chaotic mess of television, DVD Player, Speakers, satellite box, and even gaming consuls. Within extensive wiring in such a small space, it is best to ensure that there is some way of organizing without interfering with the overall design. Whether it is setting panels or grouping certain wires together, keeping the wiring in order eliminates a wiring mess from view and allows for much easier usage of the entire entertainment center.
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    2. Wardrobe Shutters: As mentioned in a previous blog, there is a variety of options in wardrobe shutters, one of which can save on significant space. While planning your own home design, consider the space where the wardrobe will be placed, and then decide the shutters accordingly. While hinged shutters are the most conventional, sliding shutters are major space savers which can allow a wardrobe to fit even into a narrow passageway or smaller bedroom. The sliding shutters allow for more movement within the small space without having anything extra get in the way.
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    3. Kitchen Work Triangle: Another factor mentioned in a previous blog was the Kitchen Work Triangle. In the design phase, planning a kitchen design around the work triangle is a major lifesaver. Whether the kitchen has one cook or multiple cooks, it is essential that the kitchen space is planned for easy work flow and maximum efficiency. The work triangle should designate the three most important tasks within the kitchen: cooking, cleaning, and storage. In other words, the location of the hob and chimney, location of the sink and dishwasher, and location of the refrigerator. Ensure that the kitchen layout allows for an easily function work triangle for a smooth-running kitchen space. 
    4. Mindful Vertical Storage: One of the more space-efficient tactics in smaller homes is the use of vertical storage. While it is a great space-saving solution, in designing a home one has to be mindful of its practicality. Especially in modular units, the storage should stay below 7 feet in height, otherwise it is extremely uncomfortable to reach and the storage space goes unused for everyday use.
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    Designing your home should reflect you, your lifestyle, and your preferences. In this taxing design process, the basic principles are can get forgotten. As you begin your home design, remember the fundamentals to have a smooth design!

  • Sizing up the Kitchen Backsplash


    As mentioned in countless previous blogs, the kitchen backsplash can bring the entire appearance and look together. However, defining where the backsplash should be and where it should stop can get confusing. Most interior designers say that the backsplash should never stop! The material is so beautiful that it should be showcased as much as possible! However, that is not always possible depending on the construction and size. Nevertheless, there are ways around it to make the kitchen backsplash a striking feature within the kitchen. Below are the general rules of adding a backsplash to the kitchen, along with some thoughts and placing a backsplash based on kitchen size.

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    1. Tile the Main Walls of the Kitchen: Ideally a kitchen backsplash should be along the main walls in the kitchen from corner to corner. That can include a single main wall or all main walls. If there are all main walls, then the backsplash can continue along the sides of the kitchen to create that illusion. However, if one main wall is to be used more than the other walls in the kitchen, then the that wall would get the kitchen backsplash rather than the other walls.
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    2. End the Backsplash in the Same Line as the Cabinetry: One of the main underlying questions is where the backsplash should end. Horizontally, it is best to end it in the same line as the upper and lower cabinets to create one crisp line. From a design perspective, this appears extremely neat and visually pleasing. However, if there is a higher ceiling in the kitchen, then it can get confusing on where the backsplash should stop. Depending on the size of the kitchen, where the backsplash should end may vary.
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    Smaller Kitchens: A fully covered wall is the best for a small kitchen. In a more compact layout, a single backsplash gives a tidy finish and makes the kitchen space look bigger. Having an ongoing backsplash from the fridge to the cabinetry creates a more complete look. A single backsplash along the kitchen wall can even bee a brighter color to give a small kitchen space a more expansive illusion.

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    Larger Kitchens: Backsplashes in large kitchens are dependent on the general space. If the kitchen has high ceilings, rather than taking tiles to full height, one can end the tile in the same line as the upper cabinets. In fact, larger kitchens can support darker colors to make the larger kitchen appear more cozy and intimate.

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    Sizing up the backsplash is dependent on the kitchen style and design. A backsplash brings the kitchen look together and creates a more complete design within the home.

  • 4 Ways to Make the Most of a Straight Kitchen


    A one-wall kitchen is not the most common layout design for contemporary Indian homes. In fact, many homeowners hesitate from this design, with the idea that it looks incomplete or too small for a space. Nevertheless, the straight kitchen design is the perfect option for a smaller home or for the single user: such as a bachelor or bachelorette. If it is designed correctly, then it can really add to any home and be an extremely space-efficient layout. Below there are a few design tricks that can make a straight kitchen design feel more whole and complete without taking anything away.

    Make it an Island Kitchen: So the straight kitchen is along a single wall. There is an ongoing counter space with ongoing cabinetry, but as a user you require more without disrupting the entire design and construction. One of the easiest ways to do so is by adding a freestanding island in the form of a cabinet or trolley. The freestanding island adds an extra work surface, gives the user more space to spread themselves out, and it can double up as a small seating area. To mirror the long straight kitchen, one can go with a long island counter to finish the space!

