6 Ways to Use Dark Colors While Still Achieving a Bright Space

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Spaces that consist mainly of dark colors are becoming more and more popular and provide a different feeling than the usual white or neutral spaces. But what if you were able to achieve both with a discerning blend of dark and light? With a few tips you can cleverly use dark accents while still being able to enjoy a bright space, and it’s mostly done by pairing well-selected home décor. Your darker space doesn’t have to be dreary. Here are six ways to still achieve a bright space while decorating with dark colors! 

1. Try to plan your space around natural light

If you’re able to, place your dark colors and furniture in a space with a good amount of natural light. This will cause a natural contrast, especially when it is bright out. The natural light will also have a similar effect as greenery or foliage by opening and warming up the space. 

2. Focus on your wall color

You should use your wall color to bring out the contrast in the room if you’re looking to use dark furniture. The color white will always work on walls. It’s important to play around with different shades of white however, to find what fits best in your space. A completely different approach that will also be successful is darkly colored walls with light furniture, like the fabulous deep green kitchen!

3. Add greenery and foliage 

Placing greenery and foliage, even if it’s fake, is one of the easiest ways to still achieve a bright space while using dark colors. The greenery helps to make the space appear more open and welcoming. The green will add a nice pop of color as well if there is not a lot of color in your space.

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4. Let accessories brighten up the space 

Accessories can help a lot in a space that is more dark than light. Adding accessories that contrast with the darker furniture can help brighten the space by providing small pops of color and uniqueness throughout the space.

5. Utilize lamps versus overhead lighting

You should place lamps around darker pieces of furniture. Lamps will add a warmer feeling than overhead lighting can provide, and will also be able to spotlight your key pieces of furniture.

6. Use contrasting rugs and textiles around dark furniture 

By placing a rug in front of a dark piece of furniture, it will add texture and color to the whole space. Adding textiles or throw blankets to a sofa or chair will help break up the dark colors. Both can add additional contrast to the space. Alternatively, try a dark colored rug to bring dimension into a space.

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Dark colors give a sense of mystery in a space and can be used successfully, but they do best if you can still achieve a bright and welcoming space. The tips laid out above are simple fixes to a space that just feels a bit too dark. Now decorating with dark colors can be a game changing asset to enhance your space with style.

Article by Lydia Berge – Interiors by Jacquin intern

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Low-Maintenance Surfaces For Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms can be a real hassle to clean. They are usually somewhat cramped and feature a variety of different materials and surfaces that can require multiple different cleaners and pieces of equipment just to get the job done. If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom but you’d also like to cut down on the level of maintenance you need to perform, here are some low-maintenance surfaces you can use for your next bathroom remodel. 

1. Engineered Quartz Countertops

There’s a reason why quartz bathroom countertops are in high demand. Their natural beauty is astounding, and quartz itself is very durable and low-maintenance. You don’t have to worry about sealing it because quartz is non-porous. It also stands up very well against heat. This is another low-maintenance material that has the added benefit of being supremely beautiful. 

2. Solid Surface Fabrication

This material is man-made and usually consists of a combination of pigments, polyester resins, acrylic, or epoxy. Solid surface is great because not only is it very low-maintenance and durable, it can be fitted for vanities, sinks, shower walls, countertops, and more. Solid surface shower panels are becoming a trend as well. The material itself is very versatile and can be customized to the highest degree. It’s also easier to clean because it features no grooves, grout, or tiles. A basic cleaner will do just fine. 

3. Spot-Free Glass

Innovation in glass-making technology has led to the latest development in low-maintenance bathrooms, spot-free shower glass. This glass is built to resist spots that naturally build up on other materials and cause those ugly shower spots. With spot-free glass, you don’t have to worry about using any special cleaners or applying a fancy coating to your shower glass to prevent it from spotting. Your cleaning time will be reduced dramatically as well. 

4. Stainless Steel Finishes

Unless you absolutely need the shiny finish of polish or chrome, installing stainless steel will lessen your faucet cleaning duties. Stainless steel and other surfaces like satin nickel as well as satin chrome are far better at hiding fingerprints and water spots, meaning you won’t need to wash them as often to get the same effect. 

You could also consider going with a single lever faucet. These faucets aren’t quite as much of a chore to clean as faucets with two handles and a spout. They only feature a single mounting point on your countertop which means less to navigate around as you do a wipe down. 

