Get Inspired: Above-Ground Swimming Pool Designs

01.Ideas for Above-Ground Swimming Pools

Since their inception, above-ground models have been a popular alternative when it comes to residential swimming pools. Why? For starters, they’ve always been less expensive than in-ground pools, a point that is not lost on homeowners. Other selling points: above-ground pools are a breeze to install compared to building in-ground pools, most can be disassembled at the end of swim season, and that portability makes them good choices for renters or those who would like to take their pool with them when they move.

Early above-grounders were made by Doughboy Recreational and Haugh’s Products, which produced inflatable “splasher” kiddie pools, then branched out into larger styles in various shapes that were manufactured with materials like aluminum, steel, and synthetic fabric liners. By the 1960s, the pools became bigger, deeper, and had similar equipment to in-ground models, including circulation and filter systems. In later decades, safety became an issue, like jumping and diving into relatively shallow water or worse–drowning. Manufacturers worked with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to educate buyers on safe practices and signage on or near the pool.

In recent years, above-ground pools have drastically changed in appearance and features. Some are equipped with fiberoptic and LED lighting, upgraded circulation systems, and spa-like extras. An above-ground can be sunken into a deck surround, into the ground, or be referred to as an on-ground pool. Like anything, owners can choose pools that are basic stock tanks or elaborate models big enough to entertain friends and family.

Take a look at a variety of above-ground pools, from the mid-20th century through contemporary, the latter of which do great impersonations of in-ground models.

02.The Way They Were

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A vintage black-and-white photo from Doughboy shows the life of leisure that surely awaited the average consumer once they bought a round above-ground pool, complete with pool deck (or perch) and the suburban dream.

03.The Big Round

Those acres of green lawn were certainly ample enough to accommodate the largest round Doughboy pool in 1950s Anytown, U.S.A. With sides made of aluminum or steel, the pools were sturdy enough to hold gallons of water, not to mention your family, cousins, the neighborhood—heck, the whole community!

04.Stock Tank Pool

Stock tank pools are no-frills alternatives to standard above-ground and in-ground models. While most are above ground, some owners build a deck surround for easy access.

05.Decked Out

The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company in San Antonio, Texas, has won awards for its innovative above-ground pool designs. Here, in a hilly section of San Antonio, an above-ground pool is connected to the house above it via a custom-built wooden deck.

The deck is also comfortable on swimmers’ feet and provides an anti-slip surface when things get wet as swimmers enter and exit the pool. The surface surrounding a pool is always an important consideration when choosing paving materials or decking.

06.Round, Again

When above-ground swimming pools became popular in the 1950s-1960s, the most popular and common shape available was the classic round. It still remains popular, but has been updated with decking, fencing, stairs and a safety gate. Doughboy, the manufacturer of this pool, recently started making in-ground swimming pools in addition to above-grounds. Technically, Doughboy in-grounds are actually above-ground pools that can be sunk into the ground up to a depth of 7 feet. It’s all part of what the company calls its “Doughboy Buried Pool Program.”

07.Rectangular with Wood Frame

If you have do-it-yourself skills, try making a frame or wood surround for a rectangular-shaped above-ground pool. That’s what Manolo Andre did with this Bestway model. Of course, it would be more of a challenge to make a frame for a pool with a curvilinear shape.

08.Midwest Makeover

Always looking for another DIY project, design blogger Carol Beckman and her family built a raised deck surround for their above-ground pool, enclosing it with fencing and an arbor-covered gate. During swim season, the area is decorated with string lights, fun floats, and container plants. The family’s fluffy Great Pyrenees dogs enjoying posing near Carol’s projects and are eye-catching models.

09.San Antonio Deck Surround

How do you incorporate a flagstone patio with a new above-ground swimming pool? While beautiful and durable, walking on flagstone pavers in bare feet isn’t exactly a softy and cushiony experience.

The deck builders came up with a smart solution that eases the transition from flagstone patio to pool: a multilevel deck that creates a surround for the pool, giving it the appearance of an in-ground model. Wood decking is much kinder on swimmers’ bare feet and is more anti-slip than flagstone. The deck levels also serve as low, wide steps leading up to the pool deck, and can be used as casual seating or a place to dry off after swimming.

10.Backyard Haven

This pool is separate from the house, off in a corner of the property, making it more of a private swimming and sunning retreat. A fence and gate make it a safe haven that would be difficult for young children to access. That’s no substitute for employing layers of safety for a residential swimming pool.

11.Decking Connection

Here’s another example of an above-ground that doesn’t look like an above-ground, with wood decking flush with the level of the top of the pool. The effect is like a sunken bathtub or the look of an in-ground, custom-built swimming pool.

12.I Can’t Believe it’s Not In-Ground

From this vantage point, it’s really hard to tell that the oval-shaped swimming pool is an above-ground pool. At least, it started out as an above-ground pool. Sunken into a raised deck surround, the pool has all of the conveniences and accessibility associated with a more permanent design. With the outdoor patio dining set, umbrella, and trees, the entire pool deck has a look of permanency. The main differences between an in-ground and above-ground in this setting: cost and materials.

13.Enclosed Above-Ground Pool

Creating an enclosure for an above-ground pool makes it a walled, fenced, and gated backyard destination. Built on a platform with a surrounding deck, the pool area becomes a private paradise, especially if it includes container gardens, outdoor accessories and amenities, lounge chairs and other furniture. Making sure there is space for swimming needs (extra towels, cold beverages) allows swimmers and sunbathers to hang out at this backyard pool area for several hours, rather than having to go back and forth to the house to get supplies, food, etc.

High walls and a raised platform also give the pool owners privacy, which is something that most residential pool owners desire. This oval sunken-in above-ground pool and large deck surround have a look of permanence.

20 Ways to Get Your House Ready for Baby

Whether you have space to spare, or you need to get creative in a small home, try these ideas for room decor, storage, organization and other pre-baby preparation essentials.

Make a Door Latch Cover

Prevent your newborn from waking up every time their bedroom door opens and closes with this 10-minute no-sew project.

Stock an Extra Changing Station

This clear changing attachment allows you to see when supplies are running low. Fasten it to living room or kitchen furniture to prevent running up and down the stairs throughout the day.

Craft a Crib Bumper

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This colorful, DIY cushion is ideal for protecting little ones. Customize the piece by choosing a pattern in hues that complement your nursery decor.

Mount Everything

Try mounting items or accessories you’ll use regularly—this blogger used wood from an old project and clothespins to hang all of her daughter’s headbands for a simple, rustic display.

Make a Growth Chart

Trust us: Your baby will grow quicker than a weed. Install a chart in their room to track his or her height, like this adorable, rustic arrow for a little boy’s room.

Set up a Diaper Station

Repurpose a kitchen cart as a storage area for all of your diaper-changing needs, neatly arranging all of her wipes, diapers, toiletries, and burp cloths for easy access.

Transform a Dresser

Amp up your little one’s dresser with a bit of paint—no sanding or taping required for this DIY project! Try doing an ombre pattern on the shelving in the color of your choice.

Design for the Future

One day your baby will grow into a teenager, so design the room to grow with her. The pom-pom trimmed curtains, beaded chandelier, and antique rug in this Tennessee home’s nursery are all features that can follow this gal into her teen years.

Hang a Mobile

Give your new arrival something sweet and personal to coo over and contemplate, by making your own mobile to hang over the crib. This cloud-and-raindrop version couldn’t be cuter.