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    Add a Table: Similar to the island, one can also add a long dining area right across from the kitchen space. It balances the look and it makes the kitchen space a social place for people to gather. A larger table is also great for gathering guests, and it allows the kitchen user to be a part of all the activity. The proximity of the table along with the straight kitchen is also much easier on the user, as they can place items on the table and go back and forth easily without leaving the room or wasting too much time. 

    Extend the Storage Units: One way to take advantage of the single wall is allow to extend the number of units. A straight kitchen design can be as long as you would like, and the longer the kitchen, the more storage and more work space available. Whether it is ongoing wall cabinetry or floor cabinetry, one can easily have plenty of storage in the straight kitchen design with designated areas for everything. For example, the sink area can have a storage cabinet above for clean dishes, and a cabinet right next to it for other serving crockery. This cleaning zone can be organized into the kitchen without interfering with the other tasks in the kitchen design. 

    Go Handle-less: Purely from a design perspective, ongoing units can make a space look overwhelming and cluttered. However, one way to keep the space look sleek is by going with a handle-less design. Visually, a handle-less design looks clutter free, and ultimately the straighten appears more seamless along the wall. Therefore, for going with a straight kitchen consider a clutter-free look to complement the home.

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    With the correct design expertise, a straight kitchen layout can be a great solution for a home. Its space efficient layout and compact design makes it a unique option for the open floor plan within a home.

  • Everything to Know about Choosing Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures


    In designing a kitchen or a bathroom, there are multiple elements. Along with the obvious, larger decisions, the look is defined by the smaller details to finish the look of a space. These smaller details are fixtures and hardware which complete the cabinetry, increase the utility, and define the appearance and theme of a room. Each hardware has its unique character and brings a different style to a room. Check out our guide below on which option suits your style.

     

    Material: Before defining the look, the first step is to finalize the material. In most cases, the finish is a coat on top of a base material. Choosing between materials impacts both the price point and the overall lifetime of the fixtures.

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    • Steel: Steel is an extremely hygienic material to use. It is long-lasting, and it has water-resistant properties. However, it due to their nature, the material itself, tends to rust overtime.

     

    • Brass: All brass fixtures are quite rare because they are expensive. They are     smooth and less likely to corrode overtime.

     

    • Plastic: Plastic as a material is most economical. However, with a lower price point, comes a limited number of finish options. Most plastic materials can only take a solid color finish. As a material, a plastic fixture does crack overtime, especially if it is installed incorrectly.

     

    Finish: The finish is the aesthetic or look part of finalizing the fixture. Once the material is decided, the next option is to decide what it will actually look like on top of the underlying base material.

     

    • Chrome: Chrome is one of the most popular finishes. It is inexpensive and considered to go well with both modern and traditional style kitchens or bathrooms. The shine of the chrome finish hides scratches, yet it shows finger prints and water marks. Therefore, they do require regular cleaning.
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    • Nickel: Nickel is considered an alternative to chrome with a more modern touch. There are two different fish options:
      • ---Polished Nickel: Smooth and shiny finish, darker than chrome. It works well with all styles as long as polished nickel is used in all fixtures of a kitchen or bathroom.
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      • ---Brushed Nickel: Extremely versatile, givings a more antique look. Due to its darker appearance, it hides signs of wear and tear well.
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    • Brass: Unlike the brass material above, the brass finish gives the fixtures that particular look. It is considered to be the more vintage choice for the fixtures, with more yellow and gold undertones. There are two finishes in brass, which are given below:
      • ---Polished Finish: More expensive than nickel or chrome, but it is easy to maintain and clean overtime.
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      • ---Satin Finish: Gives a brushed gold look to the space, expensive choice, the finish hides scratches and water marks well, and it does not require regular cleaning.
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    Choosing the right hardware well highlight the look of the kitchen or bathroom. Whether you go ultra-modern with a nickel finish, transitional with chrome, or traditional with a brass finish; each option will give a beautiful metallic touch to your space.

  • 6 Steps to Designing the Perfect Vanity for Your Bathroom


    Your bathroom is a space where you will be spending a lot of your time. As unpleasant as that sounds, it is a fact. Therefore, careful planning and attention to detail is required to ensure the bathroom is designed to your needs and specifications. One of the most important areas of the bathroom is the vanity. The vanity makes the look of the bathroom, creates the storage, and is a heavily used space. Therefore, the vanity must be perfect in terms of look and utility. In designing the perfect vanity, check out the 6-step process below to create that perfect space.