Cleaning Your Bathroom Doesn’t Have to be Hard

You shouldn’t have to dread cleaning day when it comes to your bathroom. Many people do because they have things like tiled showers or granite countertops that require extra attention. By implementing a few of the things in this article, however, you can cut your bathroom cleaning time in half. Solid surface fabrication, stainless steel faucets, spot-free glass, and quartz bathroom countertops will all make your life much easier and leave you with more time to do other things besides cleaning. 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Construction and Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value. 

Impressive custom kitchens & more from Eggersmann

Eggersmann showroom – Photography by Julianna Carl

Eggersmann’s custom kitchens and home living solutions are a contemporary design lovers dream. I stopped by their showroom to get a better idea of their offerings and I received a friendly and informative tour from Eggersmann team member, Kegan Wilson. Eggersmann offers custom kitchens, custom closets, and custom built-in solutions for spaces like your living room and office. I was impressed and inspired by their unique, luxury designs. Read on to see just why Eggersmann is so impressive.

Eggersmann offers four distinct collections for their custom kitchens, and I must say that I appreciated all of them. The collections are called “Modern”, “Unique”, “Classic”, and “The Works”, each of which showcases a completely different style. Above is an example of one of their Classic collection kitchens and below is an example of their showstopping kitchen from The Works collection. One of the key elements of The Works kitchens is the ability to have everything in your cabinets at your fingertips and on display all at once, and then able to disappear fully for clean and minimalist look. The Works also showcases a sliding counter top system, which you can see in action in our video feature.

This counter-top expands! See how it works in our video.

Custom closets are another Eggersmann specialty. They go above and beyond in creating stylish, luxurious closets that will exceed your expectations. From the rich wood options, to the bronze tinted glass, custom jewelry storage, and the surprise addition of an espresso machine, Eggersmann achieves a complete luxury experience in your dressing room.

Home living solutions are another territory covered by Eggersmann and it’s all about the built-ins! Everything is customized for your personal preferences. I loved that they offer built-in lighted cubbies for displaying artwork and they also have compartments to hide your television or store a tucked away bar area. Finishing materials range from various woods to leather upholstered wall units, so you can be as creative as you like with your own custom unit. Eggersmann products are incredibly thoughtful and crafted with care, making this German company my top recommendation for custom home solutions.

Eggersmann offers a unique showroom that is absolutely worth visiting for better determining which of their collections is best for you. You can find Eggersmann’s showroom locations in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Florida, and Toronto. Their quality products will enhance your next home renovation project and help you to create a luxury sanctuary at home. Eggersmann receives five stars all around!

Visit Eggersmann showroom in the Dallas Design District – 1616 Hi Line Drive

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Art Deco Revival in Atlanta

This historic Atlanta home is known to be the city of Atlanta’s only Art Deco property in existence, and so when it came time to revive this piece of history the space got a contemporary update while preserving the home’s rich architectural history. Here’s a glimpse into this beautiful, art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes magazine. 

 Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines
Historic Atlanta art deco home featured in Atlanta Homes. Photography: Erica George Dines
 
To view the full home tour, head over to Atlanta Homes to learn more about this art deco beauty.
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KUFRI Showroom Opening – Handwoven Textiles!

Attention textile lovers! KUFRI, the impressive handwoven textile company based in Dallas has opened its flagship showroom and weaving studio. KUFRI textiles is owned by Mili Suleman, a friend and design industry creative who was featured on the blog last year. If you missed her previous home tour and Designer Spotlight segment, you can check it out here. When you visit the KUFRI showroom you’ll get to see and feel her fabulous handwoven textiles, in addition to browsing their new wallpaper collection and more.

KUFRI offers a collection of brightly colored textiles in addition to a range of more neutral textile designs to accommodate all of your design needs. You can take a look at her collection of neutral colored textiles further in this blog post. KUFRI also sells stunning ceramic vases, which is one of her newest showroom additions. I really love the flow of the showroom layout and how nicely everything is curated. Definitely a lot of design inspiration here!

It was exciting to see the weaving process live during the showroom opening! Fiber artist and KUFRI team member Casey Johnson gave me a quick explanation on how this huge handloom works. The process is quite extensive and an art form on its on. Seeing the process really proves just why handwoven textiles are so coveted. Each piece is one of a kind.

