Rob Cuthbertson, Cuthbertson Homes
One of the best ways to create an eye-catching space is to be intentional about the materials you use and the way that you use them. For example, you might consider using complementary elements in a room, such as exposed beams for the ceiling with live-oak wood flooring throughout the rest of the space. Utilizing reclaimed wood around the home is also an excellent way to draw the eye. Creating visual interest with expertly paired contrasting materials, such as a natural stacked-stone fireplace beneath a rustic wooden plank ceiling, is a great way to add a wow factor to your living space. However, one of the most important things to keep in mind when selecting your materials is to be sure that you choose elements that you personally love – it’s important to enjoy the spaces where you will be spending your time.
Wendy Beaty, Beaty Fabricating, Inc.
This may come as a surprise, but we used the powder room and the curved hallway leading to it as an extension to the wow factor from the entrance of the home. As you enter the powder room, you automatically see a large oval window with a view of our front lawn and a pond. The powder room was thoughtfully planned so guests could have a great view rather than the expected mirror over the vanity. On a side wall, we then placed a large floor mirror, which reflects three custom hand-painted walls with a collage of many photos taken during our travels in Europe. Many hours have been spent in the powder room with guests, discussing the photos and memories of each. This space adds so much interest to the home. Guests enjoy gathering there for conversation and to look and see if there was anything they missed on a previous visit. The powder room is often an overlooked space to really wow and impress guests. All guests will see it. Make it just as impressive as your kitchen.