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- Clean with an overall contemporary feeling. A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen.
- European-styled cabinets.
- Multiples of appliances in one kitchen.
- The rise of steam ovens.
- Furniture-look pieces.
- Outdoor kitchens.
- Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables.
- TVs and docking stations.
- Wine refrigerators.
- Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design. Considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets.
- 02/16/15--20:33: 10 Things Every Home Should Have
- 02/24/15--19:59: New Home Design Trends 2015
- 03/06/15--12:30: Inspired Design
- 03/13/15--15:50: Kitchen Lighting Trends: LEDs
- Ceiling placement for directional down lighting
- Rail system for general task lighting
- Under cabinet lighting for mood and task
- Interior cabinet lighting for showcasing features, collectibles
- 03/19/15--15:23: Home By Design
- 03/30/15--09:35: Popular Designer Chairs
- 04/07/15--15:22: Kitchen Lighting Trends: Pendant Lighting
- 04/16/15--10:13: Wallpaper Trends | 3
- 04/27/15--08:32: Bold Interiors
- 05/09/15--21:07: A Working Kitchen is a Mother’s Best Friend
- 05/27/15--20:13: Top Kitchen Appliance Color Trends 2015-2016
- 06/01/15--20:02: Inspired Kitchens with Amazing Pendant Lighting
- 06/09/15--11:46: Bathroom Style & Fixture Trends
- 06/16/15--18:36: Fresh Summer Design Trends
- 06/24/15--13:08: Color Trends 2016 – Sherwin Williams Color Forecast
- 07/02/15--19:50: Home Design Color Trends: Glorious Blue
- 07/08/15--10:24: Small Kitchen Trends: Beauty & Function
- 07/23/15--17:51: Bath Trends 2016
Taking a look at decorating trends before tackling your next renovation project or purchase of a new home can pay huge dividends in the long-term. Decorating Trends 2015-2016 offers a snapshot of the major interior design trend categories that once incorporated, will add value and enjoyment to your home for years to come.
Color Trends: Expect an overall softening of the color palette according to Furniture World magazine and restful palettes that embrace shades of blue, green, purple, mushroom and pink according to Jeanette Holmes, a designer with Miller Homes. On the contrary, designer Scot Meacham Wood predicts that we will see deeper, darker colors and more playful combinations of hues in interior design. Ultimately a great color plan incorporates what you have to work with and an eye toward the future, where you want to end. Consistency of color hue is key from room to room whether you choose a softer or deeper palette.
Popular color trends 2015-2016 include Sherwin Williams Coral Reef, SW6606, Pantone’s Marsala, 18-1438 and Benjamin Moore’s Guilford Green, HC-116.
Kitchen Trends: The most popular styles for new kitchens are traditional (23 percent), transitional (18 percent) and contemporary (16 percent). Farmhouse-style kitchens are chosen 11 percent of the time which more than doubles in rural neighborhoods.
According to Houzz, most homeowners have a long-term relationship with their kitchen, one that can last 30 years or more. Kitchens are the biggest driver of discretionary spending in the remodeling market. So as a major investment, choose kitchen products well, that will stand the test of time.
Quality is the top driver for appliances (70 percent) and paint (48 percent), design style tops the list for lighting fixtures (78 percent), cabinets (52 percent) and faucets (48 percent).
White kitchen cabinet finishes still remain the classic choice followed by shaker or raised panel styles. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances remain top choices for homeowners.
Kitchens are constructed to complement lifestyle by making the space compatible with family needs in an open floor plan. Storage and entertaining are top priorities with built-in pantry’s, pull-out shelves, counter seating, wine storage. Work zones is the new driver when laying out a kitchen instead of trying to force the work triangle into open kitchen concepts.
Finishes: Kitchen and Lighting Hardware Brass is predicted to become one of the major finishes when choosing finishes for lighting and hardware according to House Beautiful 2015 Design Predictions. Old brass that looks more worn will gain in popularity.
Expect to see metal finishes in the kitchen that don’t match. A mixture of gold, bronze, gunmetal and silver are popping up in kitchen hardware and lighting that gives individuality and acceptance to retro and vintage products that are available in reproduction hardware.
