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A Beautiful Eco-Friendly Kitchen

It’s wrong to say that aesthetics and durability don’t go hand in hand. On the contrary! A green kitchen exudes warmth and cheerfulness, otherwise difficult to obtain. Here is an example.

Imagine a large floor made of natural linoleum, ceramic, wood, concrete or natural stone, like slate or terracotta. Just above are the cabinets made of solid wood, bamboo or wheat board panels. And plenty of natural sunlight is streaming through the windows.

Did you wince when reading the words linoleum and bamboo? You see, times have changed. Today’s linoleum is sold in many different colours and contemporary designs and bamboo comes in many various shades. Take some time to shop around.

The sink is in natural stone or stainless steel. The base of the kitchen island is made of wood, while the countertops of ceramic, waxed concrete, stainless steel or any other material imitating stone. On the wall, copper pans are hanging.

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Note that all the surfaces in the kitchen are made of durable, hygienic and easy to maintain materials. Three of the criteria that largely exemplify a green kitchen. Continue reading

Colour Trends for 2017

If you browse through the websites of paint manufacturers, you will quickly notice that violet will be the trending colour in 2017. Shades of blue and grey are not that far behind. Here are the results of our exploration.

Bétonel found its inspiration in the universe and in outer space. Its featured colour: Starry Sky in the shades of violet, which could complement any room. Night blue and grey are also trending colours. And since not everyone embraces violet, Bétonel offers a solution: integrating violet accessories into the home.

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Since we are living in an environmentally friendly era, Bétonel also proposes a colour palette that brings nature inside the home.

Sico features a blue-grey violet colour called Mozart Violet. According to the manufacturer, this colour has all it takes to give a luxurious feel to a living room or create a soothing atmosphere in a bedroom.

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As for the home office, Sico suggests a whole range of colours: Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Furtive Mauve, Greyish Blue, Citrus Yellow, Sockeye Salmon, Zen Green, Pale Purple and Beach Taupe.

Benjamin Moore features the colour Shadow, the master of ambiance: a violet colour with intense blueish tones that gives a very rich and royal feel to a room. As cited on their website: “Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood”.

BEHR has categorized its colours of the year in three trending palettes: comfortable, composed and confident. Each palette it suited to a personal style. Shades of blue, purple and grey are the common denominator. BEHR describes their colours as trendsetters.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Most paint manufacturers display videos on their websites. Check them out, if only to see the colours dance before your eyes.

In addition, many manufacturers propose very daring colour pairings. No lack of imagination nor fantasy there. The names are just as dreamy as always: Smoke Turquoise, Cedar Shadow, Red Candy, Geisha’s Cheeks, New Moon, Stormy Monday, Diva Glam, Flickering Flame and many others.

 

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How to Choose Your Kitchen Island

The kitchen island, once considered an item designed solely for functionality, has become an integral part of home décor. How do you choose from the abundance of materials and functions for this staple item?

The kitchen island has become a key element in almost every modern kitchen, combining style and functionality. There are many options to consider when choosing your kitchen island. Here are some ideas.

Originally, the island consisted of a practical space on which meals were prepared. Eventually, it became a multipurpose piece of furniture that included elements such as a prepping station, sink, dishwasher, stove, small fridge, hot plate, oven, integrated cutting board and even a counter used for enjoying meals.

Furniture is decorative – and the kitchen island is no exception. Some kitchens have massive islands made of high-quality wood, anchored with sturdy legs, adorned with decorative detailing, topped with grill paneling or comprised of frosted glass when used as a storage unit. The island is the central focus point of the space, often standing out in comparison to other pieces in the kitchen. Continue reading

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Make the light dance at home

It’s time to play with the light in order to outplay the shades of autumn. Light gives rhythm to an interior and defies the cold and dark seasons by projecting a zest for life thanks to the magic of reflections. Not only does light have the ability to transform a space, but it also improves the psychic comfort.

Don’t try to recreate a pool of natural light by opting for central pendant lighting. It’s a waste of time. In any case, the light would be too violent.

Instead, opt for several sources of that disperse the light everywhere. And have halos of light run on all the walls. The possibilities are endless: ceiling light and pendant lighting, wall-mounted lights, table lamps, floor lamps, projectors (recessed or not).

Play with the direction of the light source to create life. Today, most lights are adjustable and dimmable. The lighting can be lateral, built-in or angled or be part of the ground. The desired effect is often to highlight an object with indirect light behind the head of the bed, lighting hidden behind a piece of furniture, animation of rays of light of a bookshelf, lighting at the turning point of a staircase, projector over an aesthetic bed cover.

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Fantasy and education for children

Most people decorate their child’s bedroom in one of two ways. Either they do something fancy to show people how much they love their children, or they focus on the child’s development. We chose to focus on the second one for this article.

From an educational standpoint, decorating a child’s room is not an expense, it’s an investment. It must stimulate the development of intelligence and imagination in order to make the child resourceful and curious, which cannot be accomplished with an endless pile of toys. Keep in mind the fact that practical doesn’t mean rejecting esthetics. Quite the contrary actually. Continue reading