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The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of the home, and for good reason. It’s where all the best things happen – where we practice the culinary arts to conjure creations that supply sublime sustenance for our most loved friends and family; and – let’s face it – everyone always ends up in the kitchen at parties.

If you’re the one preparing the provisions, however, you tend to find yourself alone for the majority of your dinner party, away from your guests and stuck behind the broiler. A kitchen bar, therefore, becomes a cool conduit between the cooking and the conversation – a comfortable place for sitting, and a great place to enjoy a live cookery show.

We’ve searched the net for the best kitchen bar ideas, and we’ve discovered a selection of superb bars that are bound to have you salivating in envy.

Modern Spanish

 via rockmystyle.co.uk

via rockmystyle.co.uk

This modest space is a glorious amalgamation of polished concrete, industrial brick tiling, Moorish motif, and sophisticated fittings; combining to create a classy kitchen with some real kudos. There are many industrial touches here, such as the metal electrical sockets, fed by tubular trunking that introduces the aesthetic of the municipal building; sitting in a pool of unison with the fascination of texture that is polished concrete, extending from the floor and into the build of the breakfast bar. The wooden stools introduce the muted tones of nature into this celebration of human-made materials, blending surprisingly with the sandy hue of prepared concrete. But surely the crowning glory of this spectacular kitchen are those stunning, patterned tiles. Spanish kitchens are frequently adorned with this Moorish styling, contributing an exotic AfricoMeditterean feel to their homes. The white brick-tiling is functional and clean, plunging this space into the lighter end of the spectrum, punctuated energetically with the sunshine yellow of the shelving, the kettle, and the teapot. The beautiful, over-sized lampshades bring a wonderful finishing touch to this homely, industrialist space, designed for socializing, eating, and celebrating. Stylish.

The Box

 via decorationlove.com

via decorationlove.com

In a large open-plan living space such as this, areas that lack demarcation can easily be lost within the intimidating expanse of concrete and architectural feature. However, this box kitchen successfully creates coziness in an uncozy chasm. This little theatre of culinary delights is dwarfed by the fascinating angularity of beams across the ceiling, making this closed-in envelope of comfort a welcome addition in an overbearing building. The breakfast bar successfully swallows the diner into the small kitchen, decked out gracefully in cozy tones of burnt orange and brown. The triangular, pendant lights are perfectly positioned between the three-seater bar, so that no-one will be blinded by the light while sitting here. Welcoming, cozy, and brimming over with style, this fantastic kitchen is a triumph of containment. Impressive.

Classy Dark Tones

 via theshakerkitchen.co

via theshakerkitchen.co

This kitchen bar area provides a perfect conduit between kitchen and living space, in this sophisticated open-plan room, adorned in dark tones, adding grandeur and solidity. The slate grey of the kitchen furniture sits balanced amongst grades of white – too much dark would bring the energy down, here – but this decadently darkened hue brings contrast and distinction between lounge and kitchen. The gloss of the floor tiling adds additional textural interest. The retro stools are splendid additions, introducing an unexpected tonal surprise in the burnt-orange tone of the wooden legs; matched by a similar hue in the feet of the armchair. The bubble lampshades add delicacy and sassiness to a room dominated by masculine tones. The white, brick-tiling reaffirms a lightness of touch, balanced with the plush, comforting soft materials of the stool seating, the armchair and the delicacy of glass in the light shades. Marvelous.

The Bar

 via homestratosphere.com

via homestratosphere.com

This example extends the kitchen bar concept to its natural end – a drinks bar – but what an amazing addition to a stylish home? The inclusion of the wine chiller and the wine rack posit no illusions that you’ve entered the party zone of the home. A plethora of drinking glasses, proudly on show, clearly equips this party palace for any conceivable beverage; while the retro Martini signage suggests that this is the kitchen bar of one who is not averse to the odd cocktail or two. The dark wood of the display cabinet matches the chocolate brown of the exposed, restored floorboards and the stately black of the internal doors. This little corner of earthly pursuits may induce self-imposed house-arrest – who wants to queue at a bar for expensive drinks that aren’t as good as those you could conjure and invent in the comfort of your own home? Fantastic.

The Glamourous

 via womanandhome.com

via womanandhome.com

This isn’t a kitchen bar, as such, but it’s a wonderful demonstration of lighting and bling, in a context that introduces some sophistication, rather than a splurge of tacky glitter and forced decadence. The golden penny mosaic tiling complements the funky, exposed brickwork, adding a contrast of texture from decadent to rustic into this stylish kitchen. The floating shelves appear to hover; an effect made possible by the LED lighting, subtly angled towards the shiny tiling to spread a golden hue. This lighting has the striking, accenting focus of film noir – a focused pool of light, floating within a surrounding ambient warmth that presents the impression that these wooden shelves are spotlit. The marble work surface is sturdy and reliable, while the beauty of the wood is allowed to glow under the cool, golden light. Not far short of utterly spectacular.

The Outdoor

 via homedesignideas.eu

via homedesignideas.eu

Who said that the kitchen bar had to be inside? And if you have the weather for it, this external bar area is utterly charming, and a real winner. The brilliance of this idea lies firmly within its simplicity – this is just a wooden ledge attached to the outside of the kitchen window, with a pneumatic window-lifter to add some security to the sheet of glass suspended over unsuspecting diners. The window is hinged at the top, and the entire pane elevates to reveal the open kitchen, just behind the sink unit. For summer lunches by the swimming pool or for drinks in the evening, this fantastic simple outdoor bar idea is one that’s inexpensive to implement, but a priceless addition to outdoor living. Inspired.

Defying Gravity

 via futuristarchitecture.com

via futuristarchitecture.com

This breakfast bar appears to defy gravity with a cantilevered worktop that hovers in mid-air. It’s a stylish design feature that prevents the breakfast bar from dominating the footprint of the kitchen. The open-ended work-top offers a natural, energetic flow through from the bar zone to the kitchen-proper. The laminate wood of the bar top and the single, supporting beam presents a stunning contrast to the high-gloss of the kitchen, introducing elemental woods into the stone and waters of the lustrous shine of the work surfaces. The lampshade trio that sit above the breakfast bar ensures good lighting for work, rest, and play. Stunning.

Reclaimed Woods

 via decoholic.org

via decoholic.org

This reclaimed wooden counter-top is beautiful and lovingly restored. Its imperfect edges add character and worldly fascination of rustic appeal into this modern space. The overhang of the counter makes these rustic planks perfect for kitchen entertaining and eating, while the well-equipped kitchen is primed for socializing, with the cooker hob facing the bar area. This open-plan living space is a lovely spacious room; fairly modern in design and layout, so this rustic addition is all the more striking, matching the unfinished floorboards. Striking.

We love how these kitchen bar ideas add so much more to the home than just aesthetic beauty. A kitchen bar introduces social energy to the kitchen, inviting others in, rather than locking them out. And, as ever, what a stunning array of materials! What do you think? Share this article with your friends on social media and get the conversation started!

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7 Creative Attic Storage Ideas https://houspire.com/attics/7-creative-attic-storage-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00:52 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6410 The post 7 Creative Attic Storage Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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Attics make fantastic, stylish living spaces but are all too often relegated to storerooms that are locked away and forgotten about. The characterful gable ceiling creates a cozy chamber for chilling when converted into a snug; an extraordinarily private home office that feels like a place of work, rather than a backroom in the home; or a beautiful bedroom beavered away from the bustle of the bosom of the house.

Usable space, however, depends on the extent of the conversion. If there’s a dormer window, you maximize head height, utilizing literally every square inch of space for living. But if you don’t have a dormer and effectively just board out the rafters and create a sturdy floor for use as an additional, occasional room, then there’s lots of usable space that remains hidden behind the boarded voids.

We’ve found some truly ingenious attic storage ideas that make the most of your clandestine chambers, so that you get that totally uncluttered space to work, rest, and play; and store things away.

