Designing Your Kitchen & Bathroom Without Being Too Trendy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content by Alure Home ImprovementsMary Lotardo, custom kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, offers her five tips for designing your kitchen and bathroom without being too trendy in a recent episode of Alure’s My5 Tips Series.You have to remember that home décor is a lot like fashion. But altering the look of your kitchen or bathroom is not as easy as putting on a new dress or changing your blouse. A classic look should last a while, perhaps as long as a decade. If you follow Mary’s tips, then you can easily give a new twist to the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom by adding a few touches that won’t break the bank but liven up a situation that maybe you’ve grown tired of.Here’s what she’s talking about:Tip No. 1: Use neutral colors. When you’re making your selections for a new color scheme, Mary says, “Try to use neutral colors for the large items in the room.”She suggests that in particular you use neutral colors for your kitchen cabinets or the bathroom vanity.“If you’re doing full-tile walls, you might want to pick a neutral color and then tie it in with some accents along the way,” Mary says.The most popular neutral colors for kitchens and bathrooms are white, beige, gray and sage. These colors make it easy and less expensive to update the overall look of the room because all you need to do to make a difference is just add some new accessories. Another advantage of using neutral colors is that it makes the kitchen or a bathroom look brighter and bigger, depending on the lighting arrangement.Tip No. 2: Bring in colors that you love.Mary proposes that you incorporate your favorite colors into the room’s new décor but use them in small touches. Let these hues be seen in your accent tiles, glass pendants, faucets and fixtures. Wait until you see how metal finishes such as brushed nickel, bronze or stainless steel can enhance the space and make it all come alive without becoming too dominant.“Use them in the room to bring in all the different colors that you love,” suggests Mary.Tip No. 3: Use natural-looking materials that are timeless.There are so many more possibilities in natural-looking materials than there used to be, thanks to innovations in technology. For example, Mary suggests using porcelain tiles that emulate limestone, slate or marble.“Even today quartz is made to look like granite,” says Mary. “And there are some beautiful looks out there with the textures and colors that you love.”It’s not all about granite and marble, but they are lovely indeed and durable, especially for countertops. Slate has a dull-matte finish that’s not flashy but works well in a neutral-color scheme. Plus slate is harder than marble and easy to keep clean with just soap and water. Soapstone, which comes quarried out of the ground in a natural gray color, has a softer surface than some other materials like granite but with soapstone you can sand away any scratches on the surface. Quartz is one of the most scratch-resistant materials available. It’s a great choice for countertops because it comes in a variety of colors and is easy to maintain.Click here for more information on Alure Home ImprovementsTip No. 4: Don’t be afraid of bringing in a ‘wow’ factor!“A lot of times using art deco accents or having a beautiful tile layout, those are the things that you love most in the project when the project is finished,” Mary says knowingly. “So don’t be afraid to try something a little bit different!”The great thing about using a neutral color scheme as the foundation for your design is that it doesn’t compete with any flourishes you may come up with. In fact, this backdrop encourages you to put something of yourself in the final look. Maybe you’ve got some vases that you treasure or window curtains with a design that delights your eyes. There’s no reason that a neutral-color kitchen or bathroom shouldn’t have as much pizzazz as a room blazing with hot colors.Tip No. 5: Use a professional designer.Doesn’t it make sense that when you redo a room like the kitchen or the bathroom, which get a lot of daily use, you want the best advice possible for the final creation?“You need somebody with experience who can take the colors and textures that you love and create a project that you’ll love for a life time,” says Mary.A professional designer can help you to better articulate what look you’re going for, and find out what appeals to you at a fundamental level. And a designer you trust can help you figure out how to make it all come true within a budget you can afford. Perhaps she’ll suggest soft hues like beige, khaki and rain-cloud gray for a calming atmosphere, or suggest richer neutral colors like chocolate brown or slate gray, or go in a different direction with subtle variations of white on white.There’s more to the palette of different neutral color schemes than you might think—and consulting a true professional designer, like Mary Lotardo at Alure Home Improvements, can get you inspired.last_img read more

Ex-QPR man defends Man Utd winger

first_imgFormer QPR defender Clarke Carlisle has defended Ashley Young following recent controversy surrounding the Manchester United winger.Young has been accused of diving after winning penalties in matches against QPR and Aston Villa.But PFA chairman Carlisle, who was a team-mate of Young at Watford, said: “I wouldn’t say he is or has been prone to falling over.AdChoices广告“He is quick and slight so it doesn’t take much contact to make him go over.”Click here for our latest QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

LeBron James: It’s ‘unfair’ to expect so much from Lakers’ young players

first_imgLeBron James is aware the Lakers haven’t lived up to expectations, but he doesn’t think the team’s youth is to blame.Instead, the 34-year-old star came to the defense of his teammates and said he doesn’t think the amount of pressure placed on his young teammates is fair.  LeBron James’ former Cavs teammates refuse to count him out of playoffs Here’s the full video of LeBron James on how youth impacts the Lakers.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 6, 2019James, who signed with the Lakers during the offseason, has led Los Angeles to a 30-34 record and he’s in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in 14 years. Including Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets, the Lakers have 18 games remaining in the regular season to try and pass the Spurs (eighth in the West), Kings (ninth) and Timberwolves (10th) to sneak into the playoffs.James reiterated, however, that it’s not fair to point to Los Angeles’ youth as the problem because they are still learning. He also explained that it’s an unusual situation to be in because there isn’t another team in the league that has this type of challenge. “It’s unfair to those guys for us to continue to — we want them to learn, we want them to learn, we want them to learn — I want them to learn,” James said. “But also we have to understand that they’re young as well and they’re going to make mistakes. You just try to limit the mistakes as much as possible. You look at all of the 16 teams right now, the best teams in our league right now, just look at the guys they rely on every single night to be able to come through for them. If they have a young guy it’s probably one or two of them.”He added: “It’s been tough on us.” “You have four guys in our top eight rotation that you have to really rely on, and it’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year. We have Zo (Lonzo Ball), Josh (Hart), Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) and B.I. (Brandon Ingram). And we had Zu (Ivica Zubac) at the time,” James explained Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s like five out of our top nine guys that we rely on, and they’re in their first and second year. You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys that’s in their first or second year.” Related Newslast_img read more