The KUFRI wallpaper collection was equally impressive. The designs are so creative! All of KUFRI’s products are available throughout the United States, so you don’t have to be in Dallas to get your hands on these stunning textiles or wallpaper.

I appreciate Mili showing me around the new showroom. I am looking forward to creating something great with her textiles in the near future. Be sure to follow KUFRI on Instagram or visit the website to stay up to date on new additions. You can stop by the showroom for a visit to see KUFRI’s offerings in person.

Photography by Katie Nixon

The KUFRI showroom & studio is located at 1152 Mississippi Ave., Dallas, TX 75207.

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5 Tips to Upgrade Your Bathroom

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A drab and out-dated bathroom can impact your overall mood. If you are ready to try something that better reflects your style and taste, why not start with your upgrading your bathroom? Your bathroom is the most important room in the house. With the average person spending over a year and a half of their life in their bathroom, it’s worth turning it into something you’ll enjoy for a long time. Our previous article on A Bathroom to Suit Every Style illustrates several luxurious styles which you can incorporate into your own home. So, with that in mind, here are a few more tips and ideas for when you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom.

1. Create a Spa-Like Atmosphere

Turn your bathroom into a relaxing Zen retreat, with luxurious high-end fixtures, calming subdued colors, a soaker tub, steam shower, and soft-lighting. For this design style, look no further than Japanese bathroom designs. Lushhome states that bathing is an art and spiritual activity in Japan, and a soaking tub is often the focal point in a traditional Japanese bathroom. For your own design, look to incorporate a free-standing, luxurious Japanese style soaking tub, made from natural materials, and simple functional design. In this sense, wood is the ideal material for creating a spa-like, peaceful atmosphere, with mahogany and teak having unique textures and beautiful, natural shades. Couple this with earthy color shades to add natural energy and lighting that incorporates dimmers to enhance your design with a pleasant, soothing effect and soft glow.

2. Ensure Your Pipes and Plumbing are Checked

To make sure your existing plumbing system can support the latest in luxury plumbing fixtures, it should be inspected prior to any major fixture installation. New smart products for bathrooms are trending and are creating luxuriously tailored experiences for homeowners. Grohe UK’s Paul Bailey explains that smart installations like Bluetooth controlled showers and toilets are helping create the perfect home spas. So, before you start, you should have the plumbing and pipes checked to see if they meet the recommended standards and can cope with the new connected luxury fixtures. Plumbing experts at HomeServe note how it is best to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when it comes to burst pipes and blocked drains. When making big changes to your bathroom it pays to get your water systems checked by a professional.

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3. Use Natural Stone Tile

Every natural stone is unique and is perfect in creating a timeless look and calming energy. Stone is perfect for insulating heat that will help keep your home warm in winter and cool in the summer. Natural stone like granite and marble are great conductors of heat and can be easily adaptable to a variety of below-surface radiant heating systems. Marble, in particular, has a beautiful, elegant and unique look.

The latest trends in bathroom tile design in the U.S. highlight new styles like walk-in-showers that feature a luxurious floor surface full of large marble slabs that hide the linear drainage lines beneath. Elle Decor notes how full marble flooring is a bespoke detail that will feel extra luxe with matching marble walls.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that marble is a high maintenance option requiring frequent cleaning and sealing. On the other hand, granite is much more durable, requires less maintenance and still retains the high aesthetic qualities that will complement your luxury bathroom. Both granite and marble can be difficult to install and will require professional installation services.

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4. Add Comfortable Seating

Another popular trend in the U.S., and found in nearly every high-end bathroom, is to incorporate comfortable seating. An elegant couch, tufted ottoman or an ornately carved armchair are not only practical, but add an air of luxury. Whether you’re looking to sit down and towel off or just want a place to do your nails and makeup, Better Homes & Gardens states that a cushioned couch or armchair really increase the comfort level. Not only will it make your bathroom more stylish but it will also make it a place where you’ll want to spend more time to unwind and relax.

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5. Install Radiant Heating

Let’s face it; cold floors during the winter make waking up in the morning a daunting prospect. This is why radiant heating is popular across the world, especially in regions where the winter months get really cold like in Canada and Japan. So, why not eliminate cold mornings with some under-floor radiant heating? Your bathroom is the ideal place for radiant heating. Apart from the fact that it will warm up your flooring and maintain a cozy temperature, unlike forced-air heating, radiant floor heating slowly drifts up through the bathroom, keeping your space heated for longer. Heated floors are also very energy efficient and the heat distribution will be much more even. Compared to forced-air heating, radiant heating can save you 10-30% on your monthly heating bill.

