Q. I’m a minimalist and want something that will satisfy my space and energy-conscious side for my bathroom and kitchen renovations. What should I be thinking through?
A: There are many ways that you can update your kitchen and bathroom while preserving a minimalist look and feel. Here are a few tips that can help you achieve this.
Where to Start
The problem comes up when one has no idea about what types of materials and products to use for the home. For people who are not adept at interior design, a good way to get some ideas to recreate is by pouring over magazines and books that feature recommended pieces by professional designers. Home improvement materials are found all over the internet and even in various lifestyle magazines helping consumers re-create their dream homes easily.
All you need to do is spend some time with your computer and a stack of magazines and books so you can find the right pieces to install in your home.
For many people, the bathroom is a private sanctuary—a place where they can relax after a long day at work. It should be able to set the mood that is conducive for a restful dip in the tub. Remodeling your bathroom entails selecting the right vanity and countertop that will help bring the whole look together.
Vanities and countertops should be both stylish and functional. Again, it’s time to take your magazines out and go over the latest design trends in vanities these days. Your choice of vanity will normally depend on the theme that you want to build on your bathroom.
Contemporary styles are the common trend this year. Distinctive pieces that reflect the modern European way of life is prevalent on many vanities that designers recommend. If you have money to spare, it’s a good idea to invest in luxurious materials such as steel, limestone and walnut for your vanity. Retro-inspired designs are also in style these days.
Minimalist pieces are also popular for those who want to achieve a classic look for their bathrooms. Design experts and enthusiasts today are especially partial to the lacquer finish because of its smooth texture and luxurious look. If you have a spacious bathroom, consider a free-standing peninsula like vanity that in coffee color to create a more modernist look in the room.
Another interesting change to the usual rectangular or corner vanity is the circular design. Many designers simply love the innovative forms of vanities mounted on walls. You can easily pick out a design that will suit your needs and taste.
Wall-mounted vanities are also popular style trends this year as many people are looking for space-saving pieces. There are a lot of vanities that can blend into practically any type of bathroom interior. You can even have one customized according to the color that you want to use for the room.
The kitchen is another part of the house that has to be built on comfort and function. Recent design trends have featured countertops that lean towards more naturalist looks. Many designers still maintain that quartz is one of the best materials for countertops as the stone comes in a wide array of interesting shades. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, a quartz countertop is also a practical choice as it is flexible enough to accommodate remodeling. One of the many impressive characteristics of quartz countertops is that they are non-porous so they don’t get damaged easily. They are also easier to maintain, making them suited for family homes.
Solid surface countertops are still a popular choice. Other types of materials used include wood, granite and stainless steel. Metal is another upcoming trend as many homes are now built on modernist design themes.
Colors and Add-ons
With colors for your countertop, it’s much better to stick with neutrals such as brown, cream and grey. These shades can easily complement your kitchen décor so you don’t have to work so much on redecorating. Stains and other effects are popularly added to create the look and feel of marble, granite and limestone for those who cannot afford more luxurious materials for their kitchen countertop.
Current countertops allow increased functionality by incorporating kitchen essentials such as the sink and the drain board in the design. These days, as homes are beginning to grow smaller, space-saving styles that include soap dishes and trivets are popular choices.