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Industrial Tribeca Loft in NY Exudes a Quiet Liveliness

Brooklyn-based Office of Architecture completed the design of a 3,000 square-foot (278 square-meter) Tribeca loft in New York. By completely reinventing one of the floors of a 19th-century warehouse, the architects created an original, contemporary home for a young family.

The new apartment offers all the benefits of loft living (informal plan, ample natural light and uninterrupted views) combined with the owners need for private spaces and distinct bedrooms.

“After gutting the previous labyrinthine space and leaving only key structural elements, service zones were planned to create a reciprocal relationship between public and private zones,” the architects said. “The living room, den, and kitchen areas on the east side of the unit benefit from the natural light and views of the bedroom windows on the west without ever disturbing the privacy of the sleeping zones.”

Some of the highlights of the apartment include floating walnut cabinetry in the living area and bedrooms and a cantilevered wet bar integrated into the multi-purpose kitchen wall. Floor-to-ceiling indoor columns define the functional spaces and add an original touch throughout. Information provided by Office of Architecture; photography by Matthew Williams.

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40 Double Sink Bathroom Vanities

It’s first thing in the morning. You’ve hurriedly stumbled still half asleep toward your master bathroom, rubbing your eyes as you gather today’s to-do list in your head. You blast through the door ready to grab your toothbrush at the sink but wait! Your partner is already standing in the prime spot, engaging in some meticulous flossing that appears to require close up and all-encompassing retention of the vanity mirror. You don’t stand a chance of getting in that office early because you don’t stand a chance of squeezing a space at that basin. If this sounds all too familiar then it’s time for a double sink bathroom vanity.

Visualizer: Andrey Korniychuk  

This white double sink bathroom vanity includes a couple of drawers each for storage so that you can stow away beauty products and keep the countertop clear.

Visualizer: Joseph Sayle  

A double trough sink bathroom vanity has basins recessed directly into its countertop, making it an easy clean option.

Visualizer: Marco Podrini  

This one has an even simpler design but a lack of storage.

Visualizer: Anastasia Bushkova  

A wall mounted double sink bathroom vanity keeps floor space clear, making your bathroom look and feel more spacious.

Designer: Chris John  

Changing up the colour of your vessel sinks and faucets can make a huge difference to the overall look of a plain space.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov   

A double faucet bathroom sink vanity means that all water drains through one waste.

Visualizer: J Lozgar   

Modern minimalist bathrooms suit a floating unit. Their simple outline lends itself perfectly to the aesthetic.

Visualizer: Iqosa  

A double sink bathroom vanity with makeup table gives the space a further function. You could fit a few teenage children at this one.

Visualizer: Marco Podrini  

A simple wooden top with chunky white vessel sinks give a homey yet modern look.

Visualizer: Aleksandra Nuzhnaya   

How’s this for double sink bathroom vanity decorating ideas? The wooden vanity countertop runs straight on as bathtub panelling and continues all the way up the wall behind the wet areas, doubling as a backsplash and decor. Towering mirrors at each basin are teamed with colourful pendant lighting.

Visualizer: Marco Podrini   

This one is coupled with a second unit that is fixed in a staggered formation.

Visualizer: Marta Gord   

Double sink bathroom vanity cabinets are often mounted one above the other with space left for towels (and bottle traps) between.

Designer: Corben Architects   

A simple shelf is mounted beneath can be just as effective.

Visualizer: Darkroom  

This floorstanding basin unit incorporates a drainage area at each side for placing down wet toothbrushes and flannels to dry.

Visualizer: Maksym Netreba   

You don’t have to own a huge bathroom to enjoy the advantages of a tandem set up either. There are many small double sink bathroom vanity designs on the market.

Visualizer: leqb  

You can dress your new space with a selection of pretty toiletries or decorative vases.

Visualizer: Studio Home Design   

This master bathroom double sink vanity is lit by a strip of warm white LEDs, as well as two modern bathroom pendants.

Visualizer: Vizline Studio   

Dreamy white decor is dominant in this scheme, but black faucets give the room a modern edge.

Visualizer: Anton Gorbatenko   

This farmhouse double sink bathroom vanity looks amazing against a wall of delicate patterned tiling.

Visualizer: Wertikal  

Industrial styling is an unexpected accompaniment to this simple white double sink bathroom vanity with top in contrasting wood.

Visualizer: Jenya Lykasova   

A selection of contrasting storage baskets fill the shelves of this rustic double sink bathroom vanity. An adjacent laundry basket matches the tone of the unit.

Visualizer: he.D Group   

Full of character this scheme is a feast for the eyes. Mimic the look with a deep hued accent wall, exposed bricks, rustic pattern tiling and an industrial double sink bathroom sink.

