10 of the Hottest Trends in Kitchen Backsplash Design

Your kitchen says a lot about your sense of style, and the backsplash is one of the areas that highlights this the most. If you don’t have one, this is a good way to add some life to the kitchen wall. It often becomes a focal point in the space, so take a look at some of these trends if you want to make a big statement.

  1. Wood mosaic. The tones and patterns of mosaic wood tiles offers the perfect balance to stainless steel and marble. You can achieve this look with reclaimed wood to save on your kitchen remodel.
  2. Blue tiles. Blue is a trendy color for kitchens right now, and this applies to the backsplash as well. Blue works well with a variety of different colors and materials and the right shade can add some energy to the space.
  3. Embossed concrete. The elaborate patterns of embossed concrete add a classic touch to the kitchen. It works well in kitchens with a lot of natural wood, and it is perfect for a kitchen with an antique decor.
  4. Tin sheets. This is another pattern rich option that adds character to the space. This was most commonly used for ceilings in the past, but it is becoming a popular backsplash option.
  5. Subway tiles. For decades, people have admired the neat look of subway tiles. White is widely used in the kitchen, but you can experiment with other colors or mix and match them.
  6. Stainless steel. Most people who choose this material appreciate its low maintenance nature. It can add a modern touch to the kitchen, and it strikes a good balance with other materials.
  7. Glass tiles. These can be used in various rooms, and in the kitchen the light bouncing off them creates an interesting visual. Choose iridescent glass tiles for a dazzling effect.
  8. Ceramic tiles. A big advantage of these tiles is that the options are so extensive that you can find something to suit any décor and theme.
  9. The beauty and texture of this material is a great rustic backdrop to natural wood, and in any kitchen with a nature theme.
  10. Translucent agate. This will give the kitchen a distinctive look with its unusual patterns. The eye-catching look is sure to be a conversation piece.

For a daring look you can try mixing different materials in the kitchen. Make sure you choose a material that does not stain easily and is low maintenance. The backsplash was originally designed to be utilitarian over stylish because it protects the paint behind the stove. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you plan to add a kitchen backsplash and would like help with the design or choosing the best materials.

Which Remodeling Trends are on the Way Out in 2017?

Atlanta Kitchen Remodel

Following remodeling trends can be a bit of a roller coaster for the average homeowner, due to the amount of information, and the fact that tastes change so quickly. Contractors frequently look to trends to help clients make decisions on the kinds of changes they want to make. Homeowners who are looking for a little inspiration know that finding current trends is the best way to start.

Here are a few trends which are expected to be big this year.

  1. More tech. You can’t go wrong by taking advantage of the increasing availability of high-tech products made for the home. Homeowners are snapping up products that allow them to monitor their homes, and to control everything from the lights to the ovens. Voice-activated assistants are a relatively new entry, but they are expected to show a lot of growth in demand for 2017.
  2. This material has always been considered timeless, but it is getting renewed interest from homeowners and contractors alike. For a bolder look, more people are choosing to combine it with metal or wood.
  3. Hidden storage. In an effort to free up usable space, and in keeping with demand for open space layouts, more people are opting for hidden storage. This can be incorporated into walls in almost any room. Double duty furniture provides the same function.
  4. Laundry rooms. These are a fixture in almost every home, but they will be getting special attention over the next few years. It will no longer be a simple space for a washer and dryer. Rather, it will be better lit with improved storage features.
  5. Cerused wood. Wood is as popular as ever, and this technique is used to bring out more of its natural grain for a more stunning visual impact.
  6. Nature themed bathrooms. Natural stone, rain shower heads and the right color pallets contribute to an outdoor feel in bathrooms that make them more relaxing.

Current trends can help with decision making, but so can knowledge of trends that are showing signs of fading. Here are a few trends that are currently on the way out.

  • Large furniture. Adequate space is always important, and large furniture pieces can cramp your style. They are generally unsuitable for anyone desiring an open layout.
  • Period design. Antique pieces will always have some appeal, but fewer people will be designing entire rooms with decades old themes. Blending old and new is expected to be the ongoing trend.
  • Shiny metals. Shiny, brushed metals provide a sleek look, but for some people there are too passive and almost clinical. Matte finishes are seen to be the better choice for adding more warmth to the kitchen.

