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Why You Should Have A Back-lit Mirror

    When remodeling a bathroom, many homeowners choose to upgrade to a back-lit mirror for their vanity space. Back-lit mirrors bring drama, depth, and of course, light to a bathroom space. They can revitalize the room, and an extra element to the room that helps bring it all together. 
Back-lit mirrors provide great light for the vanity, and help provide even light for makeup, hair styling, and shaving. They reduce shadows that you would normally get from overhead lighting, which helps you make the most of the vanity mirror. The soft lighting of a back-lit mirror makes you look younger, too.
Since back-lit mirrors come off of the wall slightly to provide enough space for the lighting. This adds depth to the room. When other lights in the room are turned off, or dim, the soft lighting behind the mirror can create a dramatic and visually pleasing look.
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Most Popular Changes to the Kitchen of 2017

    A recent survey from home design idea website Houzz led to some interesting insight into renovations from homeowners nationwide. The survey delves into the changes that homeowners like you looked for this year.

Major Changes

    In terms of major overhauls for a kitchen, most homeowners moved towards opening their kitchen space to the rest of the home. 51% of renovations included changes that made the kitchen more open to other rooms. 36% increased the overall size of the kitchen. 20% of kitchens were opened up more to the outside. This may include bigger windows, the addition of doors, etc. 

Countertops

    What were the most common countertops? 41% of renovations added granite countertops to the space. The second most used countertop material was engineered quartz, with a close 40%. The next highest was only 9%, for butcher block and/or wood slab. This wood material is often used in sections of a kitchen, and not overall, which explains the limited percentage. But it seems like granite and quartz are here to stay. 

Walls

    With new innovations in heat and stain resistant paint, it’s no surprise that paint is the number one wall finish in new kitchens this year, at a staggering 72%. Ceramic and porcelain tile is next at 34%, and then marble at 5%. Discrepancies may suggest the mix of paint with tiling for the walls for a unique personal style. 

Add-Ons

     41% of homeowners chose to add on a pantry to their kitchen space. 40% added an island to the room. Breakfast nooks were added into about 23% of kitchens this year. These three design choices continue to be essential to kitchens nationwide, and are generally a good choice to add if the space and budget will allow. Pantries, islands, and breakfast nooks are good ways to raise the property value of the home during a renovation. 

Flooring

     Hardwood was the flooring used in 31% of the renovations. At a close second, ceramic/porcelain tile came in with 30%, up from 23% last year. Engineered wood was the third most common flooring option, with about 12% of homeowners deciding on that option. 

Replacing Appliances

    The number one appliance replaced this year was the dishwasher. 79% of renovations included the removal or addition of a dishwasher. Also high on the list included the refrigerator, microwave, and range. 

   To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302. 
 

High Tech Bathrooms

    Technology is always advancing, to make our lives easier both inside and away from home. One of the last places we look for new technologies is the bathroom. A toilet is just a toilet, right? What innovations can truly be found in the shower? It turns out, there are a lot of new and unique changes in our bathroom that can make your bathroom remodel into a true upgrade.

Sinks

    Sink innovations look to reduce the spread of germs and reduce water waste. The most common example of this is the touchless sink. Motion sensor sinks reduce the likelihood of germ transmission, while only running the water while your hands are near the sensor. Unlike the models seen in public places, home motion sensor sinks often have temperature controls as well as a standard control for the water.

Toilets

    High tech toilets are in a league of their own. While some of the higher end models have a wide variety of features and functions, we will explore some of the most common examples of these innovations.
    Heated toilet seats are the most common upgrade to the home toilet. It makes it more comfortable on cold mornings or in the winter to sit on the toilet. This is also common because the upgrade is often on of the least expensive choices.
    Bidets have been popular in Asia and, more recently, Europe because it is more hygenic, and more eco-friendly. There is no need to worry about toilet paper with a bidet. Bidets are also better for septic tanks, which can otherwise have a build up of paper in them.  
    Touchless toilets are great for reducing germ build up on the flushing valve or button. A relatively inexpensive upgrade, this is a good option for children or the elderly, who may forget to flush otherwise. Additionally, there are motion sensor upgrades for toilets that can raise/lower the seat, or even close the lid. 
    Some toilets have self cleaning options. While the technology is not perfect, a self cleaning toilet will be much cleaner than a standard model.

