In the past two decades, kitchens have become one of the most important and versatile rooms in the house. They serve multiple functions for today’s homeowners and are a popular gathering space for friends, family, and guests. You might say the kitchen is the social hub of the house. With its rise in stature, the kitchen has become a focal point for interior design and custom woodwork. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the options available for custom cabinetry. More than a product of mere functionality—as it was in years past—kitchen cabinets today give homeowners an opportunity for self-expression and have a significant impact on the overall feel and ambiance of a home. Let’s look at some of the latest cabinet trends for 2015 as surveyed by HGTV and Better Homes and Gardens.
Lighting is perhaps one of the most underrated accents in a house. It is often subtle and unobtrusive, but it creates a general mood and ambiance that walls and furniture cannot. Even when homeowners focus on the lighting, they are often more concerned about the physical lamps and shades, rather than the quality, placement, or intensity of the lighting within the scheme of a room. The following are some tips and ideas about lighting specific rooms in your home that have been gleaned from HGTV.
Before the decorating, before the painting or the wallpapering, homeowners must make important decisions about the type(s) of wood they will integrate into their new home. After all, the wood you select for flooring, cabinets, and trim is a terrific way to enhance the appeal of a particular room, while adding long-lasting value to your home.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular wood choices available to homeowners today:
Over the past few years a growing trend with homeowners has been to add luxury features to an existing home design: exotic bathroom spas, fire pits by the swimming pool, and outdoor kitchens, to name a few. One of the more popular enhancements has been the addition of a wine cellar. According to The Realty Times, the popularity of wine cellars can be traced, logically enough, to a growing connoisseur mindset among homeowners to collect and store wine. Aside from personal affinity, the appeal of adding a wine room or cellar to one’s home is two-fold: 1) it evokes an upscale, stylish ambiance that is attractive to friends and guests, and 2) it significantly increases the value of your home.