Despite the changing trends, remodeling your home should not create confusion. Take it one room at a time, and remember that you don’t have to follow the trends to the letter. They’re better used as a baseline so you can customize them to match your individuality. We’ve helped many homeowners in the Decatur area implement popular trends throughout the years. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss remodeling trends for your home and how we can help make your home amazing.

Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets that Rock

The design for your kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your kitchen remodeling project. The number of choices and variations in style is astounding. We understand how overwhelming this particular decision can become, so we’ve put together several tips for helping you choose the design that best suits your vision for your new kitchen.

  1. High Quality Construction

Don’t skimp on the quality of the cabinets. High quality wood plus high quality workmanship means you’ve chosen a high quality cabinet that will stand the test of time. Most people remodel the kitchen about every 5-7 years. You don’t want low-quality 3-year cabinets.

  1. The Type of Wood

The type of wood you choose will help determine the overall quality of the cabinets. Pine is a soft wood that will show dings and bumps easily where oak is a dense wood that will look amazing for years to come. Those are not the only two types of wood, of course. The ultimate decision is yours.

  1. Your Specific Storage Needs

Semi-custom and custom cabinets are your best bet when it comes to matching your specific storage needs. Take a good look at how you use your kitchen to determine the size, shape, and location of the cabinets you need. You need extra-wide or extra-tall cabinets if you need to store things like large crock pots, canners, or the large espresso machine you use a couple of times a week, but don’t want it on the countertop all the time.

  1. Explore Features and Finishes

Explore a variety of cabinet features and finishes such as:

  • Artwork and customized etching
  • Dove-tail drawers
  • Soft close drawers and doors
  • Notched cabinet doors
  • Wood stains and finishes
  • Hardware options
  1. Complement Your Home’s Style

Every home has some unique architectural style that should flow throughout the rest of the home. You would expect rustic or rustic-chic cabinets in a cabin, for example.

Remodeling Your Kitchen in Decatur

Take a look at some of the kitchens we’ve improved in the Decatur area, and give us a call at 404-378-6962 if we can help you design your ideal kitchen. We will schedule an onsite consultation so we can see your home and ask some detailed questions about how you use your kitchen. Collect images of kitchens that you love before the consultation so you can show us exactly what you want.

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal as Spring 2017 Approaches

Days are getting longer and hotter here in the Decatur area. We’re looking forward to all of the lovely colors of spring and summer. We’ve been working on our own curb appeal lately so we decided that would be a good break in blog posts from our usual kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Let us know what you think!

Start with Objectivity

Look at your home like you’ve never seen it before. This is a bit difficult to do because we all want to think our home looks pretty amazing because it’s ours. But look at your home through a stranger’s eyes while you objectively decide what needs to be done to improve curb appeal. Be brutally honest when you ask yourself the following questions:

Is the Siding Faded or Warped? Unsightly siding makes the house look older and less attractive. Wood plank siding needs to be painted about every 3-5 years. If you’re approaching that timeframe, it may be time to paint. Vinyl siding needs to be replaced roughly every 15-20 years.

Does the Entry Door Pop? A bland entry door does nothing for your home. Consider painting it or adding sidelights or transom windows. Add planters, decorative lighting, and change the door hardware as well.

Are the Windows Attractive? Windows need attention year after year. They catch a lot of pollen and dust throughout the year, so multiple cleanings are often required. New windows are like a mini facelift for your home.

Do the Shutters Match or Complement? Many homeowners are opting to remove shutters entirely. Shutters should complement the overall appearance of the home. Consider removing the shutters to repaint them; you may like the way your home looks without them.

Does the Porch Need Paint? The front porch or deck needs to be cleaned and prepared for spring. There are so many things you can do to improve the appearance of your porch and deck while you’re improving curb appeal. Think about new paint, new decorative items, planters, and new porch furniture.

Does My Landscaping Add to or Subtract from My Curb Appeal? Brown and dead plants do nothing to improve the appearance of your home. Remove dead plants promptly and replace them with plants that add color and texture to your landscaping. Add mulch as needed and consider planting trees or other plants while your hands are dirty.

Does My Home Look Inviting? If you were a stranger passing by, would you think your home looks inviting? You don’t want to literally invite every stranger into your home, but you don’t want them to be put off by the appearance of your home either.

How Can I Improve My Home’s Curb Appeal?

