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Six Best Ways to Make Your Rooms Look More Spacious

Decorating a small room can raise a series of challenges, especially if you want it to look good, but also feel practical. Finding a middle solution can be tricky. However, there are simple ways to make a room look more spacious and chic at the same time. Here are a few good options.

Choose the right curtains and drapes

Curtains and drapes can make a difference if you use a bit of common sense. Most people opt for contrast designs when matching curtains and walls, but this is a bad idea. What you need to do is give them the exact same color.

Indeed, white walls with gray, dark green or red curtains may look pretty stylish. But then, the mix of colors will visually reduce the size of the room, which is already small enough. Getting the same color will bring in some unity.

Based on the color of your walls, it may seem difficult to find curtains and drapes in the same color, especially since most manufacturers opt for darker nuances. However, a bit of research will give you something suitable.

Use natural light

Natural light is a classic. The more light can go into a room, the more spacious it looks. The solution is even better if you have large windows. Whether you are just resting in that room or you have some guests over, pull the curtains and allow as much natural light inside as possible.

To benefit from natural light, you might as well give up on drapes. Keep some curtains for privacy though. If you do give up on drapes, keep in mind that you may lose privacy after sunset if you turn the lights on. Anyone will be able to see inside.

Furthermore, you can replace solid wood doors with internal glazed doors. After all, doors with windows in their composition will allow even more light inside. Besides, you can also have some of the light go into the hall and give it a more spacious appearance too.

Opt for sofas and armchairs with legs

When investing in furniture, things with legs seem a bit old fashioned. Instead, you would rather have a massive sofa rest directly on the floor. The same goes for armchairs. Plus, large, cozy and comfy armchairs are usually made without legs.

Other than that, most people will think about cleaning too. When there is plenty of space under your furniture, chances are dust and debris will gather in there, so cleaning will be a bit difficult. Luckily, most vacuum cleaners have long and narrow heads for such places.

Furniture with legs is totally worth it in a small room because it creates a spacious effect. It feels like all the furniture is floating, so it feels like there is more space, even if it technically covers the same surface. It is all about the optical illusion.

Get rid of things you do not use

Giving up on things is difficult for a lot of people. Most people will cling to things because of different meanings. For instance, you may want to keep something because there are memories related to it, or perhaps you think it looks good somewhere on the furniture.

Now, the more things you have around a particular room, the more clogged it will appear to be. Sure, plenty of decorations will definitely give you a cozy appearance, which is opposite to the modern and simplistic approach.

Sure, a few decorative items can make a difference, but if your room is full of things you never use or touch, it might be time to get rid of them. If you cannot, simply gather everything in boxes and store such things somewhere else.

Choose bright or neutral colors

If you are decorating a room from scratch or want a total change, keep an eye on the colors. You may need to change the colors of your walls as well, not to mention the color of your door and different pieces of furniture.

For instance, you need bright colors. If too much white bothers you, opt for some neutral colors then. Take beige, for example. Mix neutral colors one with another, and you will achieve an extraordinary visual effect.

Such colors will make a space look bigger. On the other hand, avoid loaded wallpaper, patterns or large pieces. If you love such things, opt for subtle designs. Keep in mind that the larger something is, the more space it will visually take.

Choose multifunctional furniture

If you can find a piece of furniture that you can use as a sofa, armchair, dining table and coffee table, go for it. Sure, you are less likely to find such a transformer, but you can still find multifunctional furniture with different purposes.

For example, small stools can be used to sit down, but many of them are also empty on the inside, so you can store things in there. If there is a pillow on top you can remove, hide it and turn it into a coffee table. Sometimes, you may need to use your imagination too.