Paint the Nursery

Even if you don’t intend to go all out with a theme, you’ll probably want to give your baby’s new room a fresh coat of paint. Pick a color in keeping with traditions for your new baby’s gender, or go with a gender-neutral approach.

Decorate the Baby’s Room

In addition to a fresh coat of paint, give the baby’s room some soothing decorative touches. There’s no reason to bring in a ton of over-the-top characters and colors into the space (unless you want to). For a subtler but still ever so sweet touch, try DIY bunting in colors that match your nursery’s look.

Maximize Storage

Even if you have a large house, you’ll likely be looking for convenient storage near baby, so you won’t have to go far for anything you need – especially during those first long, tired nights and days. A low-profile plastic storage tub concealed behind a crib skirt gives you access to newborn necessities at the ready, any time.

Prepare the Changing Table Essentials

Put the diapers and wipes adjacent to the changing table – just where you’ll need them right away. Keep everything tidy and attractive with a sweet storage solution, like this wicker basket diaper caddy.

Maximize Garage Space

Those days of hodgepodge boxes and haphazard stacking in the garage are over. When you bring home your little one, you’ll probably be shopping and buying in bulk for necessities like diapers. Make space for your family’s new warehousing needs by organizing that garage ahead of the big arrival.

Rethink Rooms

As you make way for a nursery, you may be consolidating some rooms in the house. (And, you may be kissing such luxuries as a private home office goodbye.) Make the most of space by turning various rooms into a single revamped multifunction space, like this delightful playroom-office combo.

Prepare Baby’s Closet

Your baby already may have more clothes than you do, thanks to generous shower gifts from excited friends and family. Keep everything organized with this simple DIY for closet dividers by size.

Organize the Freezer

When the baby comes, your loved ones will probably want to help out by swinging by with a ton of pre-cooked meals to sustain you in those hectic early days. And when you do have the time to cook, you may want to do it in bulk to save time and energy for days after. Accommodate that onslaught of frozen foods by overhauling the freezer in advance, first doing a thorough purge, and then organizing the space using plastic bins.

Babyproof Everything

In your quest to make your home safe for the new baby, you may come across a ton of unattractive but essential gizmos and gadgets. Inject a little style to the process when possible—like with this chevron-printed door latch catcher.

16 Types of Windows used in Buildings

There are different types of windows used in building construction to provide ventilation, and view. The selection of windows depends on many criteria.

A window is a vented barrier provided in a wall opening to admit light and air into the structure and also to give outside view. Windows also increases the beauty appearance of building.

Selection Criteria for Windows

Selection of suitable window in a particular place should be dependent of following factors.

  • Location of room
  • Size of room
  • Direction of wind
  • Climatic conditions
  • Utility of room
  • Architectural point of view
  • Based on the above factors we can select the suitable window for our strictures.

Types of Windows used in Buildings

There are so many types of windows are available based on their positions, materials and functioning. Windows are classified as follows.

  1. Fixed windows
  2. Sliding windows
  3. Pivoted windows
  4. Double hung windows
  5. Louvered windows
  6. Casement windows
  7. Metal windows
  8. Sash windows
  9. Corner windows
  10. Bay windows
  11. Dormer windows
  12. Clerestory windows
  13. Lantern windows
  14. Gable windows
  15. Ventilators
  16. Skylights

1. Fixed Windows

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Fixed windows are fixed to the wall without any closing or opening operation. In general, they are provided to transmit the light into the room. Fully glazed shutters are fixed to the window frame. The shutters provided are generally weather proof.

2. Sliding Windows

In this case, window shutters are movable in the frame. The movement may be horizontal or vertical based on our requirement. The movement of shutters is done by the provision of roller bearings. Generally, this type of window is provided in buses, bank counters, shops etc..

3. Pivoted Windows

In this type of windows, pivots are provided to window frames. Pivot is a shaft which helps to oscillate the shutter. No rebates are required for the frame. The swinging may either horizontal or vertical based on the position of pivots.

4. Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows consist of pair of shutters attached to one frame. The shutters are arranged one above the other. These two shutters can slide vertically with in the frame. So, we can open the windows on top or at bottom to our required level.

To operate the double hung windows, a chain or cord consisting metal weights is metal provided which is connected over pulleys. So, by pulling the weights of cord the shutters can move vertically. Then we can fix the windows at our required position of ventilation or light etc..

5. Louvered Windows

Louvered windows are similar to louvered doors which are provided for the ventilation without any outside vision. The louvers may be made of wood, glass or metal. Louvers can also be folded by provision of cord over pulleys. We can maintain the slope of louvers by tilting cord and lifting cord.

Recommended angle of inclination of louvers is about 45o. The sloping of louvers is downward to the outside to run-off the rain water. Generally, they are provided for bathrooms, toilets and privacy places etc..

6. Casement Windows

Casement windows are the widely used and common windows nowadays. The shutters are attached to frame and these can be opened and closed like door shutters. Rebates are provided to the frame to receive the shutters. The panels of shutters may be single or multiple. Sometimes wired mesh is provided to stop entering of fly’s.

7. Metal Windows

Metal windows, generally mild steel is used for making metal windows. These are very cheap and have more strength. So, now days these are widely using especially for public buildings, private building etc.

Some other metals like aluminum, bronze, stainless steel etc. also used to make windows. But they are costly compared to mild steel windows. For normal casement windows also, metal shutters are provided to give strong support to the panels.

8. Sash Windows

Sash window is type of casement window, but in this case panels are fully glazed. It consists top, bottom and intermediate rails. The space between the rails is divided into small panels by mean of small timber members called sash bars or glazing bars.

9. Corner Windows

As in the name itself corner windows are provided at the corners of room. That means corner windows has two faces in perpendicular directions. By providing this type of windows, light or air can be entered into room in two different directions.

To provide this type of window special lintel is provided in the wall. Corner windows will give aesthetic appearance to the building.

10. Bay Windows

Bay windows are projected windows form wall which are provided to increase the area of opening, which enables more ventilation and light form outside. The projection of bay windows are of different shapes. It may be triangular or rectangular or polygonal etc. They give beautiful appearance to the structure.

11. Dormer Windows

Dormer windows are provided for sloped roofs. These are projected from the sloping surface as shown in below image. They provide ventilation as well as lighting to the room. They also enhance aesthetic sense of room.

12. Clerestory Windows

If the rooms in a building are of different ceiling heights, clerestory windows are provided for the room which has greater ceiling height than the other rooms. The shutters able to swing with the help of cord over pulleys. These also enhances the beauty of building.

13. Lantern Windows

Lantern windows are provided for over the flat roofs. The main purpose of this window is to provide the more light and air circulation to the interior rooms. Generally, they are projected from the roof surface so, we can close the roof surface when we required.

14. Gable Windows

Gable windows are provided for sloped roof buildings. These windows are provided at the gable end of sloped roof so; they are called as gable windows. They also improve the appearance of building.

15. Ventilators

Ventilators are provided for the purpose of ventilation in the room. They are provided at greater height than windows nearer to roof level. It is in very small size. Horizontally pivoted shutters are provided for ventilators. Sometimes shutter is replaced by wired mesh, in this case sunshade is provided to prevent against rain water.

16. Skylights

Skylights or generally provided on the top of sloped roofs. To admit light into the rooms, sky lights are provided. It is provided parallel to the sloping surface. Sky lights can be opened when we required. Lead gutters are arranged to frame to make it as waterproof.

