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Kitchen Design Trends - Is Stainless Steel on its Way Out?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

Are Stainless Steel Appliances Going Out of Style??

We were recently asked this interior design question: 

"Dear Andrea, To keep a kitchen up to date for 2016, what color appliances would you recommend? If stainless steel is on it's way out, I don't want to have a kitchen full of it!!" 

Well, here's your answer, courtesy of Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes' Interior Design Expert :

In review of interior design trends as outlined by the Color Association of the United States, the Appliance Manufacturers Association, and Pantone, whose color forecaStainless Steel Kitchen Designs 2sts have been relied upon for decades by manufacturers and designers around the globe, it appears to be quite a "safe" choice to invest in stainless steel appliances.


Kitchen Design is Essential in New Homes

In quick terms, kitchen design is continuing to be the front runner of focus in new homes. In no other room are we seeing as much attention to detail.

Along with that, kitchen budgets are still creeping higher in relation to the rest of the house.

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Formal living rooms and even formal dining rooms are fading into the past and are thus eliminating the need for money spent on furniture and expensive decor that will never be used by the average homeowner. 


Kitchens are Central to your Living Experience

Kitchens are being recognized as not only the heart of the home, but also quite often the focal point and centerpiece.

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Often open to large great rooms, the kitchen now looks less "kitcheny" and more often like an inviting place to gather and entertain.

The decorative elements that are strong right now include natural finishes like wood and stone but they are complimented by glass, shiny metallics, special attention to lighting details, and even crystal.


Moving into Design Trends 

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Stainless steel will continue to be a favored choice for your kitchen appliance finish. 

Since stainless steel has been used in the best kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury. 

 2012 Kitchen Design Trends Black

What Other Color Trends are Popular?

The second most popular color is currently black, which is due to its more formal appearance in relation to the rest of the common areas of your home.


Best of luck with the building of your new home--planning and researching is always a good thing to do!



Do you have interior design questions? Want to know  the hottest 2012 design trends for your Raleigh new home?

Then "Ask Andrea," on-staff interior design expert for Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.


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Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.

We can redesign your kitchen floor plan to put everything just where you need it – BEFORE you build.

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Custom Master Bath Trends: More Drawers, Fewer Accents

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 @ 06:03 AM

Custom Bath Trends: Designing A Retreat

Choosing Cabinetry, Storage, and Tile for the Master Bath 

By Andrea Enns, Design Coordinator, Stanton Homes

Keeping things neat and clean is another part of the spa-look trend seeing as an uncluttered and orderly space is definitely more soothing and tranquil. 

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Master bath vanities have become larger and if you are not thinking about upgrading to more drawers in your vanity then you really should.  Drawers are a small ticket upgrade that pay off tremendously in the long run as they make the best use of all the space available in your vanity. 

We will continue to see a strong shift to warm wood tones like Maple Nutmeg and Cherry Spice mixed with the same warm neutral grays we are seeing in the kitchen, along with white and also soothing ethereal blues for accent. 

Currently wood grain vanity cabinets have a stronger following than white cabinets but we are seeing varying soft shades of white mixed with warm grays and tans appearing on laser printed porcelain tiles that portray the beautiful look of natural stone.

When considering your new tile work, once again spa-like features come to mind as the design trend is towards simple design with a strong focus on convenience.

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Built in cubbies and built-in corner shelves should definitely be on your list of affordable and practical upgrades to your new bathroom as they provide handy, much needed storage.

Gone are the days when it was only your teenage daughter who could be sited for stowing several bottles of “goup” in the shower. Nowadays, I am asked more often to incorporate two cubbies or two corner shelves into the shower design as “he” seems to have just as many grooming products as “she “ does…..the funniest conversations do often occur around this topic!

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders Planning for the storage and organization of one’s shower grooming products is simply an extension of the idea of more drawers the vanity and designing for “his and hers” vanities for that matter—everyone wants a place for their own “stuff”. 