     

    Step 1-Finalize the Layout: The first step is the finalize on the bathroom layout. Designate the space for the vanity and determine how big it is going to be. Most vanities are horizontal spaces with an ongoing counter and extensive storage underneath. The length of the vanity depends on the best possible size that will fit in the bathroom. However, there are the L-shaped Vanities for the larger bathrooms. Oftentimes, the L-shaped vanities are seen in master bathrooms. They offer great leg room to sit comfortably at the counter.

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    Step 2-Determine the Number of Sinks: The next step is to finalize the number of sinks. For example, a couple sharing a space may prefer double sinks rather than a single sink. However, many bathrooms only have room for one sink. The sink can be placed in the center or towards either side, depending on preference. In most cases, vanities smaller than 60 inches can only accommodate one sink, while vanities wider than 60 inches can easily accommodate two. Nevertheless, even if there is room for two sinks, have a single sink allows for extensive counter space so the users can easily spread themselves.

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    Step 3-Pick the Type of Sink: After finalizing the number of sinks, the next step is the type of sink. The options for the type of sink for the vanity is endless: under-mount, vessel, or drop-in. Under-mount sinks are below the counter top. They provide a seamless look to the entire vanity. Vessel sinks are above the counter. They are available in a variety of shapes colors and designs, and can look extremely stylish on the vanity counter. Finally. the drop-in sinks are installed at the level of the counter, where the sides are along the counter top and the dip in the sink follows. However, the shape of the sink is just the beginning, the next aspect of sink type is the material: porcelain, stone, or something else. The options are endless.

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    Step 4-Choose the Style: After the basic design is decided: location, number of sinks, and the sink style; the next step is to decide the overall look of the vanity. Whether it should be modern, classic, neoclassical, antique etc. In this step you chose the color scheme, cabinetry style, and the storage options: drawers, pullouts, or reach-in cabinets. Once the appearance is decided, you are ready for the next step.

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    Step 5-Find the Right Countertop: You have the sinks, basic layout, storage, and  look you desire: now complete the look with a vanity countertop. Ensure it matches the remaining colors and compliments the look you desire in the bathroom. Granite and quartz countertops are the most popular choices for bathroom as they are durable, long lasting, and are available in a variety of colors and designs.

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    Step 6-Accessorize: Now that the basics of the vanity are done, the next is accessorizing: finalizing the hardware, lighting and the mirrors. These elements will tie the entire design together. Whether it is sconce lighting or wall-mounted lighting, a built-in mirror or decorative mirror, pulls or knobs, or a simple or intricate faucet design; these items will finish the look and give u a brand new vanity!

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  • 5 Backsplash Ideas for Small Kitchens


    Small kitchens are more and more prevalent across the country. Smaller kitchen designs can provide a number of design challenges in terms of creating a space with enough storage, yet is still visually pleasing. One of the ways to add to the design, yet not compromise on the storage is by designing a backsplash. The right backsplash in a small kitchen can make the space feel larger, giving a more expansive and less constrictive look to the space. Therefore, a decent backsplash can serve the purpose of attractive aesthetics and decent functionality all at the same time. Check out 5 backsplash ideas below!

     

    Splash of Color on Wall or Cabinets: Small kitchens are prone to appear more cluttered and congested, especially with ongoing wall and floor cabinetry. Adding a bright color in the cabinets or the wall behind the cabinets will create an eye-catching accent, and draw immediate attention. Brighter colors, such as yellow, make a kitchen space feel bigger and more inviting than it actually is.

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    Seamless White Kitchen Palette: Another way to use color in the kitchen is to completely remove it. By having a clean white palette in the kitchen, the space feels more open and airy. The monochromatic nature of the all-white kitchen causes the eye to travel around the room, giving the illusion of more space than their actually is. White makes the kitchen space looks seamless and sleek all at the same time.

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    Neutral Tones: Neutral colors such as whites, off-whites, greys, and beiges have a way of bringing the remaining elements and colors of the kitchen together. Having neutral tones in the backsplash will draw attention away from the small kitchen and create an expansive illusion.

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    Let there Be Light: One of the easiest ways to make a small kitchen feel more spacious is ensuring it has enough natural light coming in through a window or multiple windows. Allowing natural light to enter adds some depth to small space and it keeps  the kitchen feeling bright and welcoming throughout the day.

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    Gloss: The most fool-proof method for creating the illusion of space is gloss. As mentioned in a previous blog, gloss bounces light throughout the room, and this reflective nature gives the illusion that a space is larger than it actually is. Therefore, a gloss backsplash will reflect light, and make the kitchen look larger than it actually is.

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    A kitchen backsplash can make all the difference in a small kitchen design. With some simple design tricks, the look of a small, crammed kitchen can be completely transformed. In your kitchen design, avoid compromising on storage, and consider the kitchen backsplash to make the kitchen appear bigger!

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