Bathroom SconcesBathroom Sconces

Either tiles or wooden floors can be used. Tiles should be a rustic colour and can be used to create elaborate mosaics. Wooden floors should be varnished to match the furniture. Decorating may see a stenciled motif used as a border and the technique of rubbing paint on the walls with a sponge gives the room that worn natural look.

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Reclaimed Wood Dining TableReclaimed Wood Dining Table

Intimate. Although the traditional table for meals is long and rectangular more and more families are moving away from this trend. In some cases it is due to the restraints that a smaller living area places on the size of the furniture. More often than not however families simply prefer sitting closer to each other. This has led to the rise in popularity of small round or square dining room sets. These accommodations usually seat four to six people at most and they allow for easy interaction and conversation.

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Rattan Dining ChairsRattan Dining Chairs

In every home there are generally three major communal rooms in which people spend the majority of their time. The room where the cooking is done the room where reading and entertainment is common and the room where meals are eaten all see their fair share of use. Just as kitchen and dining room furniture has evolved to meet the needs of modern families so too have dining room sets.

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Kitchen Paint IdeasKitchen Paint Ideas

Softly flecked or grainy whites also work well paired with brass accents such as these contemporary lights. Again the subtle richness holds its own without fighting for attention and keeps the countertop from feeling too austere – great for a dining island where you want people to actually feel comfortable dining.

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Kitchen Island DesignsKitchen Island Designs

Boldly veined stone countertops can either make you stop and gaze in admiration or have the opposite effect and overwhelm your eyes. In general the bolder the veining on your counters the less drama you’ll want to add elsewhere. This waterfall counter (with the material wrapped down the sides) is relatively muted but the large gray veins still bring enough character without any daring colors or other statement features.

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Kitchen Countertop IdeasKitchen Countertop Ideas

You can also create a U‐shaped kitchen by adding a freestanding island to an L‐shaped kitchen. In this case the one end cabinet was turned to face away from the kitchen and a beadboard end panel was added to allow for a place to intersect the open island. Because the island is open you have knee space for stools and seating without needing an overhang.

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Kitchen ChalkboardKitchen Chalkboard

Concrete Kitchen Counters. Pigments stains and dyes can create concrete counters with color and visual texture. With the right sealer a concrete counter can be well worth its cost – at least $100 to $150 per square foot installed.

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Butcher Block Kitchen IslandButcher Block Kitchen Island

Warm wood with its inviting air and natural richness is a great choice for infusing a cool breezy kitchen with some approachable character. Crisp white kitchens feel a little more "homey" and a little less austere with a wood countertop. It makes a popular choice for transitional kitchens that balance traditional and contemporary elements especially since classic wood fits into both categories.

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