Touring the Lebanon Home of Designer Chantal Jerdi

We’ve landed in Lebanon today for our virtual home tour feature! We’re showcasing the home of Chantal Jerdi, an architect turned interior designer with eclectic style. 

Jacquin: What inspired you to become an architect? What was the most unexpected part about your training? -or- What was the most unexpected part about actually working as an architect?

Chantal: I was born and raised in a family of architects; my father is an architect and my mother is an interior designer. So I was immersed in the architectural field ever since I was a child, and decided to pursue it further by becoming an architect myself. After working in the architectural family business for several years, I found myself more and more drawn to interior design. I started taking on more interior design projects and a couple of years ago I decided to start working on my own as a full-time interior designer.

Jacquin: How would you describe the decor style of your home? What was most difficult about decorating your space?

Chantal: My décor style at home and in my work is eclectic. It can be mixing between classic and more modern elements or mixing between different design movements, such as Scandinavian, bohemian and so forth. As an interior designer, I grew to appreciate many different decorating styles and wanted to incorporate them all in my home! I was in love with certain design elements of the industrial movement, the modern one and even the vintage one! I believe incorporating vintage décor elements into a space makes it more personal and gives it a unique touch. It makes it full of personality and more ‘homey’. That was my biggest challenge: mixing all of the elements I love in order to create a harmonious home.

Jacquin: Did you add any custom architectural features to the interior or exterior of your home?

Chantal: My husband and I bought our home when it was still under construction. It is a two-story apartment, and at the time of our purchase there were no internal partitions or walls. It was left as is in order for the future home-owner to divide it according to their needs. It was a dream come true for me, as designing the space planning was also one of my requirements when searching for an apartment.

When we first bought the apartment, I realized that we had an amazing unobstructed view on the sea from the entrance, and I designed my whole house in order to preserve that view and that connection to the outside. You can see the view from almost every room on the first floor; from the entrance as soon as you step inside to the big open space that includes the living and dining areas, as well as from the kitchen. I added a chimney on the first floor in the open space that creates the perfect cozy atmosphere on cold winter nights. Every room is thought and designed in a functional yet aesthetic way that allows us to enjoy the big spaces we like.

Our master bedroom is on the second floor and is also located on the main view of the house. It has a master bathroom and a custom-made walking-closet. The rest of the second floor is also divided into bedrooms, and there is also a master bedroom on the first floor. Our whole house is custom-made not only from an interior design point of view but also from an architectural point of view.

Jacquin: Do you have any unique custom furniture or vintage pieces at home?

Chantal: Yes!  For our wedding a family friend offered us a gorgeous vintage handmade wooden cabinet, which I have placed in my bedroom. I remember falling in love with it when I first saw it! And a few months later, I became its lucky owner.

Jacquin: Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family at home? Do you have a special recipe you like to make when you have guests visiting?

Chantal: I enjoy having friends over a glass of wine and a good dinner, and gathering with the family on weekends for lunch. We especially like Lebanese food and one of my favorite recipes that I make for my guests is the fattoush salad. It’s light, healthy, delicious and very easy to do! Here is the perfect recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.

Jacquin: Where are you favorite places in Lebanon fo unique home decor?

Chantal: There are so many nice furniture places for furniture shopping in Lebanon! I especially love BHV and West Elm for their home accessories and Farra store for furniture shopping.

Jacquin: What’s next for your company?

Chantal: I am currently working on my website and my blog, where I will be sharing décor tips and tricks with my readers! This is the main plan for the year along with working of course on my interior design projects. 

You can follow the work of Chantal Jerdi via her Pinterest profile or visit her website here.
 

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Japanese Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban is the Japanese technique of burning or charring wood. It’s a stunning wood treatment to consider for the modern and contemporary home, especially for those wanting to make an eye-catching statement. This charring technique creates a richly hued, dark color in wood that actually highlights the unique texture and grain of each piece of wood. It also happens to dramatically increase the wood’s durability and strength, which is another noteworthy bonus to Shou Sugi Ban, and happens to be the main reason this technique was initiated in Japan centuries ago.

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Shou Sugi Ban tree stump coffee table – with free shipping!