Bottom line, there are, indeed, different ways to make a room look bigger. Some of these changes may require an investment, so it pays off doing everything in one go, from changing wall colors to replacing doors. Apart from money, you will also need a decent amount of creativity in the process.​

Vy Truong and Han Dang co-founders of Very Handsome Studio based in Houston inside 360 MAGAZINE

VERY HANDSOME STUDIO

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In 2020, Vy Truong and Han Dang, co-founded the emerging Houston-based architectural design firm, Very Handsome Studio [VHS]. Together, the duo, like Megan and Beyoncé in Savage, has a decade of industry experience, specializing in the areas of housing, education, hospitality and commerce.

Truong was born in Houston and attended Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, majoring in interior architecture. Truong’s mother was a real estate agent and often remembers visiting open houses, “Not so great homes.” Upon witnessing numerous lackluster spaces, Truong became interested in transforming them, “After you see so many, the first thing you kinda wanna do is [ask yourself the question] … how do I improve this space?” It was then that she started her journey as an interior designer. Thus, once she finished her academic career, she quickly concluded that staying in her hometown would be financially advantageous. After all, this is Act I of their renaissance.

Dang, a Vietnamese native, also studied at Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and holds a degree in Interior Architecture. In the course of adolescence, her insatiable desire for placement and texture was evident. She has a memory of collecting design magazines and cutting pages. While in college, she studied abroad in Central Europe. This tour was an eye-opener for interior inspiration.

When Covid-19 struck, completely locking down Houston’s city center, it adversely affected multiple businesses within a variety of sectors. On the upside, the economic downturn allowed Dang and Truong to solidify their atelier at a much lower price point. Nevertheless, the design dyad remained positive and became more sensitive to the growth and development of their enterprise, “You win some, you lose some.” To date, their agency has witnessed an increase in new accounts, resulting in more than twenty divestitures since its inception.

Very Handsome Studio enthusiastically works in tandem with a plethora of establishments as well as a myriad of restaurants flourishing in the vicinity of their headquarters. Still in its infancy, Truong and Dang of VHS are far beyond achieving what they never imagined.

About Very Handsome Studio:

VHS projects include a conceptual Smash Burger with a bodega theme, children’s academy, speakeasy slash sushi bar alongside an Italian seafood restaurant. At last, Truong and Dang are ecstatic to share their eclectic conceptions with the world, “We are knocking on wood until the doors open.” And soon, they will be at the podium receiving a Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award.

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Sea Turtle Mosaic Project made by Custom Mosaics via Connie Williams for use by 360 Magazine

CUSTOM MOSAICS BY CONNIE

Custom Mosaics, which Connie Williams founded in 2012, focuses on customizing mosaics to each customer’s specifications. Each mosaic made from Custom Mosaic is unique and “One of a kind,” perfectly matching every client’s personality.

After moving to the coast (Near Gulf Shores, AL), Connie and her husband were not able to find the perfect sea turtle for the kitchen and bath of their new house. Therefore, under the influence of her mom who was a Ceramic teacher for most of Connie’s life, she decided to use some of her basic ceramic skills to make and install the “Sea Turtles” by herself which surprisingly played a huge part in the selling of the home. In the end, Connie decided to go into the “Sea Turtle” business, turning the marine organisms into mosaics to bring the “AT THE BEACH” feel. 

Although Connie has made many mosaics close to the “Sea Turtle” one, the “Sea Turtle” shower project has been the most popular mosaic so far with the overall goal of making people feel like they are actually among sea life. The shower that the “Sea Turtle” is in started as a 5-foot garden tub and was replaced with a 5-foot shower. The mosaic is the focal piece of the shower and is 20” tall by 32” wide. Every mosaic piece was hand cut from ceramic clay by Connie, starting with a 25-pound block of clay. 

For a complete project, Connie would always make many “filler” tiles at a time and try to keep all different colors in stock. As for the focal pieces, such as sea turtles, tropical fish, etc, she tries to keep most of those made and in stock as well so shecan directly pull the focal piece the client wants and start their one-of-a-kind mosaic. Customers would always be involved as much as possible during the whole project to ensure they could get the most satisfactory design. Meanwhile, The installation process is also accessible by simply adding mortar to the wall, pressing mosaic on and letting them dry and grout. 