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Decorating A Tiny Apartment

Small apartments have their upsides – lower rent, often a closer proximity to bustling downtown areas, and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. That is, if you know how decorate.

One misconception that people often fall prey to when decorating tiny apartments is that all the focus should be on functionality rather than design. That sentiment could not be further from the truth. Your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn’t mean it has to be short on style.

Rather, it’s finding the right balance between the two is critically important to creating a space that you’ll be comfortable living in for the foreseeable future. You need to focus on filling your home with items that fit your needs while highlighting your personal aesthetic. Follow these decorating tips that ensure that you make the most of the space you have while still letting your personality come through. While you may think it’s difficult to decorate a small apartment, see how to live large in a small apartment tips here too!

1. Carefully Delineate Separate Areas

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At first glance, it may seem like open concept living is the way to go when decorating a tiny apartment. However, this can be overwhelming to the eye and over time a lack of definition to the space can lead to things looking messy.

Do your best to define separate areas and give each area a specific purpose. Put coat and shoe racks by the door to round off your entranceway. Position a buffet between your kitchen and dining areas for easy serving and extra storage. Back your sofa up to the foot of your bed to instantly draw the eye into your living area. If you are sharing a room with a home office look at these 30 creative home office ideas to be productive and save space.

If you have a particular interest or hobby, don’t be afraid to let those play a key role in separating the space while showing who you are. An indoor bike rack like this one by Thomas Walde leaves your bike looking like it’s an internal part of the room rather than just being stored. Or, you could use plants from an indoor garden to signify changes in the use of space.

2. Invest in Dual-Purpose Furniture

When dealing with a small space, every inch counts. Make the most of the room you have by investing in furniture pieces that will do double duty. Rather than trying to work your space around furniture, focus on buying pieces that will work with you. Bedrooms are the perfect rooms to have multi-purpose furniture. Look at these 40 ways to make your small bedroom look bigger.

Consider a trundle bed that can be folded into a sofa when watching TV, a hollow ottoman that can be used for can be used for storage, or a dining table with a built-in leaf that will make it much easier to entertain guests.

Whichever duel-purpose furniture you choose, make sure to select pieces that are size-appropriate to your space. Overstuffed models will only serve to make your living space look even smaller. Don’t worry too much about finding sofas that are daintily-scaled, many companies like Smart Furniture and Apt2B specialize in creating furniture that is fit for micro-living situations.

3. Rethink Unused Spaces

After living in the same space for a considerable amount of time, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut in regards to how you use it. You know that you store extra baking dishes in the oven it is not in use, extra candles in one of the coveted kitchen drawers and clean linens in a storage box under your bed. But, have you ever considered the possibility that maybe you’re not using your space in the most effective way possible?

Challenge yourself to look around your apartment and identify all of the “dead spaces” or spaces that aren’t currently serving a useful purpose. Think about unused corners and blank walls. Then, try to brainstom ways to use those spaces to your advantage.

Turn a large windowsill into a workspace for when you need to take business home for the night. Purchase a corner shelving unit to give yourself a place to store your bar essentials. Place a few baskets on top of your refrigerator and use them to hide your lesser-used serving plates.

4. Go Vertical with Storage

In planning the best way to make use of a space, it’s critical to think vertically as well as horizontally. Tall, narrow storage systems are your best bet when trying to get the most storage out of the least amount of space.

Place two identical bookshelves on either side of a doorway for a built-in shelving look. Or, a large entertainment center that reaches from floor to ceiling serves as a great room divider between your sleeping and living areas.

If you really want to take storage to the next level, consider using your available wall space as a hiding place for fold-away furniture. Murphy beds get a bad rap, but this transformable technology has come a long way from the cheap motels of the past. The LGM Tavolo by Clei features a queen-size wall bed, 35 linear feet of shelving, and a 5 foot fold-down workspace table. Since each feature folds independently, it truly lets you dictate how you’d like to use your space.

5. Find an Organization System

Everyone knows that storage is king when it comes to small apartment living. You need vehicles to help you hide unavoidable clutter from view. But, when it comes down to practical use and being able to find what you need, all the storage in the world will not be helpful to you if it’s so messy inside that you cannot tell what’s being stored. Invest in some organizers that will help keep you on track.

Back-of-the-door shoe-hangers offer pockets that can be used to hold anything from cleaning products to extra snacks. Lining shelves with small baskets creates a uniform look while hiding any clutter from view.

Once you own a few organization tools, the key is actually utilizing it. According to a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, it takes an average of 66 days to form a habit. Set a goal to return items to their proper places immediately after using them for those 66 days. After the adjustment period, keeping your apartment organized will be a snap.

6. Choose a Light Color Palette

Keep things light when choosing colors for you apartment. While rich, darker colors have a tendency to make spaces appear smaller to the eye, light shades open things back up. Try using the right color palette for your interiors when choosing colors for your small apartment.

When choosing your palette, focus on using three colors: two, light, bright shades that decorate the majority of the space. Then, add in one darker accent color to ensure things stay visually interesting.

If you absolutely cannot live in a world with so little bold color, you can still get your fix with furniture. Choose one main color and buy or paint all of the furniture for that area in the same shade. Then, pick a second bold color for the room’s accents. However, you may want to limit your pop of color to one section of the apartment. Too many statement colors in one tiny space can get overwhelming.

7. Add Curves with Furniture and Decor

Since most tiny apartments tend to be box-shaped, use your furniture to add some curves back in. According to Libby Langdon, a small-space consultant on HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style”, curvaceous furniture will keep things from looking monotone.Think about using a round dining table or a sofa and chair set with angled sides.

Once you’ve found pieces that suit your needs and your personal style, make sure to compliment those curves by using similar shapes in your accessories. Rather than choosing a plain, rectangular bathroom mirror, opt for a round one that makes a statement. Rather than settling for a straight floor lamps, try a few table lamps that have a more rounded shape.

If there is any natural shape to your apartment itself, make sure you play it up. Turn a curved window into a cozy reading spot by adding a chair and bookcase by the spot. Make exposed beams a focal point by embracing a industrial design scheme.

8. Layer to Add Depth

One thing that small spaces lack is depth, since there is only so much space for the eye to take in. Luckily, you can make up that depth easily by layering in your design.

Shadow boxes make excellent wall hangings. Add a few throw rugs to help cover up less-than-luxurious carpeting. Layer your bedding with multiple blankets and throw pillows add depth while keeping you warm and cozy.

It’s important to note that layering is not just about piling one design element on top of another. It’s also about creating contrast. So, when you’re selecting the items that you’d like to layer throughout your apartment, go for pieces that have varying materials, textures, and patterns. For instance, if your sofa is very neutral chose boldly-patterned throw pillows. If your flooring builder-grade opt for a heavier throw rug in order to add weight.

9. Embrace the Floating Design Trend

Large, bulky furniture pieces can make a small apartment seem closed-off. Incorporating floating elements into your design can open things up by allowing the eye to travel all the way through the space, while still providing the same functionality.

Try using floating shelves in lieu of a bookcase or a floating sink in place of a traditional vanity. In terms of furniture, pieces with legs will seem to take up less space than those that sit directly on the floor.

Tie everything together as part into a cohesive look by incorporating floating design into your décor. Create a gallery-style display by purchasing a few floating shelves in varying sizes. Have fun staggering them to create a unique arrangement. Then, look for a variety of painting, photographs, statues, and accessories to fill in the space. In no time at all, you’ll have your very own art house installation.