There are some cutting edge, contemporary designs being produced using Shou Sugi Ban techniques. The coffee tables shown and the furniture below are beautiful examples of contemporary Shou Sugi Ban furniture.

Shou Sugi Ban & Burnished Steel Primal Coffee Table by Egg Designs
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The steps necessary to accomplish a Shou Sugi Ban wood technique are actually relatively simple, but it still needs to be done with great care and safety. Of course learning how to build your own furniture with Shou Sugi Ban wood would be a feat, but simpler applications like a paneled accent wall could be more easily achieved by the average person.

Step-by-Step Shou Sugi Ban Process:

1) Burn the wood – Use a propane torch to char the wood. Add scorch marks to areas of the wood, without completely blackening the entire piece of wood. Make sure to be safe by wearing protective glasses and keeping water and a fire extinguisher near by.

2) Brush the wood – After you have finished burning the wood to your liking, then wet the wood and scrub it with a wire brush. The more you brush the wood with the wire brush, the lighter the finish will become. Stop at your desired wood tone.

3) Wash the wood – Thereafter you need to wash the wood to remove the dust and loose charred pieces. Then allow to completely dry.

4) Finish the wood – Seal and finish the wood once dried with Tung or Penefin Oil to preserve your Shou Sugi Ban’d wood long term.

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When charring wood you’ll find that there are range of shades you can accomplish depending on how extensively you burn the wood. With a lighter hand, you will create variations of wood tones with some darker areas like in the wood above, but with a heavier hand you can create a completely ebony shade of wood.

Design by Mindy Gayer

I personally love the idea of using Shou Sugi Ban wood for an exterior door or coffee table. While you can stain wood black, there is something special about the effect that charring wood creates. It’s the kind of wood treatment you should select if you really want to make a bold statement. There are several companies providing Shou Sugi Ban wood planks for flooring and other uses ready to go! Check out Reclaimed DesignWorks, CharredWood.com, and Montana Timber Products to see their Shou Sugi Ban wood collections.

Below you’ll see the design work of Stefan Bishop. After this designer’s expert Shou Sugi Ban application, each ring within the interior of the wood pops out with dramatic flair. Truly a work of art!

Furniture design by Stefan Bishop

How would you use Shou Sugi Ban within your home? Would you give it a try for your home’s exterior paneling, or perhaps your cabinets or a coffee table? Share you Shou Sugi Ban preferences in the comments below!

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Burlington Design Gallery – One Stop Shop for Your Home!

Burlington Design Gallery is a 5 acre showroom and warehouse filled with all the materials you may need for your next home renovation. I was truly impressed by just how unique all of their selections are. There is absolutely no reason a customer couldn’t create a one-of-a-kind design with their broad range of selections. I had the opportunity to tour this enormous showroom when invited by owner Simi Kapoor. While this shop has newly launched its Irving, TX location just outside of Dallas, they provide materials for customers across the United States. Learn more about this exciting design showroom in our video tour below!

One of many unique finds at Burlington Design Gallery is their range of mosaic tile options to choose from. You don’t often see mosaic work in home interiors, but I think it adds a special touch for the customer looking for more artistic materials to work with. You can see a sampling of their mosaic wall below.

As you browse Burlington Design Gallery you will become inspired by their options for your kitchen, bathroom, outdoors and beyond. Everything is curated in a way to give you an idea of just how nice each selection could look in your home. The beautiful tile backsplash below is a showstopper! Just another fantastic option available at their showroom.

Burlington Design Gallery also houses a huge warehouse for its selection of stone slabs. Their inventory is changing constantly and there are always beautiful options to choose from. Their Instagram page is a great place to see what stone options are available at a particular time. I love that they offer the book matched stone varieties for that added touch of drama.

Another exciting fact about Burlington Design Gallery is that they are the exclusive distributor of Domiziani products for the United States. Domiziani provides artisan ceramic sink basins and surfaces that are all one-of-a-kind works of art. Each piece is customized to your color preferences and size requirement, allowing you to add a piece of artwork to your home in a non-traditional way.

Editorial layouts by Alexandra Johnson

Be sure to visit Burlington Design Gallery‘s Irving, TX location to shop their stunning materials for your next home renovation project. If you are not local to Texas, their unique selections are still available to you. Follow along on Instagram or subscribe to their newsletter for up to date details on their products and events. When you next visit, tell them that Interiors by Jacquin sent you!

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