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DESIGN WITH... Celebrity Design with...Taniya Nayak Taniya Nayak, owner of her Boston-based firm Taniya Nayak Design, has been a design expert on the Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" and on HGTV as part of its top-rated "Designed to Sell" series, as well as "House Hunters on Vacation." Currently the host of the network's "HGTV Urban Oasis," Nayak offers her design and travel expertise to people looking for the perfect getaway accommodations. In 2012, she launched a collection of home products: Taniya Nayak Lighting. Recently, K+BB got a chance to get up close and personal with Nayak regarding her bathroom design expertise. In terms of residential bathrooms, what are some of your suggestions for freshening up a space? Every bathroom space is different. One basic thing to do first is figure out what the homeowner does not like about it - what does s/he want to change? This could be as simple as changing the paint or the hardware, but take a good look at the issue(s) before tackling the revision. The master bathroom in Taniya's own home. What are some must-haves in functional bathroom design? I am a person with a lot of products, but I do not like to see a cluttered bathroom. Storage solutions could be as simple as open shelves with covered bins. Others can't see what is in those bins, but mine are color coordinated so I know what is in each. Storage should also be accessible - your clients use this every day, so you have to make sure it is functional for them. What are some don't-dos in bathroom design? A big misconception is that you are not supposed to use a dark color in a small space. I 10 + K BB January 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com feel that no matter what size the bathroom is, you can go as dark or light as you want. Just make sure you have enough other light sources coming into the space, be it a vanity light or natural window light. On the other hand, if the room is windowless, dark paint may not be the way to go. What are some of your tips for bathroom design on a budget? If your client has wooden cabinets, tell them not to be afraid to just paint them. Removing all of the hardware and giving the cabinets a light sanding and priming can prove a worthy update to a tired look. In some cases, changing out the faucets but keeping the sinks would be adequate. A new coat of paint can add a fresh, new look. What are some bathroom design tips you can give to other designers? Sometimes when clients are making over a bathroom, they do not look at the picture as a whole and want to tackle it today; there is not a lot of pre-planning that goes into it, which can really keep a project moving along. It is important as a designer to look at the whole project and take steps necessary to make sure their clients are ready and prepared so they are not living in chaos for months at a time. First, tell them to start with a concept - grab a few magazines; look at some photos they like; and circle what they like in terms of light fixtures, layout and overall ambience. Once they do that, you can start searching for products. The more you can pull together before it's go time with construction, the more money you are going to save your client. n - Chelsie Butler http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - January 2014

KBB - January 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Taniya Nayak
All Abroad
Trends
Industry Outlook
Tech Savvy
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Cover story: Historic kitchen revisits its roots in major update
Learning Corner

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