Spa Upgrades

    A bathroom should be a place of relaxation. These upgrades can help provide a spa-like atmosphere and enhance your experience in the bathroom.
    Rainfall shower heads are often noted as the most relaxing shower-style. Rainfall shower heads require less water pressure, letting gravity do all the work. 
    Aromatherapy is becoming more popular in the US, and especially in the bathroom. A relaxing and stimulating aromatherapy scent can be the perfect upgrade to your bathroom space. Many shower heads and toilets on the market now have diffusers built in. 
    Refrigeration in the bathroom may sound odd, but adding a drawer or cabinet with it can be a huge upgrade to keep your wine cool for your evening soak in the tub. Along the same lines, many homeowners are opting to install bathroom TVs, waterproof models that are meant to withstand the steam of the shower or the occasional splash.

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Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

    Kitchen lighting comes in all shapes and sizes; from chandeliers, to wall sconces. Recessed lighting is becoming more popular, for its sleek design along with growing performance of newer bulbs. In the past, recessed lighting was a way to trade quality of light for a smoother design. But with today’s bulbs, there is very little difference. 
    Recessed lighting provides accent lighting when used in specific areas, and can provide full room coverage when used in groups. Under cabinets, or in rooms with low ceilings, recessed lighting can be a simple way to light the space without taking up space. It is also relatively simpler to install than most other lighting fixtures. Targeted recessed lighting can act like a spotlight for the workspace.
    Lighting with recesses rather than one central light helps create more even coverage. There can be a better distribution of light throughout the room; from the stove, to the sink, to your prep station. 
    While chandeliers bring your eyes upward, recessed lighting won’t usually attract attention. This gives a greater emphasis to the rest of the space. Recessed lighting also is almost always in the trends. While it comes and goes, it is never truly out of style.
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Mediterranean Decor in the Bathroom

     The Mediterranean region inspires much of our modern culture. From ancient Greek civilization, to a wide variety of cuisines. When you think Mediterranean-style decor, many people think of the sun, the sand, the sparkling sea, and the colorful culture. But what can this mean for your home? One place the wonders of the Mediterranean inspires American culture is in design style, especially in the bathroom. A Mediterranean inspired bathroom brings the beauty of the region to your home. 
Mediterranean decor blends colorful jewel tones, deep blues, and earthy shades. These are often contrasted with whites or yellows to produce elegant saturation and a bright color scheme. This color style adds natural beauty to a space in an incredible way.
Texture is an important quality in this type of design. Texture on the walls is a way to add drama, depth, and beauty to the space. Stucco and raised plaster, as well as 3-dimensional tiles can add this level of design. 
Terracotta and limestone are huge in Mediterranean style. Often featuring striking, hand-painted designs, these tiles add an old world feel, while still bringing together the modern look. Arabesque-shaped or Moroccan-inspired tiles are often a common choice by homeowners looking for this type of design.
Windows are important in the design of a Mediterranean style bathroom. In many cultures of the region, there is a flow between the indoors and outdoors. There should be a continuity between the room and what is outside. As such, many homeowners look towards the use of larger windows, skylights, and an overall increased use of natural lighting in these rooms. 
Accenting the room with Mediterranean flair brings it all together. Tapestries, art pieces, and colorful textiles can complement the other decor choices while bringing aspects unique to your very own bathroom. As for the fixtures in the room, many Moroccan and Mediterranean bathrooms feature wrought iron. It is used for light fixtures, pull bars, towel racks, and more. Curves and soft edges are much more common in Mediterranean design than corners are. Look for curvatures in design, especially in the use of the wrought iron fixtures; as well as the tub, shelves, and even the windows.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302. 

Designing a Blue Kitchen

    Blue color often evokes peace and calm; and a bit of blue in a kitchen can be very visually appealing for this reason. While earthy tones and grey tones have long reigned in the modern kitchen, other colors have been popping up more and more. This especially true for blue.
    Pairing blue in a kitchen allows you to create a two-tone space that brings out the best in both colors. Lighter blues tend to pair very well with whites and beige tones. Navy blue hues mix well with greys and rich browns. Lighter blues brighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker blues can add drama and elegance to the room. 
    Blue can be added to a room in another of places. In cabinets and appliances, blue hues can enhance the room in a soothing way. Blue backsplashes add tasteful color without being too overbearing. Subway tile is becoming a thing of the past. Consider a mosaic design or a colorful tile layout for your backsplash. Even faucets and other small accent pieces in a kitchen can benefit from a bit of a color splash. 
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Linear Shower Drains

