1. Chimney-shaped backsplash. There’s no rule that says your backsplash has to conform to straight lines. Here, Coast Green granite forms a unique chimney-shaped backsplash that, teamed with V-groove wall paneling, a beadboard-paneled ceiling and black iron hardware, creates a charming classic cottage look.
2. Poured-concrete countertops.This Washington home has so much to love that it’s hard to know where to begin. In the kitchen, the poured-concrete countertops, which the homeowners did themselves and which are full of character, are a high point. Also of note here is the pendant light, which the couple made by combining a light kit from Ikea with a basket from Ross.
3. Custom drying racks. Everyone has a few garments that need to be hung up to dry. Here, custom drying racks were created specifically for baby clothes and small items. The pullout feature means that multiple items can hang off the rods without lying on top of one another.
4. Layered materials. It’s often said that less is more, but sometimes that rule just doesn’t apply. Take this guest powder room. A Stellar White marble backsplash overlays painted beadboard paneling over raffia wallpaper. On top of that is an antique bronze mirror. Fabric insets on the vanity doors add even more texture and layers. It all comes together beautifully for casual Cape Cod style.
5. Brass hardware and light blue cabinets. We recently extolled the virtues of brass hardware paired with dark cabinetry, but this laundry room offers a slightly different take that’s just as gorgeous. Brushed brass hardware is paired with baby-blue cabinets (Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore) for a bright, cheery and elegant look.
6. Jewel-toned cabinets. If you’re looking for an alternative to white or wood-toned cabinets but don’t want a searing color, consider jewel tones. These highly saturated colors that recall emeralds, rubies and sapphires offer depth and sophistication without going too bright.
7. Millennial Pink paint. It’s hard to pin down exactly what this shade is, but designer and Houzz contributor Yanic Simard does a good job. “Millennial Pink might be subtler and more complex than some other pinks, but it’s not trying to hide,” he writes. “It’s definitely pink, and you have to be confident enough to embrace it.”
Simard recommends teaming this soft hue with other pale neutrals and small hits of black.
8. Shiplap headboard. Shiplap paneling is a great way to bring subtle character and charm to a room. But if your budget doesn’t allow you to wrap an entire bedroom in the material, or you’re afraid the look will be too overwhelming, consider creating a custom shiplap headboard, as shown here. It gives you a generous dose of the material without the big commitment.
9. Floor tile that resembles real wood. Tile that looks almost indistinguishable from wood is nothing new, but the styles and the resemblance to real wood seem to be getting better and better. Take this Phoenix home. The Summertree floor tile from Daltile looks right at home with the post-and-beam structure and cherry cabinets.
10. Wallpaper on the ceiling. As the name implies, wallpaper tends to go on certain surfaces. But in design, rules are made to be broken. Here, designer Caitlin Murray applied Eskayel’s Head Hunter in Mist wallpaper on the ceiling for a glamorous effect that surely has guests and the homeowners looking up.
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