Making cosmetic changes to your homes interior may be the answer you are looking for; in fact it may be today’s newest trend.
Even in today’s market, most homeowners would like to update their kitchen and/or bathrooms. Rather than completely gutting this space, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to know that a simple cost saving solution may be all you need to spruce up your tired room? Cosmetic changes can range from countertop replacement to complete refinishing of existing cabinetry, walls, and trim. This is often a less expensive alternative to ripping out all the fixtures as you don’t have the costs associated with plumbing and electrical as well as fixture replacement. Hiring a Design professional who can help you determine how to save your space, is not only smart on the pocket-book, but also a greener alternative, since less is being thrown into a landfill.
A well thought out design plan can be just what the doctor ordered. This is true in all areas of a home, not just kitchens and baths. It’s strong partnerships with my clients and Industry Partners that help to make my projects successful, no matter what size or budget. Cosmetic design changes may seem small potatoes, but these elements can really make the right or wrong statement. Some of the most successful changes I’ve seen in bathrooms are adding architectural details that not only create interest, but a cohesive flow between floor and ceiling. By adding proper elements that speak to one another you can create personality within a space that makes a big impact on the overall feel and look of the room.
A happy client makes a happy home and that’s what makes a successful project. Here are few cosmetic success stories, brought to you in before/after photo format. What better way for you to see the difference? (scroll over the images for a brief description, click to enlarge.)
“Hidden Storage” Master Bath Cosmetic Redesign: The original Master Bath lacked style and storage, and the dark green walls fought the terra-cotta tiles bringing out an orange glow. The maple cabinetry didn’t provide any contrast between the tile floors nor did the Corian countertops. My client desired a rich and inviting space that they would love using daily; a space that could provide storage for their everyday essentials. The Redesign Plan: I created a scaled drawing for my client that incorporated architectural columns supported by the tub deck. These columns were not only an attractive feature, but also functioned with hidden storage. Yes, each column opens to reveal his and her cabinets. On the vanity side of the bath the columns hold shelving, which displays bath items. We deepened the main walls to a chocolate-brown, to pull out the browns in the tiles rather than the orange color my clients once hated. We enameled all the new cabinetry as well as the existing sink cabinet and tub deck a swiss coffee white, which adds contrast between the tiles on both the floor and walls. A heavy crown moulding was added that matches the existing maple trim bringing the 9 foot ceilings to a more personal level. We added granite countertops that pull in colors of the tiles and walls. We reused the mirror glass, but changed the frames to complement the enameled cabinetry and allow for additional vanity lighting.
“Mirrored Changes” Master Bathroom Cosmetic Redesign: This Master bathroom again lacked any architectural detail other than the 9 foot ceilings, which left the space feeling like a cave. The green of the walls was too dark and pulled in the peachy tones of the tile rather than the soft creams. With no natural light the space felt very dark and uninviting. My client was not interested in changing the footprint or the tiles, but knew the space was lacking its full potential. The Redesign Plan: Again I provided my client with a detailed plan. The elevations showed her the design potential and she immediately fell in love with the design. The plan consisted of new vanity mirrors that were framed in the same White Dove as the existing trim. We framed in the soffit above the mirror paneling it so that your eye continues up onto the newly installed crown moulding that follows the room. The tub surround design consisted of mirrors and paneling to mimic the detail of the vanity mirrors unifying the two spaces. A shelf finishes off the base of the mirrors on the tub surround and we topped off the space with dimmer switches on all of the light fixtures. In the tub area we replaced the original light fixture with a new decorative light that looks like water droplets. The walls were painted a soft green and enhance the softer creams within the tiles, rather than the peachy tones you saw with the deeper green paint. (I’ll be sure to post some additional after photos of this space, which was just completed. These photos were taken during our first walk-through so forgive the blue tape.)
“Tile Change” Cosmetic Redesign: This Guest bath was a simple redesign project. We repainted the walls a neutral gold tone and replaced the vinyl flooring with tiles designed to look like rugs.
“Modern Tuscany” Powder Room Cosmetic Redesign: This is a great bathroom to share as it shows how a few key materials can make a big impact to the changes of a space. Design is definitely in the details of this new room. We replaced the vanity top with a solid-surface stone top to contrast with the new wall color. A new sink and single handle water-spout faucet make for ease of use and cleaning. For a touch of elegance we replaced the standard unframed glass mirror with a decorative oval Venetian Glass mirror. For unique texture and added drama we painted the walls with a crackle gold finish, which allows the original red color to come through. The walls were then washed with a chocolate glaze and stenciled with a randomly placed damask motif. New candle sconces and the clients art now adorn the walls of this bath.
What do you think about cosmetic changes becoming the new trend in kitchen and bath design over remodeling? We’d love to hear from you!