Besides the regular business running, Connie makes several pieces every year and donates for auctions with organizations such as Cancer Research, Autism and several different Dog Rescue groups. She always feels wonderful and proud after seeing the pieces raise money for these groups. Last year, the piece of a surfboard-shaped mosaic with a sea turtle raised over 2,000.00 for one of the groups alone.  

Discover Puerto Rico × Pantone

Boriqua Interior Designer Cristina Villalón curates tips on how to best incorporate the color Puerto Rico Sunshine into a space. This fiery red-orange color created by Pantone is a combination of the sunbeams that grace the island throughout the day, refined by a physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Villalón, a leading designer in Puerto Rico with projects all over the Americas is the ideal eye to recommend how to integrate Puerto Rico Sunshine into any room or décor.

According to Villalón, orange is a dynamic color. It should be used to add energy to a room and make a space come alive. Thus, if you reside in a cold place, adding an orange wall will automatically add warmth and ebullience to the space.

Puerto Rico Sunshine alongside neutral tones such as gray have a neutralizing effect to tone down the brightness. For full island-vibes, blues also complement orange beautifully and make the perfect combination in a vibrant beach house or beachy themed room. It is recommended to use only one vivid color, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, in any given space. Using a neutral palette and natural textures, then adding pops of this bold orange in accessories makes for a soothing yet cheerful space. Painting an entire room a strong, overwhelming color can be a bit too much for most interior design tastes. Villalón recommends painting one wall in a room the brighter, statement-making color, and the rest a more neutral tone. Not only will the accent wall stand out and become a focal point, but it won’t overpower the rest of the décor elements and make you want to run out of the room! Other trends include incorporating accent colors in a wall mural. A wall mural permits you to incorporate as much or as little of an accent color as you would like, and you can also add texture and visual interest with the pattern or design you choose.

A great way to offer cohesion to the room is to paint only one wall an orange, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, and then repeat the color via furniture pieces or accessories. Some of these ways include adding color to the entryway of your home, updating older furniture, framing a mirror, or even making your own artwork. The eye-catching possibilities are as endless as the sun’s rays. Color is an extremely powerful force and too much of anyone can leave a room or space unbalanced. Yet the right amount can invigorate a home and its visitors!

Cristina Villalón is the Co-founder, Principal Interior Designer and the Director of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design. Recognized for her attractive, welcoming, and functional interior designs, Villalón was awarded in 2015 with the Star on the Rise Award from the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). In 2016, Cristina was named among the Top 40 Under 40 by the magazine Design: Retail and that same year, Caribbean Business awarded her the same distinction. Villalón is a proud mother of three beautiful daughters, a recycling activist and gender equality, an insatiable reader and a lifelong learner.

Discover Puerto Rico and Pantone featured in 360 MAGAZINE.

*Special thanks to Discover Puerto Rico for providing images and access to Cristina Villalón.

What to do with your old kitchenware

Over the years it is easy to pick up lots of kitchenware and utensils. However, what is not so easy is keeping them all in good condition. Many people find themselves looking around their kitchen and thinking that the only solution would be to rip it all out and start again. Whilst everyone would like to be able to afford a brand-new kitchen, sometimes it is not financially affordable. This does not mean that you are stuck though. There are plenty of options out there for you to breathe life into your kitchen and this article will give you some ideas on how to do it.

Old Knives

Whether you have invested in a really premium set, or they are just favorites that you have held onto, knives will inevitably lose their sharpness and shine. The simple thing to do is to replace them with a newer set. However, this is not the cheapest thing to do. One way in which you can avoid this is to use a wet stone sharpener. This will bring back the blade to your knife and allow you to keep your favorites without them becoming useless. 

Revitalize your woods

One way to breathe some life back into your kitchen and its wares is to give the cupboards, worktops, and tables a good clean and sand. Sanding them down will take off any surface damages like scratches and marks and smooth it all down. If you are looking to change the color scheme of your kitchen then sanding down all of these features is essential. It can be done by getting the right tools or even the handy DIY sanding pads. 

