These 7 photos tallied the most “likes” for the year
Every week Sweeten posts on Instagram (@sweeten_home) to inspire and share what our home renovators have succeeded in bringing to life. Snippets of “before and after” stories, highlights of favorite design details, and even opportunities to pay homage to #internationalcat day portray a wonderful mix of dream spaces come true and living your best life at home.
From two-toned galley kitchens and wallpapered entryways, Sweeten, a renovation platform connecting homeowners to vetted general contractors, reveals the top seven posts our Instagram audience (of nearly half-million followers) loved the most in 2019.
A Kitchen Sheds Its Gloomy Outlook
We are amazed at the dramatic transformation that took place in this space, all without changing the layout. The homeowner’s goal was to replace the dark kitchen cabinets and countertops and the smaller-than-standard appliances. Blue-and-white upper cabinets, and an oversized farmhouse sink, and a tiled floor on the diagonal come together to create a bright and airy space.
Floating shelves that replace upper cabinets is a recurring trend to keep the kitchen from feeling too top-heavy. Plus, it’s nice to display favorite pottery or to have everyday items at easy reach. The end result is a kitchen that is not only more functional, but also more inviting.
A spa-worthy walk-in shower
The homeowners’ goal for their bathroom? To make their second bath as zen as possible. That’s why she picked out colors so calm and muted that they could soothe her to sleep. After years of having bathrooms with poor ventilation, a large window was a bonus for this walk-in shower—it was also safer for the grandmas who visited often. A sit-down bench and grip bar in the shower along with an integrated sink mix functionality and a timeless look.
Windowless? Yes. Dark and closed-off? No!
Tara wanted a modern bathroom and Brian favored fixtures with single handles instead of two. Other decisions they made together for their renovation incorporated floor-to-ceiling subway tile with the ever-popular hexagon shape on the floor. Also, you can’t go wrong with classic black-and-white. Opting for a stationary glass panel instead of a shower door lends the open feel in this small space. Finally, the matte black shower hardware (a trend we anticipate for 2020) contrasts against the warmer walnut and brass tones elsewhere in the bathroom.
The ceiling is ready for its spotlight
Talk about a lasting first impression! We love the use of a geometric floor-to-ceiling (literally) wallpaper in this eye-catching entryway, which creates the illusion of a taller space by drawing the eye up. We love this photo for reminding us that the ceiling is also a surface ready for its close-up.
The makings of a family home
By knocking down a partial wall between the eating area and the kitchen, the renovators of this duplex instantly created a cohesive and extended cook space. Banquette seating adds to the streamlined look but we also love the different textures from fabric to wall paneling to wallpaper.
Hallways deserve some love too
An open and airy hallway can bring just as much joy and utility as the other more high-traffic spaces in the home. By taking advantage of a bump-out in the floor-plan as a space for some additional storage and decor, this hallway went from unassuming to functional and pretty.
A vintage touch for a remodeled kitchen
Blogger Sarah Jacobson @_thegrandapt took over our Instagram for a day. To turn the kitchen into her “happy place,” Sarah opted for a spacious double farmhouse sink, salvaged open shelving, and a niche storage spot to stash favorite cookbooks. The end result? A cozy kitchen with an antique farmhouse feel.
Ready to remodel and create your own insta-worthy space? Whether it’s a big change or a small design trend, a Sweeten contractor can help realize your vision. And of course, Sweeten will help monitor your project until it’s finished.
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