Ideas to inspire

House plans showcased at Cincinnati Homearama® encourage us to rethink our home's look

Rather than just going with another plain white kitchen ceiling, the professionals who worked on this home incorporated a tray ceiling.

With eye-catching light fixtures and gorgeous bar stools, this kitchen presents a pretty picture, but it's benefits go far beyond the surface. Seen in the left of the photo, a home automation system allows the owners to connect their iPad and control various aspects of the home.

The kitchen island used in this home serves multiple purposes. It can be used as a prep space when cooking large meals, it can be used as a serving station when entertaining or it can be used as storage space with the open shelf underneath.

A careful blend of neutral tones keeps this great room design calm and serene. The color scheme also helps to create a welcoming area for guests and owners alike.

Texture, which was used liberally around this master bathroom design, adds dimension and interest to ordinary spaces.

This wine cellar shows off great ways of turning trash into treasure. A repurposed industrial cart stands front and center, wine bottles serve as candleholders and pallets are used as wine racks.

This bar area uses lighting to its advantage. By layering various light fixtures—recessed ceiling lights, neon crown molding accents, undermounted lights and hanging fixtures—the owners have a dazzlingly dramatic pub space.

This great room design features plenty of seating options for formal entertaining. Overhead, an elegant chandelier adds a little sparkle to the space.

This outdoor terrace offers a multitude of separate spaces for entertaining: a table and umbrella for casual drinks, a curved sofa for lounging and a table for dining.

Rather than doing a bar that goes straight across, this home boasts a curved bar design, which allows for easier conversation among those seated in the stools.

Multiple lamps step up the lighting game in this master bedroom. By using a variety of light fixtures and sources, these homeowners guarantee that they'll get plenty of light—both natural and artificial.

A practice shown clearly in this dining room, by combining multiple sources of lighting in a room, you can add sophistication, ambiance, and functionality.

Rather than overwhelm, the dining room colors used in this home create an eye-pleasing atmosphere that takes a bit of formality out of the space.

A bright wall mural sets the tone in this playroom. In addition to traditional playroom options—tables, chairs and plenty of storage space—these owners also thought to include a chalkboard painted wall, so the kids can doodle to their hearts' content.

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