Built-In Bookcases

 via rightmove.co.uk

via rightmove.co.uk

Wow. This space is spilling over with natural light that brings immense energy and airiness to this fantastic, converted loft-space. The full-length Velux windows are a master-stroke of spacial augmentation, making optimum use of the floorspace while flooding this beautiful room with daylight during waking hours; with blinds for privacy that would make this room cozy and snug at night. This is genuinely THE perfect snug for chilling – with beautiful storage solutions confined to the far end of the room.  The built-in bookcase is a studious nod to the intended functionality of this sumptuous sanctuary, while the gable triangles either side are primed for additional book space and lamps that spill out ambient light; warming up those dark evenings, curled up with a novel. The armchair with faux fur throw is so welcoming that you’re likely to take a seat and read a book from cover to cover without even noticing it’s gone dark outside. Spectacular and stylish. I want to live here.

The Dressing Room

 via decor10blog.com

via decor10blog.com

If your wardrobe is bursting at the seams and you just can’t find enough shelves for your shoes, the attic-space idea is the obvious location in which to expand your collection of couture. This pull-out wardrobe idea makes maximum use of awkward angles and gives you ample scope for those chunky, autumnal jumpers and suits. This attic is relatively compact; however, it’s perfect for anyone who requires stylish storage in tight spaces. The color scheme is little leaden for a confined space, however: in small rooms, it’s generally recommended to opt for lighter colors that enhance the impression of space. The reds highlight a distinct sense of confinement, diminishing the luxury of this clever dressing room. However, this slide-in slide-out wardrobe is one of the most ingenious methods of maximizing attic space that we’ve seen. Great.

The Hidden Bed

 via berlin.de

via berlin.de

Well, I thought I’d seen it all. This is quite likely the most ingenious use of wasted space that we’ve seen on Houspire. The bed disappears into the depths of the gable: it’s an amazingly simple idea that I can’t believe we haven’t seen before, taking savvy storage to another level! This beautiful space would be perfect as a yoga studio or a rehearsal room – and they’ve ensured that every inch of the floor is usable. Beds that are required solely for occasional use take up unnecessary floor space, so tucking it away completely makes total sense. The bed is accompanied by plenty of adjacent cupboard space and a single-height bookcase. This room is bright, airy, energetic, and calming – perfect for dog down! Sublime.

The Hidden Closet

 via piterest

via piterest

These funky cupboards make shrewd use of the wasted space that’s too low for standing, but perfect for stashing your gear. The doors match the color of the walls, so when they’re closed, the storage solution dissolves into a zesty expanse of white. These cupboards might struggle to contain a full-length raincoat or ball gown, but provide ample space for hanging suits, shirts, trousers, and skirts. The drawers are a handy addition – again, all tucked into the wall, providing plenty of uncluttered floor space. The bright, airy chamber is enhanced with skylight windows which flood this chasm of white with additional light, giving this brilliant bedroom a powerful energy that is sure to paint a smile on your face each time you wake up here. There’s even a shelf for your shoes in this smart storage solution. Bright.

Maximum Potential

 via spbcarpentryandjoinery.co.uk

via spbcarpentryandjoinery.co.uk

The bespoke wardrobe, here, is built directly into the gable roof, providing a super selection of full-height and mid-length hanging spaces, tucked right into the corner of the room. The drawers are built directly into the hidden gable, which looks neat and absolutely at home in this luxurious attic space that shows no signs of its dusty history. There’s even a small shelf for plants and trinkets. The matte grey of the built-in furniture contrasts beautifully against the brilliant white of the ceiling and the walls, while the shag-pile carpet gives this opulent bedroom the cachet of seclusion and unashamed luxury. Superb.

New Perspectives

 via pinterest

via pinterest

If the gable roof plunges at a particularly deep angle, it doesn’t leave a lot of room in the far, bottom corners for storage; so this bespoke wardrobe idea is a particularly erudite use of available space. For this to really work perfectly,  however, we need doors to conceal those cupboards; unless you’re going to be proudly displaying your prized, designer couture to all who enter this rather swish dressing room. If envy is your modus operandi, then this open-plan wardrobe space is ideal. If you’re a little more modest; go for doors. The Drifting Sand tones of the painted furniture spills into the slightly lighter shade of grey in the carpet; giving this spacious room in the heavens a grounding from the pure cloudy white of the ceiling. Lovely.

Making Every Inch Count

 via indulgy.com

via indulgy.com

This canny construction transforms this floor-level stairway into a bannistered bookshelf; adding solidity to the entrance and some practical space-saving tips for those who want to pair practicality with usability. This magnificent room celebrates its beamed, gable ceiling with aplomb – this is a barn conversion executed to the very highest spec! The laminate flooring is beautiful in knotted oak, while the glass screen framing the stairway on the right-hand side prevents the entrance from feeling boxed-in. The far teal wall is a cool contrast to the dark wood of the beams which is mirrored in the bookshelf and softened as we reach the floor. This is a luxurious bedroom conversion; complete with an en-suite that proudly projects the impression that this is the dwelling of somebody with a distinct penchant for quality. Wonderful.

Storage everywhere! We love how the unusual shape of an attic conversion provides such a plethora of places to stow away your precious pieces. We love how the combination of materials and the profusion of daylight combine, making these attic spaces aspirational rooms that would be an utter pleasure to own. What do you think? Share this article with your friends and get chatting on social media about the incredible possibilities that exist just above your head.

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7 Creative Small Half Bathroom Ideas https://houspire.com/bathroom/small-half-bathroom-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Wed, 23 May 2018 08:25:57 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6383 The post 7 Creative Small Half Bathroom Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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The half bathroom (or the cloakroom if you’re from the UK) is quite possibly the most functionally essential room in the house. It’s amazing to see the ingenuity of people who manage to cram half bathrooms into the most unexpected of places. We’re focusing on the tiniest of toilets and the smallest of sink units in this article: that forgotten cupboard might convert into something quite magnificent while adding significant value to your home.

We’ve found a marvelous range of tiny half bathrooms that have maximized the potential of minimal spaces. A half bathroom is a genuine selling point for any home, but a stylish one is quite possibly a deal-maker.

We’ve explored some of the finest privies to bring you a collection of small half bathroom ideas that are going to bowl you over. Just wash your hands afterward.

Spending A Penny

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Spending a penny shouldn’t cost a million dollars, and this tiny half bathroom maximizes the potential of this minuscule space with a budget to suit most pockets. The flooring is created with copper pennies embedded into epoxy resin, which is an extremely hard-wearing coating surface that comes in a variety of forms; including the perfectly transparent seal that we see here. The light catches each coin which reflects a unique copper hue depending on the age and finish of the penny when it was immortalized in resin. The toilet is a standard size, although it doesn’t leave you a great deal of space for your knees; while the half-sized sink and vanity unit make the most of this pocket-sized privy. The almond-shaped sink is practical and stylish, providing ample space to wash one’s hands after lavatorial activities have ceased. The blue-grey walls bring a cool freshness to this miniature privy. Sparkling.

In The Closet

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Well, this is novel. A half bathroom crammed into a closet, adding ensuite facilities to a bedroom in a way you might never have imagined possible. The lack of ventilation in this space may be problematic, but for a student flat, this makes perfect sense. The toilet just about fits into this uber-narrow wardrobe, while the sink unit and marble-effect splash-back add a decadent little spray to this basic half bathroom. If space is at a minimum, but your wardrobe backs onto your existing bathroom, then it makes total sense to make use of the existing plumbing to bring additional value to your property with one of the cutest half bathroom ideas we’ve seen here on Houspire. Funky and ingenious.

The Mini Sink

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This perfectly angular mini sink provides necessary facilities, without hogging wall space. The sculpted stone sink looks sturdy and contemporary, while the dark hue of the concretion provides the flecked variation that you’d expect to see in semi-precious earth stone. The latte-colored walls give this space a calming hue of solitude that you might expect from a half bathroom, while the tongue and groove effect adds a modern twist to this tiny space. The square wall lights are perfectly in keeping with the angular sink and shelving while the exposed pipework is both modern and classic. Super.

The Tiniest Washroom In The House

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This miniature shower room probably doesn’t entirely qualify as a half bathroom because of the non-traditional addition of a shower. However, the space is so tight and well-arranged that we just had to include it. The toilet is modern, created from a surprising combination of squares and curves that are reflected in the sink unit, which has a perfectly rectangular basin and a curved inner edge to accommodate the faucet. The shower is basic and functional and would need a curtain to protect the beautiful laminate flooring. The walls are in unfinished plaster at the moment – a cooling gray might elevate the grandiose of this tiny space, or a sunny yellow might give the impression of greater expanse. Savvy.

