Interior Innovations  Blog

Looking for new ideas for your kitchen or bath? The Interior Innovations blog serves as a interior design resource for homeowners who are looking for interior design news, tips and remodeling ideas for their kitchen or bath. Every month, we post new ideas to help you with your remodeling and restoration efforts. Looking for help or ideas for your kitchen or bath and don’t see it in our blog? Contact us!

Think Home Remodeling is Not Possible Right Now? You May Want to Reconsider

To say that recent events have thrown homeowners for a loop is an understatement. No need to rehash all that COVID-19 has unleashed on all of us, but even those whose jobs are safe, and health is intact, may feel that any plan to remodel their home should be put on a back burner until later. While there are definitely some things to take into consideration, if you think home remodeling is not possible right now, you may want to reconsider. There are good deals to be had right now Many businesses related to home renovation and remodeling have been hit hard right now, which means they are ready to go above and beyond to earn your business. Materials such as flooring, window coverings, paint and more may be marked to move as businesses look to keep revenue coming in the door. Once this current situation passes, expect those material costs to skyrocket again as everyone jumps back into their home remodeling projects. That goes not only for materials but labor too. Painters, tilers, and the rest are all looking to stay busy and likely willing to negotiate to get the job. Resources are available for shorter project completion If you’ve tried to schedule a home renovation before coronavirus hit the U.S., you likely got a lead time quote of 30, 60 or even 90 days depending on how much you wanted done. That’s not necessarily the case right now as customers are abandoning their plans to renovate, leaving renovation professionals with lots of space on their calendars. Want a renovation project done without having to wait weeks if...

A Message from Interior Innovations Kitchen & Bath Design

During these uncertain times, we understand that many of our customers have questions about the availability of our services and the steps we are taking to ensure their safety and that of our employees. Our team is actively monitoring communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and state agencies to ensure we are operating consistent with the latest guidance to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have trained our employees on maintaining appropriate social distance throughout the workday and the critical importance of personal hygiene with a specific emphasis on handwashing before, during and after all jobs so you can be confident when we come to your home for a consultation or when starting a new project we are working in a safe and responsible manner. In our showrooms, we are practicing enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure all customers are safe. Interior Innovations is still OPEN and actively working with new clients who are looking to renovate their homes. As always, we will take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy and protect the health of our clients, and recommend our customers do the same: • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. We look forward to continuing to work with you to create...

How to Choose the Correct Size Furniture for Any Room

If you’ve ever walked into someone’s home and felt that a room was either crowded or perhaps a tad too sparse, you’ve experienced poorly chosen furniture for a room. It’s surprisingly difficult to choose the right scale of furniture to any given room, considering you typically are standing in a showroom somewhere and can only picture how the piece will fit into a living room, bedroom, or other room of the house. To help the next time you go furniture shopping, we’ve pulled together a few ideas on how to choose the correct size furniture for any room. Consider the function of each room first This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it really isn’t! Some people eat in front of the TV, use part of their master bedroom for an office, or workout in front of the TV in the family room. Think about how you use each room to know how much room you’ll really need so you’re not dragging furniture around the next time you want to do yoga in the family room or dig into a pizza in the living room. Find the focal point for each room Most rooms have a focal point, whether that’s the bed in the master bedroom, or the TV in the family room. With focal points, the furniture positioning tends to work around it, so if, for example, you have stunning views of the Superstition Mountains from your living room and want guests to really take note of it, think about how you’ll be facing and positioning your furniture to take advantage the point of focus. Think about...

