When it comes to flooring, most people want something that is stylish and practical…something that is trendy but that won't fade out in a few years. Flooring is the foundation for your home and should sensibly reflect your own design style while keeping up with today's design ideals. Here are the trends in flooring that we see happening in 2021 and beyond:
1. Hardwood almost everywhere
Yes, hardwood continues to grow and it is the preferred surface in most rooms. In fact, many homeowners are converting their kitchen floors and entryways, as well as powder rooms to hardwood floors.
2. Hardwood look-alike materials
As further evidence of the trend and preference towards hardwood flooring, it’s super interesting that now we have more and more alternative products that mimic the look (and sometimes the feel) of hardwood flooring. The 2 biggest areas are tile planks that look like hardwood and engineered vinyl planks that look and feel like hardwood.
2. Vibrant tile patterns
Tiles that are statement makers are not just for backsplashes anymore. Clients are requesting and designers are now including a more vibrant look to flooring and shower enclosures. Cool color tones include grays, blues, greens, etc. and warm color tones include yellow, oranges and reds (like the tile shown above which was selected by the talented Michelle Boudreau of Michelle Boudreau Design).
3. Environmentally friendly finishes
Over the last several years, we’ve seen more and more people asking about and gravitating towards more environmentally friendly finishes. In particular, many clients prefer Bona Traffic HD because it has very low VOC’s, has incredibly high durability, has low odor and also doesn’t amberize (i.e. turn yellow) like oil based poly does.
4. Farmhouse modern style
It’s unbelievable to watch this farmhouse modern style trend growing and blossoming. For years, there’s been a desire for nostalgia and return to a simpler life, and it’s exhibited itself in many ways. For the floors, it’s been more about a rustic and distressed look with wider planks and often reclaimed wood. Now, it’s evolved to softer and more subtle and soft color palettes for both floors and walls.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in modern new construction and remodeling projects and this includes completing your project with beautiful flooring. For more information, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503 or request a free consultation here.
2020 was the start of a new decade. One that will bring interesting and innovative advances in modern home design. The modern home and how people choose to live in it will constantly be changing, and this certainly is the case as we head into 2021 and beyond. Here are some home design trends that we think will excite homeowners in the coming year:
1. Three-tone kitchens
Two-tone kitchen cabinets — meaning the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another color, or the perimeter cabinets are one color and the island is a different color — dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. So it’s only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than doing away with it. In a three-tone kitchen, one more color or material is introduced to create an asymmetry in the palette that helps define zones or functions and keeps the eye moving.
2. Custom-colored appliances
Also earlier this year, Dacor launched its DacorMatch Color System, which allows homeowners to get the company’s Heritage ranges and wall ovens in any color they choose. That way the range can match a cabinet color or a color found in a backsplash tile mosaic, or even the color of a homeowner’s favorite sweater.
3. Mixed metal finishes on faucets
Moen’s Nio faucet, in matte black, comes with the option of a different handle finish, such as brushed gold (shown in this photo), chrome, stainless steel and black stainless steel.
4. Extra-large islands
Nearly a third of renovating homeowners who are upgrading their kitchen island are choosing to make it more than 7 feet. They are also doing away with kitchen tables and opting for super-large islands. That way family and guests can be close by or dine informally while still gathering together in the kitchen.
5. Tiled bathtub aprons
Tile is a great, affordable material that adds design points to a bathroom, and ordering a few extra square feet of tile likely won’t sink the budget. That’s why we’re seeing many homeowners and designers covering the tub apron in tile or another material, like wood. This results in a big payoff with a minimal investment.
6. Wet rooms
Putting a stand-alone tub in an enclosed shower area makes sense. Why not contain all the functions that cause splashing in one space? Cue the rise of the wet room. If you’ve got the space, consider this practical approach to laying out the bathroom.
7. Fully wrapped powder rooms
Going for bold style in a powder room is nothing new. Designers tend to like to go a little wild in these small spaces often used by guests. One way to go big or go home is by wrapping the entire powder room in a feature wallcovering.
8. Breezy, open and calming living rooms
Open concept living rooms have been used in modern home design for a while now, but now a new element is arriving on the scene - the sense of calm and wellness in open concept living. We’re now seeing that manifest in airy, soothing and relaxed living room designs. Soft colors, casual fabrics, minimal decor and lots of sunshine hit the note just right.
