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Blue Tile Bathroom Ideas for NC New Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Blue Tile in the Bathroom:

For some buyers, blue bathrooms are a bold choice; for others, pale blue paint and tile are a calming, relaxing option.

See photos of blue bathrooms - and tile designs - from new homes built by Stanton Homes in central North Carolina.  Stanton Homes is a design/build home builder in Raleigh, NC - contact us to learn more about the new home build process. 

Blue Tile Ideas for the Bath:

Below are examples of how to use blue tile in the master bathroom, secondary bath, and powder room. 

1. Blue Tile Floor

Hints of blue, grey, and white blend throughout the contemporary pebble style master bathroom floor - with deeper blue tiles integrated around the tub and shower. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Ceiling-height tile in the shower is a custom home touch. 

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2. Blue Tile Surround on a Curved Tub

This master bath tub rests inside the open concept shower. Mixed tile sizes create contrast throughout the bathroom: long faux wood floor and wall tiles blend with mini mosaic wall and tub patterns.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This contemporary show includes his and hers shower heads and block window glass. 

3. Blue Tile Around a Mirror

This kids bathroom feautres blue tile in the vanity and shower room. A thin listello accent frames the mirror and window. Linear patterns run through the floor and across the shower walls. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

Blue and grey tile combinations are popular inside master, guest, and kids bathrooms. 

4. Blue Accents in a Tub Surround

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

This master bathroom features a more subtle shade of blue in the tile - to accent the bright, baby blue walls.  The neutral tile tub surround softens the room. 

The built-in tile shelf below the window offers a place to decorate or store bath time essentials. 

Although light blue can be a more traditional bathroom shade, the no-door archway opening between the master bedroom and bath keeps this space feeling contemporary.

5. Blue Shower Tile

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath

A guest or secondary bathroom is a great place to add floor-to-ceiling tile - in bold color choices. 


Many homebuyers opt to integrate tile upgrades in the most visible bathrooms, such as a guest suite bath or shared downstairs bath.








6. Blue Mini Mosaic Tile Patterns

This bathroom - a dual entry, kids' Jack and Jill layout - uses a mini mosaic tile pattern in the shower. 

Tile Tub Surround Ideas | Blue Bathroom Tile Ideas

This bathroom is custom designed as a specially adapted shower room - with tub inside - for ease of use. 8 x 10 white field tile runs across the ceiling, in addition to the walls and foor. 

7. Subtle Blue Tile Accents

Using slate blue tile -- mixed with grays, browns, and other earth tones -- is a great way to create a neutral bathroom without the popular integration of high contrasts of white, black, and gray patterns. This blend of colors feels more traditional than a bright blue design. 

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath


8. Slate Blue Tile Tub Surround

A vertical tile pattern with slate blue tones emphasizes the curved front of this tile tub surround.

Blue Bathrooms | Blue Tile in the Bath


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5 Kitchen Design Trends | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 

The top 5 kitchen design trends for homes are all about details, according to a survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

The NKBA identifies the latest designs and trends in kitchen and bath design across the United States and Canada.

More than 300 NKBA member-designers participated in the 2013 NKBA Design Trends Survey, providing information about popular design specifications including materials, product types, and styles. 

Here are the fastest growing trends for 2013 kitchens, according to these design experts:


NKBA Kitchen Trend #1: White Painted Cabinetry

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhite painted cabinetry is the number one kitchen trend going into 2013.

67% of NKBA respondents said they use white painted cabinets in the kitchen.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, custom home builder Stanton Homes is starting to see more requests for white cabinetry. The approach can lighten a room, make it look bigger, and provide a clean and fresh look.



5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens

There is also still a very strong desire for classic stained wood cabinets, with cherry wood the optimal choice for durability. 

The percentage of NKBA respondents who prefer light, medium and dark finishes can be seen here, along with some examples:

Light: 30% 

Medium: 54% 

Dark: 55%


NKBA Kitchen Trend #2: Glass Backsplash

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New Kitchens


While ceramic and porcelain tiles remain the most popular tile backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, glass backsplashes are growing more popular, with 64% of respondents saying they use this design approach


Natural stone tile is another growing trend. 



NKBA Kitchen Trend #3: LED Lighting

The use of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting increased to 77% of designers in 2013. LED has become an extremely popular type of energy efficient lighting, and is especially prevalent in many certified green homes.   LED lighting is still much more expensive than standard lighting, but some buyers consider this a must-have splurge in important areas like kitchens and baths.

NKBA Kitchen Trend #4: Touch Activated Faucets

5 Kitchen Design Trends in 2013 | Designer Choices for New KitchensWhile touch activated faucets showed the highest growth in popularity by users, pull-out faucets and pot fillers are also becoming more popular in 2013 homes.

 - Touch activated faucets are used by 32% of member designers in the research group

 - Pull-out faucets are used by 94% of member designers

 - Pot fillers are used by 33% of member designers


NKBA Kitchen Trend #5: Satin Nickel Finishes

Polished nickel and chrome have lost some of their shine; satin nickel and oil-rubbed bronze have taken the lead in growth in popularity.

60% of respondents use satin nickel finishes in the kitchen, with 50% using bronze/oil-rubbed bronze. 


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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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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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