For homeowners looking to shake things up in the bathroom or kitchen, there are plenty of twists on classic designs to choose from.
Erich Van Cleave, owner of Van Cleave Construction, Remodeling and Design, shared some of the recent trends homeowners are incorporating into these two spaces.
“Something real popular which we’re seeing is the barn doors,” Van Cleave says. “Homeowners are wanting to incorporate a barn door into the home, whether it be on a master bath, a closet or a bonus room.”
Bathtub and shower options
“Some of the newer houses are built with what they call deck tubs or corner tubs built in,” Van Cleave says. “The freestanding tubs are a throwback to the old claw-foot tubs. They seem to be more comfortable, more elegant.”
He says there are other options for those wanting something more appealing regarding the shower. The zero-entry shower is a shower minus the curb in front, making it easily accessible.
“Lots of times you don’t even have a shower door or curtain on it because of the way it’s designed,” Van Cleave says. “It also opens up opportunities to install heated tile floors.”
He says towel warmers have made their way into the new year, adding a more luxurious feel to your bathroom space.
Van Cleave says he’s seeing lots of white cabinetry in both the kitchen and bathroom.
“White is such as easy color to make look good. Matching accessories gives you a lot of options giving you a nice canvas to work with,” he says.
Experts say that white subway tile will never go out of style. Make it the base for a casual ,industrial style or dress it up with traditional-style furniture and fixtures for a timeless look.
Take your decor a step further by going with a black-and-white theme. Black and white remains strong color pattern and is being used with some shades of gray. Old meets new in a fun way when classic patterns are mixed with retro 1970s colors.
Worldly inspired designs
Interior design experts suggest Mediterranean-inspired mosaic tile can add a rich look to your space. You don’t need a lot to make a big statement. Try it as an accent in the shower or tub area or as a backsplash in a half bath.
When looking to update your kitchen or bathroom space, keep in mind that practical storage will never go out of style. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical space and take your cabinetry up the wall. Experts recommend that if built-in cabinetry isn’t an option, incorporate an interesting or antique piece of furniture. Open shelving is still a popular trend that can also be quite practical in the bathroom.
There are lots of options regarding cabinet hardware, with many different finishes and styles.
There are a variety of manmade options that look as good as marble. Quartz is popular and often used for kitchen countertops. Porcelain tiles are another top choice. It looks good and won’t stain, and scratch as easily. Bold geometric styles out right now regarding tiles.
“Marble looks really good but it’s really high maintenance,” Van Cleave says. “It’s a super soft material that can stain easily.”
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Houzz, the online home design site, has just released results of its fourth annual Kitchen Trends Report. The site surveyed more than 2,700 homeowners and covers everything from design style, finishing choices, purchase motivation, generational differences and a kitchen's impact on health.
Here are the highlights:
Health: One-third of respondents said they have adopted a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation. It prompted them to make more meals at home and eat more fruits and vegetables.
Motivation: Those renovating their kitchens did so to encourage more family time (49 percent), more home cooking (41 percent) and more entertaining (40 percent).
Triggers: What makes them finally remodel? Some 43 percent said they simply can no longer stand their old kitchen. 40 percent said they finally can afford it and another 28 percent are simply adding their own style to a newly purchased home.
Design: Contemporary is the most popular design style for remodeled kitchens, but millennials want modern or farmhouse styles. Baby Boomers are more likely to opt for traditional kitchens.
Countertops and floors: Look and durability are the top two factors for choosing counters and floors. Cost comes in third place. Top picks: marble counters and wood floors for look, granite/quartz and porcelain tile for durability.
Size matters: More than half (51 percent) of new kitchens open to other rooms. Some 36 percent of kitchens are getting bigger.
Most common upgrades: Counters (95 percent), backsplash (90 percent) and sinks (89 percent).
Flooring choices: We're torn between hardwood floors and ceramic/porcelain tile, split 31 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Another 12 percent of kitchen remodels used engineered wood.
On the walls: Some 72 percent still want painted walls; another 34 percent chose ceramic or porcelain tile and 5 percent used marble.
Colors: More homeowners are choosing gray as their top color (26 percent, up 4 percent over last year) while cabinets are overwhelmingly white (42 percent) and counters are multicolored (33 percent).
After the update: After their remodels, respondents said they indeed are spending more time together (49 percent), booking (41 percent) and baking (30 percent), and eating more fruits and vegetables (26 percent.)
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Faux and fabulous! Why faking it has never looked so convincing
A desire for the rustic has seen an upsurge in demand for faux oak ceiling beams, according to Jonathan Banister, managing director at Oakleaf Reproductions Ltd.
‘Adding just one reproduction oak beam across the ceiling can gently age a property, giving it character and warmth,’ he says.
The company, which Jonathan’s father founded in 1969, uses resin poured into a mould created from original oak to faithfully replicate the beam.