2020 Kitchen Trends You Need to Know

The first task of any kitchen is functionality, but since we spend so much time in the kitchen, it doesn’t hurt to know what the latest trends are too! While some of these updates are more cosmetic, there are a few ideas that can make your kitchen more stylish AND function, and who wouldn’t want that? Check out the 2020 kitchen trends you need to know. Marble countertops continue to grow in popularity Nothing adds a touch of luxury to a kitchen like marble. More specifically, calacatta marble has a stronger more pronounced look because of its veining. It can go with any kitchen as it has warm and cool tones. Calacatta is usually much smoother than your typical Carrara marble, a popular marble in many kitchens. It’s generally bright white with thick, elegant veins that can come in a variety of colors from beige all the way to gold. Calacatta marble is a great transition material for homeowners looking to update the look of their outdated countertops. Sleek and simple Kitchen cabinet styles are moving away from the ornate look to a style that’s more sleek, simple and elegant. Flat-paneled millwork with minimal detailing is the preference for 2020; a welcome change for those that are tired of trying to clean every nook and cranny of their overly ornate kitchen cabinet doors. Dog kitchens OK, we’re not suggesting that you build a second kitchen for your dog, but there are some fun features that cater to your fur baby. Anyone with a dog or cat knows that they can make a mess of our kitchen, yet it seems to...

How to Choose the Right Hardware for Your Cabinets

People spend a lot of time choosing the ideal cabinets for their kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms in the house to make sure the style of cabinets suits the overall interior design of the house. When it comes to choosing hardware, the choices can be overwhelming:  all pulls?  All knobs? A mixture of both?  What’s the correct way to use hardware on cabinets?  We’ve pulled together a few basic suggestions on how to choose the right hardware for your cabinets. Mix and match or matchy-matchy? The biggest question we get is about whether to use all knobs, all pulls, or mix it up. The answer is, there is no right answer! This is strictly a personal preference though there are some details to keep in mind when deciding, which we’ll go into more detail later in this article. However, there is no real “right way” when it comes to knobs over pulls, so rest assured that whatever you choose, you’ve made the right decision. It’s OK to mix and match, and it’s OK to use all knobs or all pulls. Let your cabinet style help choose your hardware style There are many different types of cabinet styles, from ornate to modern. Based on your cabinet design, you may want to choose a style of hardware that suits the cabinet. If your cabinets are heavy and ornate, a sleek, thin, modern pull or knob might look out of place. On the other hand, if your cabinet style is more modern and minimalist, bulky or ornate hardware may really stand out like a sore thumb. When choosing hardware, actually hold it...

How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Home

Lighting is often the most overlooked component in interior decorating. People often forget just how much the lighting can make or break the look and style of a room. Choosing the right lighting is more than just style; you need to consider brightness, placement, layering and much more. Here’s a quick overview on how to choose the best lighting for each room in your home. Different types of lighting In general, each room should have three different types of lighting:  ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Here’s a breakdown of what each of these lighting types means: Ambient lighting Ambient lighting is the main source of lighting in any given room, typically coming from overhead fixtures or recessed lighting. Ambient light serves the most basic purpose of lighting a room. The amount of ambient lighting your room has is typically decided on by your home builder who installs these kinds of lights as part of basic home construction. However, these basic light installations don’t usually have much style, and as tastes change over the years, or if you do any major renovations, you have an opportunity to change your ambient lighting up a bit. You’ll want to ensure that ambient lighting in your high function areas such as kitchens and bathrooms is fairly bright while ambient lighting in, say, a bedroom can be less so. Of course, it’s all up to personal taste but in general, kitchen and bathroom ambient lighting is the brightest, dining rooms and family rooms are less bright, and bedrooms have the softest ambient lighting. Typically, ambient lighting is in every room, close to...

Update Your Laundry Room to Make It More Functional

When people are considering home renovations, they often forget about the laundry room. Though usually out of sight, this room is a space that demands efficiency, and yet they tend to be afterthoughts where a washer and dryer reside, with perhaps a paltry cabinet or shelf to house the laundry essentials. This room can be so much more with just a little TLC! We’ve pulled together a few tips to update your laundry room to make it more functional…and beautiful! Pick a color that inspires you Unless you’re one of those unique people that absolutely loves doing laundry, most people disdain if not dread this necessary chore. Why not add a little oomph to the task by choosing a vibrant paint color that will inspire and delight?  Sure, only you will see it most likely but who cares?  Have some fun with color and create a space that is fun and functional. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Add built-in cabinets A basic laundry room may already have a cabinet or two, but is that enough for everything you likely house in that room?  You can build cabinets around your washer and dryer if you have room and have drawers and pullout shelves to house those often-used items. While you’re add it, add some nicer knobs and pulls to give it a little extra style. You’ll be much more efficient if you have everything at your fingertips the next time you toss a load of...