Enjoy incorporating these decorating trends into your next project!
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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) sought out over 400 designers that participated in a study to determine the top kitchen trends for 2015 that I believe will carryover into 2016.
Overall, designers predict that contemporary designs will continue to gain in popularity with transitional styles ranked as the most popular with the respondents. Shaker-styled kitchens will be undertaken by nearly 40 percent of survey participants in 2015. Designers also noted that an increase in industrial chic and mid-century modern designs would also show preference this year.
White is still the most common color scheme for kitchens, followed by gray, although kitchens with multiple color schemes are becoming more prevalent.
Pullouts and roll-outs for kitchen cabinets are also expected to rise in demand as well as accessible or universal design features.
With this said, lifestyle, season of life and functional requirements will always drive kitchen trends, so here you go!
Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2015
Kitchen design is going in the right direction, function and beauty at its height!
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I love showcasing great design that inspires. In “10 Things Every Home Should Have” you will find just that, inspiration for your own home and a visual application. These simple inspirations produce profound affects when applied and promise to deliver stylish and comfortable interiors.
Of the ten design elements showcased below let me know which one speaks to you. I’ll let you know my favorite inspiration as well.
“A favorite comfortable chair with a good reading light.” Craig Wright, Designer
“Books and art.” Alexa Hampton, Designer
“Comfortable living spaces.” Elissa Cullman, Designer
“Significant natural light.” Lee F. Mindel, Designer
“A private room.” Thomas Pheasant, Designer
“…every home must reflect my clients’ personalities…” Scott Snyder, Designer
“Comfort, color and the necessities at hand.” Mario Buatta, Designer
“A good sofa and comfortable chairs.” Thad Hayes, Designer
“A sense of humor and lightheartedness and practicality.” Joanne de Guardiola, Designer
“A place for everything and everything in its place…” Mariette Himes Gomez, Designer
My favorite? The thought of “A private room” inspires me. I love a space to create, to read or to enjoy quiet. A place to reflect, to refresh in the home.
I hope that you were inspired today by these interiors created by wonderful and talented designers!
Source: Architectural Digest
AD-A Private Sitting Room by Thomas PheasantlorettajwillisGreat Room designed by Craig WrightElegant Great Room by Alexa HamptonLiving Room by Elissa CullmanMaster Bedroom by Lee F. MindelPrivate Sitting Room by Thomas PheasantLiving Room by Scott SnyderElegant Girls Bedroom by Mario BuattaGreat Room by Thad HayesGrand Room Showcasing the Dining Room by Joanne de GuardiolaGreat Room by Mariette Hime Gomez
During the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) show the Best in American Living Awards gala celebrated and honored the best in single-family homes, apartments and condos, remodeling projects and subdivisions. The winning projects demonstrated innovative design trends that homeowners should pay attention to for the next few years.
“Homes are being designed with relaxation in mind, as this year we saw an overall simplification in the designs with cleaner lines and more natural elements,” according to Stephen C. Moore, senior partner-marketing with BSB Design Inc. and 2014 BALA Chairman.
The following ten new home design trends represent the winning projects that you can expect to see in new home construction in 2015 and beyond.
White on White Kitchens: Look for white cabinets, counter tops and back splashes with white trim. Although industrial textures are on the up-trend many elements will be offered in muted or white tones.
Doubled Island Kitchens: Open living spaces are becoming popular because it enhances our casually elegant lifestyle. Back to back or side-by-side islands, one for cooking and preparing food and the other for serving food or dining will begin showing up in all styles of homes.
Centered Bathtubs: With a trend toward spa-like bath retreats, expect large, well-designed tubs to take center stage in the master bath. They will be pulled away from the wall and treated like a piece of art or sculpture.
Natural Elements Mixed with Contemporary Materials: “A softer side of modern design” is what they are calling it as contemporary and industrial materials are being mixed with natural materials. Wood, steel and glass are popular combinations. Expect to see modern textures combined with old-world and classic elements.
Increased Quality of Details: Highlighted details will give opportunity to showcase the quality of construction and well thought out design features.
Get Away Rooms: A huge trend that I have highlighted in previous posts, creating spaces designed to encourage relaxation, family time or recreation, getting away from everyday life is a trend that will be around for good (I hope)!
Wine Rooms and Bars: No longer just for the avid collector, this trend has found its way into new homes and in creative spaces within the home.
Indoor-Outdoor Living by DFD House Plans
Indoor-Outdoor Living: Creating spaces that provide access to nature during day-to-day life whether you live in the city, the suburbs or in the country are expected to increase.
Grand Entries Are Not the Focus: Although still very well designed, expect the amount of space allocated to the entrance to shrink. Large doors make for grand statements but will open immediately into the main living space of the home.
Non-Car Centric Design: Cars, driveways and garages are no longer a major part of the design conversation, but taking their place are sidewalks, bike paths and community gathering spaces.
How will these trends effect your next home building or remodeling project?
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When I come across a design project that stops me in my track, causes my heart to skip a beat and reminds me of why I do what I do as a designer I feel compelled to share the good news! Beautiful and functional environments inspire me, they make our daily living a little easier while inspiring us to continue doing what we’re passionate about. Take a break and become inspired all over again.
Today you will have the opportunity to view a wonderful project designed by Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors. The project was featured in Traditional Home recently and it encompasses one of the best blends of different design styles, traditional and transitional furniture time periods and many textures and color hues.
Proceed with fair warning, you will be inspired to move right in as you’re given a glimpse of this wonderful and inspiring project that makes the journey of transforming our own homes worthwhile. Enjoy every space and take in the details of inspired design.
Welhil Interiors Home Showcase
Glass top table supported by antique garden statuary’s.
Elegantly casual dining room framed by silk drapes and crowned with a sparkling light fixture.
Home office showcases an eclectic mix of styles and finds with a beautiful outcome.
Gilt mirror, wallpaper, painted trim and deep cabinet finish complement the overall space in this elegant powder room.
Wonderful blend of white hues give a soothing, classic look to this kitchen. Esquisite light fixture designed by Lindsey Adelman.
Hallway sitting area a great blend of color, texture and mix of styles.
Romantic traditional master bedroom filled with collectible art and rich textiles.
Rich white tones invite an easy elegance to a fundamentally functional space.
Guest quarters are a mix of modern and antiques, well done!
Guest bath with under-cabinet lighting, nice touch!
Hope that you enjoyed the home tour as much I did!
Photo credits for TH article: John Bessler
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LEDs lead in kitchen lighting trends with task lighting and under cabinet lighting rounding out the top three kitchen lighting trends for 2015-2016 according to NKBA.
The light emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly developing technologies according to the American Lighting Association (ALA). They differ from incandescent and compact fluorescent lighting with features that offer lighting that is more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting.
Known for their small size, LEDs are “directional” light sources, emitting light in a specific direction. They are able to use light and energy more efficiently in many home applications. More than five times more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, it can last up to 25 times longer and are more expensive initially but will save money over the life use.
For comparison sake, the rated life for a typical standard incandescent bulb is 1,000 hours, the rated life of CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) is typically 6,000 hours, LEDs are rated for 25,000 hours or more!
In addition, LED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR have been subjected to very specific requirements designed to replicate the experience we are used to with the standard A-type bulb which allows a wider application of use in the home.
As for kitchen lighting trends, LEDs rule in preference and are specified by more than 80% of designers surveyed in the NKBA 2015 Kitchen & Bath Style Report.
Popular placement of LEDs in the kitchen can be found in the following application:
Expect LEDs to continue to be incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications in the future, and not just for the kitchen.
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Building a home and owning a house are two different assets and in the end its what you experience in your house that makes it a home.
My childhood involved many house moves due to a military life that demanded a mobile family full of constant change. Military or base housing offered the basics although I don’t remember living a basic life inside our house, I remember the good and hard times I experienced with my family. My mother has the gift of hospitality, what I call a gentle southern hospitality that makes you feel right at home. A house can never achieve this ‘feel’ no matter how grand or glamorous the structure.
