Dulux announced its Colour of the Year 2017, and it is of course a shade of blue called Denim Drift. We are liking this shade very much, it is very subtle, cozy and fresh, perfect for a bedroom or a living room.

One of the top concerns of most homeowners who want to invest in a kitchen remodel is how much they are likely to spend. Small kitchen renovations can cost up to $10,000 whereas bigger projects can be more than $30,000. It all depends on your choice of contractor, materials and even the season. We’ll advice you to decide on how much you want to spend overall and then know what percentage will go on each aspect of the remodel. We will highlight this in the paragraphs below. Let’s look at a few factors that can affect the cost of kitchen renovation Mississauga.

The cost of design and installing any materials such as cabinets, floors or even faucets can be really high. Designing and installation alone can take up 20% of your remodeling budget. If you want to cut back on installation costs, consider doing a lot of research prior to hiring a contractor. Get quotes from different kitchen remodelers and compare them to get the best deal. Make sure you focus on quality workmanship because work that is cheaply done may cost you a lot more money in the long run.

Cabinetry And Hardware
You are likely to spend 30% of your overall remodeling cost on cabinets and hardware. Kitchen cabinets can be pricey so you may want to skip on this and consider repairing your existing cabinets in order to cut back on costs. Repainting old cabinets or replacing the existing hardware can make a big difference. You may also consider changing the cabinet doors if they have been extensively damaged or require an uplift to match with the rest of the space.

Kitchen countertops can cost you 10% of your total remodeling budget. It all depends on the type of countertops you choose. If you go for the costlier options such as marble and granite, expect to spend top dollar. You can choose high quality laminate countertops and still enjoy the versatility and uniqueness that comes with this cost-effective alternative. Just make sure you know the pros and cons of all these material options before you decide.

Changing your lighting can completely transform the kitchen space. If you are looking to invest in proper lighting, expect to spend 5% of your total remodeling budget on lighting and fixtures. High quality fixtures will cost you but they can be cost effective in the long run because they will help you to conserve energy.

Installing new flooring may seem like a costly affair but it doesn’t have to be. Flooring can cost you up to 7% of your total remodeling budget. It depends on the type of floor you choose. You may want to consider the material used to design your cabinets when choosing flooring. Make sure the cabinets and kitchen floor blend well. If you replace the cabinets entirely, you should consider investing in new flooring too.

Plumbing And Kitchen Faucets
Kitchen remodels can require lots of plumbing work. This is especially the case if you are looking into projects such as adding an extra sink or changing the faucets. While this may seem to be a costly affair, don’t spend more than 4% of your remodeling budget on faucets and plumbing.

As we mentioned previously, green and blue are the most popular colours at the moment. Dark colours are getting more trendy even in Scandinavian style. New interior schemes require more attention to details and careful combinations of materials and textures. Adding a wall texture whether  with wood, fabric or decorative mouldings will help to reach the desired look of a new modern interior style.

Installing drywall is not a very difficult process for the handy homeowner. It’s one of those home improvement projects that requires a lot of patience, some time and practice in order to get it right. Before you rush to the supplier to get tools needed for this task, consider the tips below.

Drywall Comes In Different Sizes
Don’t expect to find a one-size fits all when shopping for drywall. Drywall comes in different sizes to suit varying applications. The width is usually between 4 and 4 and a half feet whereas the length usually varies from 8 to 16 feet. You can get drywall suppliers who have smaller pieces of drywall especially if you only need to do some minor repairs. One thing you need to check is the thickness of the drywall. Drywall comes in several levels of thickness from ¼ inch to ½ inch.

Know How Much You Need
The amount of drywall needed will depend on the area that needs to be covered. You need to measure the square footage that will need to be covered by the drywall before you go shopping. If you plan to cover both the walls and ceilings, make sure you take this into account. It’s always better to buy slightly more by say, 10% what you need. This will prevent any setbacks should there be errors in measurement.

Get All The Other Drywall Supplies
Gather all the supplies that you will need for the drywall project. This includes things like the utility knife, a putting knife, sanding block, keyhole saw, Try-square and mud pan. There are those supplies that are necessary whereas others can be compensated with what you already have at home. For instance, you can look for a container to store the joint compound other than buying the mud pan especially if your budget is low. However, things like a putty knife and sanding block will make your job easier and increase your chances of ending up with a smooth finish.