You can do several things to improve your home’s curb appeal. Wash, paint, or replace the siding, windows, and porch. Add plants and other attractive elements to the outside of your home. Create a small pond or fountain for ambiance. Take a look at some of the homes we’ve helped improve in the Decatur area, and give us a call at 404-378-6962 if we can help you with your curb appeal for spring 2017.

Remodel Your Master Bathroom to Match Your Lifestyle

Bathroom remodeling is interesting because there’s so much functionality that has to fit into a relatively small space. We all love the idea of a stylish bathroom, but don’t ever sacrifice functionality for style. The bathroom must first be functional and then you consider style. But even more important than style, the bathroom absolutely has to fit your lifestyle. Here are a few great questions that will help you customize and personalize your master bathroom.

  1. Why Remodel?

Many people remodel the master suite to add square footage, implement a soaking tub or a tile shower, to build a separate toilet area, or to increase the amount of natural light in the room. Why do you want to remodel? Be as specific as possible when answering that question.

  1. Who Uses the Master Bathroom?

The master bathroom is generally used by the person or people who sleep in the master suite. Additional bathrooms throughout the home are used by other occupants. But if you have multiple people who use the master bath, keep them in mind during the remodeling process as well.

  1. Will Guests Ever Use this Bathroom?

Whether you keep your master suite private or allow guests to use it is entirely up to you. Entertaining large groups of people may require the ability to use multiple bathrooms in the home. You always want to make sure your master bathroom is fully stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, and other things your guests may need.

  1. What Additional Purposes does Your Master Bathroom Serve?

Many people use their bathroom as a place to shower, get ready for work, and use the toilet. Those three primary functions are a given; now tell us what additional purposes your bathroom will serve. Is this also the room where you will soak and relax in a hot tub with a glass of wine? Your master bathroom can serve as a way to turn up the romance with the right lighting and a nice bubble bath or shower for two.

Consider also adding a steam shower or a sauna so you can fully relax and detox your skin. A nice sitting area will allow you to take a break from the rigors of everyday life. Heated bathroom floors are a wonderful addition, especially if you opt for tile, stone, or marble flooring. Sensor-activated faucets will give your new bathroom a sleek, modern feel.

Make Notes!

Make note of the answers to the previous questions. Your answers will help us customize your master bathroom to match your lifestyle. We’ve helped many homeowners in the Decatur area remodel the master bath throughout the years. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss remodeling trends for your master bathroom and let us show you how we can help make your home amazing.

Master Suite Remodeling Trends that are on the Rise for 2017

The master suite is the third-most remodeled part of the home. It follows just behind the kitchen and the bathroom. This simple fact tells us that you and many other homeowners are probably interested in what’s hot and what’s not for 2017. So let’s start with the bedroom and incorporate other areas of the master suite as we move along.

The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom should feel like your haven away from the rest of the world. This should be your preferred area to relax, unwind, and let go of the stresses of the day. Our goal is to create a master bedroom that fulfills that requirement in a very stylish and upscale manner. Here are a few trends that we find impressive:

  • Dramatic Walls – Metallic paint designs and faux finishes on the walls provide a unique style that homeowners love. Take this idea a step further and use gold accents to give the room a beautiful, warm, rich appeal.
  • Serenity – Soothing and well-blended colors are the talk of the town. Soft greens, cream, and light purples are very popular among today’s homeowners.
  • Convenience – A small coffee bar with an espresso machine and small sink will facilitate those late mornings when you want coffee, but don’t want to emerge from your sanctuary.

The Master Suite

The master suite should serve multiple purposes. It should be a child-free zone that only the parents enjoy. Every parent deserves some time to themselves from time to time, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Here are a few things your master suite needs:

  • Seating Area – Create a plush seating area with comfortable and stylish seats. This area may be near windows if you have a great view that you can enjoy. You may even choose to create a library nook for your private seating area.
  • Stacked Stone Fireplace – Stacked stone has taken the place of brick as the material of choice for a fireplace, hearth, backsplashes, and even exterior foundation work.
  • Walk-in Closet – The walk-in closet is an absolute must in the master suite. Take the opportunity to create an entire room dedicated to closet and storage.

