National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals Key Design Trends in U.S. Kitchens

Want to know the trendiest styles, colors, materials, finishes, appliances and lighting fixtures in U.S. kitchens? Sure, you do! The National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the most dominant preferences and the biggest kitchen design trends. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and insights regarding the key U.S. kitchen design trends.

The 3 Most Popular Kitchen Design Styles

3 most popular design trends

Farmhouse kitchen. Image: NKBA

Farmhouse kitchens have emerged as the most popular style. “A signature statement in a farmhouse-style kitchen is the apron-front sink,” says H-Millard. “But let’s not leave out the rugged wood beams and large dining table that give the space its charm,” she says. “Farmhouse style lends itself to a cozy atmosphere with a nostalgic flair.”
most popular design trends

Transitional kitchen. Image: NKBA

The second most
3 most popular kitchen designs
cabinet trends
surface trends
sink and faucet trends
trends in appliances
trends in color schemes
emerging trends
Continue reading "National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals Key Design Trends in U.S. Kitchens"

Should You Decorate for the Holidays If Your Home is on the Market?

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but should your home reflect the joy of the season if you’re also trying to sell it? If you love to decorate for the holidays, missing out on this once-a-year opportunity might sound like torture. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss the chance to sell your home because of your decorations. So, should you decorate for the holidays if your home is on the market? We’ve got some “nays,” “yeas,” and “other considerations.”

No, Don’t Decorate

Houston home

An elaborately-decorated home in Houston. Image: Regina Gust Designs

Our first two realtors are against decorating for the holidays if you’re trying to sell your home. According to Anita Springate-Renaud, licensed partner and broker at Engel & Völkers Toronto Central, your festive decor can distract buyers from looking at the home’s raw design. “Elaborate decorations can distract and shift a prospective buyer’s focus
Silver
Christmas tree
mantle
glasgow city
glasgow city
dining room
exterior lights
living room
Continue reading "Should You Decorate for the Holidays If Your Home is on the Market?"

Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces to Keep You Warm and Toasty in the Fall

Just because the temperatures are cooler doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being outdoors. While you may not be able to use that outdoor shower for a while, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are a great way to enjoy the beauty of this season. They make it easy to enjoy the perfect balance between the sweltering heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter. Whether entertaining family and friends or just enjoying the peace and solitude of your own backyard, these fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can keep you warm and toasty.

Fire Pits

Intro fire pits

This fire bowl provides warmth and beauty. Image: Power Concrete Construction & Design Center

According to Katie Flaxman, director and co-founder of Studio 31 Landscape Architecture and Garden Design, “Fire pits can be invaluable during the cooler months because they not only provide a source of heat but can also offer a core social and
fire pits
diy fire pits
Fireplace1
Fireplace and pergola
Ventless fireplace
Fireplace safety
Fireplace safety2
remote fire pits
Continue reading "Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces to Keep You Warm and Toasty in the Fall"

Ways to Make This Thanksgiving One Your Family Will Cherish Forever

Looking for ideas to make this Thanksgiving special? Edward Perotti is an event designer who has worked with artists like Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas. From intimate settings to spectacular events at the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul and the Great Wall of China, he knows a thing or two about producing extraordinary experiences. We asked him for some ideas to make this the best Thanksgiving ever.
thanksgiving

Incorporate natural colors in your design. Image: Anita Diaz for Far Above Rubies

“What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?” Perotti asks. “Do you imagine a time of gratitude with your family, all the while counting your blessings? Or is it merely a day of eating, partying or watching sports on TV and showing your team spirit?” Perotti grew up in San Francisco in a very traditional Italian-American home. Thanksgiving was a day for
pumpkin
table
candles
grateful sign
Continue reading "Ways to Make This Thanksgiving One Your Family Will Cherish Forever"

Think Wallpaper is Outdated? It Can Actually Update Your Bathroom

Wallpaper. Just the sight or sound of that word usually evokes 18th Century scenic or floral images or, worse, the gaudy, headache-inducing designs that were widely – and wildly – popular in the 1970s. However, wallpaper is making a comeback. Maybe “reincarnation” is a better word since, thankfully, the new trend in wallpaper looks radically different from the styles of yesteryear. In fact, wallpaper can actually be used in the bathroom to create glamour, elegance, drama and even fun. Below are some of the various options to consider:

Half-Wall Application

Half-wall application

This gold and white wallpaper helps to create a luxurious bathroom. Image: Moen

You don’t have to wallpaper the entire bathroom. Used sparingly, like the wallpaper applied below the chair rail molding in the photo above, it can still create a powerful impression. “Wallpaper done tastefully can add character to any room, especially bathrooms and bedrooms,” says Angela
Updated Classic
Updated classic2
Classic Victorian
Classic Victorian
Spa bathroom
Understated bathroom
Dramatic bathroom
Whimsical bathroom
Peel and stick
Continue reading "Think Wallpaper is Outdated? It Can Actually Update Your Bathroom"

What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The organization queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the trends in bathroom styles, sinks and tubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring, colors and other elements. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and comments on key design trends in U.S. bathrooms. Here are the NKBA bathroom design trends you should know.

The most popular bathroom styles

Bathroom trends1

A transitional bathroom. Image: NKBA

According to H-Millard, both transitional and contemporary styles are popular in bathrooms. “Transitional bathrooms have clean and classic lines, with painted walls and wood cabinetry,” she says. Undermount sinks, brushed nickel and cool color palettes are also features of the transitional style.
Bathroom trends1

A contemporary bathroom. Image: NKBA

“The uptick in
Bathroom trends1
Trends in surfaces
Trends in surfaces
Trends in surfaces
Trends in sustainability
Trends in master baths
Trends in master baths
Trends in master baths
Continue reading "What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All"

What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All

Traditional bathroom designs are taking a back seat to a more spa-like, clean and minimal look, according to the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA). The organization queried hundreds of designers, remodelers, architects, manufacturers and dealers to discover the trends in bathroom styles, sinks and tubs, cabinets, lighting, flooring, colors and other elements. Freshome asked trend spotter Elle H-Millard, Certified Kitchen Designer and Industry Relations Manager at the NKBA, for photos and comments on key design trends in U.S. bathrooms. Here are the NKBA bathroom design trends you should know.

The most popular bathroom styles

Bathroom trends1

A transitional bathroom. Image: NKBA

According to H-Millard, both transitional and contemporary styles are popular in bathrooms. “Transitional bathrooms have clean and classic lines, with painted walls and wood cabinetry,” she says. Undermount sinks, brushed nickel and cool color palettes are also features of the transitional style.
Bathroom trends1

A contemporary bathroom. Image: NKBA

“The uptick in
Bathroom trends1
Trends in surfaces
Trends in surfaces
Trends in surfaces
Trends in sustainability
Trends in master baths
Trends in master baths
Trends in master baths
Continue reading "What’s Trending in Bathroom Design? The National Kitchen + Bath Association Reveals All"

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Using Mirrors as a Design Element

We all know that mirrors can make a room appear larger – and that’s a neat trick –  but mirrors are more than just one-trick ponies. They can also be used as a design element to help complete whatever look you’re trying to achieve. A mirror can provide either contrast or balance when used correctly. It can also unify a space or serve as the focal point. However, it’s important to make sure that the scale and proportion are harmonious with the setting. Below are just some of the many ways you can use mirrors as a design element.

Suspended Mirror

A trendy New York bathroom for two. Image: SGH Designs

This mirror is suspended from the ceiling and serves as the room’s focal point while providing both interest and contrast. However, the mirror is also functional, serving to separate the two back-to-back vanities and allowing the users on either side
Continue reading "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Using Mirrors as a Design Element"

Enjoy Sweet Dreams With These DIY Headboard Ideas

A headboard is one of the last things you see before you fall asleep and one of the first things you see when you wake up. Demonstrate your unique design style by creating your own. Below are some ideas and tips to get you started.
chalk headboard

Do you think the formula for sleep is on this London bedroom’s headboard? Image: Clifton Interiors Ltd

Chalk headboard

Create this look with a can of black chalkboard paint. Almost any type of wall – drywall, plaster, wood, brick or concrete – will work, as long is it is properly prepped. Chalkboard paint is easy to apply, dries fast and can be cleaned with soap and water. But you’re not limited to the color black – chalkboard paint comes in just about every color. If you don’t want to use paint, consider chalkboard contact paper – and yes, you can use chalk on it.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Reveals What’s Trending

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) tracks yearly trends through its Best in American Living award winners and its Design Trends Roundtable. Alexandra Isham, Program Manager for Design at the NAHB, let Freshome in on some of the trends the organization has observed.

