By Mitchell Parker, Houzz
1. Inlaid tile “rug.”
There’s a lot to love in this French bistro-style kitchen, but one detail that really catches the eye is the graphic encaustic cement tile inlaid like a rug between the island and the cooking zone.
2. Armoire for linen storage.
Large vanities and built-in cabinetry can go a long way toward maximizing your bathroom storage, and a stand-alone cabinet or armoire will certainly add charm too. Here, designer Joni Spear brought in a 1970s TV armoire to store towels and other toiletries.
Spear painted the piece blue and added glass to the doors.
3. Built-ins that hide media components.
TVs, speaker systems and other media components sure keep us entertained. But all those black boxes and cords can really take away from a well-decorated space. So for this living room, Huong Nguyen designed custom built-ins that conceal the equipment to keep the room feeling and looking crisp and clean.
4. A custom wet bar.
Drink stations and bar carts are great additions for entertaining on the fly. But these homeowners took the idea further. They routed plumbing into their dining room, installed a wall-mounted faucet and added a stone vessel sink to an old dining hutch to create a stylish wet bar.
5. Fabric-look tile.
The look and feel of tile, and the materials available, are always progressing, and Houzz Australia writer Gabrielle Chariton spoke with several tile experts to find out what the latest trends are. One standout coming out of Europe is tile that looks like fabric, such as lace, damask, crepe, linen and tweed, to lend a soft look to the hard material.