This Black and White Bathroom Is a Geometric Showstopper. This Chicago homeowner thought she wanted a white bathroom, but one photo changed her mind. That picture was the elegant black-and-white Bath of the Month in House Beautiful’s June 2016 issue, and when she saw it, she immediately grabbed the phone and called its designer, SuzAnn Kletzien. “That project gave her the courage to go beyond basic white — she was immediately drawn to the contrasting hues,” Kletzien says. Never one to replay a look, the designer stuck to that alluring palette but mixed classical elements, like picture-frame trim on the walls, mirrors, and glass doors, with statement-making flooring and dining room–worthy lighting that will inspire your next renovation.
Why Some Homeowners Really, Really Hate Concrete Countertops. Blame Pinterest, blame Joanna Gaines, blame marble madness overload — but concrete countertops have taken over farmhouses in the past few years. It's easy to see why: Installing concrete counters is a sure way to infuse your home with a rustic yet industrial feel that's at once trendy and unfussy. And the durability of the cement-and-sand mix has some hailing it as a rock solid (we had to) design choice. But after testing them out, other homeowners have voiced some serious concerns which made us wonder: Is concrete all it's cracked up to be? Here are some of the drawbacks we've seen mentioned.
Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Hues From Valspar's Colors of the Year. It's a lot of pressure to pick one color to represent an entire year's worth of interior design inspiration. That's why the color experts at Valspar announced their picks for colors of year — 12 to be exact. Moving away from one-shade-fits-all, this palette promises to fill your home with charm, passion, and energy, no matter which hue you choose. The colors range from bright yellow to bold blue to warm gray, which guarantees there's something for everyone in the lineup. We have our favorites (that Garnet Red is stunning in a formal dining room), but went to the interior design experts to find out which they're most excited about from the assortment. No surprise here that opinions vary across the board, but the best thing is that no one is wrong. For Abbe Fenimore, the designer behind Studio Ten 25, Deep Indigo stands out: "I love the comfortable and classic feeling that this rich indigo brings to a room, and how it's able to complement virtually any color palette or aesthetic. It's a great option for those looking for a color to ground a space, but want something a little less dominant that black."
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