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Two-level Countertop

Feb-26-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Are you considering a kitchen redesign? While you’re planning, be sure to take a look at the choices you have for countertop designs.

Of course you will want to choose a material that works well for your style and taste. But an important part of the process is the actual layout of your counter. For example, the two-level option here provides several advantages.

To start, the raised border hides the worst of a messy kitchen. This is particularly handy when entertaining. This border will camouflage dirty dishes while still maintaining the open feeling of the room. Even everyday counter items such as the soap container here are below the normal view from the living area, maintaining a sleeker look for the room.

This higher counter is rather narrow, possibly reflecting a lack of extra space. However, many raised counters can be wide enough to accommodate seating on the side opposite the kitchen. This multi-use option can support quick breakfasts before school as well as appetizers for dinner guests while you’re finishing the meal. It also can serve as an additional conversation area at parties.

Today’s wealth of solid-surface counter choices gives you more options. Their beauty works well as a design addition to any space. As you make your selections, find a countertop that complements your cabinets as well as the style and colors of the rest of your living space. With the right choice, your countertop can provide an effective transition from one functional space to another.

Bathroom Styles: Which is Your Style?

Oct-30-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Adding the Unexpected to Your Bathroom

Oct-24-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Simple elements can help take bathrooms from standard to particularly appealing. It’s often an unexpected touch such as a piece of furniture, unusual art, or an exciting accessory that makes bathrooms stand out.

In this case, the simple addition of a feminine upholstered chair helps a nice bathroom turn into a special space for relaxing. The old-fashioned feel of this space with its modern take on a claw-foot tub is enhanced by the chair. It also helps create the feel that this bathroom is a feminine escape from life’s challenges. Imagine taking a nice hot bath, drying off, and curling up in a robe and slippers to read a book in that comfy chair.

This room is a nice balance of feminine style without pushing into the ruffled little-girl look. The tile on the back wall supports that with its shades of pink and peach combined with a unique modern style.

There is only one decorating decision that doesn’t work. The curtains are too light and rather boring. Better to draw in one of the darker shades to help add contrast and personality. That is an easy fix.

What can you do to make your bathrooms unique? To make a difference, think beyond standard bath features to bring a special element to your baths.