Three trends, styles and designs that are on the forefront of our designing minds these days…
1. Designed for Aging
Many Designers are becoming certified aging-in-place specialists (CAPS), in response to the growing need to identify ways to help aging baby boomers “age gracefully” in their homes, for as long as possible. Universal design is one such trend that is coming to the forefront of main stream design for homes. Look for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety. Features such as wide hallways, enlarged and zero-step walk-in showers, wall hung vanities and lowered countertops blend seamlessly into the design so that the home does not have a clinical or institutional appearance. (zero-step shower and wall hung vanity are shown to the left)
2. California is All About Outdoor Living
Outdoor living is here to stay. The yard and garden become a part of the floor plan when sliding glass doors or retractable glass walls such as nana-walls™, open up the home and lead to patios and decks, either covered or open to allow for natural light. Outdoor rooms may even include kitchens with sophisticated sinks and grills, including features such as built-in fireplaces, eco-friendly fire pits that burn clean fuel (ethanol) , LED lighting in a variety of colors including water-proof rope lighting discreetly hidden along fences, pathways or decking.
3. Glass Backsplashes
Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provide a colorful yet ultra-clean, sleek alternative to the more traditional tile backsplash. This sleek look can also compliment a kitchen or bathroom that has busy patterns in the cabinets, flooring or countertops. Glass will provide a simple backsplash will not compete with the surrounding textures, and add either a pop of color or neutrality to your space. (mustard glass backsplash in the photo to the left)
Article Credits: Ciro Giammona – President and General Contractor