Removing the blemishes from your wood will make your kitchen look brand new again. This can be especially helpful if you have had children who have taken their toll on the surfaces. It is cheap and easy to do even for a DIY novice.

Kitchen art

If you have found yourself with an abundance of kitchen equipment that is either rubbish or too old to be of any good to anyone, then why don’t you think about repurposing it. You can be surprised at how creative you can get with old pots and pans. They can make quirky art deco pieces that people won’t believe you whipped up in an afternoon. It is all about knowing what you want to do. 

For example, old Teflon frying pans make great chalkboards. This is a great way to get the kids involved. If you have an old skillet pan lying around, you could add art to the back of it and hang it up. You can glue pieces of tile and glass to completely change its look. Or you can repurpose a cake tin as a decorative cake stand for your coffee table. You are only limited by your creativity.

Old Kitchenware

There is so much more that you can do to your old kitchen that does not involve throwing it away. If you don’t have the money or just want to be a little bit greener, then you can investigate how to repurpose all your old kitchenware. Some things like knives can be rejuvenated whilst others can be transformed.

 

Rottet Studio Wins Awards

Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, has been honored for the Artis Chair from the Rottet Collection by the Chicago Athenaeum 2021 GOOD DESIGN® and the New York Product Design Awards.

The GOOD DESIGN® awards recognize the top new products bestowed annually by The Chicago Athenaeum in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies. Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN® is the oldest and most respected program awarding design excellence worldwide. This year, the museum received a record number of submissions from an international roster of top manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing 50 countries.

“We are honored to receive these accolades for our work–a real measure of excellence–and we thank the distinguished judges and the design community as a whole,” said Lauren Rottet when referencing the Artis Chair, a sculptural swivel chair that exemplifies function and relaxation. 

The Dichroic Table, Powerful Table Collection, Montauk Upholstered Guest, and Wood Float Chair and Sofa were also celebrated by the New York Product Design Awards. Rottet’s continued exploration of light, color, and reflection is highlighted with her Dichroic Table while her Powerful Table Collection elegantly promotes both beauty and function. The Montauk Upholstered Guest Chair embodies stability and comfort with a lively twist while the Wood Float Chair and Sofa explore the amalgam of solid walnut and clear acrylic.

About Lauren Rottet

Lauren Rottet is the Founding Principal and President of Rottet Studio, an international architecture and interior design firm, which has been recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World. The firm has an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential, and maritime projects for the worlds leading companies and brands, including Goldman Sachs, Disney, BGC3, New York Stock Exchange, Target, Four Seasons, Langham, Dorchester Collection, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, Belmond, Naftali Group, Extell Developments Central Park Tower, Viking Ocean Cruises, and more.  I am not sure I have seen someone who is as skilled in such a wide vernacular of design styles from contemporary minimal to elegantly traditional in such an authentic manner,” said critic Paul Goldberger. Rottet’s product designs have earned many accolades, including Interior Designs Best of Year, four gold medals for Best of NeoCon, and seven Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Awards.

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Desenio AW21 Collection

Interior design group, Desenio, has launched four trend collections for autumn and winter this year, AW21. Each collection has a distinct color scheme and vibe, so no matter your taste, there is a fit for everyone. Easily match prints together to create a beautiful gallery wall and find your favorites in all of their palettes.

WOODLAND RETREAT

The Woodland Retreat trend invites you to imagine taking time to experience the purity of nature. Walk through dewy forests filled with birdsong, breathe in the cool, pure air, and take time for yourself.

“Sustainability and natural materials continue to be a huge trend in interior design. The Woodland Retreat trend ties together rustic elegance with an eco-friendly approach to design,” says Annica Wallin, Executive Creative Director at Desenio.

If you feel at your calmest when surrounded by nature, this is the trend for you. Complete the look by adding luscious plants and cozy textures to a room that features the Woodland Retreat collection of wall art.

