Kitchens and Pantries
Add a touch of whimsy and (create an eclectic environment) to a kitchen by hanging a delicate chandelier over an island.
If you can afford it, install a small sink (or have one installed) in a marble-topped kitchen island for convenience while prepping food.
If you can afford this too, incorporate a wine refrigerator and microwave into the cabinetry so that they blend into the style and décor of the kitchen.
Display an eclectic and multi-hued collection of plates, teapots and bowls on open shelves surrounding a kitchen sink.
Carve out a small work area (like the breakfast nook) to increase the function of a kitchen.
If you’re concerned about stains, choose easy-to-clean granite or quartz instead of marble for countertops and to top an island.
Give a living room a casual atmosphere and make it a comfortable haven by using floor coverings made from a natural material (like coir or jute) in natural colors,
For a clean, easy-to-maintain and minimalist look, paint a basic brick fireplace with white high-gloss paint.
Add variety to a symmetrically arranged living room with a mixture of round, square and rectangular pillows, and with non-matching side tables.
Besides a touch of boldness, you can bring an exotic touch to an otherwise understated living room with zebra patterned cowhide rugs.
Cover the walls of a living room with a zebra stripe wallpaper, but tone down the look by hanging traditional floral paintings and a pretty oval mirror.
Set off geometric furniture in a muted room with a bold work of art (like an abstract painting).
For a homey look, create an inviting window seat by topping a hidden radiator in front of tall windows with an upholstered cushion and fluffy pillows.
Pile plenty of blankets in drawers beneath a window seat in a family room for easy access.
Establish a sense of openness by dividing rooms with partial-height walls or glass-paned doors to allow a visual connection from one room to another.
Add color to an open, three-level foyer with an abstract wall painting along one staircase.
Give energy to a traditional living room by using a fresh, youthful palette that is reflected in the walls, fabrics and accents.
Accessories with eye-catching colors and prints are a stylish way to “wake up” any neutral room (a great-looking example is Surefit’s embroidered dot pillow in blue/aqua. It’s 18” square and retails for $44.99).
For more info on this and other Surefit pillows, go to www.surefit.com/pillows.