    The traditional design of a shower drain stems from the bathtub, a circular drain that is at the bottom of a slight slope. But when many homes are separating the tub from the shower; this drain style is less necessary. Homeowners are moving towards the use of linear shower drains. A linear shower drain is a rectangular drain that follows a length of the shower space in order to maximise the collection of wastewater to be more efficient than the traditional circular drain. 
    Linear shower drains are more aesthetically pleasing. The general design of a circular drain is simple, without a lot of design innovation. But the nature of the linear drain allows for a design tailored to accent the design and color scheme of the rest of the room. There are a number of drain cover designs that allow for you to have a large number of choices, so you can get your dream bathroom. These drains can be more easily built into and installed within tile floors.
    Linear drains are safer. Linear drains reduce the need for slopes in the shower space, which lowers the risk of slipping and falling. They are recommended for showers for the elderly and disabled because of this lower risk. Rather than sloping towards the drain in the center of the shower, a linear drain calls for a less steep slope targeted to an entire side of the space. The use of a linear drain also allows for a curbless shower, which is safer and more aesthetically pleasing.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

Kitchen Trends for 2018

    Fall is almost here, and as we enter the last few months of the year, we should look towards the future of home design and interior decorating. When you redesign your kitchen, especially to prepare it for the real estate market, you should consider these up and coming trends that are sure to be popular during 2018.
    Granite is becoming less and less popular. If you still want the natural stone look, consider choosing quartz. It is natural, durable, and requires less maintenance than granite. Quartz is also available in a wider variety of color options and finishes. 
    A golden touch is one thing that many modern kitchens are lacking. Brass is making a comeback; even in small ways. From sink faucets to cabinet knobs, a bit of brightness and color from a brass feature can really make the space pop. For a bit more subtly in this aspect, consider brushed brass. This creates a more vintage, antique look; without losing out on the complete modern style. 
    Stainless steel has been the main choice for appliances for quite some time, but the use of black fixtures is on the rise. The addition of black appliances to kitchens can evoke a look of sophistication and add a bit more class to the space.
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Bathroom Windows: Balancing Light and Privacy

    Natural lighting is one of the simplest ways to open up your bathroom space; but it can also take away your privacy. It is important to find a good balance of light and privacy when remodelling your bathroom and adding or changing the windows. 
    The most classic “fix” for a bathroom window is to go with a glazed or frosted window. While this reduces the amount of light that can come through, frosted windows are almost opaque. Glazed windows allow for more light to come through, but are hard to see in or out of.
    Skylights are beautiful additions to any bathrooms that have the open space above for them. They create a beautiful view above, while casting down plenty of light without compromising privacy. 
    On the other hand, your bathroom may be in the basement. Add some natural light to a basement bathroom with well lights. Well lights are enclosed from the outside, creating a nice, private window space. Unfortunately, well lights do not offer a lot in the way of scenery; but many homeowners create their own by using the space to grow plants. The natural colors and foliage will add something unique and beautiful to your bathroom space.
    In many bathrooms, the use of small, higher up windows cast natural light down, while maintaining privacy. A new bathroom trend seeks to do the same, but with small windows at or near floor level. The windows tend to not go above knee height. This contemporary change to a design classic makes the space seem roomier by making the lower half of the room seem brighter, and bigger in general.
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Kitchen Design With a More Masculine Style

     Statistically speaking, it is just as likely for a man to be cooking at home as it is for a woman to do it. Shifts in gender roles, and the popularity of cooking as a skillful, even competitive activity have helped push the design of the home kitchen into a more masculine design style. Males are beginning to take over kitchen design trends, and a lot of these new influences in the style of kitchens are becoming hot on the market in terms of resale value. 
    Men are more likely to spend more on appliances. Commercial ranges, bigger fridges, and commercial range hoods are often the choice for kitchens when picked by men. Males also will choose to add extra appliances more often than women. Males renovating a kitchen are more likely to add extras like a deep fryer, or a salamander (small broiling oven).
 Adding a second sink is also a common choice made by male homeowners. One reason that these are more popular now is the idea of cooking as a couples activity. This is seen more in younger couples, but there is starting to be a higher demand for these appliances and installments in kitchens on the market.
    In terms of cabinetry, the masculine influence in design trends has created more of a popularity of flat-fronted cabinets. For countertops, men often prefer a mitered edge, rather than more curved or bevelled styles that are more popular among female homeowners.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.