The Corner Basin

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Corner basins are perfect for tiny spaces, and this one makes particularly stylish use of unexpected circularity. This unit maximizes the functional capacity of a corner sink while ensuring minimal consumption of floor-space. The circular basin provides plenty of splash protection with its deep sink and central mixer tap. The toilet echoes the circularity of the basin while incorporating perfectly straight lines that give this tiny space a modern feel that is classy and functional. The full-length towel warmer is a lovely touch that introduces heat, comfort, and modernity. Lovely.

The Little Space Under The Stairs

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Corner basins are perfect for tiny spaces, and this one makes particularly stylish use of unexpected circularity. This unit maximizes the functional capacity of a corner sink while ensuring minimal consumption of floor-space. The circular basin provides plenty of splash protection with its deep sink and central mixer tap. The toilet echoes the circularity of the basin while incorporating perfectly straight lines that give this tiny space a modern feel that is classy and functional. The full-length towel warmer is a lovely touch that introduces heat, comfort, and modernity. Lovely.

The Loft

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via southlondonlofts.co.uk

This loft apartment makes marvelous use of a tiny space. The narrow lavatory and the generous, yet still rather narrow sink, pack potential and functionality into the smallest of rooms, complete with vanity unit for much-needed storage. The skylight introduces a wash of stunning daylight into this tiny space, while facilitating ventilation whenever needed. The ceiling meets the wall in a beautifully angled gable swoop, while the towel warmer adds both heat and a little stylish luxury to this tiny privy. The slate-grey floor tiling makes it easy to keep this half bathroom clean and pristine. Clever.

So, there you have it – teeny tiny half bathrooms whose size belie their generous functionality. We love how, with a little ingenious thought and a lot of consideration for layout, these small half bathroom ideas show just what can be done with the smallest room in the house. What do you think? Share this article with your friends on your social networks and get a conversation started.

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8 Unique Fireplace Tile Ideas https://houspire.com/fireplaces/fireplace-tile-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 08 May 2018 07:18:50 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6394 The post 8 Unique Fireplace Tile Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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The fireplace is the heart-center of any room if it’s allowed to shine like the magnificent, living focal point that it wants to be. It provides much-needed heat, an eternally evolving dance of flame and color, and –  with the right dressing -can be a feature that elicits that all elusive “wow”.

It’s true to say that fireplaces sell homes – they spark the middle-class aspirational fire in any home-seeker, so to have one with striking looks is sure to get the contract signed in record time.

 

We’ve stoked the cyber flames and curated a collection of the most fantastic fireplace tile ideas so that you can add the interest of flame and motion to the bucket-list of home interiors.

Black And White

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Black and white can be a striking combination when adorning a traditional fireplace. These quatrefoil-inspired tiles are outstanding against the modest neutrality of the surrounding color scheme. The star repetition stretches along the hearthstone, flush with the carpeting; stretching across the entire width of the wall. These black stars are so at home with the gaping black maw of the fire that this effortless design looks impressive beyond its simplicity; while creating a unity of duotone sensibility. For a genuine feature, you couldn’t go far wrong than with these fabulous, patterned tiles. Striking.

Textured Tiling

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via designjenny.wordpress.com

Textured tiling is particularly fashionable, bringing palpable interest onto an expanse of blank canvas. This mini-slate, dry-stone arrangement is a bold statement that can work beautifully in rooms with high ceilings. I’m not entirely sure that a fireplace between a door and the staircase makes total sense; so, in this case, there’s something ever-so-slightly jarring between this fabulous wall decoration and the 1980s building that surrounds it. However, this is a great demonstration of what can be done with modern fireplaces, nonetheless. Televisions situated above fireplaces can be problematic in a small room because the necessary height of placement determines the viewer looks continually upwards, risking neck-ache. This mid-height television is aided by the long, narrow fireplace: installation is at quite a comfortable height here. This textured wall, fireplace surround is a great idea; albeit slightly out-of-kilter with the wall height and position.

Herringbone

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This fireplace is barely short of stunning, in a herringbone chevron tessellation with tiles of varying tones. The seemingly random placement of the deeper grey tiles adds depth of texture, while the combination of tonal diversity perfectly mirrors the natural marbling of the bare concrete. The ceiling is an interlocking combination of concrete slabs; the flooring, resplendent in epoxy pebbling, draws the hues of this feature wall together from ceiling to floor. The long, narrow fireplace shines like a beacon of style, letterboxed into the fascinating tactility of the tiled wall. This cavernous space oozes homely appeal that bare concrete alone could never achieve. Stunning combinations.

Just The Hearthstone

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This beautiful, relaxed space is a wonderfully subtle combination of pattern against matte slabs of solidity. The walls are a stylish hue of stone, while the textural combination of flat color against the haphazard pile of chopped logs brings some much-needed disorder, highlighted by reds and oranges; hues that motifically stretch across the beautifully restored floorboards. The wood burner is cute and homely, while the smooth finish of the plastered chimney breast is a wonderfully tasteful merger of fire and order. The train-sleeper mantle is a strikingly rustic addition. But the real genius is the tiled hearth – a subtle addition of color that tumbles onto the patchwork rug, rolling away from the fire and into the center of this cozy space. The geometric design of the tiled hearth is reflected in the scatter-cushions which lazily lounge across the sofa – adding a necessary reinforcement of this mathematical composition. The eye is drawn towards the beautifully-adorned hearth without tartily flag-waving attention toward itself.  The modern, cage-style light shade is an introduction of contemporary design into an otherwise traditional space. The wire-lighting in the far corner is a strange choice for such a well-ordered room of subtle shade and tasteful combinations. Nonetheless, this room oozes comfort, nonchalant styling, and homely appeal. Warm.

Pebbles On A Beach

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This beautiful, relaxed space is a wonderfully subtle combination of pattern against matte slabs of solidity. The walls are a stylish hue of stone, while the textural combination of flat color against the haphazard pile of chopped logs brings some much-needed disorder, highlighted by reds and oranges; hues that motifically stretch across the beautifully restored floorboards. The wood burner is cute and homely, while the smooth finish of the plastered chimney breast is a wonderfully tasteful merger of fire and order. The train-sleeper mantle is a strikingly rustic addition. But the real genius is the tiled hearth – a subtle addition of color that tumbles onto the patchwork rug, rolling away from the fire and into the center of this cozy space. The geometric design of the tiled hearth is reflected in the scatter-cushions which lazily lounge across the sofa – adding a necessary reinforcement of this mathematical composition. The eye is drawn towards the beautifully-adorned hearth without tartily flag-waving attention toward itself.  The modern, cage-style light shade is an introduction of contemporary design into an otherwise traditional space. The wire-lighting in the far corner is a strange choice for such a well-ordered room of subtle shade and tasteful combinations. Nonetheless, this room oozes comfort, nonchalant styling, and homely appeal. Warm.

Mini Brick Tiles

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via solusceramics.com

This fireplace is quite clearly solely ornamental, but this mini-brick tile would be equally at home framing a roaring fire in the deepest winter. The brick configuration is accentuated by the stark white grouting that echoes the brilliant white of the ceiling and the lampshades, while the sage tiles bring a calming aura to the room. The sage clashes a little with the yellowy Egyptian cotton of the walls – a merlot or burnt orange would bring out the greens in the sage, even if it was just another feature color around the chimney breast. However, this smart brick tiling is a fun take on the deep gloss of Victorian tiling. Impressive.

The Super-Tile

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via solusceramics.com

These super-sized tiles are magnificent in hues of rusted copper. The textural tonal variety presents a rainbow of fire-shades, from burnt orange, through sunny amber, and extending through to deep chocolate. The asymmetric wood shelf is a masterstroke of textural contrast: the natural rings of the intersected logs establish a fascination of nature’s unique patterning and tonal brightness against these fantastic tiles. The narrow fireplace is understated, yet incredibly stylish; with all the welcoming of the natural fire, framed into a living tableau that requires no further embellishment. Thank goodness they haven’t bastardized this beautiful fireplace with a flat-screen TV. The retro bucket seats and coffee table transform this superb space into a snug that would be the envy of all who enter. The stripped floorboards add further earth tones. Striking and magnificent.

