Top Ten 2014 Bathroom Trends

LENOX004In 2014 bathroom remodels are starting to really tailor to the homeowners’ lifestyles with the theme of an “at-home luxury” bathroom becoming a must-have.  People want a space that they feel comfortable in, between the fixtures they’re choosing to the color schemes.  Below are the top 10 bathroom trends identified by our team of award-winning designers.

Large tiles for flooring.  This means smaller grout lines and less maintenance for homeowners

Custom showers.  Homeowners are opting for bigger showers that include elements that fit their personal taste, whether that be pebble flooring, niches, benches, body sprays – you name it.  It’s about making the bathroom their version of an at-home spa.

Freestanding bathtubs.  People are incorporating this classic element in place of the whirlpool tubs with madison_21tub decks.

Polished nickel fixtures.  The fixtures complement a variety of color schemes and homeowners are finding them to be a good investment.

Glass tile backsplash.  Whether it’s used as a focal point in the shower or an accent around the bathroom, glass tile adds a touch of glam and sparkle to a space.

Frameless glass showers.  This design element makes the bathroom look more open and spacious.

Heated floors.  Especially for Chicago area homeowners that endure cold winters, heated floors take the chill out of cold tile floors.

Freestanding vanities.  These vanities give the appearance of free-standing furniture and can lend an eclectic or found furniture look to a bathroom.

Natural colors.  Homeowners find soft blues, tans, and greens in the bathroom to be soothing and help create a spa-like aesthetic.

Zero threshold showers.  Elements like this are becoming more popular as homeowners decide to age in place.

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Polished nickel faucet created by Normandy Designer Vince Weber  Blue painted bathroom cabinets created by Normandy Designer Troy Pavelka   luxury shower ideas created by Normandy Designer Vince Weber

Bathtub deck ideas created by Normandy Designer Ann Stockard  Large bathroom shower ideas created by Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence Molloy

Top 2014 Kitchen Trends

open concept kitchen design created by Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence MolloyA new year brings new kitchen design favorites among homeowners and the design industry.  While some carried over from 2013, there’s plenty of new elements that people are excited to incorporate into their kitchens in 2014.  We asked our design team what they expect to be popular this year…

Quality products; people want to remodel their kitchen with quality materials and products that won’t need repairs or replacing in a few years.

Engineered stone countertops;  they doesn’t chip or stain like granite and the other natural stones can, and are gaining popularity in homes with children.glass tile backsplash ideas for kitchen created by Normandy Designer Ann Stockard

Open Concepts; homeowners want to create a space that allows more people to gather in and around the kitchen instead of compartmentalized areas.

Stainless steel hoods with beautiful backsplashes as a backdrop; instead of just the hood being a focal point, it allows the whole area to become a focal point.

Gray; whether it’s gray stained cabinetry or gray painted walls, gray is definitely the new beige.beverage center in kitchen created by Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant

Open shelving; it draws the eye upward and breaks up a space that’s heavy with cabinetry.

Glass tile backsplash; it adds beautiful texture to a kitchen and isn’t found in every kitchen you walk into.

Large islands with seating; as the kitchen becomes more of an entertaining space, homeowners like to incorporate seating around the island to make the kitchen even more inviting for guests.

Prep sinks in addition to main sinks; this is ideal for families who typically have two cooks in the kitchen, allowing both people to work without bumping into one another.

Beverage centers; they help the traffic flow in a kitchen, especially while entertaining.


open concept kitchen design created by Normandy Designer Leslie Lawrence Molloy
open shelving in kitchen ideas created by Normandy Designer Kathryn O'Donovan
beverage center in kitchen created by Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant

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