The lines are blurring between commercial and residential applications.

industrial features

Industrial features add to the beauty of this Seattle home. Image: Laurence Architecture

Materials are being used interchangeably in commercial and residential products, according to Isham. “A couple of examples include metal and wire railing systems in single-family houses, even ones with more traditional details where we would normally expect wood,” she says. “Another example is exposed metal beams, even in smaller cottages, that are tastefully incorporated.” Isham explains that these are the kinds of details normally seen in trendy retail settings and other types of commercial spaces.

Mid-century modern takes a back seat.

Create Some HER Time With Woman Caves and She-Sheds

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  When they want a timeout, men have been able to retreat to the man cave, the garage, the shed or other areas usually uninhabited by their family members. Women also deserve a place to escape and have some quiet time alone (or with other women). Whether it’s a place to relax, work, read, craft, sleep or just sit and do nothing, women are creating their own spaces. Below are some of the trends in woman caves, she-sheds and other relaxing spaces that women can design and decorate solely for their pleasure.
woman caves basement retreat

A fashionable woman’s cave in Calgary, Alberta. Image: Urban Abode

Basement retreat

The woman cave in the basement of this Calgary home has everything a woman needs to relax and spend
woman caves craft room
woman caves reading nook
woman caves porch
woman caves powder room
woman caves she-shed
woman caves shed
woman caves outdoor
Continue reading "Create Some HER Time With Woman Caves and She-Sheds"

Five Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  If you spent a lot of time this summer maintaining your lawn, you probably welcome the arrival of cooler temperatures. However, the end of summer is not the end of lawn maintenance. “Fall comes with a mix of warm soil and cool air, perfect for planting grass seed and allowing time for new grass roots to develop before winter sets in,” according to Phil Dwyer, Ph.D., Turf Grass Scientist at Scotts Miracle-Gro.

“It is also a good time to feed and build stronger, deeper roots for winter, resulting in a thicker, greener lawn next spring,” Dwyer tells Freshome. Every lawn is different, but here are some lawn maintenance tips to take advantage of the fall weather.

Repair bare spots

Creating a Home Gym That Makes You Want to Exercise

Nothing beats being able to exercise at your convenience – and in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  No driving in traffic, showering with strangers, wondering if the exercise equipment has been disinfected recently or being too hot or too cold.  Even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own gym allows you to create the type of space that is conducive to working out. Below, you’ll find design inspiration and tips to help you design a home gym that beckons you to work out.

This Orange County, California home gym features stained white oak plank floors. Image: Gaetano Hardwood Floors

“Compared with the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer, creating a home gym can pay for itself in no time,” according to Dan DiClerico, home expert and smart home strategist at HomeAdvisor. And Wi-Fi-connected exercise equipment has increased the popularity of home
Continue reading "Creating a Home Gym That Makes You Want to Exercise"

Do You Live in One of Orkin’s Top 50 Rattiest Cities?

Today, Orkin released its annual Top 50 Rattiest Cities List. The list is based on the metro areas where Orkin has conducted the most rodent treatments (residential and commercial) from September 15, 2017 through September 15, 2018.
Rattiest Cities

Do you live in one of the rattiest cities in America? Image: Ed Sologa Design Build

The top 10 on the Rattiest Cities list include, in order: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Denver. The next 10 on the Rattiest Cities list include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. Spots 21-30: Milwaukee, Charlotte, Houston, Portland, Columbus OH, San Diego, Raleigh-Durham, Buffalo, New Orleans, and Norfolk. Spots 31-40: Richmond, Albany, Kansas City, Portland, Nashville, St. Louis, Sacramento, Greenville, Grand Rapids, and Phoenix. Rounding out the top 50 of the Rattiest Cities: Orlando, Tampa, Burlington NY, Champaign, Rochester NY,
Mi Casa is Su Casa?
Eliminate food sources
Remove clutter and debris
Continue reading "Do You Live in One of Orkin’s Top 50 Rattiest Cities?"

Score Extra Points by Showing Your Team Spirit at Home

Your favorite team has a place in your heart – and can also have a place in your home. You shed sweat and tears (but hopefully not blood) screaming, shouting, rejoicing, biting your nails, crying and using words we can’t print here. Team spirit is important to you, and your design and decorating choices are fun ways to demonstrate your allegiance. Whether you just want to include one or two well-placed items or pay homage to your favorite player or team throughout your house, below are some ideas to inspire you.

