Make a Big Impact with Small Luxuries

By Sara Bederman

Fabulous Finishings

Kitchens and bathrooms are among my clients’ most-requested renovations. As a designer, I find that upgrades to these rooms typically yield the best return on investment. That said, the level of initial investment is also generally higher. Beyond the big-ticket items, such as flooring, countertops, cabinets, fixtures, and appliances, the fine details are instrumental to the overall look. 


Here are some small, yet impactful details you can make around your kitchen and bathroom areas. Remember: No detail is too small:



If you’re looking to crank up your home’s #trending factor, hardware is a great upgrade that won’t break the bank.


High-impact knobs and pulls are inexpensive wow! factors


Choose impactful knobs and pulls to transform minimal cabinet fronts and drawers. When it comes to drapery hardware, crystal is the next best thing.

Look for quality, handmade European drapery finials, from companies like Deco & Deco, which offer Murano glass to a full range of metal finishes that can certainly add the right amount of sparkle to any space. 


Plumbing Fixtures

Up the ante in your kitchen or bath with fabulous faucets. These fixtures are prominent enough to catch the attention of a wandering eye, whether for their unusual size, shape, features, or finish.


A fab faucet in a fine finish can make a world of difference in the bathroom or the kitchen


#Trending: When it comes to finishes, I have two words for you: unlacquered brass. This is known as a ’living finish,’ naturally ageing, and developing a dark patina over time.

If you like the old world aesthetic, you’ll want to check out Victoria + Albert’s Florin and Staffordshire Collections.


If your tastes are more contemporary, you can’t go wrong with stainless steel plumbing fixtures. Victoria + Albert’s Soriano Collection features a sleek, super-slim silhouette.




Lighting is one of my favourite elements to decorate with. It’s one of those transformative elements that can serve to inspire the style of the whole room.


Sconces on either side of a mirror are a glamorous focal point


Chandeliers have traditionally made their home in formal dining rooms, but they’ve become a mainstay in modern kitchens and en suite bathrooms.

After all, if you’re going to pamper yourself, what better place to splurge? Choose something that suits the scale of the room.

As a general rule, add the width and length of your room in feet. This number is the recommended diameter of your chandelier, in inches. For example, a 15-by-15-ft. room can handle a 13-inch chandelier.


Always look to selecting high-quality, durable fixtures from companies like Hudson Valley.


Hudson Valley’s Danville chandelier adds a luxurious look to the kitchen



Tip: When choosing metals for fixtures and furnishings, be bold! Mix it up. Particularly trendy right now are gold and rose gold, and black, which is right up your alley if your aesthetic goal is luxury.


Hardware, fixtures and lighting are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace, in the grand scheme of things – even at the luxury price point. This is great news for those who like to update their home every couple of years. When you’ve had your fill of gold, bronze, brass, you’re free to move on to the next hot trend.

You don’t have to break the bank to stay on top of the trend du jour. You only have to know where to incorporate those trends to make the right impact.



SARA BEDERMAN Principal – Sara Bederman Design.  Over a decade this Toronto bespoke design firm has become known for creating stylish, thoughtfully curated, livable interiors.

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