Top 10 Elements of Every Designer's Dream Kitchen

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 30, 2018 12:22:01 PM

When it comes to designing your space, you'll often need to sacrifice some elements to make room for others. Below, we're sharing ten elements designers add to their own kitchens, from the practical to the extravagant. Use the list to discover your own ideal kitchen features.

1. Custom Drawers
While many of us stick pots and pans in whatever empty cupboard we can find room in, designers agree dedicated space for these kitchen tools is ideal. Customized drawers provide space for organizing pots, pans, and lids, so you never have to dig for what you need.

2. Custom Cabinets

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Topics: Home Decor

Highlight Your Staircase with These Design Hacks

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 28, 2018 10:18:32 AM

The staircase is a functional element in a home that is often overlooked when it comes to interior design. But it doesn’t take much to transform your staircase from mundane to an eye-catching accent piece in your home. Here are a few ideas to inspire you with ways you can highlight your staircase.

Ways to Make Your Staircase Stand Out

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Topics: Home Decorating

Vegetables to Plant in Spring in Las Vegas

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 26, 2018 12:43:07 PM

While people in other parts of the country are still zipping up their warm weather gear, here in Las Vegas we are already welcoming spring and summer temperatures. The start of the frost-free growing season for our region is mid-February, so if you haven't already begun planting your vegetable garden, now is the perfect time.

The first step to successfully growing vegetables is planning out the soil bed. Most backyard gardeners utilize raised beds filled with a quality commercial potting soil that has organic material and the nutrients vegetables need to thrive in any climate condition. Raised beds should feature an irrigation system or be located close to a water source such as a hose for easy watering.

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Topics: Gardening, Home

6 Things to Take into Account Before Meeting with a Designer

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 23, 2018 12:54:53 PM

Working with a designer is a great way to ensure your home has incredible style, smart function and a customized feel. It’s important to have a detailed idea of how you want your home to look, in order for your designer to fully bring your vision to life. There are 6 important questions you should ask yourself before consulting with a designer.

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Topics: Home

Choosing the Right LED Lightbulbs for Your Space

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 21, 2018 10:05:45 AM

They last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, they contain absolutely no mercury, and each year, they save homeowners impressive amounts of money in annual energy costs. They are LED light bulbs – and if you're the type of person who appreciates cost savings, you're probably going to want to start using them.

That said, not all LED light bulbs are created equal. Some are warm-toned and some are cool-toned. Then there are those that are best described as neutral. LED light bulbs tend to mimic sunlight, so understanding color temperature is important. Color temperature refers to how "warm" (amber-colored) or "cool" (blue-colored) the light appears. This is similar to sunlight, which appears very cool during midday but warm at sunset. 

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Home

Add Some Flare to Your Design With These Stylish Doors

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 19, 2018 11:42:33 AM

When it comes to the doors in your home, the beauty is in the details. Incorporating stylish doors as part of your overall decor is a brilliant move which will increase the value, aesthetic appeal and functionality of your home. There are many different door styles to choose from.

Before deciding which type of door to install in each room, however, consider the dimensions and flow of the space.

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Topics: Home, Retractable Screen Doors, Renovation

Prep Your Patio for Spring

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Patios act as an outdoor extension of the home for much of the year, providing shade, a cooling breeze and a nice place to relax, especially in the evening. With spring nearly here, now is the time to make sure it is ready by creating an inviting, comfortable and beautiful space to enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests. Here are a few great ways to start:

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Topics: Exterior Shades, Home Decorating

Planning an En-Suite Bathroom? Keep These Factors in Mind

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 14, 2018 10:30:00 AM

If your home wasn't built with a master bathroom connected to your bedroom, it may still be possible to create one in your existing space. Below, we're sharing tips to plan your en-suite bathroom design and have the space you've dreamed of.

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Topics: Home, Renovation

Kitchen Design Trends of 2018

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The kitchen will always be the center of the home, but design trends are constantly changing. You don’t need to undergo a complete redesign to keep up, however. Here are some simple updates you can make to keep up with this year’s kitchen design trends:

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Topics: Home, Renovation

Caring for Your Wood Furniture: Cleaning Tips and Things to Avoid

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 9, 2018 10:59:47 AM

Wood is one of the most versatile and popular furniture materials, used to create everything from raw, rustic pieces to elegant antiques. Wood is a natural surface, so it’s important to know how to care for it. Wood furniture needs TLC to maintain its finish, color and overall value, and it needs to be kept away from heat, moisture and UV rays.

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Topics: Home, Home Decorating

When It Comes to Interior Design, the Bigger the Better

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Great interior design depends on a few unique, eye-catching details. One of the latest interior design trends is all about the philosophy that “bigger is better.” Many people shy away from using large pieces when decorating, usually out of fear that it may make the space look smaller than it is. However, this is one of the best ways to make a statement. Here are a few ways you can “go big or go home” with your interior design:

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Topics: Home, Home Decorating

Top Bathroom Design Trends of the Season

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 5, 2018 11:26:24 AM

Looking for modern updates to give your bathroom that luxurious spa feeling? This year’s bathroom design trends are all about simplicity and creativity. You can create an open, calming atmosphere with the right paint job, decor and lighting, and a bit of technology for that modern effect. These trends are simpler and easier to implement than you might think.

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Topics: Renovation, Home, Home Decorating

Pros and Cons of Recessed Lights

Posted by Polar Shades on Mar 2, 2018 4:30:27 PM

Lighting is great for making an interior statement and for accentuating spaces you want to show off or hide areas that are less important. Recessed lighting happens to be one of the most versatile and subtle options for this. Before you choose recessed lighting, however, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons.

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