Visualizer: hED  

Rose gold bathroom fixtures look precious with soft wood tone and smooth grey.

Designer: Haji Guliyev & Haji Guliyev  
Visualizer: Vusal Abbasov   

This bathroom scheme goes all out with a precious metal theme and offers up a few new bathroom double sink vanity ideas. Here we find toiletries raised up off the countertop in wall mounted dispensers, and a cutaway in the countertop brings the bathtub right up between the basins. Very cosy!

Visualizer: Shahid Jamal  

A very simple countertop can be made unique by adding a couple of statement basins.

Source: DD Property   

This gold trimmed double sink bathroom vanity with mirror has a classic and cohesive look.

Visualizer: Ahmed Mady   

An antique double sink bathroom vanity will bring a touch of glamour to your mornings and evenings.

Visualizer: Ahmed Mady   

Great lighting is key in any room. This bathroom uses it to highlight an intricate cut-out design across the front of these units.

Visualizer: Opaal Interiors   

A narrow bathroom looks good with a unit that is a flush fit.

Visualizer: Peter Drew  

Bespoke bathroom cabinets can disguise a toilet cistern.

Visualizer: Fırat Bekiroğlu  

This countertop blends in with a busy backsplash.

Visualizer: Penint Design Studio   

A low-level unit is required to accommodate the latest tall basin style.

Visualizer: Mariya Chmut  

These two contemporary pedestal designs are an interesting alternative to an adjoined duo. Behind the sinks, the boxing provides a shelf on which to set lotions and soap dispensers.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

A lack of counter space means less space for toiletries but this can prove a good deterrent for excess clutter.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

This double sink white bathroom vanity holds unique wooden sinks to match a wood bath.

Visualizer: ONI Render  

At first glance this design appears to hold two vessel sinks, upon further inspection we see that they are in fact two pedestal sinks that extend through the cabinetry.

Visualizer: Amr Moussa  

This simple white double vanity has contrasting black storage cubbies.

Designer: Joanna  

If you’re searching for a corner double sink bathroom vanity, consider using two separate matching units in an L-shape arrangement.

Visualizer: Peter Janov  

This gray double sink bathroom vanity is a single continual sink beneath two faucets, great for washing with running water but not ideal if you prefer to fill the sink.

Visualizer: Mario Mimoso   

A double towel rail is integrated into one end of this wood and white bathroom vanity double sink design, though the asymmetrical towel facility might not prove completely practical for the user of the basin at the far end.

Recommended Reading: 40 Minimalist Bathrooms

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A Cozy Modern Rustic Cabin In The Trees

If you love being at one with nature, relish adventure in the great outdoors or simply crave natural beauty in your life then you’re going to adore this modern rustic cabin in the forest. Entitled ‘Treehouse’ by visualiser Tomas Sciskala, this hideaway home looks the perfect place to bring promises of outdoor escapades before long evenings in front of a crackling log fire. You could argue that you can do that in a tent, but a tent won’t bring you glorious design, a family sized living room and dining room or a full sized kitchen, not to mention a breathtakingly impressive master bedroom with a rather quirky ensuite bath.

There’s not much call for decoration with a stunning view like this, people would and do pay to get wallpapers and mural decals to emanate this kind of natural beauty. The huge feature windows take up much of the wall space.

The largest wall area is built in stunning raw wood that extends up and over the ceiling, where it is supported by massive wooden beams.

The remaining walls are rustic stone, with a dividing wall picked out in deep teal paint where these concrete planters hang.

A selection of rugs warm up a wood floor in the living room area, next to a green upholstered sofa and a child’s rocker. A single suspended shelf holds a few personal treasures.

Over in the very generously sized kitchen a large dining area seats the head of the table on a colourful stool, two diners on modern outdoor chairs at one side and offers flexible banquette seating at the other. A large pouffe by the glass provides a soft window seat (or a large dog bed).

The eclectic decor of this contemporary cabin creates a magical air. Against the backdrop of fiery hued autumnal trees this home looks like its fresh out of a fairytale.

The swing arm wall lamp is an unusual choice for a kitchen. Here the Counterbalance Swing Arm LED Wall Light serves the sink area but could be extended out over the centre of the room for extra illumination there.

There is a duo of matching pendant lights over the dining room table and a large woven shaded pendant brightens the lounge along with the warm glow from a log-burning fire.

The bedroom pendant lights are a collection of clear orbs of varying sizes and positions, which hang like a small glass art installation above the centre of the sleepspace. They prettily reflect light from the window by day.

The teal dividing wall on the bedroom side is covered with a design that features exotic wildlife and fauna.

