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15 Trends for 2015: Design and Remodeling Trends for Your Whole Home Remodel

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Our highly acclaimed design team is frequently asked by the media and clients for their thoughts about the most interesting and popular trends in remodeling and design. Each year, we share a roundup of what’s hot in the design and remodeling industry. When you’re planning a whole home remodel, it’s important to choose visual themes that make sense for your personal tastes, needs and desires for your space. That said, it’s always fun to follow trends and see which ones you might like! Here are our design team’s picks for the top trends this year:

  • Living Walls: Breathe a little easier with these low-maintenance, indoor vertical plant gardens. Living walls create a bold statement and reduce stress while purifying the air.
  • Textured Natural Woods: Rustic woods made a splash in 2014 and now homeowners are exploring ways to use natural woods even more throughout their homes. Reclaimed woods are especially popular, giving a more organic look to kitchens, accent walls and home furnishings
  • Vintage Motifs: Vintage motifs are making a comeback this year, particularly paired with bold patterns, graphics and bright colors.
  • Open Shelving: This year homeowners are opting to show off their plates and glasses with open shelving instead of traditional cabinets.
  • Organic Elements: Organic elements make interiors feel fresh and full of life. “Shapes inspired by nature,” “living walls,” and “bringing the outside in” are some of the top buzz phrases for 2015.
  • Black as a Statement Color: Black is often used as an accent color in home design but this year black is taking center stage. Prepare to see black used as a statement color in kitchen cabinets and tiles.
  • Copper and Gold Accents: Say goodbye to silver and nickel; copper and gold elements are taking over! Pops of metal bring a glamorous touch to a space and are perfect when balanced with neutral palettes.
  • Modern Touches on Hand Painted Tiles: Hand painted tiles are moving away from the traditional terracotta styles that have been popular in the past. Look for hand painted tiles with bold patterns and subtle colors for a modern spin.
  • Bold Wallpaper and Fabric Patterns: Unlike decades ago, the new wallpapers have improved dramatically and are designed for both easy application and removal. Floral motifs, geometric prints and photographic images will be hot trends in 2015, continued from last year.
  • Water Saving Fixtures: With much of the country still in a major drought, many homeowners are opting for water-smart, user-friendly fixtures such as thermostatic mixers, and touch screen-operated showers that control water flow, mix and temperature.
  • Matte Finishes:  An alternative to the high gloss finishes of recent years, matte paints and finishes are in vogue now, complementing the evolution toward a more natural, organic look. A matte finish brings a raw edge of authenticity to a texture, revealing its natural imperfections.
  • Mosaic Wood Tiles: Mosaic wood tiles are eco-friendly, made from reclaimed wood, unique and easy to install. They’re a great alternative to wallpaper, adding texture and depth to any accent wall.
  • Mirrored Glass Tiles: Look for mirrored tiles strategically used in small bathrooms and accent walls to give the illusion of a bigger space and interesting lighting effects.
  • Handmade Items: Handmade items are a big trend for 2015. From hand painted tiles to crocheted throw rugs and hand woven baskets, handmade accessories add a personalized touch to any space.

Take a look at our Pinterest board for beautiful examples of 2015’s most intriguing trends. (And please follow us while you’re there!) If you are inspired to give one of these trends a try in your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore ways to incorporate trends in a way that is uniquely your own.

 

Keep it Clean in 2015! Laundry Room Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

January 9th, 2015
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36_7521220_vt57658-136For places in your home set aside for chores, why not brighten daily living with efficient and welcoming space where you enjoy spending time? The design of your laundry room is an important consideration in a whole home remodel. A professional design team can help you visualize a laundry room that will make daily washing and folding a pleasure! Here are some ideas to consider:

Where Would You Like the Laundry Room?
Many modern homes place the laundry room on an upper level, rather than in the more traditional garage or “off-the-kitchen” space, to prevent walking up and down the stairs with hampers full of laundry. If you’re in a single level home, a solution like the hallway laundry area concealed by extra large barn doors (shown above) is an innovative choice that makes the most of limited space.

63_5541468_42795-163How Will Storage Work?
Organization is essential to an efficient laundry room design. Along with plentiful space for dirty laundry, clean folded laundry and supplies, consider any extra storage capacity you may desire.

How Else Can the Room be Used?
The laundry room in the historic home shown below does double duty as a sewing room. If you have hobbies you’d like to accommodate, maximize your laundry room space to make your work more organized and inspired!

56_2691049_156When your home includes a laundry room with a beautiful, thoughtful design, everyday chores become an opportunity for efficient accomplishment and serene productivity. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you live with an ideal laundry room in your whole home remodel.

