Personalizing Your Home: It’s All About the Details

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Personalizing Your Home: It’s All About the Details

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Personalizing your home depends greatly upon your attention to details, carefully choosing architectural additions, plumbing hardware, lighting fixtures, special décor or unique ideas that create a home specific to your tastes. The fine details of a space are many; here our Home Artisans members suggest new products and ideas for adding stylish and functional details to personalize your home:

Kitchen Details

Kitchens are busy places, but two key features to focus on are the plumbing and appliances. The kitchen sink and faucet are vital to a kitchen’s work flow; it’s worth investing in a quality faucet and wide, spacious sink that has room enough to hold your biggest pan for easy washing. Extendable faucets are handy for filling large pots, but wall-mounted pot fillers can also get the job done. Consider stainless steel or chrome fixtures for everything in the kitchen, as these are the most durable and very easy to keep sparkling. As for appliances, advanced cooking technology like a French door wall oven is becoming more readily available for the home. It’s worthwhile to search for what is out there if you are a cooking enthusiast; you may be surprised by what you find! –Diana Dinges, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Trey Oetjen, HH Gregg Fine Lines

Bathroom Details

Bathrooms have a lot of plumbing to them, and there are many beautiful options that can complete your perfect bathroom design. Pay attention to plumbing hardware color finishes—in current trends, golds, blacks and mixed metals are replacing chrome and silver faucets for a richer look. Showers now can be very elaborate, having music, thermostats, iPads, and programmable lights. Showerheads themselves can have different settings; you can even install a showerhead in the ceiling to mimic rain. Free-standing tubs tend to be more spacious and provide architectural interest, as opposed to built-in rectangle tubs. If you are planning to stay in your current house beyond retirement, consider planning for aging-in-place additions such as grab bars, walk-in tubs or curbless showers. –Donna Moulder, Mirror & Glass Concepts; Diana Dinges, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Kent McCool, Home Safe Homes

Architectural Details:

Adding decorative molding to your rooms quickly gives a plain space architectural flair. A coffered ceiling adds dimension and a bold look, and is particularly nice in kitchens, dining, family rooms and rooms with higher ceilings. The look of coffered designs vary greatly: the ceiling inside the coffer can be painted another color; coffers can be outlined with crown molding that is lit from behind; grid patterns can be small or large. Updating a staircase with stained wood treads, wrought iron balusters, decorative handrails and boxed newel posts can transform the look of your home as well. If you are planning to stay in your home for a while, consider remodeling doorways 32’’ to 36’’ wide which will accommodate wheelchairs. –Doug Marvel, Marvelous Woodworking; Kent McCool, Home Safe Homes

Lighting Details:

Light fixtures are the jewelry of your home, and also are key to the functionality of your space. Though smooth gray is still a popular finish for modern looks, antique and vintage styles add lovely interest as well. Layering your lighting is the best way to achieve a well-lit interior. Ambient light can be provided through well-placed ceiling cans and chandeliers, and is best for rooms you want to relax in, such as a bedroom or living room. Task lighting can be provided by undercabinet lights or well-placed pendants, and is best for working spaces like a home office or the kitchen. –Tracey Leeper King, Indiana Lighting Gallery

Window Treatment Details:

Drapery frames windows and adds texture, color and softness to a room. Without a good dressing up, windows can seem bare and unfinished. Motorized shades are wonderful for those hard to reach windows and to set a mood. They are convenient to place behind kitchen sinks or bathtubs, in a theater room to help raise the excitement before a movie starts, or in tall, double-story windows.  There are a host of options in window treatments, making it easy to create a personalized look to your home. –Caryn O’Sullivan, Drapery Street

Material Details:

The range of building materials now available provides endless variety for home items. Wood siding from an old barn that has been naturally aged and weathered has become a favorite material for special wood projects. The interesting character and coloring of this wood is its beauty, making stunning bar fronts, headboards, accent walls and furniture pieces. Glass is also a favorite material for floating countertops and bartops. Back-painted glass pieces can be used as accent pieces, dry erase boards or a seamless accent wall in kitchens. –Doug Marvel, Marvelous Woodworking; Donna Moulder, Mirror & Glass Concepts

Home Décor Details:

Instead of sticking to wallpaper, paint, art or backsplashes like everyone else has, consider using wall graphics! Print technology can make sticky-backed, high quality custom print and cut vinyl wall graphics that can adorn walls and glass. This option is perfect for placing your favorite quote or meaningful family saying in your home, or incorporating a complicated image like a world map in a bedroom. Another décor idea is the antiqued mirror accent piece. These mirrors are often artificially aged through a chemical process that changes the color and texture of the mirror itself, creating an interesting piece with a bit more flair than your average rectangle model. Antiqued mirrors go perfectly in bedrooms, halls and bathrooms. –Michael Kile, Alpha Graphics; Donna Moulder, Mirror & Glass Concepts

For more information on these and other unique home ideas, visit our Members page for more home improvement resources.

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