Make Your Bedroom A Primary Suite Retreat

Primary bedroom with wine glass on night standThe Primary Suite is often used as an escape, your own personal sanctuary, and there are combinations of design elements that can be used to make this space even more relaxing and serene. The elements that are most widely used to make a big impact include color, lighting, and balance within the space.

Main bedroom with sitting areaHow can you decide the color theme for the space? Color really depends on preference, but we suggest the combination of three when it comes to accents and materials. The combination of threes are patterns ranging from large, medium, and small. This can be used for fabrics such as bedding, pillows, and window treatments.

It is also important when decorating your primary suite, not to neglect the ceiling.  The ceiling is a blank canvas that is often overlooked.  Materials such as wallpaper, lighting fixtures, appliques of paint, tile, and metal, or antique mirrors allow the room to have an extraordinary look that suits the homeowner’s individual tastes.

Clawfoot tub with chandelier in tiled barrel ceilingWhat types of lighting are suggested for a primary suite?  It is important to have lighting that is warm in colors, such as dimmers and incandescent light bulbs, to create a relaxing atmosphere. Homeowners are also becoming attracted to the idea of a fireplace within their primary suite to add ambiance, soft lighting, and warmth to the space.

master bedroom with tray ceiling and settee at the end of the bedHow can you make the most of your primary bedroom space?  When deciding the furniture for your space, it is important to remember what you are trying to accomplish. Each primary suite is different and furniture that complements other unique pieces in order to attain a one-of-a-kind design is ideal.

For smaller primary suites, light colors and minimal furniture is suggested. Symmetry, which balances the room, increases the illusion of a larger space. Adding crown molding, raised window fixtures, tall lamps, shelving, and artwork above the natural horizon line of 5 feet, will draw attention upward, elevating the look of a taller space even further.

Getting that bedroom space just right can be just what you need to create a mini-staycation every single night you retire to bed. Talk with one of our Designers about your plans for upgrading your primary suite. You can also follow us on Instagram or Facebook for even more home design and remodeling inspiration.

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Going Up? Backsplash Tile That Goes to the Ceiling

Blue kitchen cabinets with pattern backsplash tile and wood accent hoodThe kitchen backsplash can be a standout design feature, from accent tiles that create a unique pattern above the stove or sink, to a full wall of sparkling glass tile. One of the challenges that commonly arise when using a tile backsplash, especially above the range, is determining how or whether to stop the tile at the hood. “Choosing how to handle the tile above the range comes down to customer preference as well as budget management,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD.

“One of the ways to really emphasize the range area as a focal point is to splurge on the tile. That may mean that you choose a single tile pattern and take it all the way to the ceiling, rather than simply creating a framed accent area below the hood,” notes Leslie. “Tiling the entire wall draws your eye upward, making the space feel taller and larger. “ Although this can be a pricier option, it has the added benefit of eliminating the question of how you should handle the remaining untiled drywall.

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“When tiling to the ceiling, a vertical tile pattern increases the visual effect of a tall kitchen ceiling even further,” comments Leslie.

“In contrast, horizontal tiles help establish a finished line for a backsplash that stops at the hood and relieves the visual tension that vertical tiles could form, which makes this pattern an excellent choice for tiled areas that will stop at the hood,” Leslie says.

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If you will be stopping the backsplash at the bottom of the hood, and do not have cabinetry or a solid surface to end the tile, adding pencil molding or bull nose tile on the edges define a boundary and gives the backsplash a complete and polished look.

Choosing the right backsplash is just one part of your kitchen design process, set up a time to talk with a Normandy Designer to explore the possibilities. You can also find inspiration in our kitchen photo gallery as well as every day on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


Updated kitchen with backsplash, cabinetry fixtures and hardware  Flat panel cabinet fronts and a straight line metal hood create a contemporary look for htis kitchen

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