Bespoke furniture fits into the tier-fall of this room. A set of shelves have been carefully cut to fit around chunky wooden ceiling beams, and a bench seat runs below the sill of a huge window.

A recess in the dividing wall holds bookshelves for the bedroom. The headboard of the wooden platform bed features detailing that melds it beautifully with the intricacies of the wall decoration behind. A grey and bronze wall sconce is mounted to the headboard feature wall, directly over a simple bedside table.

Bringing the outdoors in, a large indoor planter beds a line of shrubs and wildflowers. Various examples of art hang on the bedroom walls, though it is tricky to decipher what is a picture and what is a picture window. Both are equally as eye catching.

Reading chairs make a nice addition to any bedroom, and this cosy upholstered design next to a simple black floor reading lamp would be well used in a cabin that appears to have no television or computer desk. Afterall, it would be sacrilege to be glued to a screen when you have all of this on your doorstep.

The indoor plants make you feel that you could reach them and keep on walking into the trees, as though the window pane were an open doorway.

The wardrobe is an exposed closet system of garment rails, shelves and decorative storage boxes. A pendant light hangs next to the clothes to aid in easy selection. The back of the closet is made from frosted glass. Beside the wardrobe, a clear glass wall and door openly reveal the ensuite bathroom.

The transparent wall makes soaking in the tub a sociable event if other family members are present in the home. Perhaps more alarmingly, the toilet is located directly on the opposite side of the lightly frosted glass that backs the closet… This makes things a little up close and personal if one partner is selecting clothes whilst the other is using the facilities!

A section of the closet opens out as a cubby on the bathroom side, next to the toilet that’s installed at a jaunty angle as though it were a casual accent chair – a nearby bookshelf even accessories it as a reading chair. It really just needs a floor lamp now to complete the look but the homeowner has to make do with a pretty yellow glass pendant light that is suspended over a peacock blue vanity unit. A vessel sink sits on top of the blue high gloss drawers, which is filled by a wall mounted antique look faucet. A huge round frameless mirror completes the look.

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Here Are Your 4 Go-To Tips for Mixing Design Styles Like a Pro

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It is possible to mix two separate design styles. Image: Susan Nelson Interiors

Sometimes, our sense of style is too big to be defined by just one particular aesthetic, and sometimes two looks really are better than one. However, combining styles takes a deft hand in order to come off feeling elegant rather than cluttered and erratic.

Mix and matching design styles isn’t as hard as it may seem. No matter where your aesthetic allegiances lie, you can use the advice in this post to pick and choose the best bits from each one to create the hybrid design of your dreams.


Let function come first. Image: Victoria Gerts

Put Function First

When mixing design styles, confusion can be a fatal flaw. Often, well-meaning designers will try and give both aesthetics equal representation, ultimately resulting in an overly-filled space and unclear design. Luckily, however, you have a secret weapon at your disposal. You can put function first.

When we say “put function first,” we mean let functional pieces like furniture carry the room. While every room needs aesthetic touches, those should take a back seat to functional items. Ideally, the purpose of the room will be clear with just a glance.

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Use the 80/20 rule to choose a dominant and secondary style. Image: PivotHandmade

Follow the 80/20 Rule

Above all, you want to make sure that both of the design styles you’re using end up working together rather than fighting against each other. To do this, you’ll need to assign each one a definitive role to play in the design and, as hard as it may be, stick to them as you piece the room together.

Your best bet is to follow the 80/20 rule, meaning that you’ll devote 80% of the room’s design to one style. This will be your main focus and will likely have influence over your choice of colors, furniture, lighting, flooring, etc. It should, understandably, be whichever style you identify with more strongly.

Your second style will take on more of a background role. It should account for approximately 20% of your overall design. Accent items like statement pieces of furniture, bold lighting fixtures, and eye-catching wall art are all excellent choices to fill this role.

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Use common thread to pull the look together. Image: Twinkle and Whistle

Include Common Threads

Every room should include design elements that have common threads to pull them together. However, this is especially important when you’re trying to combine two distinct aesthetics that don’t inherently go together. With that in mind, you’ll want to pay special attention to the ways in which you’re finding common ground between the two looks.

The most successful hybrid designs are the ones that have innate similarities. Japandi, for instance, is a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian design. Though these styles are seemingly opposite, they are both known for their function-forward take on simplicity. Try to find a similar thread connecting your two styles.

No matter which two styles you’re combining, rest assured that colors are always a safe fallback point when it comes to tying details together. When mixing and matching different looks, a common shade is often the great equalizer.

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Show off a focal point. Image: Gregory Carmichael

Highlight Any Character Pieces

Sometimes, when you’re trying to create a hybrid design, there is that one piece that just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of your look. However, rather than trying to hide that piece away, only to have it ultimately stand out like a sore thumb, we suggest taking the opposite approach.