10. Unclutter Your Apartment Regularly

It’s only natural to accumulate clutter after living in the same place for some time. However, when living in a small apartment, the clutter is much more apparent because there are fewer places for it to hide.

Once or twice a year, make an effort to go through your possessions and revaluate what should be kept. You’ll be surprised how many items are less than necessary and how much clearer your home looks once you’ve finished.

For those who have a hard time combatting clutter, professional organizer, Linda Rothschild, shares her tips. She recommends setting a deadline, tackling one area in of organization at a time, starting with the most cluttered area first. She believes keeping organizational tasks small will help them seem more manageable and prevent fatigue.

Living in a small apartment doesn’t mean that you have to let go of interior design for the sake of functionality. Instead, you should try to strike a balance between the two focuses. Refer to this article when decorating your tiny apartment to make sure that it suits your needs while looking sharp. If you have a design tip related to small spaces, feel free to share it in the comments below.

20 Modern Farmhouse Design Ideas That Are Irresistibly Chic

A balanced blend of rustic and refined, the modern farmhouse style continues to be a rising trend. We break down our favorite modern farmhouse looks inside and out.

Modern Farmhouse Exteriors

A modern farmhouse exterior is often a perfect blend of modern and traditional elements. Whether it’s a fabulous farm porch or siding made with reclaimed wood, homes that hearken back to simpler times can be expertly styled with an of-the-moment feel.

Modern Touches to a Traditional Farmhouse Exterior

This gorgeous, peaceful home in rural North Carolina seamlessly combines both traditional and modern elements. The wrap-around porch is an undeniable vestige of days of old, when rocking chairs and lemonade dominated a family’s free time. But the ample windows and open floor plan (along with the entire interior decor of the home) incorporate elements that easily bring this home to the modern day.

“Our goal was to strike a good balance between traditional and modern in a way that did not result in simply a traditional exterior and modern interior,” says architect Erin Sterling Lewis. A pressure-treated wood deck extends from the property under a stained pine, V-groove ceiling. Steel and wood comprise the columns.

Sizeable and Chic in Vermont’s White Mountains

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A winter vacation retreat for a private client in Vermont, this four-bedroom home sits nested on a hill facing north toward the White Mountains. On this modern farmhouse exterior, vernacular materials such as HardiPlank siding, sheet metal, board-formed concrete and timber framing are reinterpreted with a modern focus.

Tall windows are strategically placed around interior spaces to provide optimal views out toward the mountain ranges in the distance and provide natural light to key living areas. The house also allows for strong ties to its surrounding landscapes with a bridge that connects its users to a network of paths leading up through the mountains.

A Stately Farmhouse in Upstate New York

Inspired by hilltop views and traditional New England farm and barn structures, Marvin Architect’s Challenge winner Michael Waters of LDa Architecture & Interiors set out to strike the perfect balance between time-tested tradition and sophisticated, clean lines.

The ultimate goal was to create a home that would have an authentic presence in the surrounding agricultural landscape and strong visual and physical connections to the site.

The design incorporates an existing colonial residence, re-situated on the site and preserved along with contemporary additions on three sides. The resulting home strikes a perfect balance between traditional farmhouse architecture and sophisticated contemporary living.

A Maine Farmhouse Built With Salvaged Materials

Caleb Johnson Studio combined materials recovered from a vintage farmstead, as well as a midcentury modern teardown, to create the ultimate modern farmhouse. By incorporating such materials into the new home’s design, they were able to create a modern farmhouse with soul. Large Marvin windows and an unpainted galvalume-coated steel roof complete the modern farmhouse exterior.

Exterior, House Building Type, Farmhouse Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine A Kennebunk family needed their forever home, and the old farmhouse and barn that stood on their property wasn’t going to cut it. The architects at Caleb Johnson Studio started the process by salvaging everything they could from the old buildings, including the timber roof structure, interior wood cladding, and interior doors. Additionally, the architects also claimed cabinetry and fixtures from a midcentury home that was being torn down in Weston, Massachusetts. By incorporating such materials into the new home’s design, they were able to create a modern farmhouse with soul.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchens

A kitchen designed in a modern farmhouse style is functional, free of clutter, and always chic. Scroll to read about some of our favorite modern farmhouse kitchen designs.

A Baker’s Rustic, Industrial Kitchen

When beginning construction, Austin–based contractor Royce Flournoy hoped that the simple, gabled structure of the farmhouse-style home he now shares with his partner would blend seamlessly into the urban space around it.

The result? A simple, modern layout with ample light thanks to the open floor plan. In keeping with that, their modern farmhouse kitchen is a marriage of rustic warmth and industrial simplicity, with open shelving and a sleek marble countertop.

A Stunning Farmhouse Kitchen on a Wooded Property in Colorado

Inspired by historic American farmhouses, this modern dwelling is sited at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills in West Boulder, Colorado. Designed by Boulder–based firm Surround Architecture, the 6,800-square-foot property features a modern farmhouse kitchen with a unique feature: a countertop that extends beyond the home’s four walls to create an outdoor bar area.

At the heart of the main level is the stunning kitchen, which expertly incorporates both light and dark elements for added visual interest. And expansive windows draw the eye (and the counter!) outside to a peaceful gathering place.

A Simple but Colorful Kitchen Sits at the Heart of This Wisconsin Farmhouse

Dotted with barns aplenty, the agricultural stronghold of Door County, Wisconsin, was the perfect place for Beth and her husband’s vision of a modern farmhouse. Enlisting the help of Minnesota–based Salmela Architect, the clients worked closely together with principal architect David Salmela, as well as project architect Malini Srivastava to craft a custom rural home inspired by the local weathered barns.

The couple chose a minimalist design approach for their home, due to both budget constraints and desired outcome. The style is mirrored in the diminutive modern farmhouse kitchen, which makes use of deep blue tiling set apart by stainless steel appliances.

A Fully Renovated, Monochromatic Kitchen in Poland

When a dilapidated farmhouse went up for sale in Jacek Kolasiński’s dream neighborhood in Szczecin, Poland, he didn’t hesitate to buy it. “”I had been looking for a place here for a very long time,” the interior designer explains of the urban area, which retains the countryside charm it had before World War II. “I’ve liked it since I was a child.”

He brought the 1,500-square-foot structure back to life by tearing down light-blocking walls and cramped ceilings and salvaging unique features like columns and old brickwork. Its reconstructed bones were then bathed in white in true modern farmhouse style.

In the kitchen, an exposed brick wall stands out against the milky smoothness of the marble tile floors. “I wanted the house to be raw and interesting,” Kolasiński explains.

Modern Farmhouse Decor

When choosing decor in the modern farmhouse style, keep in mind that simplicity and functionality were at the heart of the farmhouses of old. It’s about carefully choosing pieces that speak to you, and fit beautifully into your space.

Colorado Farmhouse Employs Unique Firewood Storage

The interior areas flow toward the outdoors in all directions, and thanks to the use of bi-fold Dutch doors, as well as movable glass walls in the living room, the home is able to maximize its connection to nature.

In keeping with this, sizable cutouts provide ample indoor storage for firewood. It’s an attractive but functional use of natural decor, which will come in handy during the cold Colorado winter.

Simple but Colorful Furnishings Pop in This Wisconsin Farmhouse

Here, a small farmhouse employs simple yet effective decor in keeping with the homeowner’s original vision. “Our client, Beth, loves the open farm fields of the area, and this project was in many ways her vision,” note the architects, who named the project House for Beth.

