tile design trends

Just as grey is popular in paint and cabinetry, so too is it favored in tile, according to the experts. “Greys and whites continue to be popular choices for both floor and wall tiles,” says Dale Wigden of Louisville Tile. In addition, homeowners are moving away from “flat” wall tile and are requesting more dimensional formats, Wigden says. “They’re looking for bevels and interesting shapes like arabesques and penny rounds. For floor tiles they like larger planks and oblong sizes, often in realistic wood and natural stone looks, which have become better and better due to advances in digital glaze …

Countertop Trends

“While granite is still a leading choice for homeowners and homebuyers and white granite slabs are definitely “hot,” quartz countertops continue to grow in popularity, according to the experts Regarding popular countertop trends, Meghan Downs of Smokey Mountain Tops reports, “We are seeing the majority of our clients looking for that marble design without the high maintenance of caring for the soft marble stone. It certainly is beautiful but many day-to-day kitchen activities can harm the stone, causing etching, staining, and even visible scratches.” Downs says, “Cambria quartz offers some great low maintenance alternatives in their marble collection. The durability …

Green Interiors: Five Steps to a Greener Kitchen

Green Interiors: Five Steps to a Greener Kitchen Whether it’s the renovation of an old home or designing a new-build, kitchens always seem to be a top priority. This is due, in part, to the current popularity of the open-plan concept, a layout that puts the kitchen in the center of the plan, making it a hub of activity within the home. With its many plumbing fixtures, appliances, and lighting demands, the kitchen is also one of the easiest rooms to make more sustainable when updating or building. By considering a few simple things throughout the design process it’s not …

Green Interiors: Don’t Forget Tile

Going Green? Don’t Forget About Tile Whether you are an owner or builder, you have probably been inundated by information about the vast number of eco-friendly home products available today. Planning to repaint a room? You better consider the number of VOC’s in that can. Selecting plumbing fixtures for your new master bathroom? I hope that showerhead is classified as low-flow. These are all good tips to remember when building or remodeling. With all of the “greenwashing” going on these days, some companies are spending more time and money promoting their sustainable products than actually implementing green practices. So who is …

Perfect Pantries

Perfect Pantries Coming from the Old French word “paneterie” (meaning from “pain” the French word for bread) the pantry has changed greatly over time. Generically, a pantry is a room adjacent to the kitchen where food, provisions, dishes, or linens are stored and served. Older homes were designed with a butler’s pantry, and in fact at one time the butler slept in the pantry to guard the silver from theft. Over time, that space became a general storage area for the homeowner. More modest homes began adding a closet-like area to serve as a pantry, and many homes have these …

Green Design: Appliance

Green Design: Appliance Workhorses When it comes to household chores, there are two types of appliances that come to mind that get a lot of use—those used for cooking and laundry. I was recently thinking about how much we use appliances in my own home and it seems as though we are always baking and doing laundry. Knowing that these are the workhorses of any home I wanted to find out what options are available today for these appliances—specifically the most efficient options.  I spent a bit of time studying GE Appliances. I started with the traditional oven and then looked …

Ellen Cheever: Kitchen Designer

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Ellen Cheever: kitchen designer Ellen Cheever, a national authority on kitchen and bath trends, has spent the last 37 years redefining the kitchen and bathroom, and offers some interesting insights as to how kitchens have evolved and what’s in store for the future. Recently in Nashville for a continuing education seminar for members of the local chapter of the Association of Interior Designers and the local chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, Cheever took time to discuss trends. She clearly visualizes kitchens today as they are designed to fit one of five demographic groups she’s identified, and discusses the open look …

Time for Tile

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time for tile In addition to large format tiles which can now be used almost anywhere due to increased availability and improved installation materials and methods, homeowners are also able to select from porcelain tile closely resembling almost any natural product, according to Amy Balsimo of Louisville Tile of Nashville. “Thanks to high definition and digital printing, porcelain can be anything one can dream of—hardwood, travertine, slate, or intricately patterned,” Balsimo says. “Another interesting trend is the use of ‘fabric’ look tiles and metallic effects for contemporary or transitional tastes.” Sarah Higdon of Renaissance Tile & Bath agrees. “If you can imagine it, …