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Bathroom Trends 2020 – Part 2

Designing a new bathroom or updating an old one is an exciting but detail-oriented process.  Below are some of the trends we are seeing in bathroom designs this year.  All photos are from 314 Design Studio’s recent projects!

This contemporary bathroom features a glass enclosed shower with a glamorous glass tile feature shower wall, sleek floating double vanities and modern linear vanity lights.

Dramatic glass tile

Dramatic powder rooms are all the rage this year.  They frequently feature a vessel sink, show stopping light fixtures, unexpected wallpaper or a bold paint colorUnique faucets and framed mirrors finish the look for a bold and memorable statement.

The process of selecting flooring, title, cabinetry, vanities, mirrors, showers,  baths, toilets,  faucets and finishes can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Working with our bathroom designers, you can even have fun and enjoy the process while eliminating a lot of the worry.

This bathroom features a number of trends we are seeing this year. Mixing matte and high shine finishes give a monotone bathroom design a rich, luxe look by playing with texture. This recessed and tiled niche is a much more sophisticated look than an aftermarket shower caddy would. Display all your high quality shampoo and body washes with pride.

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This crystal vanity pendant light bounces light off the glass tiled shower wall like  bubbles in a champagne glass! Note in the mirrors’ reflection an indulgent towel heating rack!  Wood look porcelain tile flooring, includes radiant heat below to keep toes toasty on cold winter mornings.

With a bathroom designer by your side to guide you, you don’t have to worry about forgetting important items, measuring properly, ordering the just right materials and quantities, construction considerations, and project management.

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Freestanding soaking tubs continue to trend this year. All you have to do is to choose what style. Do you like the traditional look of a retro clawfoot tub, or do you prefer an Asian-inspired contemporary look like this one above?

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This contemporary bathroom has a soothing earth-toned palate, featuring dramatic marble flooring and walls, glass tile vanity backsplash, double floating vanities, unique his and her triangle mirrors, recessed vanity lighting, and lantern-like wall sconces. A jetted tub with an ultramodern and vogue linear curved faucet completes the alluring design.

We are thrilled to assist you in making sure your bathroom design will meet your needs, budget and style preferences, while creating a pleasing overall design that you will love for years to come. Make an appointment today!

Live Safely and Comfortably at Home with Aging-in-Place Design

There are many factors that are driving the trend toward more people Aging-in-Place at home.  First and foremost, people simply don’t want to leave their home if they can help it.  Most people find the idea of staying in  their home a far more appealing option than the alternative. Most people would rather alter their existing home to accommodate their changing needs as they age than move to an assisted living facility, downsize or relocate.  It’s understandable that for many aging adults, the idea of leaving the place where they have built a life, a family, and a community of friends and neighbors is not appealing at all.  The idea of moving can also be daunting, especially if we’re not feeling physically up to the task. In fact, the prospect of having to essentially start over and to re-establish oneself in a whole new environment can be downright overwhelming.

Yet, as we age, we are often faced with physical limitations or other challenges that make staying at home difficult, without modifications. However, Aging-in-Place design offers solutions that can help people achieve their deeply felt wish to stay at home.

Below we review a new custom home we designed  for one of our clients that illustrates some of the Aging -in-Place kitchen and bathroom design features that enable people to stay in their homes but with improved accessibility, comfort, and safety.

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Kitchen located on the main level of the home. This kitchen has built-in cabinetry that can not only hide small appliances and outlets behind closed doors, but also includes lower than countertop height drawers for ease of access from a wheelchair.
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Appliances are situated within the center island and at a lower height for wheelchair access. Stovetop (not pictured) is an induction cooktop  as a fire preventative safety feature. Only the pots intended for use will activate the heat, while a pot holder, should it accidentally fall onto the burner, would not. The rooms have wider doorways and enough turning room in the hallways for wheelchair turning.
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This master bath features grab bars, variable height countertops, wheelchair accessible “roll-in” curbless shower and vanity, walk-in tub with fast fill/drain, lower electrical switches drawers and toilets, and non-slip flooring.
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This pretty rustic-modern bath features a floating countertop for wheelchair “roll-in” room.

