New year’s resolution: new kitchen! 7 up-to-the-minute makeover ideas


Chances are you spent a lot of time in your kitchen over the holidays.

Notice anything?

It could be that your fridge has seen better days or your floors are starting to look a little dull. Whatever the reason, a makeover might be just what your kitchen needs to kick off the New Year on a stylish note. Here’s a little inspiration from the design experts at Primera:


1. Oh my MOD.

Sometimes all it takes to update your kitchen is the no-fuss simplicity of a contemporary design style. Lose the countertop clutter and opt instead for a clean, modern look with bold fixtures and sleek architectural lines.




2. Design from the ground up.

Or in this case, from the floor up. Make your design centerpiece a bold new flooring style and let the rest of your kitchen fall into place around it. You might just be surprised by the results!




3. We’ve got your back(splash).

Why do we love backsplashes? The possibilities are endless. From smooth subway tile to mosaic glass, marble and natural stone, the right backsplash creates an eye-catching focal point and can pull together your overall design.



4. White club.

Some design trends never go out of style—like white kitchens. Something about the achromatic hue conjures up a feeling of freshness, and its cool, clean personality looks good on everything from cabinets to countertops. You can never have too much white.




5. As easy as L-E-D.

LED lighting has lost its morgue-ish complexion and taken a shine to softer shades that are more suitable for kitchen spaces. Plus, they’re more efficient and last longer than halogen or fluorescent light bulbs. We call that a win-win!



6. “A” is for automation.

Hands-free faucets were only the beginning. Nowadays you can control your smart kitchen appliances from your mobile phone, tell your voice-activated assistant to add items to your shopping list, and even ask your refrigerator what needs replenishing. How did we ever exist before automation?




7. Meet the new face of refrigeration.

Refrigerators of the past were oblong eyesores that loomed large in your kitchen space—but no longer. Nowadays they’re tucked into islands or concealed behind cabinet doors. Meanwhile, smaller-scale wine and beer fridges are becoming the life of the party.


Whatever your budget, Primera offers a wide selection of flooring, carpets, cabinets, countertops and more to make your kitchen makeover dreams a reality. Call today and talk to one of our home interior experts. We can help you get a head start on all of your 2018 design projects!

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Design trends: fabulous trendy and timeless bathrooms


New design trends go in and out of style so quickly that we’re hardly finished with the last home improvement project when the next one hits.

Design trends are meant to inspire you; to introduce you to new patterns or techniques you might not have considered. Think of trends as jumping off points, rather than, “Oh great. My bathroom is outdated already!”

That being said, here’s a look at some trendy, and timeless, bathrooms that could be at the top of your favorites list for years to come. Choose a style and layout that fits your space, your lifestyle, and your décor. Then, check “create fabulous bathroom” off this year’s list.


Trend: Floor to ceiling tile. Timeless: Natural colors.

Floor to ceiling tile use to be all the rage many decades ago, but typically the tiles were pink or seafoam green. This updated approach in black and white has many benefits: it makes a smaller bathroom feel bigger, is easy to clean, and holds up to hot steam.

You could even take this one step further and tile the ceiling. This trend, executed with natural colors, has timeless appeal.





Trend: Freestanding tubs. Timeless: Fits with your décor.

Freestanding tubs typically conjure images of old clawfoot basins. For those who love retro, classic, or shabby chic styles, this works well.

If your décor preference is more on the contemporary side, you’ve probably passed on the vintage vessels. One of the latest bathroom trends is the freestanding tub, now available in sleeker, more modern designs. Notice the similarly shaped double sinks that make perfect sense.

Who says you can’t have the best of opposite worlds right in your own bathroom?



Trend: Floating vanities. Timeless: Tidy storage and clean lines.

This design trend lets you float more than toy boats in the bathtub. Floating vanities are becoming more popular, as they provide ample, out-of-sight storage while giving your bathroom an upscale, airy feel.

Does the bathroom feel bigger just because you can see under the cabinets? Maybe!

The floating vanity may be a fleeting trend, but clean lines and open spaces never go out of style.




Trend: Black fixtures. Timeless: Simple and stylish.