9. Warmer paint colors
While cool and neutral paints are still very popular in general, we’re starting to see people move toward somewhat warmer colors, from coral in all shades to ocher and beyond. Another popular color trend is bringing together warm and cool colors in unexpected combinations, such as hot pink with pistachio green or soft coral with a bright mint.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in modern new construction and remodeling projects. If you are planning a project now or in the future, please contact us today at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your modern dream home!
When it comes to remodeling a home, the money that is spent cannot always be recouped, but most people want the investment they make in the remodeling project to pay off when it's time to sell. The smart choice for homeowners is to improve their home with features that meet the needs of their family, are current with today's living standard, and that increase their property value at the same time. Here are our recommendations for which remodeling improvements will bring the best bang for the buck:
1. A Kitchen Remodel
A kitchen remodel can really add value to your home. It's the heart of the home, so an open, airy, and updated kitchen will not only bring enjoyment to a family, but is also one of the first things that buyers look for. Improvements could include: Removing walls to create an "open concept", updating cabinetry and appliances, the addition of light, such as a window over the sink, and lighting and flooring replacement.
2. Updating or Adding Bathrooms
Bathrooms are an important part of a home families looking for a home. If there are not enough bathrooms or if they are very outdated, it will be a big turn off to potential buyers. Updating bathrooms can also really increase a home’s sale appeal. Improvements could include: Layout changes to maximize space, updating cabinetry and fixtures, and lighting and flooring replacement.
3. Increasing Light and Space
Dark, cramped rooms are no good when it comes to real estate. One thing that homeowners can do to increase the appeal of their property is open up the house to create more of a flow, improved sight lines and enhanced natural light. An open floor plan will make a home feel much larger and better for entertaining. Possible improvements could include: Removal of some walls to open and brighten the space, the addition of windows, vaulting the ceilings, the addition of skylights, repainting in light, airy colors, and lighting and flooring replacement.
4. Addition of Landscape and Curb Appeal
The curb appeal of a home is incredibly important when it comes time to sell. The first impression of a home that someone will have is from the look of the exterior. It's said that a good first impression of a home can add five percent to its value. Possible improvements could include: Exterior painting, renovation of the driveway and other hardscape, and the addition of improved landscape.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in home remodeling projects! If you are planning a house remodel now or in the future, request a free consultation here or contact us at (760) 340-3503. We can help you re-create your dream home and also improve it's property value!
Monochrome Style: If you don't like dealing with color schemes, you're in luck: monochrome bathrooms are back in style. Monochrome is easy: choose one color and decorate with different shades of it.
Floating Vanities: More and more homeowners are adding floating vanities to their bathrooms as the trend ditches its “modern only” ties and appeals to all home styles. Floating vanities hide all the plumbing inside, leaving the cabinetry “floating” above the ground. This gives a more spacious, open look to a bathroom.
Freestanding Tubs: Today’s freestanding bathtub adds a ‘spa retreat’ feel to your bathroom. Available in almost any shape, you can find one that fits any decor style.
His & Her Showers: You may have already contemplated doing the double with washbasins to combat the morning bathroom rush. The next step? His and hers showering. Separate a large walk-in space with individual controls and screens.
Marble Walls: Marble will always be in trend and has always been in trend. But a marble accent wall done in large overscale slabs from floor to ceiling can be beautiful. You will want to steer clear of anything that has too much variation in it as that visually will end up making things look very chaotic and may not feel as timeless as it once did when you installed it, but a simple veining in a tonal color combo will always stay classic.
Smart Features: Bathrooms in 2018 are getting “smarter” than ever. We’ve heard about smart toilets with seat warmers, automatic lid openers and the ability to even clean themselves, but tech id now is spreading to the shower and vanity. Smart showers can play your favorite music and remember your ideal water temperature. And the automatic faucets that we’ve grown accustomed to in commercial properties are going residential. That’s a trend that’s both convenient and economical.
At Dantor Martinez Construction, we specialize in bathroom remodeling projects! If you are planning a bathroom remodel now or in the future, please contact us at (760) 340-3503. We can help you create your dream bath retreat!