Thin Textures

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This textured fireplace contrasts fantastically against the stark, flat, super-sized wall tiling. The sudden portal of textures and tonal greys enveloping this uber-contemporary fireplace introduces a welcome, rusticity to this ultra-modern space. What’s so impressive with this arrangement is in the choice of mismatched tones, holding no pretense at uniformity. The texture resembles an exposed lath and plaster wall, revealing the guts of the panel’s structure. This perfectly conceived rainbow of grey is mirrored in the tone of the sofa, bringing this feature wall into unity with this lovely, modern living room. Stunning.

Fireplaces have never looked so glamorous. We love how tiling introduces a new surface and texture to a room like no other wall covering. What do you think? Be sure to share this article with your friends on social media and form a consensus about how you feel about these fantastic spaces.

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8 Cool Blue Bathroom Ideas https://houspire.com/bathroom/blue-bathroom-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 01 May 2018 13:24:36 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6354 The post 8 Cool Blue Bathroom Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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We’re in love. Who would have thought that a bathroom could hold such welcoming and promise? These blue bathrooms are simply stunning, and we’ve found an amazing array of blue bathroom ideas that will help your bathroom exceed expectations and deliver perfection every time.

The bathroom is a place of serenity and solitude, so there’s some responsibility when redesigning the water closet to enhance its natural sense of calm and escape. A bathroom should be a place where one feels safe and peaceful, and happy to be alone. Or, if you’re lucky, perhaps it might be a space to luxuriously indulge in a bath with your loved one.

Either way, we’ve found some spectacular specimens of bathrooms that were born for blue.

Textures of blue

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No-one’s going to thank you for all that grouting, but these miniature tiles, in contrast with the toast-soldier blues, is a treat of tactility in a bathroom that’s simply flooding with natural light. This blue isn’t calm – it has the urgency of deep reds – but against the greys of the exploded sandpaper of the miniature tile, this bathroom ticks the boxes for sophisticated styling and minimalistic furniture. We love that the flooring uses the same tiling as the wall – just imagine the sole massage as you walk barefoot on that textured flooring; with underfloor heating, it would be pure heaven. The stunning stand-alone bath is striking in brilliant white; enhanced by the frosted window that filters the blue from the daylight, casting this fabulous bathroom with extreme white incandescence that may be a little much first thing in the morning. However, against the blue of the tiling, this tiled chamber is treated to an energy that’s determined to slap you into consciousness. Striking.

Chamber of calm

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In direct contrast to the vital energy of the previous example, this smart bathroom uses the calming effects of greyish blue to bring elegant structure to a space that oozes the reassurance of order, with a style that isn’t screaming to be noticed. The flooring is a rustic blend of sandy beige that stretches up the bulbous, rectangular, glossy tiling, creating a muted pastel focal point against the smokey blue that wraps around it. The vanity unit is classic, stretching along the color-chart of browns and topped with a marbled sandy sink top that peaks with a classic mixer tap configuration. The wooden framed mirror is hung directly above the sink unit, mirroring the vanity width precisely, bringing order to this careful arrangement of furniture. The triple light feature is classic: the fluted mouth of the light-shades matching the base of the toilet, which stretches up towards a curvaceous lavatory bowl. The shelving above the loo mirrors the width of the cistern perfectly. Everything about this beautiful space exudes order and calm. Restful.

Aquamarine

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This beautiful space would be a wash of white so blinding that it might be hard to find the toilet with the sun beating through the window. White is clean and structured, but it doesn’t cascade warmth or calm. The saving grace in this rather plain bathroom is the chamber of aquamarine surrounding the bath, radiating calming energy which emanates throughout the entirety of the bathroom. Daylight is a spectrum of colored light – white and blue being the predominants – so when blue is combined with extreme expanses of white, it brings balance to the blinding nature of overwhelming brilliance. The three-sided chamber of blue introduces an array of hues, with a charming chamfered edge at the top corner, adding a friendly curve to this boudoir of right angles. The rain shower and the inset bathing controls, add a touch of luxury to this bathroom that could have missed the mark were it not for the inspired azures that bring balance to this bathing chamber. A small wonder.

The blue half bathroom

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This stylish cloakroom uses an expanse of dramatic Gorse Blue to bring a beautiful matte flatness to the surrounding walls of this small half bathroom. The contrast between the blue and the sudden white of the ceiling is striking,  adding a crisp geometry to this privy of calming sapphire. The skirting boards take blue more seriously with a Peking Blue highlight that accentuates the tall Victorian skirting. The same shade is found on the shelf above the floating toilet. But this room would be slightly drab if it weren’t for the introduction of pattern in the beautiful tiling. There are two separate motific ideas here, which is unusual in such a small space, but it works. The Moroccan-influenced floor pattern gives the surface area more breadth and fakes the feel of footage. The fish scale tesselation in shade of blues and grey introduces some annular attraction to this small, square box; echoed in the stylish oval bowl, the curve of the wall faucet, and the circular mirror. Cleverly, the circularity is contained within a square of the wall art, unifying these two design ideas together perfectly. Swish.

Matte denim

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This stylish cloakroom uses an expanse of dramatic Gorse Blue to bring a beautiful matte flatness to the surrounding walls of this small half bathroom. The contrast between the blue and the sudden white of the ceiling is striking,  adding a crisp geometry to this privy of calming sapphire. The skirting boards take blue more seriously with a Peking Blue highlight that accentuates the tall Victorian skirting. The same shade is found on the shelf above the floating toilet. But this room would be slightly drab if it weren’t for the introduction of pattern in the beautiful tiling. There are two separate motific ideas here, which is unusual in such a small space, but it works. The Moroccan-influenced floor pattern gives the surface area more breadth and fakes the feel of footage. The fish scale tesselation in shade of blues and grey introduces some annular attraction to this small, square box; echoed in the stylish oval bowl, the curve of

Surprising stone

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This stony blue would typically be more at home in a living room than a bathroom, and gives this charming water closet an analogous feel – as if we’re tinkling in the lounge. The stained bamboo flooring has shades of burnt orange that sit at the opposite end of the color spectrum to blue, so offers a striking contrast to the walls that remind us that we’re in the bathroom. The toilet is relatively bog-standard (terrible pun intended), while the truncated sink unit is stylish, if not entirely practical in a family bathroom – the curved bowl giving minimal depth for washing. However, the dark wood of the vanity unit, mirror frame, shelving, and picture frames brings some stoicism to this playful bathroom that has aspirations above its quarters. Smart, stylish, and surprising.

Teal fish scale

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This wall is adorned with a fish scale tessellation that showcases teals and aquamarines in a mardi-gras of sheeny irregularity. The erratic exhibition of varying shades gives additional dimensional texture to this marvelous tiled skin. It would be easy to spend hours in that welcoming, voluptuous bath just staring at the wall; as if you’ve been swallowed by the whale, bobbing in tepid waters. The bath seat introduces a sudden splash of burnt orange that assists with the accentuation of the sheeny blue, while the over-sized slate-grey tiles bring the entire marine fantasy down to earth, but in a way that feels as though it’s floating in ether. The wet room shower is an additional feature that brings the wet of the sea to this Poseiden pamper palace. Perfection

Soaking in the souk

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This souk-style sink and faucet are porcelain perfection that would introduce a little of the exotic into any bathroom. The splashback takes the deepest royal blues from this regal middle eastern design and brings reflective simplicity to the elaborate patterning. The floral design that plunges deep into the sink provides the illusion of additional depth, while the unique trickle tap in patterned porcelain is perhaps one of the most surprising faucets we’ve ever seen here at Houspire. This is stunning design so simply presented. The deep, golden orange of the saffron is a decadent touch that’s used in combination with milk and turmeric to cleanse the face, but I’d suggest caution as this can quite significantly dye the skin. Still, this sink is a beautiful piece that would add exotic charm to any bathroom.

Who would have thought that blue could bring such calming energy to a bathroom? We love how various shades of this most elemental of colors brings gravitas and reflective energy to these wonderful pamper parlors. What do you think? Let your friends know by sharing this article with your social networks, and start up a conversation.