CLASSIC CONTRASTS

The Classic Contrasts trend is all about juxtaposing shapes and textures for the ultimate elegant touch. Mix soft beige shades with defining darker tones for a balanced, classic finish.

“The Classic Contrasts collection hones into one of the key interior trends we’re seeing for AW21. Timeless elegance takes a modern twist to bring about a refreshing take on the monochromatic look,” says Annica Wallin.

If you’re someone who prefers to choose statement pieces rather than gravitate towards the latest styles, the Classic Contrasts collection is the perfect choice. After choosing your favorite prints, add the  monochromatic accessories to your home to achieve a sophisticated look.

ROMANTIC REBELLION

The Romantic Rebellion collection enables you to bring your personality to life in your home by choosing art that’s as bold as you are. Whether you want to create a beautiful thematic experience in your dining room or add radiant pinks to your bedroom, it’s time to get creative and reimagine your walls.

“The Romantic Rebellion trend is a chance to embrace glamour and opulence within your interiors. Baroque imagery is remixed with a modern and edgy twist to create a playful vibe,” says Annica Wallin.

The Romantic Rebellion collection is the choice for you if you want to make your home feel glamorous and feminine with a hint of edginess. Pinks, purples, and hints of gold is the way to embrace this to its fullest. Alternatively, you can go for a more pared-back look by choosing prints as statement pieces in a more minimalistic room.

SOFT MOMENTS

The Soft Moments trend is about breathing into the present and resetting your space with warm tones and relaxing neutral prints. Sink into soft blankets with a hot drink and a good book because the world can wait.

“The Soft Moments trend collection celebrates elegance and serenity through a curated and clean nordic style with a Japanese touch. Natural browns and shadow grays come together to create a comforting, natural, and modern space where one can be at peace,” says Annica Wallin.

Choose the Soft Moments collection if you crave a calming space to retreat to after a hectic day. The quotation prints from get you in the right headspace and you can style your room with neutrally-toned accessories for the ultimate zen.

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Hotel Motto Opens in Vienna

MOTTO Group, a Vienna-based lifestyle hospitality brand, announces the opening of Hotel MOTTO in the heart of Vienna on October 2, 2021.

Hotel MOTTO is a stylized study in Renaissance and Baroque architecture with the interiors rendered in Art Deco geometric lines and accented with industrial grit. The 83 rooms and 8 suites showcase fabric-covered walls with floral patterns; custom-designed carpets and tiles are inspired by the framework of the original vintage furniture, and the herringbone hard-wood flooring is seen throughout the property. Every piece of furniture has been tailor-made for the hotel: from the brass door handles to the in-room lighting concepts have been crafted for each individual space. Central to the new property is the restaurant Chez Bernard – Restaurant et Bar, which offers a menu of eclectic dishes, a curated natural wine selection, and an extensive cocktail program.

The open-air rooftop garden and bar provide unobstructed views of the city and the adjacent vineyards while, on the ground floor, the on-property boulangerie and patisserie ‘MOTTO Brot’ invoke memories of both Vienna and Paris with a traditional outdoor terrace the locals call ‘Schanigarten’. The exciting mix of opulence and simple modernity turns every space into a work of art, including the private fitness and sauna rooms as well as the meeting and event spaces with their cozy break-out living rooms that spill into the hotel’s foyer.

“Hotel MOTTO is a locally-rooted visual story. I wanted to combine the traditional Viennese architecture with the glamour of 1920s Paris, but infuse the design with some personal design touches inspired by the Scandinavian comfort and the Japanese ‘WABI SABI’ culture.”, says Bernd Schlacher, owner and creative director of the MOTTO Group. In addition to the popular, ’MOTTO am FLUSS‘ restaurant, a homonymous catering service, and the MOTTO Brot bakery, Mr. Schlacher, originally a restaurateur from Styria wanted to add a unique hospitality concept to his portfolio.

