Ways to Hide Your Kitchen Appliances

Over the years, kitchen design and available options have gone through a significant evolution. Your choices in products, appliances, and beautiful countertops and tile are unbelievable. One of the biggest areas of change has been storage options. In this article, I wanted to focus primarily on ways to store your appliances.

Have you heard of or seen an appliance garage? You can put your things away and out of sight in a creative and visually streamlined look. In this example, the cabinet goes to the countertop level, and you slide the appliances out when needed, or click here to see an example with built-in slides.

Here is an example of a vertical lift cabinet door to hide away your appliance:

Wall Appliance Garage

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This traditional French kitchen has plenty of space and a place for everything in this over-sized cabinet. If you don’t have space for a large cabinet, consider using the idea and adding one on a smaller scale. The goal is to have a place for everything you need in your kitchen. I love the pull out drawers:

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If you have a kitchen with a blind corner cabinet, consider adding a tray mechanism to enable easy access to the recessed area:

KITCHEN BLIND CORNER WITH TRAY CABINET

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Consider adding a lifting arm to an existing cabinet for your mixer with this product from Rev-A-Shelf:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need any creative ideas for your kitchen design or picking out colors for your paint, backsplash, tile or flooring, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email, and we can get to work making your kitchen dreams come true!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured image from Marc Coan Designs on Houzz.

6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

3 Trends in Bathroom Design

I love the new bathroom products that are now affordable and available to homeowners. I wanted to review three spectacular trends in bathroom design.

1. Showers that are easily accessible to anyone are in demand.

The life-cycle shower does not have a threshold making it accessible to everyone with a clean and sleek look.

2. Calm and peaceful bathroom settings that have less stuff and are stylish with simple lines are trending.

You will see more showers that are frameless and easy to access.

An example of an expansive and frameless shower:

3. Homeowners are requesting low maintenance, and easy to clean bathrooms.

You will see bathrooms using large square or rectangular shaped tiles to reduce grout lines, and some are installing contemporary wall panels. Kohler’s Choreograph Shower Wall collection offers a variety of high-end wall panels, to view them click here.

Large scale and 3D tile, such as this Ona Natural tile from Porcelanosa:

An example of large square tile:

An example of large rectangular tile:

Even if you have a small bath area, you can achieve a sleek style using large scale tile and a stationary glass enclosure:

There are many configurations available depending on your bathroom size and requirements. For some inspiration, here are a few ideas to consider.

An example of a frameless style that slides instead of a door opening:

An example of a hinged tub door, using clear glass and chrome:

DreamLine Aqua Ultra 57-60"x 58" Hinged Tub Door, Chrome

An example of no door, stationary glass:

 
Tip:  You will see frameless shower doors installed with Clips and U-Channels. Both options support the stationary panels in your shower enclosure. Clips are the favored option because of the sleek look and clean style. The installation is more expensive as holes have to be cut into the glass for the Clips to stay in place. The U-Channel is easier and less costly to install.

An example of the Clips:

An example of the U-Channel:

 

Redesign Right, LLCIf you want to update your bathroom, and you need help choosing your bathroom colors, matching tile or choosing the proper finish for the hardware or lighting fixtures, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email. We will set up a consultation and help you to make the right choice the first time.

 
SaveBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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Kitchen and Bath Flooring Trends

Porcelain TileIs your kitchen or bath flooring looking tired and old? If you are ready for a change or considering a remodel for your kitchen or bath and struggling to decide, let me help.

From my experience, wood flooring is still the most popular flooring. However, kitchens and bathrooms are not the most conducive to handling real wood because of the water and high humidity issues. There are fantastic options where you can achieve the desired look and satisfy the limitations. Also trending are the wider plank flooring in colors of blonde or gray looking woods. I wanted to focus on two durable options where there has been an explosion of new products and looks:  luxury vinyl flooring and porcelain tiles.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring:

Luxury Vinyl flooring is different from standard vinyl in that it looks like it’s made of natural materials such as wood or stone. It is an excellent project for those who are do-it-yourself types as this flooring is easy to install compared to other types.

Beautiful contemporary kitchen featuring Armstrong Flooring Timber Bay-Barnyard Gray flooring:

If you are looking for DIY projects and interesting ways to lay vinyl tiles, click here for ideas and instructions from Armstrong Flooring.

Understand the difference between Luxury Vinyl and Laminate:

Laminate has a fiberboard layer and cannot get wet and is not recommended for Kitchen or Bath. Whereas, luxury vinyl can handle full liquid submersion without any issues. You will want to check the “wear layer” – the higher that number is, the more durable the flooring will be to foot traffic. This layer is of particular importance if you have kids or pets and need the highest durability rating. Another aspect to consider is that luxury vinyl is warmer than a porcelain tile under foot and is more forgiving if you are prone to drop things. (For further details read this article from Gohaus.com.)

Understanding Porcelain and Ceramic tile:

Porcelain is denser and less porous than ceramic tile and makes a good choice for flooring. To label a tile as porcelain it has to be certified as such, click here to read more about this topic.