Hockey Headboard

A hockey lover’s bedroom in New Brunswick, Canada: Image: Decorating Den Interiors

You’ll have sweet dreams (assuming your team is winning this year) when your headboard is a hockey goal. Those curtains are sheets (with the team’s logo) that have been custom-sewn to fit the window.  To recreate the Toronto Maple Leaf’s logo over the headboard, the
Continue reading "Score Extra Points by Showing Your Team Spirit at Home"

Bring Hollywood Home With These Mesmerizing Media Rooms and Home Theaters

The price of the average movie ticket is $9.16, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. If you add popcorn, drinks and candy and multiply the total amount by three or more people, it’s not hard to understand why media rooms are growing in popularity. When you watch a movie in your own home, you’re surrounded only by people you love – or at least kinda-sorta like. Plus, you get the ability to start the movie when it’s convenient for you. Enjoy all that while eating and drinking to your heart’s desire at no additional costs – who wouldn’t want a media room? If you need additional inspiration to create a media room/home theater, check out the possibilities:

A perfectly-designed mid-size home theater in Rye, NY. Image: Inner Space Electronics

Mid-size

This home theater in Rye, NY looks like a commercial theater, even down to the lighting and
Continue reading "Bring Hollywood Home With These Mesmerizing Media Rooms and Home Theaters"

‘Go to Your Room’ Isn’t Punishment With These Kid’s Bedroom Ideas

A kid’s bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a place to dream, play and think. You can nourish your child’s imagination with a creatively designed bedroom. We’ve included a few examples below, but be advised, these rooms are so cool that sending your kids to their room will no longer be viewed as punishment.
kid's bedroom loft

This creative loft bedroom is space-saving yet spacious. Image: Louise de Miranda

Loft bedroom

Contractor, carpenter and DIY podcaster Mark Clement of My FixItUp Life says it may be the carpenter in him – or it could be the Peter Pan boy inside the man – but it’s hard for him to think of anything better for a kid’s room than a loft. “The bed goes up, a desk goes underneath and it becomes a room within a room.” However, Clement says you really need a nine-foot ceiling to support this
kid's bedroom storage
kid's bedroom murphy bed
kid's bedroom theme
kid's bedroom color
kid's bedroom princess
kid's bedroom climbing wall
kid's bedroom art
kid's bedroom slide
Continue reading "‘Go to Your Room’ Isn’t Punishment With These Kid’s Bedroom Ideas"

Valspar + HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color Trends

The wait is over. Valspar and HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams have officially revealed their 2019 color trends – and these colors are spectacular! HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams has one 2019 color of the year and three color collections. On the other hand, Valspar, a part of the Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group, has twelve 2019 colors of the year. We asked the senior designers from Valspar and HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams for photos of these magnificent colors, along with commentary on their choices.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams: Reflecting Pool 

Reflecting Pool is the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year. “We are on a path of self-discovery and internal reflection, and Reflecting Pool speaks to our desire to have a life of balance, but with a bit of flair embracing our optimism and sense of humor,” says Ashley Banbury,
Continue reading "Valspar + HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color Trends"

Exclusive! The Property Brothers Describe the Ultimate Man Cave

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s uber-popular Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, don’t have a lot of time to relax. In addition to being TV personalities, they’re co-founders of Scott Brothers Global, have written several best-selling books and are expanding their collection of home goods. However, they took time out of their busy schedules to tell Freshome what they consider the ultimate man cave and offer tips on how to create it.

Do Your Own Thing

This Ashburn, VA man cave has a bar, pool table area, gas fireplace and theatre room: Image: Synergy Design and Construction

“I believe all men – and women – need a place to hang out,” Drew says.  He believes the perfect man cave has
Continue reading "Exclusive! The Property Brothers Describe the Ultimate Man Cave"

Game Rooms to Make You the Most Popular Neighbor on the Block

A game room (or recreational room) is a great place to hang out with family and friends. It also provides peace of mind to have a safe, controlled environment for your kids and their friends to get together. If you’re thinking about creating a rec room in your home, we have several ideas for game rooms that can make you the most popular neighbor on the block.

Your favorite team’s jerseys are part of the room’s design. Image: Thinkterior

Sports-themed game room

One of the easiest ways to create a game room is by incorporating a sports theme. Hang jerseys, hats and other merchandise on the wall. This creates an instantly fun place to hang out while you play games and watch your favorite teams in action.

Include space in your game room to store food and drinks. Image: Bagnato Architecture & Interiors

Sports car game room

In lieu of
Continue reading "Game Rooms to Make You the Most Popular Neighbor on the Block"