What’s Your View for the New Year? Planning with Perspective for Your Whole Home Remodel

December 31st, 2014
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lrThe end of one year and the beginning of another naturally causes us to reflect on the past and dream about the future. When some of the space in your home is specifically designed for contemplation, peace and inspiration are easier to find. When planning your whole home remodel, consider how your view influences your daily perspective and overall mood. Here are some examples of our projects that thoughtfully integrate the view:

Embrace Natural Surroundings
The design of the seaside condo shown above highlights the natural beauty of the condo’s spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Glass doors facing were built with three-foot panels from the middle and overlap, allowing for a 12’ opening to capture ocean breezes.

ColonialCoastal5Keep an Open Layout
This Colonial Coastal kitchen is a study in meticulous nostalgic design, balanced with a layout open to the dining and living area that allows the entire space to be filled with natural light. An emphasis on the surrounding nature defines the “coastal” in this classic Colonial-style design.

Live and Entertain Outdoors
This urban contemporary loft includes an expansive roof top deck with a spectacular vista of downtown San Diego. Day or night, this open space encourages indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

roofA new year brings new possibilities, especially in your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you discover ways to significantly enhance your lifestyle with innovation and enduring style for your whole home remodel.

Put it Away with Aplomb: Pantry Design for Your Kitchen Remodel

December 19th, 2014
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pantry1There’s something truly comforting about the enduring tradition of a kitchen pantry. A roomy pantry in your kitchen design makes for a clutter-free, organized space that is a joy for cooks and those who like to keep things clean and streamlined. Here are some ideas for pantries when you’re considering one for your whole home remodel or kitchen design:

Scale Up
The European-inspired pantry in the modern kitchen shown above is so large, it’s like having an extra “mini-kitchen.” There’s plenty of room for storing dry goods and other ingredients along with small appliances, which keeps the rest of the kitchen clean and neat. With the extra space for food prep, last minute tasks before welcoming guests can be easily accomplished and then simply concealed by sliding the pantry doors closed.

pantry2Add a Pop of Color
In the otherwise subdued palette of this seaside kitchen, this pantry adds a creative surprise of color with a fresh blue that is only revealed when the pantry doors are opened. A pantry is a fun place to experiment with brighter hues before trying them in other areas of your home.

swimpantryIntegrate with Style
The double pantries in this historic Spanish-style home honor the character of the original design while offering modern convenience. Double pantries make it easy for the client, an enthusiastic chef, to organize and access an abundance of ingredients and supplies.

Storage can be stylish when you work with an expert team! When planning your kitchen remodel, remember how much a pantry can add to the functionality and  appeal of the space.

A Toast to Earthy Reds: Marsala Named Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

December 4th, 2014
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img_pantone_color_of_the_year_2015_press_releaseDescribing their choice as “subtly seductive” Pantone named “Marsala” its 2015 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, said that the 2015 color of the year “Enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Interested in how you could use the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year in your whole home remodel? Marsala is a more natural choice for interiors than some of Pantone’s recent colors of the year, such as Radiant Orchid in 2014 and Tangerine Tango in 2013. It’s an elegant, warm and subtle tone that could be used throughout your living space as a unifying accent color. Marsala could work especially well with accessories such as accent rugs, upholstered furniture and other textured surfaces.

Color choices in your whole home remodel are one of the most exciting aspects to explore. When experimenting with color, try starting with accessories or smaller spaces. When you are ready to express ideas in your home with creative color, our professional design team can help!

Make a Big Impression in a Small Space: Powder Rooms in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 21st, 2014
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schnackpowderWith guests arriving for the holidays next week, your powder room will be used more than usual. When planning your whole home remodel, don’t forget to give the small space of a powder room the thoughtful design attention it deserves. Even a small room can make a lasting impression on guests. Here are some ways design makes a difference in your powder room:

Colors and Patterns
Interesting colors and materials get closer attention in a small space. A powder room in a seaside home combines the colors of the coast with an intriguing Moroccan pattern.

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Layers of texture in a small room help to give the space visual interest and character. This glittering powder room dazzles with
glamorous walls of metallic tile.

Lighting for Mood
Because powder rooms are usually visited for short amounts of time, they don’t need the same kind of task lighting as master bathrooms. Softer lighting is all that’s pecsarpowderrequired – the more soothing and flattering, the better.

Make your powder room a powerful expression of your personal style in your whole home remodel! Your guests will appreciate the extra attention paid to the details. Our experienced team can guide you toward choices that work best for your lifestyle today.

