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It is of course hard to judge the aesthetic of a particular design, as tastes vary greatly from person to person, But nowadays, almost every design, at least in everyday homes, has become about incorporating functionality and design and making them work in total harmony.

What is not the modern bathroom is more about the practical use than it is about intricate décor of the room. The use of different materials was never more apparent, and different textures and colors make the room seem more interesting while still keeping that simple design.

The concept of a contemporary bathroom is that it should be the one place where you can have your personal time, and the one place where you can do everything- shower, dress up, get ready for work, do your make up, use the facilities and so on.

As the bathroom is a place where we spend a lot of our time, sometimes not even realizing it, it should be a place that makes us calm and looks appealing and soothing, reaching a spa-like ambience can be easily done, and with only some finishing details, but choosing what types of elements you are going to install in your bathroom will greatly influence the overall look and feel.

Bubble it Up!

 

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Choosing a cozy bathtub is essential. If the space allows it, make sure to not skip on the tub. Even though showers are much quicker and effective, some good essential oils and bath salts can cure almost any ache you might have.

Easy to maintain, geometric, clear cut bathtubs are a perfect solution.

And notice for just a few added touches completely transforms the look of this corner of the bathroom from plain and boring to fun and modern.

 

To Each Their Own

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image credit: dejongsanitair.nl

 

One of the most used and most important elements of the bathroom will of course be the toilet. Simple, clear lines, monochromatic and above all functional.

These are one of the main characteristics of modern, or better said contemporary bathrooms, but there are still choices to make and reasons why to make them.

Depending on how much space you have and how much pain in the neck you want to have with maintenance, you can opt either for a wall-mounted or a floor-mounted toilet.

The function is the same of course, and both have their ups and downs. If you don’t want to struggle with a lot of cleaning and want to save up on space, go for the wall-mounted toilet; it is a bit more complicated and costly to install but the results will be worth it.

 

Hot Showers

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When we’re at the topic of combining functionality and aesthetics, have a look at this. This shower has plenty of space to move around and without the hassle of installing a regular shower bed or a bathtub.

What’s great about this is that the threshold can basically be installed during the making of the bathroom or the renovation, and it is made out of concrete and covered in tile.

You can use the same tile that you used to cover your floor or you can make a visual effect and use the tiles that are on your walls; this will also make the threshold more apparent and prevent possible falling over it and similar dangerous situations.

This will make the room look bigger as the major part of the shower will be almost invisible due to the glass door, and don’t worry, the glass door is lined with rubber so no water will escape from your hot shower.

 

All About That Sink

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Think about your morning routine. Does it involve another person getting ready at the same time as you are? Being shut out of the bathroom or showing each other in front of the sink and vanity is never fun and never time-efficient.

If this is the case with you, think about a double sink, more space for things and people.

You could also incorporate a big vanity drawer or cabinet beneath it to store all the things you need to get your glam on in the morning.

Let There be Light!

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image credit: nicehomez.com

 

It is very important how you position your lighting in the bathroom and for several reasons as well. First of all, you need to have in mind which parts of the bathroom have to have perfect lighting (i.e. in front of the mirror where women will be doing their makeup).

Apart from this, various lighting fixtures can be used to accentuate different parts of the bathroom and make it more pleasant to stay in this cozy part of the house.

Whether it is for houses or buildings, exterior design is very important. Precisely because it doesn’t have to be in unison with the interior, architects have the freedom to do what they want and create what they want, with the permission of their clients of course.

Whereas most people design and build their houses so as to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood, there are some who just purposefully stand out.

Exterior in modern architecture is trying to break out of the cookie cutter design, and instead strive for something new and unexpected, and inspired by layout, location, function, texture, etc.

Here are some intriguing exterior designs to make you think and wonder if you would ever have the guts to pull those off.

 

Colorful Mykonos

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This house situated in Mykonos, Greece represents a wonderful mixture of traditional architecture characteristic for this region and naïve playful painting.

Even with the design that is very traditional for this region, using blue color to cast away evil spirits, this example is a very bold one, with a bold choice of color.

Clear Cut

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image credit: freundevonfreunden.com

 

Most people hire an architect to build their dream house. The couple from this home did the entire job almost entirely by themselves. This is a classic urban style from northern countries, a bit closed off from the exterior world, but inside sheltering an intimate atmosphere.

It is meant to interpret nature in a way, with its rough edges, stone-like shape, materials used etc.

 

Seashell Seashell By The Sea Shore

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image credit: beautifullife.info

 

In areas close to the sea architects sometimes get all sorts of inspiration. Coming from Mexico, this is a house formally known as the Conch Shell House on the island of Isla Mujeres, the house of the famous artist Octavio Ocampo.

Using pretty traditional materials as well as old recycled and found materials, this house stores a pretty unusual design. It heavily interprets nature in the sense of organic formation of objects.

 

A Bold Design

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This house was designed by a famous Mexican artist Juan O’Gorman, and it is known as the Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo house.

