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Category: Design Trends

Bathroom Design Trends 2017

We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Bathroom Design. Here are our insights: It used to be that residential bathroom design influenced hotel bathroom design, but now hotel bathroom design has surpassed residential bathroom design, so hotel bathroom design is influencing residential bathroom design. Larger, open plan bathrooms are the trend. These open plan bathrooms are often open in part to the master bedroom or suite. Ventilation and moisture control is extremely important in open bathroom plans as
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Trends in Rugs and Soft Floor Coverings

Area rugs, which are different than carpets, are still very popular. Carpets are a term that means wall-to-wall carpeting and this is installed over the finished floor or subfloor with tackles strips and with a proper padding for softness and durability. Rugs are also installed with pads, usually thinner pads, sometimes thicker, and are for an area of a room but not the whole room. The remaining area of the floor which shows is usually wood, tile or stone. Traditional
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Style Trends from High Point

As many of you know, we visit High Point Market twice a year to source products for our clients. It is a great place to see style and color trends and the latest introductions which will hit the market in six months. Like fashion week in New York, the semi-annual furnishings market gives a glimpse into the future of the interior design and home furnishings industry. While the general umbrella trend is still towards contemporary, we are seeing four sub
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Color Trends from High Point Market

Twice a year, spring and fall, we go to High Point, North Carolina to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet in North Carolina for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest home furnishings market in the world. Why do we go? To see
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Kitchen Design Trends 2016

Have you been wondering what’s hot in kitchen design these days? Here are the latest trends we are seeing in kitchens, some new and some ongoing. Still Larger Kitchens are still growing in square footage. The center island is becoming larger as with more seating and function. More special features in kitchens means more space is required. Still Open Plan Being the heart of the home the kitchen is opening up to other rooms. Taking down a partition wall that
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Master Bathroom Design Trends 2016

We reported on bathroom design trends over a year ago and now we have some updates as to what is hot in 2016, specifically in the master bathrooms. Larger Master Bathrooms The master bathroom continues to grow in size in both new construction and renovation projects. We are frequently taking space from other rooms/areas to make the master bath larger. Sometimes these are part of a dressing room and other times completely separate. Toilet Compartments With larger master bathrooms, clients
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Oscar Gold for Everyday

Gold is so hot lately! Not just at the Oscars but in interior design as well. We first reported on this trend in 2014 and the trend is continuing to grow and become more mainstream. We do not mean 24 carat gold. That is reserved for the truly extravagant and wealthy. We mean gold finishes and colors. Gold finishes are really hot right now and are literally showing up everywhere; in interior design, fashion design, and industrial design. In interior
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Vintage Posters as Art

Originating in France and primarily used as billboards for announcements and advertisements the vintage poster became popular in the 19th century due to the new and less expensive printing processes which also gave them their characteristic intense color. In the late 19th century and early 20th century they became the method of mass communication in the cities of Europe and then America and are the precursors to the modern day advertising industry. Without television and the internet, the vintage posters
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Our Favorite Paint Colors – Part 2

In our last blog post we shared some of our favorite paint colors with you, specifically from The Benjamin Moore Classic Collection. This week we are sharing more of our favorite paint colors but this time from another loved paint company Sherwin-Williams. Here are some of our favorite Sherwin-Williams colors. GREEN: Kind Green   This green is properly named because it is a very kind green, soft on the eye and easy to live with. Useful for a variety of styles
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Color is making a Comeback – We Hope

After many years of white and off-white rooms we are very pleased to report that color is making a comeback. We have seen a lot of evidence lately that this trend, while only in its infant stages, is beginning to take hold and growing in popularity. It seems many clients are tired of playing it safe and wanting to be a bit more bold in their decoration. Perhaps it is a form of personal expression and wanting to be unique
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What’s Happening in your Closet?

Is your closet a source of pride or a source of shame? Is it something you like to show off to your friends or a hiding place to throw everything that no one should ever see when visiting your home? The 21st century closet has evolved into a showcase not a hiding space. This formerly forgotten space no longer has been relegated to last place on the list when it comes to home renovation and decoration. The closet has become
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Color Trends from #HighPointMarket

Twice a year, spring and fall, we go to High Point, North Carolina to see what is going on in the furniture industry. 75,000 designers, furniture dealers, manufacturers and buyers all meet in North Carolina for the High Point Market. There are 12 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space with 2,000 manufacturers showing their products, new introductions and designs. It is by far the world’s largest home furnishings market in the world. Why do we go? To see
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Designing with Rugs

Do you know the difference between a rug and a carpet? Carpet is broadloom, usually woven at twelve feet wide by any length and on a long roll. Carpet is meant to be installed wall-to-wall, although it can be cut into a rug. Rugs are woven to a specific size and can be bordered or bound and are not installed wall-to-wall but allow the underlying floor to be shown. Commonly referred to as “Oriental” rugs because they come from the
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Ceilings – What’s Up?

What’s happening on your ceiling, a whole lot of nothing? Do not worry you are not alone. It is the most forgotten and least designed space in the home. We call it the forgotten 6th plane. A room usually has six sides; four walls, a floor and a ceiling. We concentrate on the flooring materials and floor covering and what happens on every wall but other than paint and lighting the ceiling is often left naked. Well there are many
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Bathroom Design Trends

What is going on in the bathroom these days that hasn’t been going on for centuries?   The answer: a lot!! We have been seeing some definite trends over the past few years that are continuing to gain momentum. Here are our top picks. • Showers are Getting Larger The shower is becoming a Zen like spa with more space, places to sit, body sprays and many sources of water from overhead and the side walls. These big open spaces sometimes don’t
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Bathroom Design Trends 2017

We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Bathroom Design. Here are our insights: It used to be that residential bathroom design influenced hotel

Read More »

Vintage Posters as Art

Originating in France and primarily used as billboards for announcements and advertisements the vintage poster became popular in the 19th century due to the new

Read More »

Designing with Rugs

Do you know the difference between a rug and a carpet? Carpet is broadloom, usually woven at twelve feet wide by any length and on

Read More »

Bathroom Design Trends

What is going on in the bathroom these days that hasn’t been going on for centuries?   The answer: a lot!! We have been seeing some definite

Read More »

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