Modern kitchen with porcelain tile:

Marble looking porcelain tile:

Porcelain tiles in wood and marble in a fun pattern:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need help picking out a flooring product, trying to match it with existing colors, or wish to create a new color palette, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email and let’s save you time and aggravation and get this project started!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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5 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

There are many unique kitchen backsplash ideas available now, and I wanted to highlight some of them for you. If you have ever watched the HGTV show, Fixer Upper, you are familiar with the white subway tile in a farmhouse kitchen. Though a clean look, it may not be for everyone. Check out these 5 fabulous ideas:

1. Unique tile patterns:

This kitchen takes colored glass tiles and creates a herringbone pattern, adding interest to the wall and sleekness.

Looking for a tile that’s distinctive, check out this scallop pattern:

Or this fun pattern with emerald green cabinets is stunning:

2. Wider and longer tiles:

The trend is headed toward larger sized tiles that are longer and wider, in sizes such as 4×8” or 4×12”.

Photo by Eric Aust Architect

3. Painted Glass Backsplash:

Have you heard of this? If you want a sleek look and no grout, this is an attractive option.

An example of a backsplash with large glass tile:

4. Quartz backsplash:

5. Wood-like tile backsplash:

Redesign Right, LLCWhen redoing your kitchen, or adding a backsplash, it may feel overwhelming with all the choices available to you. My recommendation is to use Houzz as a tool and create IdeaBooks of kitchens you like. If you need help picking a color palette for everything in your kitchen, paint, countertop, backsplash, and flooring, Redesign Right can help! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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5 Tips for a Fabulous Deck or Patio Area

As we head into summer and have the ability to spend peaceful time outside on our deck or patio, is your outdoor seating area what you would like for it to be? For a fresh look, enjoy these five tips to help you achieve the look you want for your outdoor seating, entertaining and eating area.

1. Bring the comforts of the indoors outside.

In a sunny area, add a solar powered lamp that you can make yourself! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions; you will be amazed at how easy this is to create!

2. Warm up your setting with the soft glow of candles.

3. Any space, small or large, can get a fresh look by the use of pops of color and patterns.

In this example, the seating area is pulled together with a lovely shade of blue in the pillows and accessories.

On this balcony, red is a fantastic color to make this small space shine with comfort and interest.

4. Incorporate plants into your outdoor area.

You will want to vary the height of the plants to create your conversation areas and add potted flowers for color and beauty. If you are placing pots in a full-sun area you will want to choose heat-tolerant plants, click here to review a list of options. Use a potting soil that will help maintain moisture if you are not a consistent person that waters, such as MiracleGro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil. If you already have the potting soil add the “water storing crystals” to the soil, link for more information.

5. Paint your furniture a new color.

I recently had a client, inspired by my latest articles on furniture transformation, sent me photos of her latest DIY project. She transformed a bistro style table and chairs with new paint colors.

Furniture before being painted:

Bistro Table Before Painted

Furniture after being painted:

Deck Furniture Bistro Style Painted

What a difference! She didn’t like the color it was and used Rustoleum’s Paint + Primer in Satin Espresso, and finished it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Burnished Amber for a slight metallic sheen. A couple of tips that she offered:  Your hand gets tired from spray-painting, to help, use the Rustoleum Spray Paint Can Soft Grip to prevent hand fatigue. Wear gloves; nitrile is the strongest won’t tear as easily. Now all she needs to do is figure out some fun pillows! The best part of any redesign, the accessories! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us!

Redesign Right, LLCIf you require help selecting a color palette for any area of your home, or any home decorating question, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, we can come to your rescue!

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Is Your Home Driving You Nuts

Do you find yourself tired of a room and not sure what to do to change it? In an ideal world, we would get rid of everything and start fresh, right? Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case, and we have to work with what we have. You would be amazed at what you can do with what you already own and a few tweaks. Let’s figure this out.

What don’t you like?

What is the one thing in your room or home that you love that brings a smile to your face? The things we love offer us inspiration. Let’s say it’s a rug, a beautiful pillow, a cherished vase or piece of art. How can we draw from that and carry that feeling of “love” into a room?

Pick a theme

Choose a color and material combination that you like. For example, if you love the look of metallic, why not pair your favorite metallic with a color you like, then sprinkle that look in the pillows, throws, candles, vases throughout the room. As in this stunning bedroom where gold metallic and black offer a completed look:

Look at What you Own Differently

Can you take what you own and modify it to look completely different? For example in my article, Desk Transformation, I took a timeworn dark wood desk, had it cut down and painted to fit into a new space. Another example detailed in, How to Transform Old Furniture, I took my old mahogany bedroom furniture and had it painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give the room an entirely fresh and new look.

Find the Perfect Rug

Nothing ties a room together quicker than the right rug and the correctly sized rug. That is usually the issue I have found with clients; they don’t realize how big a rug should be. Review my decorating article on How to Buy the Right Rug for more information on this topic. I believe this comes down to what you like. Houzz offers an excellent guide for matching furniture to rug styles, click here to view. However, you can mix styles if you maintain a theme or a way to tie all the design elements together.

