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Kitchen Design Goes Global!

Every great kitchen starts with great design. Whether you favor contemporary or traditional styles, kitchen trends today draw inspiration from global sources. You can incorporate all different cultural influences from around the world while balancing the practical needs of your family. To add worldly flair to your kitchen, start by:

Getting Fancy with Flooring

Certain materials establish a regional look because they are widely available in that region. In India, where quarries make natural stones easily affordable, kitchens commonly feature floors of glossy marble or other stone. Ceramic tile is abundant in Spain, and a wide variety of styles are available to create the underpinning for any regionally-inspired kitchen design.

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Paving the Way with Walls

Kitchens around the world have signature design elements when it comes to walls. Wood paneling is a hallmark of English country kitchens, while modern Japanese kitchens, which are often limited in space, are made to look larger with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. And arches and bright tile accents lend themselves to Mexican design.

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Opening Up with Cabinetry

The material and color you choose for your cabinets will play a defining role in the overall appearance of your kitchen. Flat white or frosted glass doors can impart a very modern, European flair, while distressed woods in rustic hues create a Tuscan effect.

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Coloring Your World

Specific colors are tied to certain world cultures, regions and locations – walls in a soft mandarin paired with burgundy window treatments can build an Asian-inspired backdrop, and Aegean blue and sand backsplash tiles speak of a subtle Mediterranean influence.

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Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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Home Design in the Lap of Luxury

by Courtney Soinski

Designing your home for lavish living may not be as hard as you think. In fact, you’ll come to see that by the end of this article, you’ll be able to turn a boring living room or bedroom into a luxury retreat.

There are so many expert design ideas out there, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed. To make it easier on you, the homeowner, we have compiled a list of our top favorite ideas and projects to turn your home into the lap of luxury.

Here are some top expert decorating ideas for your next home project:

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1. Haute Headboards

Utilizing luxurious fabric and fine details on your bed’s headboard will set it apart from all the rest. Whether is a specialized construction or custom upholstery, your headboard is the finishing touch in the bedroom by bringing all design elements together.

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2. Serene Window Seat

Adding or sprucing up the window seat in your home is a great way to add some elegance. Remember to keep it simple when it comes to color by sticking with shades of ivory or various monochromatic hues. You can also drape curtains framed by crown molding for a dramatic effect.

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3. Sophisticated Storage

When it comes to storing your belongings, the most important thing to remember is to keep them hidden. If you don’t have enough closet space, an nice piece of furniture like an armoire or dresser will do the trick.

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4. Luxurious Lighting

Whether you have pretty sconces in the bedroom, contemporary pendant fixtures in the living room, or a glamorous chandelier in the dining room, these lovely accents will brighten up your home in the most luxurious way.

 

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5. Fabulous Flooring

Although accents do hold high importance in decorating the most luxurious home, don’t forget about what’s under your guest’s feet! From all types of hardwood like Eucalyptus and Koa Hardwood, to tile flooring and area rugs, there are many options for you to choose from. Which one is right for your home’s style?

 

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Stop the Madness: 7 Tips to Inspire Kitchen Cabinet Organization

By Sommer Poquette

Americans are known for accumulating unnecessary stuff — especially in the kitchen. If there’s no room for it, just shut the cabinet door, and suddenly the clutter magically disappears. Out of sight, out of mind!

That is, until one day when that pile of plates, bowls, pans and mismatched Tupperware tumbles out onto your toe. You scream and say a few choice words before promising yourself that someday you’ll get organized.

It may be silly, but we can all relate to this scenario. There’s even a UCLA-backed study that says American families are overwhelmed by clutter. Is the mess really worth a broken toe and the potential loss of your sanity? It’s time to stop the madness! Let’s organize our kitchen cabinets and take control of the chaos.

Step 1: Prepare to say good-bye. Mentally prepare yourself to donate, throw away or recycle unused, unnecessary or orphaned kitchen items. It seems funny, but we hang on to items for odd reasons, and that stuff just turns into clutter. For example, if you’re saving that first-ever sippy cup from your child’s toddler days and they’re now 9 years old, it’s time to take a deep breath and let it go. Really, it is going to be okay.

Step 2: Dedicate an afternoon or even a day. You’ll need time to really empty your kitchen cabinets and see what you have, what you actually use and what you need. “Need” is the key word here. If your kitchen is like my kitchen, you might need a full day.

Step 3: Create a playlist to help you get in the mood. If you’re seriously organizing your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want some good tunes. So create your ultimate inspirational playlist or Pandora radio station and get ready to crank it up — you have some major work ahead of you.

Step 4: Empty your kitchen cabinets. Each. And. Every. Single. One. Do not cheat and say you’ll get to a cabinet later. Go all in. Empty each kitchen cabinet and sort everything into the following piles: “Used often,” “Never used or hardly used,” and “I don’t know what this is or what this belongs to.”

Step 5: Clean the inside of your kitchen cabinets. They’re empty for the first time in who knows how long, so take the opportunity to give them a good scrub. Wash the entire interior and consider putting down pretty shelf liner — you may even be able to see it once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter!

Step 6: Purge. All of the items that you never use, hardly use or that you’re not even sure what the heck they are, kiss them good-bye. Give them a new home. Donate them, or ask a friend if they need 27 miscellaneous Tupperware lids. Recycle whatever you can, and if it can’t be recycled or rehomed, then it must go in the trash.

Step 7: Organize. The best part of all! This is when you take what you have and decide how to put it back into your clean kitchen cabinets. Here are few tips for organizing your kitchen cabinets, now that you have finally de-cluttered everything.

  • Beautiful white shelves with tableware and decorPut items that you use often in easy-to-reach places. If you want the children to get their own water and/or snacks, put the plastic cups, plates and bowls where they can reach them.
  • Display items neatly. Even though the kitchen cabinet is closed, you’ll know that behind the doors, you have everything looking nice and neat.
  • Consider stacking bowls, plates and Tupperware. Items that store neatly and won’t take up as much room make for tidier kitchen cabinets, overall.
  • Use your space wisely. If you have high kitchen cabinets, put items that that are seasonal (like your Thanksgiving turkey platter) higher up. Use your most accessible kitchen cabinets for items that you use daily.

Good luck with your kitchen cabinet organization. It’s a perfect spring-cleaning activity that will leave you feeling energized and renewed!

Sommer Poquette likes to provide kitchen tips that are both time saving and green for The Home Depot and her blog, cleanandgreenmom.org. For more info on a wide range of kitchen options, visit The Home Depot.

 

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