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7 Interesting Garage Flooring Ideas https://houspire.com/garages/garage-flooring-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:31:54 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6343 The post 7 Interesting Garage Flooring Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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We often forget that the garage is a potentially valuable space that can be used for way more than storing the car, and can add real value to your home. It’s all too often delegated to the lows of a dumping ground for drill bits that you’ll never find, boxes of miscellany that you’ll never use, and car parts that should have been dumped. The garage is frequently unloved, uninspired, and a missed opportunity.

You could transform that most basic of boxes into a palatial chamber dedicated to leisure, fitness, and relaxation if you were just to look down and see the potential

We’ve scoured the internet for the best garage flooring ideas that transform an unloved concrete floor into something not short of spectacular. Get your sunglasses on, because the future of the garage is bright.

Rubber Matting

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If you plan to permanently banish the banger and the bikes from the garage for good, making way for a home gym, then interlocking rubber matting is a quick and easy non-permanent option that helps to warm up a chilly space and provide protection for your equipment. If you can’t bear to exercise in public gyms, then having a room in your home dedicated to the body beautiful is the way ahead. Interlocking rubber matting is reasonably inexpensive, easy to lay, and almost effortless to cut into shape to accommodate pillars and awkward corners. Rubber gives the floor a natural bounce that can help take the pressure away from joints when working aerobically and helps prevent damage to weights if they’re dropped on the floor. This home gym has been transformed from a breeze-block hok into a stylish and inspiring room dedicated to physical exertion. The pine effect cladding lifts this cold space with a warming nod to nature, while the white paneling with lipped shelving provides a clean alternative to breeze blocks and a ledge in which to balance limbs when stretching. This is a home gym that anyone would be proud of. Inspiring.

Burnt Plywood

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This picture might not necessarily be of a garage, but this flooring has an exotic charm that could completely elevate an ugly concrete floor to the heights of stunning very simply. Burnt wood cladding is the material of choice for many high-end architectural projects these days, and it’s easy to see why this unusual method of preservation has become such a go-to for exterior dressing. This partially burnt plywood is smoldered to enhance the natural graining of the wood in a fascinating labyrinthine network of organic paths. Each plank has its unique motif of feline camouflage, as if a big cat has surrendered its coat for a patchwork of fractal allure. Charred timber is a Japanese art that helps to preserve the wood against the elements for exterior cladding, requiring no further chemical treatments to keep the lumber in good condition. However, the level of charring used here has simply brought out the natural beauty of the wood, varnished with a low-gloss finish to create a comfortable surface for walking on. Imagine your garage transformed with this cheap, simple method of Japanese preservation. Exotic and fantastic.

Vinyl Chequerboard

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This garage has a stylish sheen that gives it a sense of permanence, purpose, and a projection of the proprietor’s pride. Vinyl flooring is an old favorite in public buildings – it’s extremely durable, has a consistent, perfectly flat surface, and can stand up to heavy traffic. It can also take a high gloss polish, as is the case here. So in a room that’s going to experience a lot of tire-action, a surface that isn’t going to be easily damaged is precisely what’s required. The chequerboard configuration is contained within in a red box of vinyl – a design element echoed with the red stripe separating the grey, dappled vinyl that stretches from the floor, midway up the wall. There’s an interesting tritone design in play, here, giving this space a little of the feel of the fire station. The chequerboarding is both aesthetic and practical, helping the driver direct their car into the middle of the garage with ease; a little like the demarcations on the floor of a carpark. Practical and neat

Polished Concrete

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Polished concrete is super-sophisticated, and a nod to the urban in a space design for leisurely pursuits. This garage flooring displays the natural variations that concrete contains in its unfinished surface; but rather than shield it with vinyl or wood, is polished to highlight its natural variant beauty in a multi-hued rainbow of greys. This garage has been converted into an urban bar space, complete with polished concrete bar top and work surfaces, industrial shelving using thin scaffold poles and rustic planks against exposed brickwork, and battered corrugated steel sheeting. As a space for entertaining, this celebration of concrete couldn’t ooze more urban chic. The wire-cage lamp shades extend the industrial feel, while the semi-sheeny concrete flooring brings a little sophistication to the industrial aesthetic. Perhaps it lacks a little welcoming warmth, but if you’re aiming for trendy rather than homely, then this collection of cold, hard materials could be a good choice. Stylish.

Stained Concrete

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Polished concrete requires a perfectly flat finish to look at its best. If you have cracked, stained concrete flooring, there’s only so much you can do to hide the fact that it’s broken, stained concrete; unless you embrace the stain and nature’s timely imperfections and go for this fabulous, highly polished surface that looks like the room has been flooded in precious oils. This blue moonstone finish lifts this aging chamber into something rather spectacular. The cracks in the concrete extend like veins through a sea of pure azure, reflecting the light in a prismatic refraction that makes every inch of this surface unique and fascinating. If you aren’t in the position to spend thousands, this simple ideal could lift your drab garage floor into something quite beautiful. Superb.

Epoxy

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Epoxy is an extremely hard-wearing surface that can be highly polished to give it a glassy finish. This garage flooring looks like a swimming pool with a super-shiny covering and a metallic ripple effect tricking the eye into the impression that one could dive directly into the center of this pool of blue. One of the unique features of epoxy is the ability to immortalize forever whatever lays beneath the clear lacquer, such as the Volvo logo in this example. This metallic epoxy is more expensive to lay than the standard uniform polished surface, but it’s worth every penny to elevate a basic garage into a space that one would be proud to invite guests to admire. Spectacular.

Heavy-duty Rubber Matting

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This rubber matting is designed expressly for spaces intended for high traffic, so parking your car on this dotted surface makes perfect sense. There’s something satisfying and luxurious about the sound of rubber tires making contact with rubber flooring, as if you’re driving your car into a high-end showroom. This rubber matting also offers acoustic dampening, so if noise is a problem, then this dappled surface makes a great choice. This is being laid on a perfectly flat epoxy floor, but it could quickly bring some uniformity to a damaged, cracked surface. The rubber will eventually mold into cracks and imperfections, so you might not necessarily get a perfectly flat finish, but the benefits of uniform color will outway the surface imperfections that might occur. Practical and instantly stylish.

Metallic Marbling

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This metallic epoxy produces a stunning marbling effect that could lift a grotty, cheap concrete floor into one of the most luxurious surfaces that a reasonably low budget can introduce to a garage. Heightened further by the high-sheen, this superb metallic finish brings swooshes of precious stone variance, disguising a floor that was unloved and forgotten. There are at least 50 shades of grey embedded into this sexy flooring. Amazing

Who would have thought that a garage floor could look so spectacular? We love how ultra-modern finishes instantly enhance an ugly floor that dragged the entire space to the lows of the dumping ground. What are your thoughts? Share this article with your friends and make sure that garage flooring is never again neglected.

 

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7 Traditional Exterior Window Trim Ideas https://houspire.com/windows/exterior-window-trim-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:13:53 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6330 The post 7 Traditional Exterior Window Trim Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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A window is a portal to the outside – letting in light while painting a striking, living image of the world beyond our four walls; offering transparent protection from the elements. But from the outside, a window can provide the elusive gilding on the lily – just like an eye can be enhanced with a straightforward application of shape-supplementing eye-liner, a window framed with an attractive trim can bring elegance, sophistication, and grandeur to the most basic of buildings.

We’ve explored the web for the best examples of exterior window trim ideas that add magnificence to buildings that otherwise might struggle for third place in a beauty pageant.

Town House Transcendence

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via houseofbliss.blogspot.co.uk

This smart city townhouse has gone for the goth look in a striking balance between brick and blue-black. This three-storey home has been elevated from drab to distinguished with an application of striking black, to be directly compared with the greying, decomposing white of the neighboring residence. These elegant Edwardian windows boast a welcoming curve around the lintel in the upstairs two-over-twos, while the elaborate, theatrically-framed arch of the downstairs living space brings magnificence that draws the eye from the road in envious peek. The steps leading to the graceful entrance are paired in black, while the paneled door and transom window holds the sophisticated distinction of confidence residing beyond the threshold. The well-kept garden provides a sudden contrast of green against the dreamy black – the beautifully sculpted box plants offering playful cover for the frontage. Grand, magnificent, startling.