Too much furniture would obscure the sweeping view of the fields. Instead, simplistic pieces were used, many of which offered just the right amount of color to keep things interesting, like this dining table with red chairs from IKEA.

Exposed Beams and Wide Open Spaces

In this stately modern farmhouse, the client was interested in a clean look with large windows and lots of light. The spacious structure is supported by wooden beams, while floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the natural light. Reclaimed materials are perfectly in place in this gorgeous home, which combines a number of styles from minimalism to elements of industrial chic to contemporary.

Furniture is sparse, and employs elements that blend nicely with its surroundings, so as to draw the eye neatly from one space to the next.

A Refurbished Modern Farmhouse in Poland Employs a Monochromatic Palette

White paint with just a hint of gray dominates this modern farmhouse decor, reflecting the owner’s love of bright spaces. The pine wooden floors were also enameled in a white oil imported from Denmark. Even possessions have been placed mindfully so as not to interfere with the dwelling’s clean look.

Modern Farmhouse Living Rooms

A modern farmhouse living room can be styled in a variety of ways as you’ll see in the photos below. However, regardless of the modern farmhouse decor you choose for your living room, it should always be comfortable and inviting.

Light-Filled Family Home in Copenhagen

White wood-plank floors blend into the walls and ceilings in this diminutive living room in Copenhagen. The family chose to employ a monochromatic color palette to add light and create the illusion of space. A sleek dark grey sofa sits in juxtaposition with the rest of the room’s decor.

A Striking Angular Cottage in Connecticut

Working with project architect Kyle Bradley, the homeowners, along with architects Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi, started with the simplest of designs—a shed-type structure with a steeply canted single-pitch roof—and, as Organschi puts it, “started blowing it open and filling it with large areas of glass.”

And there’s no want of it in this stunningly simple modern farmhouse living room, where an obvious connection to nature takes center stage.

A Retiree’s Chic but Effective Modern Farmhouse Living Room

The versatile living room is the focal point of this narrow but stately Virginia home. After the client bought a one-acre plot in a close-knit community, Wiedemann and project architect Felix Gonzalez designed her a house there that embraces the community spirit as well as the country scenery.

Expansive windows on both sides of the open living area bring the outside in. Marvin doors, the Ultimate Swinging French door, flank the mahogany-wrapped fireplace and provide easy access to the screened porch.

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Antiques Everywhere

Looking for a place to put your favorite odds and ends? Look for inspiration in Kelley Motschenbacher’s quaint abode, where collectables are placed all over the living room. “I really like antiques because they’re often weird, nontraditional sizes that are ideal for smaller rooms,” she says.

Perfectly Pint-Sized

Jennifer Miller didn’t let her 28-inch-wide hearth dissuade her from decorating. She chose scaled-down topiaries and candlesticks to go along with an oil portrait.

A Bit of Blue Onion

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Alison and Jim Luckman use their mantel to display their beautiful porcelain dishes.

A Little Lighting

A pair of metal lamps help the stunning chandelier illuminate the living room in this antique-filled farmhouse.

Color Coordinate

Danny Seo used his hearth to show off a variety of beautiful black and white pieces.

Stunning Stone

When your fireplace is this gorgeous, there’s no need to go overboard with the decor. The owners of this Wyoming home added a pair of candlesticks and one piece of artwork.

A Bit of Brick

Hal Turner, the owner of this South Carolina smokehouse, actually salvaged brick pavers from his grandparents’ old home for his fireplace. He then kept things nice and symmetrical up above with a couple of vases filled with wheat sheaves and a painting.

Bright and White

A white mantel offsets the brick fireplace in Holly Williams’s Kentucky home. Plus, it offers a blank canvas to display just about anything.

Pretty Plants

Instead of hanging plants from the ceiling, simply display them around eye-level—like Chenault James—to freshen up your home for spring.

Unveil Artwork

The farm painting perfectly pairs with the cow figurines lounging in this Texas home.

Prop a Painting

Rather than leaving it bare or filling it with fire wood, the owners of this southern sporting cabin opted to display a work of heart on the hearth.

Mortar Wash

Take a cue from the owner of this renovated California cabin and give your brick fireplace a quick makeover with a “German smear.” The fast wash treatment is an easy way to tone down and distress a bright fireplace.

In With the Old

The “art” above this fireplace is actually a gate from an old pigpen! Before this 100-year-old Texas home was remodeled, the entire structure was covered with fake rock from the 1970s and surrounded by bookshelves. The owners tore everything out to find this beautiful brick fireplace beneath all the junk.

Decorate with Found Items

This mantel and the bottles were uncovered in a barn on the property and added to this Virginian home’s rustic farmhouse style.

Rustic Wood and Antlers

The rustic mantel is made of wood from the homeowner’s grandfather’s farm, adding to her home’s cozy, welcoming feel.

25 of the Best Canopy Bed Ideas

Once upon a time, canopy beds were favored by the upper class who could afford this luxurious piece of furniture. They were a status symbol, custom made and included various small design details that made them special and unique. Nowadays, everyone can afford a canopy bed and they can add an air of sophistication to your bedroom or make your patio feel high-class during those long summer afternoons when all you want to do is lounge around with a cold drink in your hand.

They are incredibly cheap and you can decorate these beds as you like by adding different accessories such as twinkle lights. You can always switch the fabric to match the rest of the room or try out one of the canopy bed DIY ideas that are available online. Spring is just around the corner so it might be the perfect time to redecorate your home and consider adding this versatile piece of furniture to your master bedroom.

So if you want to wake up refreshed each morning and feel like royalty, a canopy bed can transform your bedroom into a small kingdom. Here are a couple of ideas that will get you started and help you out with the selection.

1. A Contemporary Option

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If you are keeping things simple around your home, the best way to complement that decor is to add a clean and modern canopy bed that has plenty of open space. Therefore, the light can flow freely through the room and nothing will stand in its way. Plus, this Lafferty Canopy Bed is really suitable for small apartments because it goes well with a low ceiling which means that you can create your dream bedroom anywhere.

2. …That Can Also Be Decorated

Are you a fan of the clean lines but still want to coziness and comfort of elegant canopy beds? You can choose a canopy bed with storage that also has light construction. They are airy and will add that extra layer of class to your bedroom. It will still be very modern and fit the contemporary decor you have going on in your master bedroom. Plus, a canopy bed king is so comfy and roomy that it should help you get some quality sleep.

3. Warm Browns

Creating a homey atmosphere in your home starts with colors. If you have a large bedroom, consider a wooden canopy bed with a gorgeous brown finish. It will refresh the room and become a true centerpiece. This Island Canopy Bed fits the description because it has a mocha finish with a reddish shine. The wide frame reaches high to the ceiling and should look perfect in a spacious room.

4. A Modern Classic

Thinner bed frame looks great in small bedrooms so if you are dealing with a lack of space, this might be the solution. Choosing a metal frame is the way to go if you love the industrial decor but it will fit almost anywhere because it is classic and clean. It will allow you to pick and choose the curtains you want and be a nice backdrop. Blanford Queen Canopy Bed has a small frame that is versatile and quite universal.

5. Detailed Half-Canopy

This reimagined classic is an unusual piece that will suit rustic bedrooms which follow the same style. Lovely details should help you achieve the relaxed atmosphere and make your sleeping space feel welcoming. A wooden frame is unobtrusive and belongs to rustic canopy beds category. Placing small curtains around it will make your room extra cozy. The result will be both charming and classy.

