IN Kansas City April 2021

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we collectively prepare to open our doors to friends and family, now’s the ideal time to transform your home so that it’s more beautiful and functional than ever. Karin Ross, owner of Karin Ross Designs, is thrilled by the creative potential that awaits her clients. Ross, a European native, brings her flair for sophisticated, stylish design to each project. Because she carefully tracks home interior trends that often flourish in Europe before they arrive stateside, she’s on the leading edge of the materials, looks, and effects that will become mainstays in the coming months. To help spark your inspiration, Ross breaks down six key areas to consider for your home remodel.

By Katy Schamberger


From glossy, graphic patterns to subtle depth changes that produce a 3D effect, tile continues to be a popular way to add a visual pop throughout the home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Ross says the first thing to determine is where you want to use tile. The size of the area to be tiled, along with the accompanying décor, can help you make design decisions. “In a shower, for example, big tiles are preferable,” Ross says. “This is a great way to figure out if you want to express yourself with color. You can use a graphic pattern throughout the shower, or you could do a strip of color along the wall, around the shower caddy or on the floor, which creates a wonderful contrast.” If you’re more interested in pattern than color, consider a tile pattern that combines basic colors—typically neutral—with depth changes to create a mesmerizing 3D effect. Add an unexpected design element to a small space or lean into the optical illusion in a larger room.

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