The Ultra-Modern

 via lunchboxarchitect.com

via lunchboxarchitect.com

If we’ve learned anything from modern architecture, it’s that simple lines are often the most effective. And this example is striking, chamfered, and bold. The trim frames these sliding doors histrionically, although the proximity of the boundary wall and surrounding buildings diminish the dramatic impact rather disappointingly, making a public display of the home’s innards. The chamfered edge of this black steel trim has a lustrous matte sheen that soaks in reflection like anti-matter, framing this picture window and decked walkway elegantly and with a permanence that feels well-considered. The velvety texture of the metal frame presents an alluring contrast to the dissonant, rasping surface of the surrounding brickwork. The reflective sliding doors add some elemental water to this curation of metals, brick, and wood, balancing the tableau in a constructive recipe that just needs sunlight to complete the composition. Although this fabulous window trim is a wonderful design feature, it feels a little lost to the tight boundary and the buildings that surround it.

Sometimes Simple Is Special

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via stylendesigns.com

This Victorian two-up-two-down has plenty of aesthetic features to lift its curb-appeal, so the simple approach to framing the windows is in smart keeping with the home’s design. The bay window houses wonderful, period sash windows that maintain the Victoriana of this simple structure, while the uniformly-rendered window surrounds, with ever-so-gently curving lintels add subtle sophistication to this modest terraced home. The transom window above the charcoal, paneled entry door adds some majesty to this humble home, while the Temperate Taupe of the render introduces a soft, welcoming tone that highlights the white framing of the windows with a subtle sophistication that creates a feature of these understated window trims. The six-over-two sash windows are a beautiful period characteristic of this era of architecture, so it’s good to see that this design has maintained the intended modesty of the building, against a subtle, tasteful render that elevates the outside of this lovely, period home. Subtle.

Townhouse Discernment

 via thesetingstaketime.com

via thesetingstaketime.com

This townhouse is spectacular in white, lipped with window boxes that exalt this splendid exterior to the realms of true magnificence. Who could fail to be impressed by this fine example of Edwardian architecture whose white trimming contrasts so beautifully with the equally impressive black painted features of the two buildings that envelop it in terrace? The grand upper lintel of each window adds balance and symmetry to the bricked exterior, while the six-over-six sash windows provide plenty of period charm. The trailing plants add a living adornment to this beautifully presented home, pairing itself with the grand, established Silver Birch, and the greenery flooding its rectangle of exposed earth. The grand entrance, painted in clean, crisp white dazzles against the stoic black of the door, instantly adding a little dignified gravitas to a handsome property. Grand.

Molded features

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via pinterest

This bay window is made all the more eye-catching due to the elaborate floral sculptures that encircle the square pillar of the exterior frame. The beautifully maintained white of this impressive, substantial trim frames a one-over-one sash window that remains in keeping with this period, city home. The more you look at this remarkable surround, the more detail you notice, from the theatrical trimming around the upper lip of the outer frame to the Craftsman’s squared, stepped taper from the base of the frame’s pillar. Odd numbers are always good in exterior design, especially when relating to plants, so the three bay tree configuration adds balance and majesty to this grand frontage. The lavender that surrounds each bay tree suggests fertility and fragrance to be found beyond this strong, elegant exterior. Wonderful.

The Distressed

 via thisoldhouse.com

via thisoldhouse.com

Sometimes pristine can appear too clinical and precise – when you really want to project character and wisdom. This beautifully ornate Parisien window is as rustic as it is spectacular, and its peeling turquoise paint reveals the guts of the sculpture in a way that’s both charming and chicly nonchalant. The unusual mini-portal window is another unexpected surprise within this spectacularly decrepit window frame. With a window this magnificent, you’re likely to admire the framing and the trim rather than gaze through the glass, so the grotty, patterned net curtains are probably a caution too far. However, the elaborate theatricality of the moldings are evident in every inch of this magnificent trim; so much so that it bears extended admiration. The cat lazily lounging on the lower lip is a temporary feature that gives this aging frame a homeliness that invites you toward it. The trim has been quite clearly left to rack and ruin as a feature against the well-maintained stained wood cladding of the surrounding walls. Sophisticated and striking.

White on black

 via sfgirlbybay.com

via sfgirlbybay.com

The stylish, neat blackened exterior of this wooden cladding is instantly smart and eye-catching – a perfect collation of parallel lines that enhances the geometric perfection of the building. The simple Craftsman’s window frames are all the more impressive because they stand out so magnificently from the pristine black. The simplicity of the flat over-lipped framing of the window exterior is enhanced by a thin fillet that augments the parallelism of the cladding, while adding some subtle grandeur to this rather spectacular exterior. The one-over one window adds an interesting textural simplicity against the ten-paneled entry door. Striking.

So, there you have it – exterior window trim ideas that elevate the front of a building to the heights of magnificence. We love how color is used to enhance the sense of occasion to each of these rather marvelous buildings. What do you think? Don’t forget to share this article with your friends.Click here to change this text

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7 Cosy Corner Fireplace Ideas https://houspire.com/fireplaces/corner-fireplace-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:13 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6305 In a period property, the fireplace sits in the middle of a wall. It may be cozy, but it’s not particularly practical – it renders the entire wall unusable, so isn’t the best for versatile design. It makes sense to move the fireplace to the corner of the room if at all possible. A corner...

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In a period property, the fireplace sits in the middle of a wall. It may be cozy, but it’s not particularly practical – it renders the entire wall unusable, so isn’t the best for versatile design.

It makes sense to move the fireplace to the corner of the room if at all possible. A corner fireplace lets the space breathe in terms of design, makes the room more flexible, and can look surprisingly stylish.

We’ve swept the internet for the most beautiful corner fireplace ideas, and we think that you’re going to be burning with envy. We certainly are!

The Fireplace Penisula

The Fireplace Penisula
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Who said that the corner needed to be at the edge of the room?

This stunning corner fireplace demonstrates what can be done with some spacial imagination. If you’re considering knocking down an adjoining wall between two rooms, then consider this spectacular example – open on three sides, surrounded by the infinite solidity of black marble. The textured wall is nothing short of sensational, bringing an organic sense of movement and fluidity to this partitioning peninsula. Light plays with textured shadows in a liquid stirring of magnetic motion, softening as the expanse stretches down toward the floor. The LED lighting encircling the feature wall brings a cool frostiness into the soothing dune-like asymmetry of the upper wall, drifting down into warmth as we reach the floor. The decorative vase is a perfectly blown tear-drop that balances on the reflective surface of the highly polished stone hearth. What isn’t there to love in this fabulous fireplace that warms the room, and adorns the luxurious surroundings? The shag-pile carpet may be a rather unpleasant color that feels a little dissonant and suddenly flat against the eye-catching fireplace, but no other carpet density would do in this plush showroom of elemental decadence.

The Rustic Woodburner

The Rustic Woodburner
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This rustic space is homely and eclectic. The surrounding expanse of rough, reclaimed wood is instantly juxtaposed with the softened velveteen fabric of the plush club chair and the chintzy foot-stool. The standard lamp is ruffled with luxurious texture to bring further tactile contrast to this otherwise sparse space. The corner wood-burner is raised on a stone hearth, creating a cubby hole for logs. Being tucked away in the corner keeps the space feeling spacious, even if it’s also cozy. The shiny black of the steel chimney shaft is stark and surprising in comparison with the multi-grained coloration within the wooden wall cladding. If your home is super-rustic, then you can homely-it-up with soft furnishings – soft rugs for the floor, and knitted, patterned throws bring a Bohemian sense of security to this homely snug. The scatter cushion sitting center stage contrasts skilfully with the golden velvet of the club chair. Cozy.

When The Corner Isn’t In The Corner

When The Corner Isn’t In The Corner
via homeozoic.com

Just to shake things up a little, here’s an idea that incorporates corners into a fireplace where you can’t move the chimney away from the center of the room. These friendly cats obviously love the warmth of the upper shelf above the fire, and you can totally see why. This corner fireplace is stylish and striking, and sure to drag the word “wow” from all who enter this fabulous modern living space. The bricking of the firebox is a little rustic nod to the guts of the building, which is sheathed in skilfully applied, freshly skimmed plaster. The log chasm is lined in black to match the shiny surround that lips the fireplace proper. This fire is contained behind glass which means that it produces plenty of heat without the smell of a traditional, open firepit. The organic beauty of dancing fire is juxtaposed with consciously curated right-angles that enclose this fabulous fireplace, making it a focal point that is sure to get guests desperate to stay. Superb.