6. Flowy Curtains

Imagine spending the long summer days surrounded by light curtains moving in the breeze. Sounds like heaven, right? So if you have a large patio or a very high ceiling in your bedroom, consider placing a canopy bed there because it will give you more sleep options when the weather is warm. Choose a bigger bed frame, preferably one of oak canopy beds, or anything made of full wood. PCHseries Canopy Bed is a good option because it has a slightly raised base and enough room for draping flowy curtains over it.

7. A Unique Combination

Contemporary design often includes playing with materials and shapes. The full wooden frame might not be suitable for low ceilings and this combination of wood and metal will ensure you have enough space for hanging curtains and creating a magical atmosphere in your bedroom. Madeleine Upholstered Canopy Bed is a modern take on this classic. It is unique and eye-catching. Plus, this is a canopy bed with upholstered headboard.

8. White Magic

Decorating your bedroom in full white can be tricky, especially if it is small. Yes, a monochromatic palette will make the space appear bigger but a full canopy bed might not fit properly. Luckily, there is a solution. It might become a small DIY project but it is doable. Simply install iron rods on the ceiling and drape enough fabric through it to reach the floor. Your bed will become a small tent. The result is romantic and magical!

9. Otherworldly Style

If you love unusual furniture and refuse to follow trends, choose an ornate and dark framed canopy bed. Breathtaking details will make the bed pop out and make the space mysterious but also pretty romantic. Enchanted Canopy Bed is decorated with wooden branches and it has its own little chandelier that follows the same theme. It is one of the finest wrought iron canopy beds you can find.

10. Easy DIY Canopy Bed

Rural and rustic decor can be completely transformed if you add a canopy to your bed. You can refresh your standard sleeping space by hanging a circular canopy curtain on your ceiling. It will take you just a couple of minutes but the result will be spectacular. The design will resemble exotic canopy beds you have only seen in movies depicting far away destinations.

11. The Queen of Elegance

With its crisp edges and wooden body, a canopy bed queen size should fill out your bedroom and high top panels will add a touch of elegance. You can drape long and flowy curtains (bright colors are recommended) in order to create a charming and classy atmosphere that mimics the style of royalty. If you are looking for something similar, Amedori Canopy Bed is well-constructed and firm. The darker wood is suitable for every interior design so it is versatile.

12. Flamboyant and Colorful

Heavy materials and drapery are a sign of class, sophistication, and elegance. Victorian times were all about it so if you want to relive that era, go for slightly over the top fabrics that are timeless and luxurious. Your bedroom will look like a royal chamber from the turn of the century if you choose this vintage canopy bed.

13. Faux leather Luxury

Rich wooden frames were very popular in the Victorian period and the designers back then added numerous details in order to make the whole construction appear expensive and elaborate. An ornate and vintage canopy bed will make your bedroom more extravagant. Edmore Upholstered Canopy Bed does have a lot of ornaments, including faux leather head and footboards.

14. Romantic Crown Canopy

This feminine crown canopy bed looks like something from a fairytale. Inspired by the royalty, the draping above the bed is minimum, while the detailing on the sides is intricate and rich. You will immediately fall in love with the design because it is simple, very bright, and every Disney princess would love to catch some zs in this bed.

15. It’s All About Details

Details make every design look amazing and well-thought-of. So if your room can accommodate a tall canopy bed with four thick posts clearly inspired by the Victorian era, it should be on your list. It has heavy drapery on the top but you can hang your own curtains around it. Sienna Canopy Bed is made of numerous materials including marble and wood. The detailing is stunning and it looks incredibly expensive.

16. Pretty in Beige

Beige might not be the first color that pops into your mind when you think about bedroom decor but it is quite lovely and works well with the rest of the furniture. This canopy bed twin size has beautifully made posts that will make the bed even more stunning. It looks good with or without drapes.

17. We Can Be Royals

It is clear from a very first glance that the old European rulers inspire this canopy bed. The focus is on details and rich, expensive materials so it comes as no surprise that the bed looks luxurious and posh. Just like the name says, Royal Canopy Bed is made of wood and features so many small carvings and decorations. It will bring your bedroom to a whole new level.

18. Intriguing Elegance

Elegant canopy beds often feature interesting designs that elevate the feeling of opulence. Even though the posts might seem a bit over the top, they will fit into any vintage bedroom and complete the look perfectly. Upholstered Canopy Bed is a mix of expensive materials and extraordinary craftsmanship. You will enjoy waking up and seeing all the carvings on the frame.

19. Sturdy and Vintage

When we talk about unique canopy bed designs, we often focus on contemporary furniture. However, this particular Victorian piece is definitely unusual and magnificent. Kamella Canopy Bed has a curved metal top which is supported by four sturdy columns that are carved to perfection. It is a little bit extravagant but if you feel like it would fit your aesthetics, it might be the best option.

20. All in White

There is nothing dreamier than a round canopy bed completely draped in white. Even though circular shapes are not commonly seen in bedrooms, this model will open up the space. So if you are aiming for a unique interior design that is also romantic and delightful, this should be the centerpiece in your bedroom.

21. Pop-art Extravaganza

This modern and pop-art-inspired piece is not your common round canopy bed. A metal circle that holds the drapery make it stand out. The curtains also have that retro look and it will fit right in with vintage 1960s wallpapers and other decorations that were heavily used in that decade. So dust off your lava lamp and accessorize the room!

22. Clean and Simple

If you live in an apartment close to an urban area and prefer to keep your bedroom uncluttered, a white metal canopy bed full size will fit right in and make the space feel wider and roomier. Just like the name suggests, Upholstered Canopy Bed has a simple frame that reaches high to the ceiling, as well as an upholstered headboard.

23. Details are Everything

Metal canopy beds are usually not ornamented but you can sometimes find a couple of decorations somewhere. Everyone loves cute details and they can make a bed frame more unique. Even though it is not one of California king canopy beds, this particular model is timeless and has small detailing on the top of each column. It will give you so much space to try out various curtain colors.

24. Metal with a Flare

Not everyone is a fan of clean lines and simple designs. So if you want to add some metal curves to your bedroom, take a closer look at some of the medieval canopy beds that combine metal and wood. George Canopy Bed has a gorgeous construction that can be decorated with a curtain of your choosing and look unbelievably beautiful in your master bedroom.

25. Black and Posh

Black metal canopy beds will suit bedrooms which are decorated with industrial furniture. A slightly distressed finish looks stylish and elegant, especially when combined with upholstery and white sheets. If you are looking for something similar, Beetham Upholstered Canopy Bed might do the work. The canopy is high, with sharp lines, and will not take too much space.

10 Fun Home Offices That’ll Boost Your Creativity

Work is the worst, but we bet you won’t mind getting it done if your space looked amazing. Not only are these work-ready spaces aesthetically gorgeous, but their unique designs will inspire new ideas and boost your productivity. Whether you’ve got an entire room or just a tiny corner, we’ve got inspiration for you on this list.

Be A Minimalist

Minimalism is so hot right now. Keep your desk clutter-free, add in simple furniture (like these reclaimed wood chairs and desk), keep a neutral color palette, and watch how inspired you’ll be to actually do your work. If you need to warm things up—so it doesn’t look bland and sterile—add a plant or macramé wall hanging.

Take It Black

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Is this not the sexiest office you’ve ever seen? Black furniture combined with brass accents looks super sleek. Opt for a gray-black for the walls, so it doesn’t feel too dark.

