by Sarah Steurer
Throughout the first quarter of 2015, it’s easy to say that contemporary design for home remodels is leading the way for interiors. From the space saving techniques to the clean lines and simple maintenance, contemporary design holds true to its style.
Below are a few trends we have seen repeating themselves so far this year.
There has been a big increase of chrome finishes being used in both kitchens and baths. From cabinet pulls, to faucets and shower components, chrome is coming back! Chrome is contemporary, yet it also lends itself to a timeless design.
This is one thing that flows throughout the entire design. From flat panel cabinets and straight bar pulls, to geometric patterns and vertical tile installation; clean lines are all the rage right now.
Again, white is something that is classic and timeless, which makes for an easy pallet to design around. White has become a very popular countertop choice, with a flat panel stained or painted cabinet. We have also seen a big increase of white tile and accents being used.
Keeping it simple
A few years ago, oversized furniture and multiple fluffy throw pillows were what everyone wanted. This year- simple space saving furniture is the trend. Think 70’s retro, but with a modern twist.
This picture above pretty much sums up everything I mentioned. Clean lines; chrome fixtures, white pallet and simple.
by Sue Tughan
Think gray, if you are looking for a change in color for your kitchen, bath or even bedroom. This popular trend can be a great alternative to traditional colored cabinets. It works well with modern, Old World, traditional, contemporary or modern spaces.
When choosing this versatile neutral color, be sure to consider the size of the space you are working with, sunlight, how it is influenced by surrounding colors and whether you prefer painted or stained cabinets.
If new cabinets are not in your budget, using accents with gray floating shelves, hardware, furniture, accessories or paint color are good options to give you that updated look.
The options are endless.
by Sue Tughan
Pets are members of our families. They no longer require just a doggie door, plain old dog bed or outside dog house. Over 73 million U.S. households have a dog as a pet, and 90 million have cats, so why shouldn’t your pets be considered when making home improvements? If you are looking for some creative ideas, here are a few ideas that can easily be incorporated into your remodeling project.
What was once “wasted” space under the stairs, housing seasonal storage, outdoor gear, etc. consider an out of the way cozy dog house, that will certainly give you style points from both your four legged friend and guests alike!
You might consider a room with a view. Floor-to-ceiling windows will not only let more natural light into the house, but they can also provide your pet with a way to see or maybe catch a breeze. As an added touch, you can install bird feeders near the window for extra visual interest.
Where to hide the litter box or dog bed? Many people settle for the laundry room, but the box is still there and in plan sight. This is an easy project. Just remove the door or cut a cat size hole in the door of your cabinet for your kitty to get in and out. That’s it. An out of the way litter box that is easy to access and change.
No matter what you decide, keep your furry loved-ones happy by giving them a home they’ll love!
by Sarah Steurer
|Is your master bath functional for your needs and has storage for all your “stuff” and maybe a great shower or soaking tub for a little self-indulgence? If not, it’s probably time to consider a remodel. Once you have made the decision to make your bath your personal retreat, consider some of these tips.
Be a Little Selfish
If you Plan to Sell
Tile is the number one surface used in bathrooms today. This is a semi- permanent choice for homeowners because of the durability. Because of this, it is important to make tile selections that would appeal to all types of potential buyers. This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bland, beige colored bathroom. You can add personal style and color with your vanity, towels, rugs, window treatments, wall art and paint. Whether you choose a relaxing, jetted tub or an over-sized shower with multiple shower heads, make it your own tranquil retreat.