Now is  a great time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen with Aging-In-Place features to support you comfortably now and into your future! Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom and consult with our experts to design the just-right features that will allow you to stay in your home indefinitely.

Back to Black

Kordan's finish and form are inspired by a cocktail shaker in a sleek matte black finish. Mix it up how you like with wires that can be adjusted during installation: in perfect linear synch, in a pattern or in random heights.
(Photo Courtesy of Kichler.)

 

There is an old adage that black is the queen of colors.  Afterall, it’s really a mix of all the colors in one, and as such, it’s the ultimate neutral, goes with everything and is known for bringing elegance and sophistication to any pairing.  Black is also an incredibly versatile color that can either be styled Classic or Contemporary. It can be grounding to quiet other colors or it can assume the center drama in a design. While it’s not that black was ever out of fashion, per say, we are seeing much more “black magic” in the home right now after a long love affair with white.  From black window frames, to ebony cabinets, smoky black sinks, to matte black cabinetry, hardware and lighting, BLACK IS BACK!

Here are some beautiful examples of new kitchen and bath trends that highlight the versatile range of how to use black in kitchens and bathrooms.

Cabinetry

Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios
Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios

 

Sinks

Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.
Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.  See it featured in Home & Design Magazine 
Carin Farmhouse Apron-front sink - Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.
Carin Farmhouse Apron-front sink – Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

With soft French curves, the Cairn® kitchen sink offers transitional style to suit contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Cairn is made of KOHLER Neoroc®, a matte-finish composite material designed for extreme durability and unmatched beauty. Richly colored to complement any countertop, Neoroc resists scratches, stains, and fading, and is highly heat- and impact-resistant. The Self-Trimming® apron design makes it easy to retrofit existing 36″ cabinetry that has a false drawer front, requiring only a simple rough cut.

Tubs

Thaine TUb
Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware’s Thaine Antique Black Copper Double-Slipper Pedestal Tub

Welcome high-end design into your master bathroom with the Thaine Antique Black Copper Tub. A true statement piece, this bathtub features a patina fused to the exterior to create a smooth, dark finish within the metal. The rolled rim allows the polished interior to be showcased on every curve of the double-slipper design. Bold yet functional, the Thaine has plenty of room for you to sit back and enjoy a luxurious soak.

Lighting

 

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Photo Courtesy of Kichler Co

The Natural Brass finish on Kichler’s Linara 5 light linear chandelier, is like jewelry to the Matte Black metal slatted shade. A refreshing twist on contemporary and mid century modern décor.

Hardware

 

Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware
Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware’s Radke Mahogany Vanity in Shoreline Gray features hardware options including Satin black shown here.

Photo Courtesy of Vigo Industries
Photo Courtesy of Vigo Industries

 

We think the black finishes on this VIGO Elan Adjustable Frameless Shower Door is a showstopper! Made with VIGO’s proprietary RollerDisk™ Technology, this door has built-in adjustability to ensure that it is a perfect fit in your shower. Flex-Sizing™ and SmartAdjust™ Technology ensure that your shower door will remain level despite inevitable shifts that occur as homes settle. This door features resilient tempered glass to prevent dangerous splinters and shards. With the option for right or left-side installation, the VIGO Elan is as versatile as it is sturdy. Stainless-steel hardware outfitted in a 7-layer plated, rust-free matte black finish completes this one-of-a-kind design.

Design Inspiration

If you want to incorporate a few touches of black but not sure how, Moen put together some great advice in their blog

And here are blogs from Signature Hardware on “How to Use the Look in Your Kitchen Design”  matte black bathroom and matte black kitchen!

Let’s face it. A bathroom or kitchen renovation or remodel can be expensive. You don’t want to make a mistake, but it’s easy to do given all the dozens of mechanical, design and selection decisions that one has to make during the process. To really feel confident about pulling off black in your kitchen or bathroom design, we encourage you to check in with our design experts who are ready and waiting to help you design your new space and to assist you in making the selections that ensure your bathroom has a good balance and is executed thoughtfully to avoid costly errors. Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom!