You may not immediately think "rustic" when you think of your bathroom, but consider your last getaway to the countryside. Imagine yourself winding down after a long hike in the mountains and relaxing in a deep soaking tub in your log cabin. That is a vibe we want to channel every day, so we rounded up some of the best rustic bathroom ideas to inspire your next makeover.
While some home decor trends are fleeting fads, others persevere for a reason. To prove this point, I reached out to a group of interior designers to find out which current trends will continue to dominate the design world this year. From maximalist-minded spaces to Zoom rooms and beyond, these 16 design trends will reign supreme throughout the rest of 2020—and will likely be relevant into 2021, too.
I decided to have a big ol’ life change in the middle of the pandemic and moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago by myself. This is the first time I’ve ever lived alone, which means I’m solely responsible for furnishing the entire apartment on my own.
Yellow may seem like an intimidating color choice but hear me out: This vibrant, cheery tone is actually really versatile. As a member of the warm color family, it packs a punch when paired with a variety of hues, from bright orange to cooler, complementary purple. According to designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 though, the options are endless. “Yellow is a happy color, but I love the multitude of variations and how flexible it can be with any color palette,” she explains.
In the market for a stylish set of café lights that won't cost you an arm and a leg? "At 16-feet long, these can cover a pretty wide space and will only set you back 10 bucks," says interior designer .
I don’t consider myself an interior decorating expert, but I do know what I like. I love visualizing colors, textures, and furniture for my space. And while it doesn’t always turn out exactly how I planned and I still switch things up quite a bit, I can usually piece together secondhand finds and more modern pieces in a way that makes me happy. Things don’t always come together right away, though.
Home design trends come and go, but some turn into classics that shape the way we think about style and decor for years to come. When you’re decorating your home, a good rule of thumb is to go a little more traditional with major furnishings and to incorporate the new trends you respond to with textiles and other small items that you can easily swap out later. That way, you always feel like your space is evolving, but the more expensive anchor pieces and semi-permanent fixtures remain constant.
When you’re furnishing your home, you have to make some tough calls. If you want the nicer sofa, you might have to get the budget kitchen table. Top-notch bedding might mean putting up with a just-okay coffee table for a while. Maybe you’re looking around your home right now and are ready to make a few little upgrades and want some shopping advice. Well, you’ve come to the right place. And if that’s not the case at the moment, that’s cool, too. Just keep this info handy for the future
Not sure what to bring to that dinner party you've been invited to? A nice gift for the host is a good place to start—but what you bring to the table (literally and metaphorically) should go beyond a bottle of wine. Things like a good attitude and sense of time are equally valuable.
When it comes to designing a space, the color palette is usually the first step, and by far the most important element. Off the bat, it sets the tone for your project, whether it be bohemian with a vintage twist, or modern with a hint of glamour. And while large spaces like living rooms and bedrooms can boast a variety of hues, smaller spaces, like the bathroom, the lack of color could actually work in your favor. Ahead, 20 black and white bathrooms so good, you won't miss a stitch of pastel or a hint of jewel tones.
I recently made a big design mistake. Earlier this year, I moved into my first real “adult apartment.” And since I had to furnish the entire thing myself, I got carried away with being thrifty and broke a well-known decorating rule: Don’t buy a couch online. Or rather, don’t buy a couch online that has no reviews (or that you personally haven’t parked your butt on already to test it out).
When it comes to decorating any room, it’s reasonable to assume you can’t splurge on every single piece of furniture or accessory you put into the space. Your bedroom—you know, the place you relax, unwind, and spend roughly a third of your life, should certainly feel calm. That said, how should you decide what to spend your money on and where you can cut corners? Well, leave it to the experts. We spoke to three designers on how to get the most out of your bedroom budget, and here’s what they had to say.
In a perfect world, your home would be immaculate. With the exception of a throw blanket lazily draped over your couch, all your belongings would be organized, color-coded, and stored to a T, making your place a pristine paradise worthy of a glossy magazine spread or a feature on your favorite design blog.
After weeks of anticipation—and, okay, some end-of-the-decade panic—2020 is finally here. With 2019 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start looking forward to all the great things this year (and this decade) can bring—especially when it comes to your home.
The right decor can transform even the smallest of kitchens. To prove our point, we reached out to a handful of interior designers and asked what kinds of space-savvy items they recommend for small kitchens, and they had lots to share. From under-the-sink storage solutions to floating shelves and more, here are seven organizational items that will maximize any size of kitchen.
There aren’t many spaces in the home as versatile as our bedrooms. It’s where we spend our most intimate, quiet moments unplugged and away from the world. And as much as we try not too, we might be guilty of snacking, working, or bingeing another series from the comfort of our sheets.
We’re not going to sugarcoat it for you: Change is a’coming. In a few short weeks (weeks!!), we’ll close the book on the 2010s and enter an entirely new decade: The mysterious 2020s. Sure, forging into the great unknown can be a little scary, but we’re so excited to see what pop culture moments, food fads, and, of course, design trends the new decade will bring.
Once upon a time you had two options when it came to executing home design: total DIY or hire an interior designer. The former can be quite challenging for many, who either don’t have the skills, creativity, or time to execute home design from concept to execution, while the latter can simply be, well, expensive.
Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Table and Hermann Miller’s Eames chair defined the 1950s and '60s, while shag carpets dominated the '70s. In the 1980s big bag chairs were big, and the '90s found us shining our track lighting down to showcase our huge compact disc systems. The early 2000s were sort of a hodgepodge, ranging from Shabby Chic everything to, well, IKEA everything.
As you start to tick people off your holiday shopping list, it's likely you'll make a trip to Target at some point, especially because of the retailer's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But it can be difficult to know what to choose once you're there.
When it comes to decorating your home, the entryway may not be the first space you focus on. All those big ticket spaces like bedrooms and living rooms usually take precedent, and for good reason, since we spend so much time in both of these areas. But designers seriously advise against neglecting your entryway.
Believe it or not, we’re now just days away from Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie, stuffing, and turkey are great, but if you’re anything like us, you’re thinking about shopping, too. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rapidly approaching, and hopefully, you already have a strategy in place. Of course, you’re not the only one who has made a shopping list and checked it twice: The interior design world is ready to take on Black Friday and Cyber Monday by storm.
Fireplaces are one of the most charming features in old homes and new. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t functioning, usually having to do with the age of the home. If your fireplace isn’t equipped to burn wood and you aren’t into the idea of a faux log insert, there are so many other ways you can draw attention to your fireplace, making it the focal point of the room. We spoke to several interior designers who offered up some genius suggestions on ways to style your fireplace that don’t involve wood.
Furnishing a home can be an extremely exciting and rewarding activity. But it can also be an incredibly challenging one. You have space constraints to consider. A consistent aesthetic to keep in mind. And perhaps most pertinently, you have a budget you need to pay attention to every step of the way.
There’s no denying it—decorating can be overwhelming, even if you focus on just one room at a time. The easy answer is to hire a designer to help you, but that’s not always in the cards, especially if you’re on a budget. But you know what is free? Asking a designer friend or two for some advice, and that’s just what I’ve done here for those of us out there that just want a cute living room that didn’t cost a million dollars or take five years to furnish. The most practical way to decorate a room is to hone in on five or so big pieces to set the scene.
Making a room match isn’t as easy as it seems. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing perfectly staged living rooms and bedrooms make it seem like buying the right furniture and tchotchkes will be a breeze. But, as I started to decorate my first adult apartment with non-hand-me-down items, I realized it was an impossible chess game.
Not to freak you out or anything, but the new year is just a few short months away. Sure, it’s easy to feel a little anxious as 2020 creeps closer and closer, but it’s also a great time to infuse a “new year, new you” mentality into every facet of your life. Yes, including your interior design.
They say natural light has the power to make or break a room, but what do you do when you have no windows to speak of?
I have a windowless bathroom in my new apartment, and I have recently noticed no one ever uses it. We all bypass the lonely little room in the hallway in favor of the sunny master bath in the bedroom. And it’s a no wonder why. Windowless bathrooms have a tendency to make us feel boxed in. It’s as if we unwittingly got trapped into a shoebox, but we might as well wash our hands while we’re there.
Whether you're an experienced chef or rarely go beyond microwaving ramen noodles, your kitchen is an integral part of your space. Though everyone's needs may differ, the kitchen often functions as the heart of the home, where friends and family can gather to share meals, stories, or even just a glass of wine. That's why getting a kitchen right can be so challenging. Don't worry, we're here to help.
IKEA probably wouldn’t have become such a cultural phenomenon without its super competitive prices. I mean, the Swedish meatballs and stylish Scandinavian housewares are certainly part of the equation, but when you’re looking to furnish as quickly and inexpensively as possible, it’s a no-brainer to shop at IKEA. You're sure to make the most of your time and money.
It never ceases to amaze us how a few, small tweaks can completely transform your space. Take your bathroom, for example. Installing a new light fixture, adding a standalone soaking tub, or trading in your pedestal sink for a Jack and Jill duo can turn your bathroom into the place where you quickly brush your teeth and comb your hair to an oasis where you can draw a luxurious bath and relax.
As one of the most—if not the most—trafficked room in your entire house, there’s a lot of pressure to create a beautiful living room that caters to your unique design aesthetic and will elicit plenty of compliments from guests. Sometimes, the only way to do so is to spend some money.
Even if your house is fully furnished and has every detail set, a design lover will always find a way to tinker with their living room. There’s always an itch to update something, but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for a massive overhaul.
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