For tile work, the spa look is most often displayed through tranquil natural stone looks creating an even more restful environment by using the same large tiles on the floor and on the shower walls.

Accents today seem to follow the “less is more” theory but nonetheless they are still very, very popular.

Amongst the most popular for tile accent is the use of natural stone or glass mosaics or often even a combination of the two.

2011 Master Bath Trends | NC Custom Home Builders We are seeing a thin sliver of  wall accent to create something very subtle, however, thinking along the terms of creating a more luxurious and inviting look, consider taking the same mosaic and using it on your master bath tub deck—not the sides and the splash—just the deck. 

This creates visual interest in an unexpected location, and in practical terms, the tub deck is really the smallest overall surface in the bathroom, making tiling this area in an eye-catching, exotic or shimmery mosaic, an affordable touch of luxury.

You can think “soothing and tranquil” on a budget and choose warm wood tone cabinetry, lime-stone look porcelain tiles installed in a simple design, and paint your walls a warm neutral gray.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to consider adding more drawers in your vanity and adding built in cubbies and corner shelves in your shower as these are affordable and smart upgrades.  

After weighing all of the available options and making your final decisions you will be able to look forward to finally relaxing in your private retreat—your new spa-look bathroom.  

Send us YOUR design questions to "Ask Andrea", and look to Stanton Homes for the answers you need.


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Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Relax, Refresh, Renew

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

The strongest trends for bathrooms

Expect More from Your Bathroom

Even though they are becoming increasingly larger, today’s bathrooms are still most often the smallest rooms in the house. Yet we tend to demand a lot of these spaces.

We expect the bathroom to stand up to heavy traffic, water, mildew, soap build up, and cosmetics, razors, toothpaste and creams.

We expect the bathroom to provide convenience that will enable us to get on with our busy day, standing up to even the most demanding members of our household. 

And yet we look to these same spaces to provide a respite at the end of a hectic day or even a place to heal.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends - Spending Wisely

Master Bathroom Trends | Custom Home Bathroom DesignIt is no wonder that trends for today’s bathrooms are of great interest to those building a new home or even remodeling.

Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms on which homeowners are spending greater portions of their budget dollars than ever before.  

Second only to kitchens, the real estate market tells us that giving thoughtful consideration to bathroom upgrades during the construction of your new home, is not only a safe, but wise investment.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends - Soothing and Tranquil

Bathtub Ideas | Master Bathroom TubIn review of the strongest trends for bathrooms, keep in mind the words “soothing” and “tranquil”.

Designers are seeing a strong continuation of the “spa look” bathroom which is the very epitome of soothing and tranquil. 

To create that effect homeowners are considering air jetted tubs instead of the older model water jetted tubs. 



Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Air Jetted Tubs

Air Jetted Tub | Jet TubEven though they are a little pricier than their water jetted cousins, air jetted tubs are very popular due to the fact that you can use soothing aromatherapy oils and bath salts in these tubs.  

Since the air jets are expelling air into the tub, they therefore keep themselves clean and free of any trapped bath products that are known to interfere with the functioning of water jetted tubs.

However, the market has also recently introduced a combination air and water jetted tub and the use of these tubs is often even prescribed in treatment for sports injuries and even arthritis.

Custom Home Bathroom Trends: Larger Showers with Spa Shower Heads

Rain Head Shower | Rain Shower DesignAlong those lines, showers are becoming larger and the addition of body sprayers, hand sprayers, and rain-shower heads, previously most commonly seen only in luxury homes, are growing in popularity for use by everyday folks as manufacturers are coming out with more and more affordable models.

If you haven’t been to a plumbing showroom lately, its time you went and had a look at some fantastic products. Kohler offers a combination rain-shower head and hand held sprayer that is affordable and user-friendly.

Not only can it help to massage tired muscles, but the practical hand sprayer is a great help when you actually have to clean the shower!

After weighing all of the available options and making your final decisions you will be able to look forward to finally relaxing in your private retreat—your new spa-look bathroom.  


Article by Andrea Enns at Stanton Homes.


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