Paint the Walls

A fresh coat of paint can completely offer you a new look and is a good start to any redesign. What color to choose? If you are unsure and want something that will go with anything, “greige” may be your best option. Greige is a warm combination of gray and beige and the spectrum in that range can go from light tan to dark gray. You will want to try the paint in your room, with your lighting before making a choice. A few paints that have been popular are:

Benjamin Moore 2137-60 Gray Owl:

Benjamin Moore 11548 Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter

Sherwin Williams Kestrel White SW 7516

I know the DIYer loves to take on these projects; however, if you find yourself stuck, something just doesn’t feel right, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a color consultation. In an hour or two I can help answer your questions and coordinate wall, flooring, fabric, furniture, and accessories for a perfect look.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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Desk Transformation

In my last decorating article, How to Transform Old Furniture, I showed you the before and after of how my old mahogany bedroom furniture was updated with a brand new look. I love the idea of using old furniture, updating it with a fresh look and incorporating it differently in your home. This week I wanted to share with you the before and after of my desk transformation.

Let me show you how my large, cherry desk looked before the change:

It served me well for many years; however, I wanted a new look and a new location. That new location happened to be a bay window. The dilemma, how to fit a rectangle nicely into a bay window? I found someone who would cut down and modify my desk to make it fit in the window area! Brilliant idea, right?!

After the modification, I wanted a fresh new look. I had it painted a lovely white (SW 7006 Extra White) to fit with my decorating style and updated the hardware and topped it with glass for durability. I’m very pleased with the way that it turned out! My new work area is bright and cheery, and I’m ready to get to my design and decorating work!

Top View of Finished Desk

If you have an area of your home that does not bring you joy, and you would love a fresh new look, yet unsure how to achieve it, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and we can discuss how you can achieve what you want.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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How to Transform Old Furniture

I love the idea of taking something already owned and repurposing it with a new look. With that in mind, I wanted to share some photos of old mahogany furniture of mine that I had transformed. What a difference! If you are happy with the bones or shape of your furniture, you would be amazed at what a fresh color can do to make it new again! I reached out to Patty Oakes, of Oakes Redesign and asked for help with this project.

Annie Sloan Chalk paint created this transformation! If you are familiar with DIY projects, you know about this paint. This finish is not the same as chalkboard paint and has a smooth finish. For those of you who have never heard of it, read this excerpt from the Annie Sloan website:

Chalk Paint® is a decorative paint developed by Annie Sloan 25 years ago. It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. It can revitalize old furniture, walls, ceilings and floors with ease. It’s easy, fun and makes amazing results accessible to everyone.

With a color palette inspired by 18th and 20th Century decor and design, you can easily mix the colors together to extend the range. Add a little water to it to make it smooth, thicken it up by leaving the lid off, make it into a wash by adding even more water.

Patty shared with me that she used a mix of “Annie Sloan Coco chalk paint and added Annie Sloan Honfleur chalk paint to give it a deeper depth of color.” I loved the shape of the hardware on my dressers yet wanted a new look. Patty came to the rescue and used Annie’s White Chalk and clear wax. I love the result!

My old dark mahogany furniture:

My beautiful furniture after it was transformed:

I am very pleased with the result, and the look in my bedroom is exactly what I wanted! Thank you, Patty, for doing such a fantastic job! To contact Patty with a furniture transformation project you have in mind, click here.

If you have a room that you are not happy with, and in need of a new look, and unsure what to do to accomplish a fresh look, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you fall in love with your home all over again!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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7 Tips to Sell Your Home to Millennials

In my decorating article last week, High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights, I wrote about the furniture industry looking forward to a large boom in millennial furniture purchases in the upcoming years. As reported by Realtormag, a recent Fannie Mae Economic report stated, “Millennials’ accelerated rate of departure from their parents’ homes bodes well for housing demand.” With the market primed to sell your home, now may be a fantastic time if you are planning a move.

How can you capitalize on the millennial market? Here are seven things to consider when selling your home to this growing pool of buyers:

  1. Strive for the “less is better” concept of decorating.
  2. Choose furniture that is large and fewer pieces; for example, large lamps, art, and accessories.
  3. Minimize the “eye noise” by not offering lots of little things to view. If you have a large collection of items, consider packing them up and placing in storage. Too many “things” take away from the house which is where you want your prospective buyers to focus.
  4. Take down outdated
  5. Paint the interior of the home in a neutral color; for example, a gray in the warm spectrum mixed with a beige.
  6. Since Millennials often do not have a budget for home upgrades, they want to move into a home with an updated kitchen and baths. If you cannot update this space, do what you can to give a facelift. Change out the knobs on the cabinets, replace the counter tops, install new lighting to a sleek look (definitely remove all fluorescent overhead lighting.)
  7. Replace outdated and dirty carpets throughout either with a neutral carpet or preferred low-maintenance wood flooring or tile.

Keep in mind that the best salesman in a room is the way the furniture is placed. Make sure the key Rooms:  Family room, Living Room, Entrance, Kitchen and Master Bedroom and Bath are professionally staged showing prospective buyers the many possibilities. They need to be able to see themselves living in this space.

Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation so we can get your home staged to get top dollar for your home!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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