When I began my family and the pursuit of making our house a home I realized that the ‘feel’ of home comes from a place of love in the heart of the parent(s). It is born out of a tireless labor of love and devotion to the family. An act of humility in my mother’s case, a choice to serve unconditionally those to whom she has been entrusted to, often putting her own desires on hold for many years.
Today is my wedding anniversary. We have been blessed with three children. The youngest is in college and the oldest birthed a son a few months ago. Now more than ever I understand that its not about the the house as much as it is about the home you design within the house and the relationships you cultivate.
Decorating trends will live on and your next decorating project will undoubtedly bring out your passion and excitement for the difference it will make in your home. But keep in mind that seasons change and the memories of what happened in your house will be the memories that made it ‘feel’ like home. A labor of love, acts of devotion, it was home by design.
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Life and designer chairs go together like house and home, its hard to imagine living without these necessary and multi-functional items that express themselves in style and function.What we know as the designer chair today would be centuries in the making, now found in every venue of life.
The chair made its debut in ancient Egypt as far back as 2600 B.C. when the earliest four-legged seat with a back was invented. Reserved for royalty and members of the priesthood, the first chairs were low to the ground and ornately carved. Eventually, chairs became an expected furniture item for the socially elite while the common man used benches, stools or chests to sit upon. Not until the 16th century did commoner’s enjoy using chairs in their home.
By the 1800’s most American households had enough chairs for every family member and the 1900’s ushered in what we know as designer chairs that ignited experimentation with different materials other than chairs made with wood.
Today, chairs are an indispensable style element. From casual to formal they often provide the finishing touch to room decor as well as provide clues to the homeowner’s sense of beauty and personality.
There are many popular designer chair styles today and yet one frame can be customized which then makes its unique to its owner. Options abound with a choice of finish, fabric, arm/side and dimension options with some manufacturers. Upholstered chairs with options abound as well. Enjoy the following gallery of designer chairs, hopefully you’ll find inspiration for your next decorating project!
Classic beauty that is at home with any style of decor.
Love the clean lines.
Another classic beauty sending a message of casual elegance.
Perfect luxury comfort .
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Home renovation, according to a recent Houzz Barometer report, continues to grow in 2015 as “baby boomers and growing families continue to invest in their homes.” The kitchen tops the list of most desired space to renovate and usually commands the highest percentage of renovation dollars in the home. The hub of the home, the kitchen is the operating center of the home which leads us to kitchen lighting. Pendant lighting is becoming a popular inspirational design element that allows us to showcase our style while enhancing function in this multi-functional space.
When renovating the kitchen, approximately 15% of the kitchen remodeling budget is designated for decorating (Houzz). Items within the decorating budget include appliances, cabinets, facets, paint and of course lighting fixtures.
It makes sense that style is the key driver when choosing pendant lighting fixtures. The vast style options available today may be driving this trend that offers something for everyone. Finishes abound “such as copper, concrete, marble and timber, from delicate blonde ash to rich walnut shades,” according to Denise Hammond of Beacon Lighting. “Metals will have softer matte finishes of black, grey, beige and bursts of color such as mustard and terracotta,” she continues.
Leading Australian LED lighting company Brilliant Lighting predicts that Scandinavian design will be a popular trend as well. There pendants are inspired by Nordic design and are very affordable.
Copenhagen Pendant, Architonic.com
When it comes to choosing your pendant lighting look for style indicators in your choice of appliances, cabinets, finishes and wall color. Complementing these indicators will insure choosing the best lighting options for your new kitchen.
Additional Source: Style Forecast, The West Australian
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Wallpaper is steadily trending and maintaining popularity in 2015. With increasing style options to fit any decorating theme, increased quality, application and removal improvements, wallpaper is an easy choice to update a space with style.
Paperbacked Wall Coverings has been introduced from Robert Allen in a multitude of textures, vibrant colors and prints. Promising installation as easy as traditional wall covering, it creates certain advantages to coordinating overall room design as well as adding substance and body to the fabric. Concealing wall issues is also a plus.
Wallpaper brings intimacy and personality to any room that it is applied.