‘The resin picks up every detail of the original. We then hand paint and stain it,’ says Jonathan
A faux sable runner on the bed gives a luxe feel and Helen Moore is the best in the business, (£240, cuckooland.com). Or you could sink into a faux wolf fur beanbag
While you’re at it, forget the hassle of real flowers. Fakes will not wilt, die, disappoint or leave your vase full of muck.
By Frances Childs for Daily Mail Published: 23:12 +11:00, 13 January 2017 | Updated: 23:18 +11:00, 16 January 2017
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When it comes to the various types of tiles that are available for use on your floors, porcelain tiles offer a very hard-wearing and resilient surface that is suitable for any room in the house. Made of a different variety of materials to the more commonly used ceramic tiles, they are a more solid tile that is not only stronger but also absorbs less moisture. This means that the resulting tiles are easier to look after and more resistant to stains.
Porcelain tiles with a smooth glazed surface are the most straightforward to clean, with a bit of care both unglazed and textured tiles can also be maintained with little difficulty.
Day to day cleaningIf you want to keep your porcelain floor tiles looking their best, then it is worth cleaning them regularly, daily if you can. Use a soft bristled brush to sweep up any loose dust and bits from the floor, or use a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove any debris. If you have textured porcelain tiles it is best to sweep in two direction to make sure you get all the little bits up.
Mopping with warm water, and no products, should be enough to keep your tiles clean from day to day mess.
If you want to reduce the amount of dirt being trekked over the floor, use a mat just inside your door to help trap some of the grit before it reaches you tiles.
Deeper cleaningIf you have ground in dirt on your tiles, then you may need to do more than brush to get it off. Use a small soft bristled scrubbing brush and gently work in a figure of eight pattern over the problem area, this should remove the ground in bits and then you can brush and mop as normal.
Every couple of weeks, or once a week if your porcelain tiled floor is in a high traffic area mop with a small amount of mild detergent mixed with warm water. Do not let the water containing detergent dry on the floor and make sure that you mop with clean water afterwards to remove all residue for the detergent This will also help to reduce unsightly water spots.
If you need to remove a stain from your tiles use a product recommended by the manufacturer and only clean the affected area, make sure you rinse well with clean water to remove all trace of the chemicals.
What not to use
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What is efflorescence?
Efflorescence is a concentration of salts (calcium hydroxide) present in all cements and other mortar constituents such as sand aggregates and lime which move through grout joints to the surface. Once this concentration reaches the surface, it reacts with the carbon dioxide in the air forming “Calcium Carbonate”. This then dries leaving behind white crystals which discolour the grout.
Efflorescence is more prominent in winter months as the weather is colder and moisture more prevalent. It is more noticeable on darker grouts due to the colour contrast.
How can I contain or reduce efflorescence?
The key is to avoid excess water throughout your tile installation system. You should use fast setting adhesives such as Davco's 1 Part Rapid or 2 Part Rapid and use a low efflorescence grout such as Davco's Elite ColourGrout. Be sure to reduce the amount of water used in clean-up and avoid early clean-up of grouting. Allow grout to set fully for 24 hours prior to cleaning grout haze.
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What is a primer?
Primers are an important component in tiling as they improve the bonding of the tiling system, as well as improving the working characteristics of an adhesive. Inadequate or incorrect surface preparation is the most common cause of failure when bonding tiles onto surfaces.
What are the benefits of using a primer?
Good primers regulate the absorption rate of tiled surfaces. This results in:
Yes, with the exception of substrates covered with a waterproofing membrane due to its non-absorbent nature. We recommend the use of a primer on all other substrates to be tiled. By not using a primer, you can void your product and tiling system warranties.
What is the effect of high temperatures on primers?
With high temperatures, primers can evaporate very quickly (known as “flash drying”) before they have penetrated the pores of the material to control porosity and trap embedded contaminants.
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ECO SYSTEMS PREPNPRIME Is a unique solvent free, flexible primer specifically designed with enhanced adhesion properties for use onto metallic, smooth and non porous surfaces. Eco Prep N Prime is a safe alternative to hazardous solvent based primers and etching, to enable and improve the adhesion of a wide range of coatings, waterproofing membranes and tile adhesives over non absorbent surfaces. Available in 1.2 litre, 4 litre, 10 litre drums.
Prep n Prime allows for increased productivity and removes the requirement to grinding the tiles in tile over tile applications.
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Setting out floor tiles
Movement joints should be provided as follows:
1. Over movement joints in the background.
2. At a junction between different background materials.
3. At fixtures interrupting the tile surface e.g. columns.
4. At internal vertical corners.
5. Around the perimeter of the tiling system.
6. At a maximum of 5 metre intervals in a grid pattern.
Note: Movement joints should go right through the tile adhesive bed to the background and be kept free from dirt and adhesive droppings.
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Tools and equipment you need to undertake a tiling project
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