The Master Bathroom

The master bathroom doesn’t need to cater to anyone else in the house but you. This isn’t the area to bathe the children or for the teenagers to fight over mirror space. This is your space and it needs to be all about you. Here are a few great trends for the bathroom:

  • Pendant Lights – Pendant lights are making their way out of the kitchen and into the master bathroom. They look pretty amazing above the vanity.
  • Lighted Mirrors – Mirrors are a must, anyway, so improve their functionality by installing lighted mirrors. You’ll love the convenience when it comes to preparing for work.
  • Textured Tile – We recently shared another post about creative uses for tile. Textured tile is available in a variety of styles and designs. Mix and match them with other tile to create something amazing.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing master bathrooms we’ve designed for people in the Atlanta area.

Hot Exterior Trends for Atlanta Area Homes in 2017

Spring is the best time of year to start exterior home improvement projects. Many homeowners are beginning to notice that the backyard is made up of highly underutilized space. They’re taking the initiative to create outdoor living areas that not only improve the aesthetic of the exterior of their property but the monetary value as well. Here are several hot trends for the exterior of your home that you may want to consider for 2017.

Stacked Stone Fireplace and Foundation

Stacked stone is taking its rightful place front-and-center in many areas from interior fireplaces to exterior fireplaces, interior and exterior accent walls, and even the foundation. The world has fallen in love with the aesthetic appeal of stacked stone, and we can easily see why!

Create an Outdoor Living Area

Build a structure with open walls or optional mosquito netting walls, and highlight it with an amazing outdoor fireplace. Take this idea a step further and create an entire area to cook food, eat, and relax in the great outdoors. Many homeowners love the idea of outdoor living areas because it helps them reconnect with nature after fighting in the concrete jungle all day.

Multi-Tier Deck

A deck is a great way to spend outside time with family. No one ever said that your deck had to be a boring rectangle stuck to the back of your home. Let us show you how we can design an amazing multi-tier deck to help facilitate all of your barbecues and other outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

New Siding

You can never go wrong with new siding to give your home a facelift. Vinyl siding needs to be replaced about every 15 years because it begins to lose its color due to oxidation. Take the initiative to replace your existing siding with a different color. Discuss colors with your HOA (Homeowner’s Association) before taking the plunge so you can make sure your chosen color is approved.

Paint the Exterior Accents

New siding means new accent colors for the porch rails, window and door trim, and the privacy fence. Be prepared to choose a new, unique accent color for your entry door as well. The new siding color may overshadow the existing color. Besides, the door needs to be updated from time to time anyway.

Exterior Home Improvement in Atlanta

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing exterior remodeling and renovation we’ve for people in the Atlanta area.

Benefits of an Open Floor Plan in Your Home

 

 

Your floor plan plays a vital role not just in the look of your home’s interior, but also your comfort. It requires some forethought as it will cost you more to change some aspects of the design. In the past many homes had compartments which became designated spaces. These days, more homeowners are showing a preference for fewer walls and dividers. Here are some good reasons for this.

Better interaction

A warmer, more inviting atmosphere is an immediate benefit of having this type of layout. Even in a large room, family members can interact more freely. Essentially, everyone can be in the same room, but still have plenty of personal space, so it will not feel crowded.

More natural lighting

An open layout allows a lot of natural light to fill the space. It will not be hindered by shadows, and the room can feel like a direct connection to the outdoors. This can be enhanced with the installation of a large window or a window wall.

More suitable for entertainment

If you are one of those people who enjoy entertaining guests, this is probably the best setting for different types of gatherings. A large room free of impediments allows guests to move around and mingle as much as they want to. The guests will not be crowded into one area as the traffic will flow easily.

It makes the interior seem larger

You might not have a home that is as large as you want it to be, but with an open layout it will seem more spacious. This is one of the techniques designers use to give homes a more airy feel. Some contractors remove walls for just this reason.

Safer environment

It is easier keep an eye on children if there are no walls in the way. This type of floor plan leads to a safer environment as there is always a clear line of sight. You can watch the kids even when you are doing something else.

Home Interior Remodeling in Atlanta

An open layout is not the right fit for every home. It is impossible to achieve this effect to a great extent in some homes due to the presence of load bearing walls. If you want to open up your home’s interior, your contractor will tell you if this possible, and which walls can be removed safely.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing remodeling projects we’ve completed for people in the Atlanta area.