Wallpaper creates a visual impact that provokes an emotional tone to your space.
Romantic and inviting.
Dramatic and pleasing, cohesive impact of wallpaper can go large or small in scale.
Subtle wallpaper lays a foundation for showcasing design elements.
From wall to wall, there is something for everyone and I believe wallpaper will always have a place in the home. By choosing styles, coloring and patterns that complement your decor theme you will love the renewed vitality, interest and personality that enters your room!
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There is a place for elegant and bold interiors. Decorated spaces filled with a ton of personality that leave you with a lingering fragrance of pleasure and that subtle yet unforgettable ‘wow’ affect.
Bold Color Accents
Boldness can enter the room through almost any design element; color, lighting, textiles, furniture, flooring or art. In the image above the large sofa takes center stage with a warming touch of patterned pillows. A classic mix of pattern and color.
Bold Pattern & Color
To jazz it up try mixing it up a little with any combination of design elements until it makes sense. Wall papered ceiling complements this island while bringing warmth to the kitchen.
Bold Lighting Fixtures
Bold lighting fixtures are statement makers when style and finish demand attention.
Our vision is attracted to color, when used in proper proportion it works wonders in decorated spaces.
Choose your design element for your next design project and approach it with boldness, the impact will leave a lingering fragrance of pleasure to those that enter it.
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Mother’s work very hard for their families and the kitchen is an integral part of success in serving a family well. A working kitchen implies that it contains all the necessary tools and appliances that makes serving your family a little easier. It can be a mother’s best friend.
According to a Houzz survey a well designed home impacts overall happiness for nine out of ten homeowners surveyed. Some homeowners said that improving their home improved their lives. A working kitchen is a huge part of this happiness. When it is “in need of work” the happiness rating falls.
A working kitchen is energy-efficient with energy-saving appliances in demand as homeowners pursue a gourmet kitchen equipped with commercial grade appliances. Compare kitchen appliances before purchasing the best rated within your budget. If it is a heavily used appliance paying up for a better appliance will save more over the lifetime of the appliance.
A working kitchen is functional. One of the latest trends in kitchen design is the evolution of replacing the kitchen triangle with work zones. Kitchens are growing in size and work zones make sense. One kitchen can contain zones for food prep, clean-up, separate cook tops, wall ovens, microwaves, extra sink station, strategically placed refrigerator and dishwasher drawers. A zone for homework, socializing and eating should drive how our kitchens are planned to fit our lifestyle needs.
Also consider touch-less faucets and solid surface counter tops to keep the spread of germs down.
Cabinet drawers with no-slam auto-close features.
Finger print free refrigerator doors.
Of course what ultimately makes a working kitchen a mother’s best friend is the family that it serves and the relationships that are loved on in this space. Love is the true design inspiration!
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When Pantone announced its Color of the Year 2015 it opened up a wave of color offerings from fashion to kitchen appliances. Marsala, Pantone (18-1438) became a designers best friend while being described as a “naturally robust and earthy red wine” that “enriches our minds, bodies and soul.”
Although kitchen appliance color options have existed for a long time they are making a comeback as a trend in the high-end, commercial grade appliances. Stainless steel finishes will continue to dominate because of their broad appeal and classic style. According to Consumer Reports, “Luxury appliances are as much about style and name recognition as they are about performance.”
As kitchen design trends continue to embrace the personality and style of its owner an increase in color and finish options make sense. We live in a society that loves to express it personality so why not express it in the kitchen? Or (we might ask), are we that daring?
High-end, colorful commercial grade appliances are becoming the mainstream choice for kitchen designers and their clients. Even mid-range appliance lines offer their version of professional looking appliances. A few favorites will be highlighted in this post based on a recent survey by Consumer Reports. Findings were based on performance, style, energy efficiency and features. These models “live up to their reputation.”