Add Style to Your Kitchen with a Kitchen Backsplash

Looking for a way to update your kitchen without committing to a full renovation?  Add a kitchen backsplash! There are so many fun and exciting backsplash styles out there, allowing you to really add a fun flair without breaking the bank. How to Choose the Backsplash That’s Right for You Choosing the right backsplash for your kitchen involves a few decisions. You need to decide what types of tiles you want. Then, you’ll need to find a design that fits your needs while also creating the perfect look for you. Here are some tips that will help. Choose your tile Tile options are amazing these days! You can now choose from ceramic, glass, porcelain, metal, marble or granite to create a fun and unique look. All work great for a kitchen backsplash, depending on what you are looking to spend. Ceramic and porcelain are more affordable, while more unusual materials like copper or glass might come at a premium. Decide what you want the look to be and how much you’re willing to spend. What’s nice is that there are some ceramic and porcelain tiles that look like metal, so shop around or engage a professional design service to help. Pick your tile design Aside from choosing tiles in different colors and patterns, consider how those tiles will be positioned. There are essentially three types of tile designs that most people choose from: Diagonal tiles Laser cut tiles Subway tiles Diagonal tiles offer a very unique look. Since it’s a more complex design, you’ll likely need more tiles to achieve the look, which will increase the cost a bit....

Renovating Your Bathrooms Before the Holidays

When temperatures continue to be in the triple digits, many Arizonans start dreaming about cooler weather and the upcoming holidays. If holidays include out of town guests, homeowners start thinking about remodeling projects that can get done by the holidays. Next to remodeling your kitchen before the holidays arrive, the next big ticket item tends to be bathrooms. Here are a few helpful hints about renovating your bathrooms before the holidays. Decide which bathroom(s) you want done by the holidays Assuming you have more than one bathroom in your home that needs updating, take a moment to decide which bathroom(s) you want done. Master bathrooms will likely take the most amount of work, with guest bathrooms next in line, and powder rooms first. Look at all your bathrooms in need of remodeling and prioritize what “must” get done before the holidays, and which one(s) can wait until later. Next, do a quick “wish list” of what you want for each bathroom you’re remodeling. Items to consider may include: Bathtub Shower Sinks Faucets Lighting Mirrors Flooring Hardware Cabinets It might be a good idea to create a master list with what you need for any bathrooms you’re remodeling to see if you can get all the materials at once, which will help you decide what can be done within a realistic timeline before the holidays. How long it takes to remodel a bathroom Obviously, the timeline to renovate a bathroom depends on what you’re having done. A simple coat or two of paint and swapping out fixtures is a fairly quick upgrade, but assuming you’re going for the whole enchilada,...

How to Help the Environment When You Remodel Your Home

Many homeowners don’t think about the environment or using sustainable materials or designs when renovating their home, yet most people when asked are open to the idea of helping the environment if possible. People recycle more nowadays, are moving away from plastic, and often forgo products encased in wasteful packing materials. The fact is, you can create a more environmentally friendly home when you renovate or remodel. Every little bit counts, so why not take a few ideas into consideration when you’re ready to remodel your home to help the environment. Saving water There are a few options to consider during renovation that can help save water. The most popular choice is opting for a low-flow toilet. Flushing is the biggest water hog in the house. Older, conventional toilets can use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, but low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons. Since the average person flushes five times a day, the gallons can really add up. You can also install low-flow faucet aerators in your sinks. Conventional faucets flow as high as 3 gallons per minute, but low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute. If you’re remodeling your bathroom shower, shower heads that are labeled as WaterSense are more water efficient than the average shower head. Keep an eye out for these types when shopping for a new shower head. And although they are considered a luxury, steam showers use the power of steam to keep clean, but they are also very water efficient. They use less water than a traditional shower and are very relaxing to use. Luxurious and environmentally friendly! Saving materials...


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