Let your character piece stand out. In fact, go the extra mile. Highlight it and make it your focal point. As always, you’ll want to arrange the room so that eyes are drawn to your focal item. If it’s a piece of furniture, you may want to subtly angle the other pieces of furniture in the room in its direction. If it’s a piece of artwork or a mirror, be sure to place it in a position of importance, like above a fireplace or mantle.

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Follow these tips to mix two design styles in your own interiors. Image: Lucy Gauntlet

Most people shy away from combining two different aesthetics under the assumption that it won’t look right, or it will be too hard, or that it simply shouldn’t be done. But, we’re here to tell you that that’s not the case, at least not anymore. The article above has some of our best tips on how to mix design styles like a pro. No matter what your style preferences may be, we guarantee that you can follow them to create a wonderful and original hybrid look.

Have you ever mixed two different design styles? If so, do you have any tips of your own to add? Let us know in the comments below.

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What Is an Analogous Color Scheme? Your Design Secret Weapon

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If you’re new to using color, you need to check out an analogous color scheme. Image: Taylor + Taylor

If you’ve been following recent design trends, you know that big, bold colors are soon to be everywhere. For fans of monochromatic looks, this news can be equal parts intriguing and overwhelming. After all, how do you even know where to start when it comes to using color in your design?

We’re here to help. One of the easiest ways to start using color is by incorporating an analogous color scheme. We’ll explain what this color scheme is, why it works, and how to make it happen in your own interiors. Before you know it, you’ll be bringing in color like a pro.

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An analogous scheme uses neighboring shades on the color wheel. Image: University of Makeup

What Is An Analogous Color Scheme?

When you’re putting together a room’s color scheme, there are plenty of options to choose from. Color schemes can range from two shades to involving five distinct hues. However, the easiest – and most commonly used – schemes have at least three hues.

An analogous color scheme involves three colors that are positioned next to each other on the color wheel. While neutrals can be added in as well, two of the shades involved will be a primary color (red, blue, and yellow, for those who need a refresher) and the third will be a mix of the two.

Make sure each of the three shades plays a prominent role. Image: Ingrid Rasmussen Photography

Balancing Three Colors

Just as you would with any other scheme, when you’re working with an analogous palette need to give each color a defined role in the space. This will create a sense of balance in the space and will keep any one color from feeling too overwhelming.

To do this, you’ll use the 10-30-6o rule. As usual, you’ll pick one color to serve as your dominant shade, taking up the bulk of your design. A secondary shade will play more of a supporting role and, finally, a third, more ostentatious color will act as an accent.

If you’re unsure how to make this decision, we recommend starting with a patterned item that contains all three shades. You’ll be able to work out how frequently each one was used and construct the rest of your design accordingly.


Add in plenty of neutrals to balance out the look. Image: 2id Interiors

Adding in Neutrals

Since working with bold colors has a tendency to overwhelm, we suggest adding in some neutral shades to calm the space. There are two ways that you can go about doing this in your design.

The first way is to add white, black, or gray into the colors themselves – in a paint color, for example. In interior design terminology, these are known as tint, shade, and tone, respectively. They can be defined as follows:

  • Tint: The act of lightening a color by adding white to it.
  • Shade: The act of darkening a color by adding black.
  • Tone: Darkening a color slightly by adding gray

You can also accomplish this by adding a few neutral elements to your design. Take the photo above, for instance. The white in the wallpaper and in the dining chairs helps to balance the design while allowing the colors to take center stage.

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Mix and match different shades and patterns to add variety. Image: Valerie Grant Interiors

Mixing and Matching

Our last tip is to remember the value of visual variety. The last thing you want is to feel too locked-in around the idea of using these three shades, and only those three shades. Sticking to that narrow of a rule set can have a tendency to feel flat, so we recommend that you do plenty of mixing and matching in order to give the room a more subtle and deftly-constructed aesthetic.

With that in mind, use your three shades as a guide, but put them together in a variety of configurations. Include prints and patterns that incorporate some or all of the colors. Be sure to add in other materials and textures, as well, in order to create a complex and well-rounded look.

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Use these tips to try out an analogous color scheme in your own interiors. Image: Wheeler Kearns Architects

It’s time. The bright colors are coming.  Are you prepared? If you’re one of the many people who are excited about the incoming saturated color trend, yet aren’t sure if you know how to make it work, we’re here to help. Choosing an analogous color scheme is one of the easiest – and most eye-catching – ways to work color into a design. Use the tips in this post to help you bring your own unique twist to this color combo.

What do you think of analogous color schemes? Will you be using this type of color scheme in your interiors? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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