Known for its sleek, fully integrated built-in look, Sub-Zero is a popular choice for luxury kitchens. Model B142S delivered super temperature control and its dual evaporators help maintain freshness. $8K
This 30″ wide Wolf Range is a top scorer with dual stacked burners, continuous cast iron grates and convection fans in the oven. Model DF304. $6.4K
36″ Induction cook-top CIT36XKB features end-to-end electromagnetic surface and offers the first full-color touch screen induction panel. $5K
KitchenAid Pro-Style Range
This 36″ wide pro-style range tops this category according to Consumer Reports. Model KDRU763VSS. $6K
GE Cafe Series Wall Oven
French door wall oven style brings the latest restaurant feature into the residential kitchen! This oven comes with smart features that can be controlled wirelessly from your smartphone. Model CT9070SHSS. $3.9K
Miele Futura Dimension Dishwasher
Fully integrated, streamlined look from the top-tier Diamond Series. Model G5675SCSF. $1.9K
Miele Futura Dimension Dishwasher
Thermador Topaz Series
The Topaz series delivered outstanding washing performance. Model DWHD640JFM. $1.5K
Stainless steel maintains its lead in kitchen appliance offerings. Although you will find finish options offered by manufacturers in different color I don’t believe we will see a major movement in that direction. It appears to me that we add color, personality and style in others ways to our kitchens!
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Inspired kitchen design continues to amaze by drawing us in to take a closer look at how these kitchens are accessorized with lighting. Today we’ll take a look at how pendant lighting can add that finishing touch to a gorgeous space that makes family gatherings a real pleasure.
According to the NKBA 2015 Kitchen & Bath Style Report task lighting leads the way (along with LEDs and undercabinet lighting) with more than 80% of kitchen designers specifying task lighting for the overall kitchen. Pendants fill this need handsomely and are now offered in many styles, finishes and scale to complement all design decor.
Mixing and matching different kitchen materials are now in vogue. The same goes for pendant lighting. Contrasting materials create a welcome tension that invites drama in a highly functional space.
Adding a group of pendant lighting solves the need for general and task lighting.
Vintage pendant lighting complements modern fixtures and appliances.
Traditional design elements such as wooden beams bring texture and interest to pendant lighting.
Modern comfort invites pendant lighting.
Modern rustic with an industrial appeal.
Pendant lighting has become a critical design element and accessory for the function and beauty of the kitchen. Be inspired to choose the perfect complement to your kitchen design!
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Kitchens are the most popular renovation project in the home but bathrooms run a close second. So whether you are remodeling your bathroom to increase the resale value of your home or it just makes sense to remodel to increase the function and efficiency of the space to fit your lifestyle needs you can reap some long-term benefits by taking a look at the current bathroom trend styles and fixtures and plan accordingly.
Transitional and Contemporary styles are being specified more often than traditional bathroom design these days with contemporary, transitional and shaker (in this order) trending in preference in 2015 and beyond. Traditional bathroom design will continue to hold a steady preference over 50 percent of the time.
Bath Color Schemes are predicted to be dominated by white and gray color hues with more than 70 percent of designers specifying this choice. Gray color hues are anticipated to grow in 2015 with whites and off-whites running a close second. Bieges and bone color schemes run a close third.
Bath Fixture Color of choice is white fixtures, the choice of 84 percent of designers who specified fixtures in 2014 and are expected to retain dominance and growth in 2015. Beige, bisque, bone or almond run a close second in preference. When changing out a fixture one at a time choose your color with a long-term view and not necessarily to match existing fixtures.
Bath Faucet Finishes: Polished chrome was used by 80 percent of bath designers last year. A very popular choice, polished chrome is expected to grow in 2015 with polished and brushed nickel gaining momentum and rounding out the top three finishes of choice. Surprisingly, bronze and oil-rubbed bronze finishes are expected to decline.
Under-mounted Bath Sinks are predicted to experience strong growth in 2015 and is preferred 90 percent of the time by designers. Vessel sinks are a distant second with integrated sinks and counter tops coming in third.
Wood Vanities remain the primary choice with no major changes predicted for the future. However, floating vanities are gaining popularity according to Homeworks Cabinetry + Design based in Tuscon, AZ. Expect savvy buyers to look for linen storage cabinets and open shelving however if your remodel has resale in mind.
Bath Vanity Tops are finished in quartz or granite which remain the most popular material choice. Solid surface materials round out the top three but is not a favorite as well as cultured marble. Quartz is expected to see growth in 2015 and beyond.