The style is industrial modernism, and it uses the bright color as an architectural tool for point out the form of the shapes and flat surfaces. The repetitive use of nature with the cactuses and trees in the background is used to sustain the symbiosis with the object.

Old And New

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Geometric is sometimes good and sometimes bad, but it’s never good to carry it out at any cost.

In a broad mixture of styles, cubic forms are combined with broad glass surfaces look very modern and are there to point the vision in the direction of good vistas, but the choice of material is not good for this as it is rustic, and doesn’t complement the contemporary build.

 

Transparency Is Key

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Once again, a design that is not very fitting next to its neighbors. Nonetheless, this house in Japan is very bold and transparent. It seems the architect has decided to completely cut out privacy by bringing in transparency in everyday life with so many glass surfaces.

What is visible in the inside shows a contrast between the dynamic of the interior and the down-to-Earth exterior.

 

There’s Something Fishy Going on Here

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This is Hus. Ett, a Swedish micro designed house.

Even though small, this haring shaped house the elements on the inside of the house, as well as the vast window area create an atmosphere full of light. It is a contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture.

 

Tin Man House

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image credit: inool.com

 

This house sort of reminds us of a metal container. Even besides the good form and the very interesting arrangement of openings such as windows, doors, etc, the selection of finishing materials is not the best.

In this case, concrete and wood would be a much better combination than the present metal and wood.

 

Lego Blocks

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image credit: telegraph.co.uk

 

The use of shipping containers for living purposes is something that greatly sets the Trinity Buoy Wharf house in east London apart from many others. This is actually a home for an entire community which is where these containers come in great use.

Furthermore, the architect did a wonderful job to show off the playfulness of the design by combining different colors and geometrical shapes.

 

The Little Green House

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The first thing that is apparent when seeing this design is that it is trying to go back to nature. The architect is giving us the message that he is trying to give back to nature what was unrightfully taken from her by building this house.

The mixture of geometric wholes is apparent.

 

Christmas is just around the corner, the sheets form the little Advent calendar started falling of one by one, and everywhere you go the atmosphere is jolly with Frank Sinatra’s tunes turning into ear bugs and colorful festive decorations hanging all around.

The time has come to bring out the wrapping papers and start thinking about gifts for our loved ones, but first you have to bring a bit of that festive feeling back to your home.

With so many ideas on the internet, and inspired by your own creativity, there are so many things to choose from, a lot of which you can even make yourself, or turn it into a fun thing to do with your friends and loved ones.

A Welcoming Token

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image credit: deckthehalls-christmas.blogspot.com

 

E beautiful wreath hung on your door will be the first thing people see once they come to your front door. Wreaths are usually made of evergreens, and thus symbolize strength.

However, it is possible to make a wreath any way you like it, and how it best fits the rest of your decorations so let your imagination run wild- get out your pine tree branches, garlands, lights and other decorations and put them into a unique combination to welcome your guests.

 

Stunning Garlands

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image credit: onsuttonplace.com

 

Decorate the side of your staircase or the edges of your fireplace with a simple and beautiful garland made out of evergreens. Of course, you can choose whatever material you want, but the evergreens will give it a natural feeling.

Wrap some lights and red berries around it, or even hang a few ornaments, the beauty with this is that you can do it any way you like. It’s a decoration that will bring a lot of the Christmas spirit to your home without being crazy expensive.

 

 

Just a Few Twigs and Branches

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This is one of the most simple and yet effective ways to put up small decorations in your house. Pick up some branches from outside and decorate them. They can be put in a vase like a centerpiece or laid down around some candles and other Christmas decorations.

The key is to make the branches look like they are icy. Sparsely paint your branches with white paint, glue on them and cover them transparent beads, a mixture of silver glitter and white flakes, and you can even put on a few pearls if you feel fancy.

Add a few sparkly snowflakes or a sparkly tree ornament and you have a stunning piece in no time.

 

 

Heartwarming Ornaments

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image credit: etsy.com

 

There are so many easy, inexpensive and creative DIY tutorials for tree ornaments that it’s even hard to choose which one you want to make first. If you’re a crafty person and you want to make some of these beauties for yourself or your friends, just buy a pack of clear transparent ornaments and start decorating.

From glitter to salt and even putting cute messages in them, these will be fun to make and beautiful to look at when they start twirling around on the branches of your tree.

 

 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

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image credit: lovethispic.com

 

Ever since we were kids, snow globes were one of the cutest and most Christmassy things we could imagine. The constant snow twirling in the liquid inside the globe made it a wonderland for our little eyes. But beautiful decorations should not be reserved just for the young ones.

Make a little DIY project with your kids and play around making some snow globes.

It’s painfully easy and the results are stunning. You could use them as décor or for gifts!

 

 

Hang a Shining Star up on the Highest Bar…

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image credit: sheknows.com

 

… and have yourself a merry little Christmas night…