The historic building has housed hotels for over three centuries with the first property, The Golden Cross, opened in 1665. The Golden Cross morphed into Hotel Kummer in 1872 and became a social hub for artists, painters, sculptors, writers, actors, and musicians who gathered for coffee, wine, and Austrian delicacies in the hotel’s public spaces. In 1904 the building was refurbished by Ludwig Schwarz, who preserved the original slanted corners and the oversized columns that frame the lobby and entryway to the hotel. The décor of the upper floors was especially elaborate and the interiors have been partially preserved to this day, even after the allied occupation of post-World War II Vienna when the hotel was taken over by the French from 1945 to 1955.

The architecture is infused with Renaissance and Baroque nods layered with elements of the gothic and byzantine styles: towers and domes as well as the configuration of the façade, originally constructed by the top artisans of the Vienna Artisan Craft movement, are fully preserved and play a pivotal role in the layout of the property. In the realm of classical music history, Hotel MOTTO was the birth home of Josef Strauss, son of the famous composer Johann Strauss, who called the hotel home in 1827. In addition, Hotel Motto’s latest iteration, Hotel Kummer, was the setting of the celebrated John Irving’s novel The Hotel New Hampshire360 Magazine is impressed with the interior design of the new hotel and excited to see how the turnout will be for the hotel.

The on-property restaurant, Chez Bernard – Restaurant et Bar, occupies the top two floors of the hotel and sits under a gargantuan glass dome, a new addition to the original building by Arkan Zeytinoglu Architects. The brilliantly lit restaurant presents diners with a curated menu of modern Austrian dishes with French and North African influences. Chez Bernard is also an organic restaurant rooted in the idea that the ultimately culinary experience must also be a sustainable one using local, seasonal, and organic products; sourcing natural wines from continental Europe; and repurposing the leftover stale bread to brew its own beer.

The interior design of the restaurant is reminiscent of 1920s Paris with artfully arranged botanicals framing the contemporary art collection on display. The luxurious green leather booths are juxtaposed with modern wooden tables to achieve a stylish yet cozy living room atmosphere. The unexpected touch lies in the green oasis on the wrap-around roof terrace that houses a 40-seat bar and additional lounge seatings with a superb view over Vienna’s rooftops.

An overnight stay for a double room starts at $359. Further information is available at www.hotelmotto.at.

How to Make Your Home Stand Out from the Rest × Express Your Personality

Considering the fact that one’s home is perhaps the most important location in the whole world, it makes logical sense for people to want to make it fit their personality and style. 

Still, that’s not to say that the process of transforming these spaces into something ideally suited to us will be easy. In fact, plenty of people struggle to turn a vision into a reality. 

Well, if you are one of those people, then this article was made for you.

Look Down 

Something that often gets overlooked by the vast majority of people is the fact that flooring is potentially the most influential factor when it comes to making your home stand out.

By browsing https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/lvt-flooring and getting some new ideas for how flooring can look, you will begin to visualize new ways your flooring can interact with the room.

In reality, expressing your personality through your home doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your style, and if you like more of a simple and clean look, there is nothing wrong with just getting simple yet sleek flooring that represents your personality. 

Art, Music & Decor 

When it comes to expressing your personality, there is perhaps no better way than to show this through art, music or decor. 

These three things are able to show people a variety of different things about you, and perhaps even shock some of the people who thought they knew you the best. 

Just by simply hanging your favourite record or piece of art up on the wall you can make your home look much more sophisticated and unique while at the same time display your own taste and preferences directly. Art, music, and decor directly bring in sentiments and moods to the room.

Make Your Theme Fit With Your Tastes 

Some people never even attempt to make their home feel like it is uniquely theirs, and this is only to their detriment. You can use your own style and tastes to base the interior design of your home around, and in time, things will begin to come together. 

This could mean opting to get luxury click vinyl tile that looks sharp and sleek. You could lean into eccentricity and get print coloured furniture. Don’t manage people’s expectations of what a room should do and feel like. Be you.