Go Bohemian

Embrace your inner free spirit and decorate your office with anything that tells a story, has sentimental value to you, or that you picked up on your travels. Add in a bold, patterned rug, color on color, and some plants. Remember: More is more.

Get Creative With Space

Calling all New Yorkers (and anyone who lives in a teeny, tiny apartment)—you probably don’t have room for a formal office, so you need to get creative. Opt for small furniture, and try putting your desk up against a window in your bedroom. That way, it’s out of sight from your living room, and you at least have a view to look at to separate it from your sleeping area.

Make It Modern

Your formula for a modern office: white lacquer desk, a geometric rug, and sleek lighting. To make it a little more glam and feminine, add bold color and brass accents.

Use Open Shelving

If you can stay organized, try open shelving. It’ll help your room feel more fun, creative, and colorful. In this Boston brownstone, the kitchen pantry also houses the office, so the shelves serve double-duty.

Try Industrial

If your work space is cool, you may be more inclined to actually use it. A vintage aluminum desk and stool create an industrial vibe in this Colorado cabin’s study. Chicken-wire bookcases add a rustic touch to the room.

Think Exotic

To totally transport yourself somewhere way more exciting than your work, try an exotic pattern, like the black-and-white zebra motif in this Charleston home office. A rattan chandelier adds texture.

Consider Scandinavian Style

Pare way down and keep your aesthetic clean and calming. A simple Swedish desk was placed by a window with a view of the Baltic Sea in a Scandinavian home. It’s mostly neutral, but the pops of blue keep the room feeling fresh and invigorating.

Conceal Clutter With Cu rtains

If your clutter feeds your creativity, you don’t have to get rid of it, you just need to conceal it smartly. In a Birmingham, Alabama office, curtains soften the room and hide everyday office papers and books that are stacked up on the shelves.

How To Feng Shui Your Desk

01.Why You Should Feng Shui Your Desk

The feng shui of your desk really does matter! This becomes especially important if you have to spend many hours at your desk. It is always a good idea to be sure the places you have to spend a lot of time in—from your bedroom to your office—have good feng shui energy.

The better the energy in your office and at your desk, the better the quality of your own energy. Good feng shui is not just about things looking good. A room may be visually appealing and well-designed, but lack elements that are essential for good feng shui.

02.Feng Shui Desk Characteristics

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The very first step to start in applying good feng shui to your desk is to actually choose the best desk according to feng shui principles.

  • Feng Shui Criteria for a Good Desk
  • The Material
  • The Shape
  • The Color
  • Feng Shui Desk Materials

Out of all possible materials—wood, glass, laminate, and metal—a wood desk is definitely the best feng shui choice. Not only it brings natural energy into your space, it also has both nourishing, as well as a vibrant quality of energy. If you want to understand deeper the feng shui properties of wood, look into the Wood feng shui element it represents.

A glass desk lacks solidity because it allows the energy to move very fast. If this is your choice, you can work with specific feng shui cures such as tall plants, for example, to create a more grounding, solid energy.

A metal desk brings the sharpness, preciseness, and clarity of the feng shui element it represents (the Metal feng shui element). It can be a good choice if you are drawn to it, especially if your birth element is either Water or Metal.

A laminate desk has mostly lifeless, passive energy which you can activate with vibrant feng shui cures appropriate for your office space.

03.The Best Feng Shui Desk Shape

Most shapes are excellent feng shui, but it all depends on the goal you are trying to achieve with your work.

The typical rectangular shape desk provides grounding energy with an element of growth and expansion, so it is ​a great shape for a desk. It is best to have a desk with an open front, as this encourages better energy flow.

A flowing shape desk is also considered excellent feng shui as it promotes creativity and a constant, refreshing flow of energy. It goes without saying that you will position it so as to be sitting on the inside of the curve, not the outside. However, this might not be a good choice for a person who can easily get distracted.

An L-shaped desk can be good feng shui when placed in the best feng shui position.

The least preferable shape choices for a desk are round, oval or square ones. Square desks can create the energy of stagnation, and the round one is its opposite—it has constant movement. However, these desk shapes may be appropriate for different situations.

A round shape desk or table is an excellent choice for a group meeting as it encourages a free flow of energy, as well as the equality of all people using the workspace. An oval shape desk is similar in function to the round one, but the distribution of energy is not equal. A square shape can be beneficial for a person who tends to get distracted easily and needs more focus and concentration.

04.The Best Feng Shui Desk Color

Color is big in feng shui as it is the easiest, almost instant way to create a specific quality of energy. Here are the best colors for a good feng shui desk, but you should take care to choose what works for your energy and your line of work. (If you want to understand more about the color of power, dive into the world of the five feng shui elements as each color represents a specific feng shui element)

  • Brown – A grounding color that creates a sense of comfort and nourishment for the body.
  • Black – Introspective color, promotes concentration and open-mindedness.
  • White – Facilitates clarity and discipline. Can be energy draining for some people.
  • Gray – Similar to white, has more power to aid focus (both white and gray colors represent the same feng shui element).
  • Green – Revitalizing, creative, nourishing.
  • Red – Strongly activating, not a good choice for long-term use.

Of course, each color comes in different intensity, so a deep brown desk, for example, will be different in its energy than a light brown one.

Many desks also combine several materials, as well as several colors. For example, you can have a wood desk with metal legs, or a desk that has several colors. Always look at the overall feng shui guidelines and then make the decision based on your needs.

05.The Feng Shui Placement of Your Desk

The placement of your desk is very important for good feng shui.

The least beneficial desk placements for are:

  • Facing the wall
  • Facing the window
  • Directly in line with the door
  • With your back to the door.
  • The most beneficial desk placement is in the so-called feng shui commanding position. This is when you can see the door to your office, are not in line with the door and have a solid wall behind you.

Another criteria for a good desk placement in feng shui is according to your lucky feng shui directions. Basically, this means having your desk face one of your lucky directions (there are 4 of them for each person).

Of course, if this places your desk in the least feng shui beneficial position, such as facing a window or with your back to the door, then it is not worth it.

06.Feng Shui Your Desk Surface

It goes without saying that a constantly cluttered desk is really bad feng shui. Of course, it all depends on your definition of clutter! If you are working intensely on a project that is due soon, then it is certainly okay to have your desk busy for a while.

For a while does not mean forever though. Once the project is done, the desk has to be cleared. Having old, unnecessary items occupying your space is really bad feng shui.

Ideally, the desk is cleaned at the end of each workday. Not only is this good feng shui, it is plain common sense, too.

07.Add Your Own Source of Light

No matter you work in a comfortable home office or in a cubicle, for good desk feng shui—and for your own well-being—it is important to have your own source of light.

For best feng shui, it is recommended to place your chosen light fixture to your upper left, which is the wealth feng shui bagua area of your desk.

08.Define Your Needs: The Less, the Better!

It is important to clearly define your needs and place only the very minimum on your desk surface. Do you really need to place so many folders on your desk? Can they be placed somewhere else with easy access? Do you really need to place on your desk all the pens and pencils you own?

The list of questions can go on and on depending on your line of work. It is important to keep in mind that when it comes to a good feng shui desk, less is definitely ideal.

09.Feng Shui Bagua Magic for Your Desk

If you are new to feng shui, it might be helpful to know about the powerful bagua, also called the feng shui energy map, that is applied to various spaces in order to create good feng shui.

There are two ways to define the bagua and quite a bit of learning involved in using it for good feng shui in your home or office.