The 3 Main Types Of Drywall
When you go shopping for drywall, you are likely to come across three different types. The firs is the moisture resistant drywall which is usually recommended for use in wet areas like the kitchens and bathrooms. Secondly, you’ll come across the flexible drywall that is designed to resist cracks and can be installed in almost any room in the home. The other common type of drywall is the fire resistant dry wall. This particular type is often recommended for modern homes and commercial setting because it is designed to protect the walls and ceilings from fire.

It’s important to get all the information you need about the drywall project before you begin. Learn a few installation tips and even watch videos of other homeowners working on their drywall. It will give you a great starting point to succeed in your own drywall project. Most importantly, get all the supplies you need for the job. They’ll make your work easier and more effective.

Velvet in green and blue colours is the new modern trend, that looks chick and fresh. Here are some examples of how to use and what to combine with green velvet sofas. 

If you are planning on remodeling your home, consider installing heated floors. While it may look like a costly affair, installing it can help you save on energy and enjoy warmth and comfort in any given space. You don’t have to install the system on the whole house. You can choose specific sections of your house that need the warmth. Below are some key advantages of heated floors.

They Are Energy Efficient
Underfloor heating systems consume less energy than most HVAC units that people have in their homes. For a start, underfloor heating is designed to make the space warm using very low temperatures. Additionally, you are likely to retain the warmth for longer than when using a radiator. Get these systems to cut down on utility bills and contribute to conserving our environment.

They Are Very Easy To Maintain
Forget about inspecting filters, cleaning or removing them and then investing in new ones. This is unheard of when using this heating to warm your house. These systems are very low maintenance. You can use it all day without having to worry about regular upkeep. Just make sure it is designed per industry standards.

With underfloor heating systems, you have lots of choices for your home. You can easily find a system that meets your budget and needs. Whether you need a wet or an electric system, consider the pros and cons of each before installing. For instance, the wet system is very energy efficient because it uses gas but it may be very costly to install.

Heat The Entire Room Uniformly
The radiator may not warm a room as uniformly as a heated floor. These systems are designed to facilitate even distribution of warmth. You don’t have to rush close to the radiator in order to feel the warmth. Underfloor heating systems will make the entire room comfortable and warm.

Get Rid Of Pests Like Mites On Your Floors
With a radiator, your floors will remain cold and damp. This can attract creatures like mites that love damp and cold spaces. These heating systems will ensure your floor is warm all through keeping all mites away.

Can Be Installed With Different Flooring Types
Should you decide to invest in an underfloor heating system, you can always use your existing flooring. They are designed to work effectively on vinyl, stone, tiles and any other floor you can think of.

They Are Very Flexible
With this system, you can adjust the temperature settings in different rooms. You can have some rooms with a higher temperature than the rest. These systems come with lots of in-built features that allow homeowners to enjoy the convenience and comfort of a heated floor. For instance, the system can have a dedicated thermostat in each room that allows you to control the temperature in that given space. You can also install a heated floor on a small section of your home such as on the bathroom just below the countertop.

Some good ideas for the outdoor and indoor stairs that blend nicely into the background.

Have a nice weekend!

We are happy to share our recently finish Project for a lovely couple in Pimlico. Westmoreland Terrace was a refurbishment project of a 5-storey Victorian terraced house. The layout of the house was altered on each floor. As usually we managed to keep it bright and simple!

More pictures and info here!
Black is not obvious choice for the bathroom but combined with dramatic light effects may be stunning.

We spotted those convex mirrors during Surface Design show and since then was thinking of the ways how those could be incorporated within our designs.

Convex mirrors could be hung above the fireplace to visually enlarge the space and add an interesting effect. Antique finishes look especially interesting.

It is last week of Christmas and it is time to wrap to presents. Have you done all your Christmas shopping or you leaving it for last minute? 
We prepared for you few creative ideas on gift wrapping.

1. Black paper + white pen
White pen on black paper always looks nice, not ordinary and artistic. Add red ribbon to add Christmas mood.

2. Add Christmas postcards or winter landscape photos
This is a nice way to attach a Christmas card to the present, as well as to decorate a wrapping itself.

3. Add some greens
Recycled brown Kraft paper (which can be found in big rolls at your local craft, office supply or dollar store) is a great anytime gift wrap. Tie with twine and embellish with a pinecone and evergreen clippings from your backyard for gift wrap that's easy on the environment and your wallet.

Few months ago during Design Junction in London we spotted this new interesting lighting pendant from Vitamin. Pitch Pendant has a very nice and practical concept, which allows to turn the outer shade of the pendant and direct light in any direction. The bands of the outer shade create varying tonal strips of colour. With an iconic silhouette when hung alone, the lines of the lamp also complement each other when jung as a cluster.