Sure, making your home stand out from the crowd may take a lot of your already thinly stretched time, but it is something that is more than worth doing.

Your home is one of the few places on earth in which you have full control over, so you may as well take advantage of that fact and make your home something that is both different and unique. The most important thing to remember is that expressing your individuality through your home is a lifelong process and trying to rush things along will do nothing but hinder your progress.

Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine

StruXure – Pergola X

Outdoor Details Worth Splurging On This Summer With Scott Selzer, CEO of StruXure

Site, function, and budget are all important factors to consider when designing an outdoor space: What can my property accommodate? What kind of space do I want/need? How much money am I willing to spend? However, it’s also important to think about outdoor upgrades in terms of return on investment. How can I create a space that can be used year-round? Will the upgrades increase my property value? The answers to all these questions will help inform choices well beyond furniture selection, like whether to add fixed structures, water features, or built-in appliances.

Adding an adjustable louvered pergola by StruXure to one’s home is not only a great idea for providing shade to an outdoor space, but it can also help reduce interior heat gain by protecting exterior walls.

Summer is synonymous with spending more time outdoors, but without proper planning it can also mean sunburns, bee stings, and heat exhaustion. We hear it all the time, “I’d spend a lot more time in my backyard if I could get some relief from the blazing sun.” A pergola with pivoting louvers, that can be adjusted at the touch of a button, gives you the protection you need from sun, wind, and rain showers, not only in the summer months, but all year long.

Thanks to social distancing protocols, it has become the norm rather than the exception to eat outdoors, and not only at restaurants. Recreating the al fresco dining experience at home is becoming increasingly popular. A pergola with automated pivoting louvers helps protect diners, whether in a commercial or residential setting, from direct sunlight and other weather conditions.

If we learned anything during the pandemic, it’s that everyone can use technology. From a dramatic increase in video calls to prolific smart hub use, people are no longer afraid of technology. Many who thought “smart gadgets” weren’t for them are now capable users. The Pergola X by StruXure uses a Somfy motor to activate its louvers, which can be operated by remote control or through use of an app on a personal device.

As with interior design, a well-designed outdoor space needs to offer both comfort and function. Without both, it won’t get used. In addition, an outdoor space must be designed to withstand the elements. Even the most well-curated outdoor lounge or kitchen will remain underutilized unless it can be protected from rain, sun, and extreme temperatures. StruXure pergolas offer protection and durability. The motorized pivoting louvers, which can be shifted at the touch of a button to let the warm sunshine through or to optimize shade, can be fully closed on rainy days. StruXure products are made from durable, powder-coated extruded aluminum, which makes them scratch-resistant, non-corrosive, and nearly maintenance-free. Pergolas can also serve as anchors, helping to define unique spaces within a larger, multi-purpose backyard design.

Treat your outdoor space as new-found square footage and look for ways to maximize the value of that space. One way is by adding a high-quality pergola that will stand the test of time—one that can be matched to your home’s architecture and color scheme—and then turning that protected space into any “room” your family desires: outdoor living room, theater, kitchen, spa. The benefit of a sturdy, fixed structure with pivoting louvers is that it can be utilized in every season, whether you want shade, airflow, sunlight, or rain protection (our products can even withstand snow loads). And as outdoor living continues to rise in popularity, statistics show that homes with comfortable outdoor spaces are increasingly attractive to buyers.

About StruXure

Founded in 2011 by CEO and Chief Product Architect Scott Selzer, StruXure has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America for six years in a row. Steady growth at- tracted top talent and led the company to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters just north of Atlanta, GA in 2016. A West Coast Fulfillment Center and Showroom, located just outside of Las Vegas, NV, was added in the Fall of 2017. With StruXure dealers from Canada to the Caribbean, the company is poised and ready to lead the way to more innovative outdoor living across North America and beyond.

Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine

Pergola X photo by Natalie Norcross for use by 360 Magazine