Tubs and Showers. Tubs are becoming more intimate and showers are increasing in size and with more amenities. Shower seats and benches were specified by 74 percent of bath designers last year. Walk-in showers are increasing with no-threshold showers becoming very popular. Expect free-standing soaking tubs request to grow while jetted tubs become less popular but still an option of choice for 25 percent of bath designers. Other options for shower lovers include: body sprays and jets, thermostatic values, pressure-balanced valves (slower growth than thermostatic values), lighting in showers and programmable controls.
Bath Flooring of choice is ceramic or porcelain tile. Used by 90 percent of NKBA designers last year ceramic/porcelain tile is predicted to retain its dominance in bath flooring. Natural stone tile places second and is expected to increase this year.
As you can see, bathroom styles and trends are transforming with the consumer in mind. I hope this brief summary of highlights and trends will help you make choices that not only fit your lifestyle and family needs but also position your bath design to take on an ageless look to be enjoyed for years to come.
Source: NKBA 2015 Kitchen & Bath Style Report
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Fresh summer design trends are more than ever being shaped by the styles we love throughout the year. This summer home is a perfect example of finding that sweet spot between how you choose to decorate your permanent residence and your summer home by extending the style you love in a way that is suitable for lighter summer life.
The summer home featured in this article accomplishes this extension of style extremely well. By using natural elements such as light, color and cotton fabrics contrasted with deep mahogany tones the designer bring a fresh, open and inviting feeling to this home.
Jack Fhillips of Jack Fhillips Design, Inc. designed this home featured in Traditional Home. A truly inspiring transformation of a beach home located in the Hamptons, this English Tudor Style residence portrays a subtle elegance layered with comfortable accessories that give the traditional furnishings a visual lift. With the use of color, textiles and exquisite accessories every space sends the message of summer ease and elegant comfort.
Flowers also play a significant role of bringing the summer in, they offer a nice contrast in color and freshness that appeals to the senses. Truly amazing when you study the details that make this summer home stand-out.
Summer greens are used in perfect balance between the wall colors, fabric cotton prints, upholstered furniture and cheerful antique faux-bamboo chairs with English pads made of embroidered cotton.
Spectacular architecture, soaring ceiling heights and the Gothic styled rear staircase are simply breathtaking.
I hope that you are inspired to make a few seasonal changes to your home by adding a summer touch!
To view the entire project please follow this link to Traditional Home.
Photo Credit: Robert Brantley
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Sherwin Williams 2016 Colormix Forecast promises to inspire with a color palette range to suit all decorating styles. An amazing depth of color hues that evoke relaxation and intimate spaces to environments that remind us of our industrial beginnings to today’s technology you are sure to find your personal combination of what speaks to you.
Now, on to the 2016 Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast:
Pura Vida ~ symbolizes our “awakening from the recession, ready to feed the spirit” according to Sherwin Williams.
Pura Vida remind us of ancient alabaster and marble hues, warmer grays turning to khaki and blushed neutrals.
Mas Amos Por Favor ~ “rediscover the pleasures of intimate gatherings.”
Mas Amos Por Favor celebrates multi-family living suggesting a connection across generations.
Nouveau Narrative ~ “inspired by our new industrial revolution.”
Nouveau Narrative inspires a “rugged determination.”
Trajectory ~ a reflection of today’s technology.”
Trajectory depicts future by combining the different elements of our lifestyles, making an easy transition between the roles we enjoy throughout the day.
To further indulge in the full Colormix Forecast please visit Sherwin Williams 2016 Color Forecast and enjoy planning your next paint project!
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The color blue, known for its classic appeal and drawing power is simply beautiful. Whether complemented with neutrals or as the dominant and unifying color design element, the color blue is a classic; past, present and future. It always returns, bold and fresh as ever to make its case in home design color trends.
Known for its ‘cool’ affect in a room it can also suggest formality. Considered to be “the most popular accent color for 2015″ by home design expert, Kerrie Kelly as featured in Realty Today, we can expect to see “pops of indigo blue or deep navy” this year.
