Now… I have this question asked more times than I can remember, but it's an important one - so let's address it!
"What can I do to improve the value of my home?"
Of course well designed kitchens and bathrooms are at the top of the list; however a common mistake is the underestimation of how cabinetry can make a considerable difference to the desirability and functionality of your home.
I believe cabinetry has a place in every single room. Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, hallways, studies - you name it… well designed cabinetry should be considered at the very least. Let's look at some examples of clever uses of cabinetry (many more examples to see on our pintrest account)…
I absolutely adore this image. This curved panelled wall features bookcases which are set into the wall. These are backlit creating depth and atmosphere, filled with books and objet to create a distinguished elegant appearance. The semi-circular banquets in front of the walls push the cabinetry back creating a spacious airy feel. The lit curved shelving alcoves draw your eye into the focal point of the room - the Fireplace. Can you imagine if this cabinetry had not been incorporated? A fine room none-the-less, however it would have not achieved the desired effect of creating the fireplace as the focal point. This is a very clever use of interior design to maximise the objective of the designer.
Where possible, cabinetry in a living room is a must have. When designed correctly, it can cleverly camouflage televisions, fireplaces and storage whilst creating drama and setting the scene for the furnishings and lighting.
In this next example we see this designer using a brushed brass metal trim to create angles and edges - framing the television, fireplace and lower cabinets. The lit shelving has been backed with a teal faux-suede perfectly complimenting the brass metal trim whilst softening the hardness of the wooden frame. What I love about this image is that when studied closely, it is evident the designer has considered the ceiling detail when designing the cabinetry, and in doing so made sure the dropped cornice to the ceiling coffer has been extended further into the room to take into account the depth of the cabinetry. Looking beyond one feature of the room, and considering all of it’s aspects and limitations is a skill learned by any astute interior designer and this is a prime example of how we can help client's achieve beautiful finishes without making costly mistakes.