Minimal Beauty

Minimal Beauty
via kernowfires.co.uk

This free-standing circular wood burner is a great choice to soften the sharp edges it conceals. What works particularly well with this model is how the curves of the burner contrast against the sharp corner of the room. The corner is rounded all the more by the circular hearthstone that clearly demarcates this spot for homely heating. The shiny steel of the flue disappears into the wall, sunk into a mirrored circle, adding a little mystery to this most annular of corner warming stations. The stored logs below the burner introduce a sudden rusticity to this curation of curves and man-made metals, linking the elemental force of fire with this sexy swell of homely theatre. Stunning.

The Modern

The Modern
via homebnc.com

While this isn’t exactly in the traditional “corner” of the room (in that it’s not in the corner at all), it is a three-dimensional feature that has plenty of corners to admire. This central, modern fireplace is stunning, with its transparent glass chimney, and coffee table aesthetic. What room wouldn’t suddenly spring to life with a fireplace as outstanding as this one? It uses mirrors and glass in a way that you generally don’t associate with fire, but this surprising focal point adds a little pleasing, primal dissonance to this minimalist living space. This isn’t your average wood-burning fire – this is controlled by a button and springs to life immediately. Gas fireplaces were, once upon a time, something functional rather than attractive, but this spectacular surround lights up the room with heat, light, and style. The laminate flooring is clean and pristine and – reflected into the fire surround – this fireplace seems to hover in mid-air. Fabulous.

Sexy Curves

Sexy Curves
via futuristarchitecture.com

This is one fireplace that appears to pulse with the heartbeat of the building. The brickwork curves not just around the chimney, but in sympathy with the curvaceous lintel that sexily frames the upper lip of the firepit – there’s some seriously skillful workmanship on display here! The exposed brickwork is welcoming, while the random scatter of the brick’s tonal variation gives this magical fireplace a distinct sense of gingerbread in darkest children’s legends. This roaring fire is sure to lift the spirits in this woodland lodge. The cute cubby holes for storing logs in the hearth are another nod to the annularity of this stunning corner fireplace. The amazing beamed ceiling contributes to the feeling that you’re trapped inside a fairytale. Fantastic.

Back To The Traditional

Back To The Traditional
via nicety.livejournal.com

Well, you might not necessarily call this traditional, but this corner fireplace, tucked into the edge of the room, is a welcome return to normality in comparison with some of the more outlandish ideas we’ve come across so far. The open mouth of the fireplace is punctuated with a right angle, that sexily stretches the entire height of the wall towards the ceiling like a throat. The warm cream of the walls is a stylish modernistic touch to contrast with the rawness of fire in an inside space. The hearthstone, sandwiched between the firebox and the flooring, is a lovely element that suggests infinite breadth beyond the corner of the room. The expanse of black behind the roaring fire feels cavernous and mysterious. The stark use of black on white is particularly effective here – bringing a balance of tonal hue to this vast spread of whites. The wicker chairs are at odds a little in this modern room, but add some homeliness to this canvas of cool colors. The parquet flooring is stunning, adding a beautifully homely feel to this fantastic space.

Corner fires are super-stylish, aren’t they? We love how they unexpectedly create a center for a space while leaving plenty of room for furnishings. What do you think? Don’t forget to share this with your friends – find out what their thoughts are. Thanks for reading.

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8 Inspired Small Deck Ideas https://houspire.com/decking/small-deck-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:52:34 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=6289 The post 8 Inspired Small Deck Ideas appeared first on Houspire.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a large, south-facing garden, then you’re probably used to having full-sun and a fertile area for plants to thrive. If, however, you’re like the rest of us, whose pocket-sized park area resembles a dank cellar where nothing decent grows, then you’ll understand the need for clean lines.

Decking is an ideal replacement for a lawn in an area where a decent one won’t grow, or for a large garden that suffers from shapeless expanse. But all too often, we opt for a square platform at the end of the garden, when something a little more imaginative can bring something really special to a zoned garden, fit for relaxing and socializing. We’ve scoured the internet for the best small deck ideas. And we think you’re going to love what we’ve found!

The Lawn Bed

 via yardsurfer.com

via yardsurfer.com

If you’re no fan of the lawn, then get rid of it altogether. It sounds drastic, but it can be quite dramatic. However, there’s something about an expanse of green that you’re likely to miss when you dispense with those fine grass follicles. So, this funky daybed idea is a kooky compromise for anyone who wants to dispense with the mower for good. This raised platform is clad in artificial grass, which is becoming more and more popular for the time-poor, being extremely low in maintenance, other than requiring a regular vacuum. You might look a bit of a fool vacuuming the lawn, but it’s definitely worth it to keep it in tip-top condition.

This lawn bed idea has extended to its natural progression, with garden cushions, and a headboard planter. If you want a warm place to sunbathe without the hassle of garden maintenance, then this fun idea could certainly be your saving grace.

The Concealed Plunge Pool

 via piscinelle.com

via piscinelle.com

If your garden is large enough for a plunge pool, but you know that it’s not going to be in use all year round, then this sliding platform is for you: maximizing usable space, without cluttering the garden or an exposing a pool that just fills up with leaves during the Fall. This is a dynamic decking idea that contributes something beautiful and practical as a centerpiece for your outdoor space. Decking is all too often an afterthought rather than a feature, and this is an excellent example of what can be done with some creative flair. The decking itself is as basic as it gets – merely a rectangular oblong – but its usefulness extends way beyond being a raised area simply for sitting. Inspired.

The Circular

 via eyre-design.co.uk

via eyre-design.co.uk

Right angles might be a little easier to construct, but this circular decking deftly demonstrates what happens when you go against the grain. The circle quintessentially represents the natural stream of socialization – everyone can see each other in a circle, and interaction becomes fluid, and much less of a battle to be heard above the rest. Raised semi-circular seating partially eclipses this exquisite circular deck; imagine sitting outside with friends, late at night, with a bottle of something expensive, chatting and laughing under the stars. You could really top this fabulous spot with a firepit, set in the middle of this sociable space, introducing some primal, elemental energy. The white walling that surrounds the seating unifies this platform with the rendering of the house, and gives this superb space a sense of permanence. Lovely.

The Multi-Level

 via look4design.co.uk

via look4design.co.uk

Steps and multi-level decking is a wonderful way of boosting the beauty of your deck. Although it reduces the usable surface area a little, multi-layering creates an interesting garden feature that is perfect for small spaces. The inset lighting is an absolute must when you have this type of layered flooring because it can easily become a trip hazard at night; as long as it’s lit, this method of decking adds a sophisticated layer of adornment to any garden patch. The lower deck at the front edge of this platform makes an exemplary spot for a carefully curated row of potted plants, partitioning the decking from the lawn, and supplying a coziness to the decked area that feels secluded and private. Lovely.

The Teeny Tiny

 via realtytimes.com

via realtytimes.com

This tiny garden feels exotic, luxurious, and the perfect haven from a busy city. This garden is about 10ft wide, but it’s crammed with creative ideas that turn this pocket-sized plot into a palatial Polynesian sanctuary. The plunge pool has enough length for a decent swim, while the mature avocado tree introduces some magic into this secret garden. But surely the icing on the cake is the pool-top decking, complete with daybeds that just draw you towards them, making this secret space the place to go when you need to break free. The height of the surrounding bamboo screening gives this narrow garden real privacy from surrounding homes, while the trailing plants, stretching down towards the water bring a sense of jungle wilderness to this well-constructed haven of calm. The erratic paving is a nice touch of nonchalant irregularity in this ordered collection of calming choices. This is one of those gardens that could so easily be a scrappy back-yard. This is a garden that sells a house. Wonderful.

The Maintenance-Free Garden

 via houseandhome.com

via houseandhome.com

If you lack space and lack time, then you’ll want somewhere that’s instantly inviting, without demanding attention to look its best. This secluded snug has all of the comforts of your average living room, with the freedom of outdoor living. Everything that you could possibly need an outside space for is crammed into this tiny space – a dining/working table; easy-chairs for relaxing; a long, comfy sofa for lounging; a coffee table; and walls. This is an indoor room that just happens to be outside. If you can rely on the weather and lack space inside, then why not turn your entire outdoor area into another room for living? The tall walls painted in deep denim blue could be a little oppressive in a small space, but blue works perfectly outside because it looks great in the daylight. Rather than feeling oppressive, this deep, dark blue invites light energy into the area. The potted plants are seriously low-maintenance – just an occasional watering is all they need – and they bring the energy of living things into this small space, perfect for relaxing, working, and entertaining. Fabulous.