Amazing Master Bathroom Trends to Keep Your Eyes on through 2017

If building a new bathroom or renovating an existing one is on your schedule for 2017, you want to know the trends that are expected to be hot this year. Many are spillovers from last year. So what are the experts saying about bathrooms?

A Mixture of Material

Combining material for an eclectic blend of old and new is quite trendy. Wood and faux wood will be used to create a warm look. Wooden bench or cabinets complement that natural look that modern bathrooms are aiming for design-wise.

A Touch of Nature

Taking a bit of the outdoors inside is still expected to be a popular trend for bathroom makeovers in 2017. A plant or flower is almost a requirement for the modern bathroom.

Dark Colors

Black and other dark colors will play a big role in design. However, the move towards a combination of black and white is expected to make a big combat. Shades of gray and similar shades will also be popular. For a modern palette, combining black, white and gray is also on the horizon. Bronze and gold for fixtures will take the color scheme up a notch.

The Tub and Vanity

The use of freestanding tub was a big hit for the last few years and is showing no sign of slowing down. Expect to see the tub taking center stage in the bathroom without any distracting elements such a step or other piece of furniture close to it. The style, of course, is as wide as the taste of homeowners. Some freestanding tubs are simple, while others are elaborate with heated back rest.

The same free flowing design will be used for vanities. This design will not only create a look of an airy, more spacious bathroom, but also a modern one. The use of floating vanities will give even the smallest bathroom an illusion o size.

Storage

The organization is the buzz word for busy people in today’s constantly on the go generation. This means that bathroom cabinets and storage units are designed so that everything is close at hand and easy to locate. Some storage units for the bathroom include shelves that allow the storage of appliances such as blow-dryers right where there are electrical outlets. No need to move anything, just use and replace.

Decorative Tiles

The use of tiles for the focus wall or just to create a look of elegance will also remain. Dimensional tiles will be especially popular due to their ability to give a room a look of style.

Bathroom Remodeling in Atlanta

Of course, functionality will continue to be a major deciding factor when it comes to bathroom design. Of course, you can incorporate your own ideas with these trends for your own stamp of approval. We can work with you to design and build a bathroom that is chic, trendy, and still have your own personal style.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing master bathrooms we’ve designed for people in the Atlanta area.

Take these Bathroom Design Ideas to Heart when Designing Your New Master Suite

Your master bedroom is your retreat, and for many people, one of the most important rooms in their home. Making the most of your space and creating a sanctuary that fits your needs is especially important in such a personal space. Here are some great ideas for making your master bedroom divine.

Earthy and Natural

Creating a green, earth-friendly space in your home is easier than ever. Begin with a low VOC paint and decorate the space with a mixture of organic fabrics and recycled carpeting or reclaimed wood floors. You can create a peaceful vibe by bringing in lots of natural light and adding potted or hanging plants.

Island Breezy

Why not create a serene space for yourself inspired by luxury spas and island breezes? Light, flowing draperies allow for an airy feel.  Keep the palate light and soft, and add candles and a white noise machine for ultimate relaxation. If you’ve got space, the addition of a beautiful, high end soaking tub can take a spa-like bedroom to the next level.

Shimmer & Shine

If you’re looking for something a bit more decadent, bring some shimmer to your room by incorporating metallic elements. Choose a comforter with shimmer or shine that picks up the light, and accent it with pillows with metallic thread woven in. Bring in mirrors to bounce the light, and add metallic accents with dresser pulls and other hardware.

Timeless Taste

Some master bedrooms have more space than we can figure out what to do with. Why not create a tasteful space that meets whatever needs you have? Adding a sitting area or a desk to your master suite can be the perfect way to utilize the space to the maximum potential. Add custom cabinetry and trim, or a loveseat to curl up and read.

International Inspiration

Get inspired by travel or family heritage and create a space that reflects your international roots. Hand carved wood floors, moldings, and art from the country you’re reminiscing about can create a charming Old World space for you to enjoy.

Master Suite Remodeling in Atlanta

The master suite should flow effortlessly from area to area regardless of the number of individual areas. You may decide you need a library nook for all of those hardback books, a seating area for lounging alone or with your partner, and of course the bedroom, bathroom, and spacious walk-in closet. Let our design experts show you how we can remodel your master suite to create your personal sanctuary.

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