Step Up to Style: Stair Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 14th, 2014
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pecsarA staircase design is often one of the elements of your home first seen from the entryway. It’s also a heavily travelled area that needs a safe and durable design. Skillful staircase remodeling artfully balances creative and practical elements. From grand staircases with sweeping curves to meticulously detailed stairs crafted from handmade tiles, your staircase can be one-of-a-kind. Here are some ideas for staircase design in your whole home remodel:

murphyShape and Scale
This graceful curves of the sweeping staircase above make a dramatic statement in the entryway of an award-winning home. Crafted from maple hardwood with a custom-designed wrought iron stair rail and cherry hand rail, the staircase impresses with the details, while bringing definition to an expansive open living space.

Color and Art
Staircases can serve as mini-galleries, creating an intimate space for viewing and appreciating artwork. In this vibrant home alive with vintage and industrial elements, the staircase is created from iron bars punctuated by reclaimed wood cubbies with painted glass backs, creating the effect of a transparent wall of art.

gregstairsMaterials and Individuality
The stairs in this home with a Spanish-influenced design are built with an attention to detail that makes guests stop in their tracks! Vivid hand-painted tiles light up the entryway with color. Each pattern evokes a memory of the client’s globe-trotting lifestyle, making the design feel intensely personal.

Make the stairs in your whole home remodel a stunning expression of your personal style. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you toward the best combination of style and durable function for your lifestyle.

Design is Looking Up! Ceiling Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 17th, 2014
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MCMCeilingFrom floor to ceiling, every detail of a whole home remodel affects the final look and feel of the design. An experienced design team explores the creative options that will make your home stand out from bottom to top with a design uniquely suited to its space. Consider the following concepts for imaginative ceiling design:

Restore Original Beauty
In the Mid-Century Modern home shown above, originally designed by noted architect Dale Naegle, the ceiling was meticulously restored to its authentic grandeur. The paint was freshened between the beams to bring renewed attention to the architecture.

perryceilingArchitectural Layers
To define the kitchen in this expansive modern home, the ceiling was built in three layers to create a striking architectural element as an interesting design transition between the kitchen and the open living area.

Take Recess
As an inventive alternative to dropped beams or a soffit, a recess with indirect lighting defines the kitchen in the open area of a contemporary home (shown below) while bringing additional light and comfort to the space.

Pecsar1Architectural details and creative thinking lead to a design for your home that is like no other. When you work with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover a myriad of ways to make your ceiling a design element to look up to in your whole home remodel!

A Place for Your Furry Friends in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 3rd, 2014
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soldogWhen you have beloved pets, their comfort is important as you plan your whole home remodel. Pet needs do tend to be simpler than their humans’ needs but they still require careful consideration. Here are some ways to elicit a contented purr or happy woof from your furry friends in your whole home remodel:

hollandkittyA Place to Eat
A few of our recent kitchen remodels include a dedicated space for pet feeding with a custom area built in the kitchen island. This serves the dual purpose of keeping your space clutter-free and
giving your pet a calm and convenient place to nibble.

murphydoggyA Place to Clean
Staying clean may not be your pets’ top priority but as a human you will probably appreciate a convenient place for washing and storage of bath supplies. This colorful room off of the kitchen includes a doggie door for easy in and out.

A Place to Stay Safe
The custom-designed trash storage solution in this Rustic Modern kitchen keeps our clients’ dog, Peanut, from making a mess and
rusticpetgetting into any garbage that may not be good for him.

Pets bring unconditional love and joy into our lives. Show your appreciation by making your home friendly to your furry creatures with the help of our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals. We will help you arrive at a creative and stress-free solution for making you and your pets comfortable and happy in your whole home remodel.

A Kitchen Face Lift vs. a Personalized Design

September 26th, 2014
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Hinrichs_KitchenWhat is the difference between a kitchen face lift and a custom, personalized design? A kitchen face lift typically includes changing the color of cabinetry and adding a new backsplash, countertops or appliances. An update improves the look of a kitchen but not your lifestyle. A kitchen designed by an interior designer is a space that suits your needs, improves the kitchen’s relationship with adjacent rooms, and enhances the way you live.

Perry_KitchenProfessional designers are able to see possibilities in your space that are not evident without experience and expertise. We start by asking you a series of questions that help us get to the core of how you want to live in your new kitchen. Innovative space planning is one of the most significant features that distinguishes a designer kitchen. A designer helps determine where walls can be removed or space planning improved within the existing space to dramatically enhance the kitchen’s relationship with adjacent rooms, along with its visual appeal and functionality. Elements of a personalized kitchen can include:

  • Improved storage capacity
  • Better planned working surfaces
  • More efficiency while cooking and entertaining
  • Optimal circulation between the kitchen and outdoor living areas and the kitchen and other areas of your home
  • Space planned to encourage family gatherings
  • Innovative space for a home office
  • Dedicated areas for beloved pets to eat or rest

While there is nothing wrong with a face lift, it’s important to recognize how it differs from a kitchen designed just for you! When you are planning your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you from start to finish to create a kitchen that enhances your lifestyle every day.