Here are several areas of your desk that are good to strengthen and pay attention to.

  • Upper Left – Wealth and Money area
  • Upper Right – Love and Marriage area
  • Mid Left – Health and Family area
  • Mid Right – Creativity area

You can use the typical feng shui cures for each specific area, or come up with your own creative solutions. For example, we mentioned the light source to your left—upper left—which is an excellent feng shui cure for the wealth area. A vibrant plant to your left or a family photo is excellent feng shui for health. A photo of you and your beloved or a couple of crystals can be great feng shui for your love area.

10.Sources of Good Energy

When looking for specific items to bring the vital energy of creativity to your desk, look first into the typical feng shui good energy cures.

Good air purifying plants are a must for any workspace! You can choose a beautiful vibrant plant with a stunning pot, for example, in order to maximize its effect on your desk. Crystals are also a very popular feng shui cure, and there are many crystals that are suitable for your office. Various images can be targeted to specific goals, and so can specific items that you have a special connection with.

Be creative and see what brings you good energy and elevates your spirit. Also be sure to rotate your items from time to time, as well as, of course, do not bring them all at once.

20 Gorgeous Desk Designs for any Office

There are many good furniture designs, a lot of different materials that compose a beautiful desk. Some of them save space in the room because a designer created a functional design that would not only deal with your problem of having too little room for a desk but also look incredible in that small space. Some of the desks are suited only for large rooms that accentuate their gorgeous shape. And then there are those desks that can transform from a small, one-man workstation to a large, conferential table. It all depends on your taste and needs, so enjoy the next 42 desk designs that we fell in love with.

1. The Covet Desk

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This is one of the best desk designs when it comes to storage space. The Covet Desk by Shin Azumi holds stacks of paper and files in a neat compartment under the desk, helping you clear all the clutter on the desks` surface. Even if underneath the desk there are files and folders, this is not an impediment for a comfortable seating experience.

2. The Reindeer Desk

Gracefully resembling the shape of a deer, the Reindeer Desk by Alex Kozynets inspires purity and dynamicity. The white desk explores the form of a reindeer`s silhouette and offers a beautiful, contemporary alternative to an usual desk. An art form in itself, this desk offers a place for creating, writing or reading.

3. The Duplex Workspace Desk

Designer Sophie Kirkpatrick found a solution to crowded spaces with no intimacy in the form of this Duplex Workspace Desk. A hooded desk is perfect for those times when you need to concentrate on your work with no disturbance from other people. Having an ash veneered surface and hood and solid ash turned legs, the desk is a beautiful working space that will insure your privacy.

4. The WD Desk

Elena Rurua presented this sleek desk in two versions: white and black with a swirl pattern on one side. Simple, clean lines make this desk perfect for a modern office or home office. The desk features a small platform underneath that can hold files or even a box with brick-a-bracks.

5. The Treasury Table

This is a special desk – it`s equipped with different sized drawers (from small to A2 format) and a translucent mat surfaced glass desk that keeps your things hidden underneath. Designers from Process created this versatile desk to be used in many situations: it can be a desk or a working station or even a place to keep tools in the garage.

6. The Wave Desk

Robert Brou, designer and craftsman, created the undulating Wave Desk with the help of a new technique of slicing the wood. Two towers of sliced wood support a large poplar surface. Drawers and a pull out work surface were built in the design.

7. The Villa Rose Desk

Designer Francois Azambourg created this black-stained solid oak desk with minimalist lines. Beautiful features like the single solid walnut storage niche and the hand-veneered edges of the legs speak about the need to minimize materials while maximizing the design.

8. The Max Ingrand Desk

French designer and artist Max Ingrand created this combination of art and functional design back in 1966. Still looking modern, the Max Ingrand Desk consists of a single continuous form bended into a whole seat-inclusive workstation. The stainless steel from which it was made gives it an industrial-chic look and places this desk ahead of its time.

9. The Luna Desk

The next stylish and contemporary desk from Italian company Uffix, named Luna, is an interesting concept with futuristic lines and a courageous approach to desk design. Luna is a desk that, due to its design, can be placed in the middle of the room and impress anyone with its design.

10. The Life Desk

This desk was born out of the desire to minimize the danger of hiding under a desk during an earthquake. Designer Haishan Deng wanted to create a desk based on the “Triangle of Life” principle that would be able to protect people in case of an earthquake. Made from high strength steel and nylon board, it also has a side structure made from molten steel.

11. Le Orchidee Desk

Astonishing in every detail, Marc Fish`s Le Orchidee Desk was inspired by a desk with the same name from Musee d`Orsay. What seems to be a seamless tambour roll top is actually made from veneered canvas layered upon strips of wood.

12. The Kkanapetko Desk

A desk that transforms from a tiny working surface into a two or three person workstation. Versatility stands at the base of this design by Krassi Dimitrov. With 3 drawers on either side, a drawer for printer/scanner, extendable cable and stereo speakers to connect your music players, the KKanapetko Desk unfolds for more work space and has cool features that make it awesome.

13. The Track Desk

Based on an open framed ash structure that provides support for various folded steel doors, shelves and surfaces, the Track Desk designed by Mark Holmes is a contemporary desk that gives a playful vibe. The designer says: “The idea of folded metal shelves and doors backed with felt, sliding smoothly over the bars of an open timber frame seemed a delightfully simple solution.”

14. The Airia Desk

This design created by Kaiju Studios has a beautiful shape, perfect for any room, even a teen room: “The desk features a primary work surface and an elevated rear peripheral surface, which encloses a space for cable management. In the large central drawer are three removable cork-lined trays.” The white legs contrast with the wooden surface to give it a contemporary look.

15. The OneLessDesk

A simple, yet highly functional desk created by Heckler Design offers an interesting new way to look at furniture design. The OneLessDesk is part of the OneLessOffice suite of products and is based on the idea that you don`t need as much space as you used to when technology was not this advanced. Just pop it under for more space in the room!

16. The Lane Desk

This desk is based on clarity and functionality. The Lane Desk, designed by Jehs and Laub, seems to be made from one single piece of solid wood and a drawer unit. The modular storage unit supports the main structure and offers a contrasting design that is also functional.

17. The Briefcase Desk

This is a beautiful interpretation of a desk made from recycled briefcases. The Briefcase Desk is beautiful but also functional. The briefcases that make up this desk are actually drawers so it is not that different from any other desk. Leather briefcases were turned into various size storage spaces and the whole design has an artistic feel to it.

18. The Crocodile Leather Desk

This design is one of the most elegant made from crocodile leather. For those who don`t mind genuine leather, the handcrafted Crocodile Leather Desk by Italian furniture designer Sabino Aprile is the perfectly elegant addition to an office. Made from Polish stainless steel, wood and crocodile leather, the desk has a classic feel.

19. The Novanta Desk

Inspired by straight lines and simple elements and created from usual materials, like MDF, aluminium and perforated metal, the Novanta Desk by designer Luke Riggall is a desk for the masses. Perfect for anyone, this desk features an iPod dock, speakers and drawing utensil drawer, just to name a few. A storage space in the back keeps all the cables neatly hidden.

20. The StudioDesk

This desk was made for a clutter free environment. The minimalist design doesn`t allow interference with any kind of disorganized space. A storage space built into the surface of the desk allows for peripherals and cables to be hidden. Mahogany wood and faux leather were used to build it and a beautiful design makes the StudioDesk a desirable piece of furniture.