We are half-way done with summer (or still have half a summer ahead of us…depending on whether you are a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty kind of person). Working in the architectural design industry, we draw our inspiration from our clients, designers & architects on our platform and architectural design professionals and enthusiasts from across the web. Today we are bringing you a selection of our favorite articles that we have come across so far this summer. So, pour yourself a glass of lemonade, kick back and spend the next 30 minutes catching up on your reading.
1. 6 Apartment Design Must-Haves That Say “I Have My Life Together” by Maria Conti on @hgtv
This article will definitely appeal to the young adults, who struggle to decorate their apartment in a way that combines their youthful energy and ambition with a more sophisticated vibe. “Learning how to adult? These design musts will make your apartment look all grown up.”
2. 15 IMPECCABLE EXAMPLES OF SOPHISTICATED INTERIORS WITH CONCRETE FLOORS by @myparadissi
This article is a gorgeous compilation of interior designs that feature concrete floors – a material which is often times ruled out in favor of wooden floors, carpeting or tiles. “…it is how it adds an understated, casual vibe to any interior being used, from a classic Parisian type apartment with high ceiling and moldings to the more contemporary country and minimalistic designs,” explains the author Eleni in this article. Definitely worth checking out for some inspiration!
3. 33 Modern Living Room Design Ideas by Mary Kate McGrath on @RealSimple
If you are remodeling your living room and are not sure what you want it to look like, this article is a great place to start. The author put together some amazing inspirations, including trying out bolder colors, experimenting with monochrome colors on different textures and playing around with statement furniture items.
4. Science reveals 8 plants that will purify your home by Florence Fu on @techinsider
This is technically not about architectural design, however, home owners and businesses will find it useful. Check out this article and learn which plants to purchase for your apartment or your office to make sure they not only serve the decorating purposes, but a practical one as well.
5. Owner Suites: Latest trends in master beds and baths by Don Ricardo Massenburg Jr. on @WRAL
Spa-inspired master baths to multiple shower heads to fun and fashionable wall coverings – this article provides you with a list of some of the latest trends for master beds and baths.
6. 10 Affordable Ways To Fill A Large Blank Wall by @trulia
Transforming your walls can transform the entire feel and look of the room. Check out this article for some inspirations!
You should also check out our article 15 Creative Wall Designs as Told by Instagram.
7. MICROTREND | ART LEDGES, AKA THE NEW GALLERY WALL by @italianbark
Italian blogger Elisabetta discusses a new trend of displaying pictures and other wall art on wall shelves as opposed to hanging them on the wall. “Art ledges is the new gallery wall. Probably because most of you live in rented house … or just feel bad with the idea of all those holes you need to do for a gallery wall,” explains the author on her bi-lingual blog. The post features some gorgeous examples of art ledges that will inspire you to create your own little gallery at home.
8. This robotic furniture system can transform a tiny room into a spacious apartment by @meliarobin on @techinsider
Simply watch this amazing video and check out the article.
9. Innovative Interiors by Elizabeth Richards on @KBDN
Remodeling your kitchen? Check out this article to make sure you are up to speed on some of the trends in kitchen designs. “While in the past, designers focused primarily on exterior elements such as choosing the right pull or knob, and matching the color of the cabinet doors to countertops, they must now rethink the way they are designing to meet the growing demand for multi-functional kitchens and intelligent storage,” explains the article quoting Veronique St. Cyr, training and communication coordinator at Richelieu in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
10. STYLING IDEA: KITCHEN TOWEL ART by @IgorJosif
In this article, the author uses beautiful kitchen towels that he brought back from his trip to New Zealand to create quirky wall decor. “… looking at the kitchen towel I was almost feeling pity for it to be destined to mundane kitchen chores like drying dishes,” write Igor, explaining how he came up with the idea. We love the originality of the idea and its outcome, so we had to share this article with our readers.
11. 10 inspiring upcycled designs that will make you think twice before tossing anything by Laura Mordas-Schenkein on @inhabitat
The author gives an overview of some of the great upcycled designs from this year’s Milan Design Week. Items include everything from chairs to chandeliers to mosaic tables. It will really inspire you to re-consider tossing anything away and, instead, try to re-purpose it and create something truly unique.
12. New York City’s iconic Four Seasons restaurant is about to relocate — here’s a look at its historic past by @sarahjake on @businessinsider
This article is for architectural junkies as it explores one of the most iconic locations in NYC, the Four Seasons restaurant, from the architectural philosophy when it was originally built to its evolution throughout the years.
13. Company Transforms Cardboard Into Modular Mini Homes That Go Anywhere by @techeblog
The two trends combined: small living and customizable space.
14. 7 Things to Consider When Buying a New Sofa by @DearDesigners
This is a very useful list compiled by Carole King, a London-based interior designer. Selecting a sofa is an important decision. Many interiors are centered around this piece of furniture, and ” let’s face it, it’s where you are going to be spending an awful lot of time,” write the author. A sofa is not a cheap item either, which means you need to evaluate your options not from the “this looks really good!” perspective, but take into consideration a number of other crucial factors, which are explained in this post.
15. 9 Ways to Decorate Above a Bed by @theinspiredroom
Are you redecorating and are not sure how to utilize the wall space above your bed? Melissa Michaels, the author of The Inspired Room, gives some great tips accompanied with pictures for inspiration. We are torn between #6 and #8 as our favorite.
We hope you enjoyed going through our selection of some of the most interesting articles we came across this summer. Tweet us your favorite posts @arcbazar.