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Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:06 AM

Top Ten Kitchen Design Trends in New Homes

Kitchen trends in today's custom homes center on practical features that make everything easy and fun.

Take a look through these top ten design trends, for ideas you can use in your own new kitchen.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #10: Raised bars for seating

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen DesignWhen you don't want to deal with a meal at the table, a raised seating bar is the perfect solution.

Kitchens with raised eating/serving bars are designed to supplement alternative casual eating areas – in addition to more formal dining choices.

For example, in this home, the dining area is designed to be open and causal - alongside the kitchen bar.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #9: Special spaces that add flexibility

Secondary sinks can make cooking easy, all over the kitchen.


Top 10 kitchen trends

Whether you add one to the bar as a prep sink or over the stove as a pot filler, serious cooks love secondary sinks.  

Ask your builder what it would take to upgrade the kitchen with a small, extra sink - it's on a lot of today's kitchen wish-lists. 

But keep in mind the overall size and maneuverability of your kitchen, to determine usability.

 

 

 

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design Trend #8: Tile backsplashes

From glass mosaics to custom inlay designs, back splashes are a top design trend in new home kitchens.

Backsplashes are great for:

 - easy clean up

 - a splash of personality

 - a way to coordinate the room's decor

 - the artistic touch of a texture or pattern

Create some spark, with color!

Make your back splash a focal point of the room, or a backdrop that blends features. Grays can pick up other colors - giving more dimension to blues and greens. And metalics can draw the eye quickly.  

Kitchen Design Trend #7:  Granite or Quartz countertops

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2013

 

Every granite countertop is unique, hand-picked by our homebuyers with the help of their personal interior design expert provided by Stanton Homes.

Granite countertops can be chosen to blend into or contrast with tile back splashes and kitchen cabinets.

Check out what granite counter tops cost and what they add. Click here to learn more about adding granite to a 2013 kitchen.

 

Kitchen Design Trend #6:  Built in Beverage Coolers and racks

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Specialty beverage centers that are cropping up in new homes include:

 - Wine racks

 - Wine refrigerators

 - Beer and soda refrigerators

Built-in beverage centers can be bold centerpieces of the kitchen, or discrete storage areas tucked around the corner in a butler's pantry or hallway.

 

 

Kitchen Design Trend #5:  Built-in StorageTop 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Convenient storage solutions are cropping up all over new kitchens. 

Tucked-away spaces can be found under, over and inside every countertop in the room.

With just a small extension of the existing space, the ability to put things away underneath the serving bar, eating bar area, or island has become an important plus when considering storage centers. 

 

Kitchen Design Trend #4:  Oversized Islands

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Larger kitchens make way for oversized islands and that's an attractive alternative to other counter space. 

Oversized islands can be designed to fit your lifestyle and the amount of seating and storage you require, like these examples:

 

- Large seating area on one side, which can be raised or kept the same height

 

- Kitchen desk area

 
Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

- Separate range top and cooking center


- Preparation area with vegetable sink


Accents like display shelves, corbels, and "furniture" posts can be added.

 

3.  Built-in Banquettes


Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

A built-in seating area near the kitchen can maximize space and storage. 

Built-in seats are flush against the wall, and can be placed under windows to save space and allow for casual seating.

Banquettes can range in size, and storage can be built into the bench areas, like the setting in this photo.

 

 

 

2.  Contrasting Kitchen Cabinetry

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

Multiple finishes and styles of cabinetry make your Kitchen stand out with contrasting features and colors.

The dramatic influence of opposing color schemes can add classic appeal to decorative range hoods, islands, and eating bar areas.

One of today's most common cabinetry combinations is white with espresso.

Read more about kitchen color trends that combine dark and light cabinets.

 

1.   Open Kitchens
Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends | New Home Kitchen Design

The integration of kitchens with family living space (also called "Great Rooms") is another growing trend in 2013 new homes.

As home spaces become more casual, big, open spaces offer tremendous flexibility and a feeling of open spaciousness.

An island or peninsula can help divide two spaces into distinct areas, while allowing for open traffic flow.

 

 

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Top 10 Master Bath Trends | "Gotta Have" Features

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jan 02, 2013 @ 15:01 PM

Top 10 Master Bath Trends

What master bath features are most important to this year's new homebuyers? The top 10 master bath trends for 2013 include all the sought-after features you love, with luxury, comfort, and convenience in mind.

Top Master Bath Trend #1 - Extra storage

 Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013In 2013, new home master baths will find ways to add extra storage and de-clutter counters, such as adding:

 - Floor-to-ceiling cabinets

 - Open shelving

 - Angled upper cabinets

 - Wrap-around cabinets

 See photos of more master bath storage ideas - click here

Top Master Bath Trend #2 - Oversized tub

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 Master bathrooms built in 2013 will include more oversized tubs - with many special requests for extended lengths as more men are enjoying pampering soaks.

New homeowners are looking for a place to relax - and a large bubble bath makes the top of their list.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #3 - Expanded shower

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 

 

While some master bath tubs are expanding in size, others are being replaced with oversized showers.

Custom home master bath showers will include specialty features such as tile benches, dual shower heads, and built in niches.

 

 At Stanton Homes, we can enlarged or rearrange a master bathroom floor plan to accomodate an oversized shower.

 

    

 

Top Master Bath Trend #4 - Premium tile selections

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

Master baths will include more premium tile selections such as marble and glass.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Lowery, features a glass mosaic tub surround.

 

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #5 - Framed mirrors

 Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 While master baths will continue to feature large mirrors with beveled edges, we anticipate more requests for framed mirror styles for a more contemporary feel

 

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Carwile, includes wood framed mirros in espresso.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #6 - Plant shelves AND

Top Master Bath Trend #7 - Vaulted ceilings

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

Plant shelves and vaulted ceilings go hand-in-hand in 2013 custom home designs.

Plant shelves are a subtle way to add elegance and detail to any master bathroom.

See more photos of plant shelves on Pinterest - click here.

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 

 

 

And vaulted ceilings add greater dimension and depth.

Get ideas for your custom master bath in these vaulted ceiling photos.

 

Top Master Bath Trend #8 - Heated floors

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

Heated flooring will continue to be a luxury add-on for master baths.

 

Heated flooring can make winter mornings more comfortable.  While not as popular in mild North Carolina, heated floors will stay in high demand in colder climates.

 

 

 

Top Master Bath Trend #9 - Arched openings and alcoves

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

 Master baths will include more upscale designed details, such as arched openings and alcoves.

The custom home pictured here, a version of the Summerlyn, features a rectangular tub with arched entrance and TWO arched alcoves, one on each end of teh tub. Lights are tucked into each alcove and above the tub.

 

Top Master Bath Trend #10 - His and hers separate vanities

Top 10 Master Bath Trends for 2013

A "his-and-hers" master bathroom setup will continue to be popular in new homes.

While separate vanities can be integrated into one long countertop, even more popular is a separate countertop design. 

Completely separate countertops, sinks, and storage give a true his-and-hers feeling.

The his-and-hers concept will also be used when designing two seperate master closets.

 

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