Adding a touch of blue is a perfect accent to a neutral space and Kravet shows it off extremely well with its Curated line of accessories.
Color, design and fabric texture add a visual spark when accessorizing foundational design elements in a room.
Flooring is a significant design element, adding color and interest has a connecting effect to the full space.
Ottoman seating accessories provide flexibility when entertaining.
Perfectly contrasting blue color hues toning down this functional space.
Chic blue and white accessories bring unique style to your design style.
Luxurious throws invite a warm and inviting feeling to your home.
Blue is here to stay!
Please visit Curated Kravet to view the entire collection.
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The square footage devoted to residential kitchens can be compared to prime real estate in the marketplace; location, location, location! Small kitchen trends refuse to take a back seat in combining beauty and function. With thoughtful planning you can have all the bells and whistles that a large kitchen enjoys in half the space.
Small kitchens are not only a reflection of its owners personal style and season of life, but expect to see more stainless steel and granite/stone composite sinks with pull-out, single handle faucets. According to NKBA style spotter Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl), back splash design elements will consist more of tile, glass, stone, porcelain or ceramics.
Transitional kitchens are becoming popular due to the ease of blending cleaner lines and cabinetry with modern appliances.
What makes a small kitchen great? When natural sweeping light is incorporated with tall windows.
When a small kitchen is open to adjoining rooms or incorporates a spacious center island with seating.
When it incorporates modern features, such as lighting fixtures, cabinets to ceiling for maximum storage or smaller appliances more appropriate for downsizing. For instance, dish drawers may be more appropriate than one full size dishwasher.
A great small kitchen knows that whites and neutral color palettes makes kitchens appear larger.
Great cabinetry and simple molding keeps a small kitchen looking fresh and inviting.
In the end, a great small kitchen makes eating a meal enjoyable by creating an environment for pleasant living with family and friends!
To view a gallery of small kitchens please visit Traditional Home.
Kitchen-Dining Room Combination by Larry Laslo, THlorettajwillisKitchen-Dining Room Combination by Larry LasloTransitional Styled Kitchen with White Molding, Black Granite and Checkerboard Flooring by Megan Perry YorganciogluUrban Kitchen with Tall Windows, Sweeping Views with Modern Features by Mick De GiulioOpen Kitchen Island Proves Multi-functional by Joseph MintonSmall Elegant Kitchen with Silvery Blue Wallpaper by Sheila BridgesWhite Kitchen w/Marble Countertops, Blue Backsplash by Julie Massucco KleinerGlam Galley Kitchen with Calcutta Marble, Neutral Finishes by Gerald Pomeroy
Bath trends continue to dominate home remodeling projects with kitchen updates running a close second. When faced with a choice, homeowners will most likely opt to update a bath simply because it is more affordable than updating a kitchen. Also, today remodeling is driven more by personal enjoyment or meeting specific needs rather than adding resale value according to The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
Expect to see baths emphasizing a focal point in transitional and contemporary design styles. Walk-in showers and freestanding tubs are extremely popular. For a more custom look frameless heavy-glass enclosures provide a spa-like luxury to the bath while giving it a designer look.
As for bath flooring ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most popular choices. Heated floors are one of the most sought-after bathroom trends according to NKBA.
Bathroom fixture manufacturers are responding to the demand to personalize your bath space with product offerings from shower heads to tubs with temperature controls through LED display panels making your shower or bath time a real pleasure. Kohler brings water, sound, steam and light into a multi-sensory fusion with its DTV+ Digital Showering system.
Creating a mood with water-resistant music systems is also a trend. Streaming Bluetooth systems can be operated wirelessly, from smartphones or other audio devices is a cool upgrade for any bath remodel or new home construction.
Have you heard about Optum VorMax, the new flush system technology developed for toilets and offered by American Standard? It delivers a powerful jet of water during a flush while scouring and cleaning the bowl at the same time!
For more information on bath trends please visit Boston Globe.
To view more bath images from the 2015 Bath of the Year Contest please visit Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
Photography: Emily Followill, Erica George Dines, Lauren Rubenstein
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