The Pergola

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via Pinterest

This is one of those outdoor spaces that is gorgeous in the daytime, providing a comfortable space to enjoy bright, lazy days, and transformed into something quite magical in the nighttime. Time and time again, we come back to the magic of lighting, and this simple string light affair really does transform the most basic of structures into something cozy, inviting, and aspirational. This simple square decking area is basic enough – just a raised platform connecting the French doors of the home into the garden. The pergola provides protection from the elements and makes a wonderful frame for climbing plants such as vines. But the pergola, on this occasion, houses the string lighting which is the master-stroke, lifting nighttime living to something extremely special. This example is a masterclass in simplicity – and demonstrates what can be done with just a little thought. The firepit is a lovely touch and makes this sociable area usable all year round. Fantastic.

Multi-Zones

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via woohome.com

Zoning is big in interior decorating this year. Creating corners of a large room dedicated to different pursuits maximizes the usability of a living space, and it translates perfectly into the garden as well. This decking is as interesting as it is long, and has transformed this long, narrow garden into something not short of spectacular. The decking is cleverly designed as a conduit to the planters, so, although there’s nothing by way of lawn, the entire space is neatly encircled with living things. The irregular shape of the decking is its charm – the decked end of this garden is a celebration of the right-angle, albeit in an asymmetrical arrangement. The graveling is a lovely, organic juxtaposition to the precision of right-angles, creating curves around the flowerbeds that feel friendly, relaxed, and carefree. The inset deck lighting will bring this wonderful space to life at night. Truly magnificent.

Small decks are so often disregarded for small gardens, but I think we’ve proven here that small is beautiful in all its guises. We love the creative arrangement of materials that bring life and energy to our favorite outdoor spaces. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below and don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

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7 Creative Half Bathroom Ideas https://houspire.com/bathroom/half-bathroom-ideas/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:00:49 +0000 https://houspire.com/?p=2320 The British call the half bathroom “the cloakroom” – which is a curious, yet typically polite description for the “downstairs loo”. Needless to say, the Brits generally don’t wear cloaks (not since the 17th century, anyway), so a room dedicated to storing them is a bit of a misnomer. So, now we’re all singing from...

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The British call the half bathroom “the cloakroom” – which is a curious, yet typically polite description for the “downstairs loo”. Needless to say, the Brits generally don’t wear cloaks (not since the 17th century, anyway), so a room dedicated to storing them is a bit of a misnomer.

So, now we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet, we can move on to our fabulous selection of half bathrooms: one of the most functional rooms in the house and probably more in demand than the master suite. It seems odd that so many of us just tuck an uninspiring white box under the stairs and make do with it.

We’ve foraged the internet for some inspired half bathroom ideas, and we think that we’ve found some rooms that exceed functionality with a breathtaking beauty that you’re unlikely to expect. Get ready to fall in love with the smallest room in the house all over again.

Super Space-age

Wow. This enchanting cloakroom uses LED light and minimalistic furniture to create expanse in this tiny space tucked in the corner of the house. The walls and floor are adorned with identical strip-tiling, providing a unifying aura of stone calm in this sanctuary of serenity. The floating toilet and hidden cistern give the impression of roominess, while the pedestal basin rises from the floor in an oval tube concluding in a concave bowl, like an open palm stretching from the ground. But the crowning glory of this masterful, minimalist shrine of zen is the LED lighting that gives the impression that the walls are hovering in an infinite abyss, while the ceiling lifts from its moorings, apparently welcoming in daylight as if a spacecraft were preparing for touchdown. The candle-fest scattered across the shelf which sits underneath the surprisingly understated mirror brings a soft femininity to this salute to the space-age. Inspired.

Super Space-age
via idlights.com

The Nautical

Again, there’s another wow just waiting to pop out here. We love the exquisite juxtaposition between the fawn brick-tiling and the wooden-clad wall, highlighting the natural allure of the wood’s grain against the stony weft of the tiling. The bathroom furniture is sleek and circular, adding a sexy annular curve to this curation of right angles. The circularity of the sink is reflected in the mirror, encircled by a nautical rope, complete with reef knots. The five randomly hung lights are industrial and unfussy, completing the selection of seemingly random shapes and materials in a beautiful composition of warm tones and clean lines. Superb.

The Nautical
via Pinterest

The Texture Tile

This downstairs throne-room makes excellent use of textured tiling to lift this rectangular box into the realms of magnificence. The toilet furniture is disappointingly standard and unspectacular, but the pedestal sink unit and square mini-Belfast sink bring some chic, sharp edges that elevate this room from the basic toward the regal. The inset faucet is a nice touch, with the mixer tap lounging downwards in a nonchalant curve. The walls painted in Egyptian cotton are, perhaps a little safe and bland – you could really ring out the natural tonal variety in the textured tiling with a braver choice of pewter gray or denim. Nonetheless, this is a fine example of what texture brings to a half bathroom. A good starting point.

The Texture Tile
via hometalk.com

Drawing Room Blue

Conventional wisdom suggests that deep, rich, dark colors in a small space can be claustrophobic, but this Drawing Room Blue is so deep, matte and luxurious, that it perfectly offsets the blinding white of its nether regions. The velveteen texture of the paintwork is enhanced all the more in the way that it soaks in light like a sponge, reflecting it back in muted, diluted, tonal radiance. The stark white of the brick tiling, the cistern-less toilet, and the narrow vanity unit bring crispness to this pocket of affluent tonal variety. The random floor tile is very much a feature of 2018 interior design, and this black and white selection of ethnic and geometric patterns unites the deep, rich shades of the upper walls to the blinding plethora of clinical white. The wall art and the asymmetrical mirror adds jauntiness to this fantastic space; sure to impress visitors, and get them rushing to the nearest paint aisle. Fabulous.

Drawing Room Blue
via thedestinyformula.com

The Powder Room

This simple selection of understated luxury is sandwiched between silver walls that glow with a cool, calm energy in this stunning powder room. The marble plinth is topped with a squared, chamfered sink unit, which sits directly in the middle of the highly polished stone. The feature wallpaper adds a little Moroccan tessellation to this charming collection of sumptuous sophistication, while the pocket-watch mirror brings some central focus, curtained by wall lighting that borrows curves from the tessellated patterns in the print. The exposed piping matches the traditional mixer tap, introducing some Victorian elegance into this bright powder palace, built for pampering. Luxurious.

The Powder Room
via jessicaconner.com

Tucked In and Perfectly Formed

This cloakroom is snugly tucked underneath the stair treads, making maximum use of a space that’s often relegated to a dumping ground for coats, boots, and rubbish – maybe even cloaks. This two-door water closet opens out completely, revealing the continuation of the beautiful laminate flooring, set against the regular grey tiling that contrasts proudly against the burnt reds of the wood. The chalice sink unit is stylish and unexpected, while the cisternless toilet appears to float, affording spaciousness to this tight space that feels ample. The circular mirror echoes the toilet seat’s annularity, while the angled door sits snugly into the staircase and hides this unexpected space away from view. Gorgeous.

Tucked In and Perfectly Formed
via apartmenttherapy.com

Kaleidoscopic Lighting

This half bathroom is glorious in understated magnificence. The textured wall creates a real focal point for this classy loo, while the Latte wall paint lifts the natural variation in the hues inherently packed into the stone. The floating vanity unit with marble top sink is another luxurious touch, while the five-pendant lighting sprays ornamental luminance around the space like refracted diamonds. The laminate flooring further enhances the browns of the wood and the walls. The inset waterfall faucet spout is the cherry atop the cake in this wonderful half bathroom dedicated to luxury and panache. Marvellous.

Kaleidoscopic Lighting
via Pinterest

So, there you have it. Some wonderful half bathroom ideas that are sure to get the grey matter stirring. We love how cisternless toilets and feature walls add space and dimension to the tiniest room in the house. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section and share with your friends.

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