Black fixtures can quite possibly fit with every décor. Select them for your farmhouse style in a classic gooseneck shape. Or, choose smooth contours to match your more contemporary or earthy architecture.

In this shower, the understated, simple black matte fixtures complement the colors and textures of the natural stone and wood elements. Shiny chrome fixtures would totally interrupt the calm, relaxing feeling here.




Trend: Open shower space. Timeless: In the right bathroom.

Open, or integrated showers are another bathroom trend for 2018. This can work well if you’ve already taken the floor-to-ceiling tile approach, and you have the space.

Like the floating vanity, the open shower gives the bathroom an airy, spacious feel. Just beware of splashing water out onto rugs or any clothes you left in a pile on the floor. Still, we like it, even if it is a bit less practical.


Interested in beginning a bathroom makeover but not sure where to start?

We hope we’ve inspired you, and want you to know we’re here to partner with you from design to installation to bring your vision to life! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online, today. And, remember to check out our new flagship, award-winning design center in Tempe, Arizona.

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Eco-friendly: home renewable energy and green materials


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Concrete is the lifeblood of the urban city areas. Everything from the buildings to the city infrastructure
has been built using this spectacular material. However, with the recent rise in the climate change
awareness, other more eco-friendly construction materials are slowly replacing concrete. But not just
building materials; even green energy systems are replacing the traditional ones.

Yes, today, you can build an entire house with green materials and rely only on renewable energy. So,
let’s check out some of the most popular home green energy solutions, as well as look at some of those
eco-friendly construction materials, in case you are planning to implement them in your own home.

Home renewable energy solutions


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Even though green energy systems have been around for a long time now, it wasn’t until the last decade
or so that we started to see their wider implementation. At the beginning, renewable energy solutions
were far from cost-effective. In fact, they were expensive to install and required regular maintenance,
which was expensive as well. However, today, things are quite different. We have many different green
energy solutions, but the two most popular ones are solar panels and residential windmills.

Solar power is by far the most popular renewable energy source. Solar energy can be harnessed in a
couple of ways in your home, the most widespread choice being solar panels. Installing just a couple of
them on the roof of your house will help you reduce your energy bill while leaving a smaller carbon
footprint. Take the state of Arizona for example. Arizona is one of the solar leaders in the U.S., in both
residential and commercial solar power use. Homeowners from every part of Arizona are installing solar
energy systems with the help of the federal and state tax credits. Arizona plans to expand their solar
energy production to 15% of the state’s total by 2025. So, if you are from that area, make sure to
contribute to that goal.

Next, we have residential windmills. When talking about harnessing wind energy, most people think
about those massive windmill farms in Australia. However, even smaller residential ones are perfectly
capable of supplying energy to your house while being eco-friendly and cost-effective. The best part, if
you live in a particularly windy area like the above-mentioned Australia, windmills will offer you a much
more reliable and consistent energy output than solar panels ever could.

Eco-friendly building material

Now, let’s talk about those green construction materials. But before you start building, you will need to
inspect and clean your house of hazardous materials like asbestos, especially if your house is built pre

For example, asbestos is found in almost every Brisbane home that was built between World War II and
the early 2000s. The asbestos removal in Brisbane has especially ramped up in the last couple of years
when homeowners realised how bad for them and the environment this material really is. So, make sure
your house is asbestos-free before you implement any eco-friendly solution from this list.


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If your house is affected by asbestos, then that means you will be doing some renovations around your
home. This is the perfect opportunity to make use of green construction materials.

Bamboo is an incredibly durable and eco-friendly material. In Asia, this material is used a lot in
construction; they even build entire homes out of it. Bamboo’s finest characteristic is that it grows
quickly. Unlike oak forests (which take decades to grow), bamboo is easily replanted and reforested.
Plus, it looks fantastic.



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Finally, if you are planning to strengthen your insulation, consider using sheep’s wool. Furthermore, it
offers a much better insulation than standard glass wool that you will find in-between most walls.

Switching to these green energy solutions and building materials is extremely important for the future of
our environment. But if that wasn’t enough, these environmentally-friendly solutions usually come with
some added benefits like reduced energy bills, stronger insulation, and so on. So, maybe the next time
you do some work around your house consider implementing some of them.


Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator website.

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