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Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Posted on June 27th, by Michael Menn in Kitchens. Comments Off on Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Can you believe we’re already well into June? Seems this year has just flown by. If you’re wondering what is trending in kitchens this year, I have a few things that are popping up on my radar that are evolving trends to watch!


Style: Definitely more straight lines (no fussy details) and simpler door styles (Shaker seems to be King!)
Colors: White still reigns as one of the most popular kitchen colors, but I am seeing a trend in my own clients toward warmer woods (mid- darker colors). Greys are still getting a lot of traction but a surprising color that is emerging is Navy! It can be done in a dark hue that works with both other painted finishes like whites and with wood tones. A big surprise, but interesting!

Cabinet Accessories: Everyone wants to utilize their storage better and here are some creative ways to do that!

Cabinet inserts that allow you to pull them down and access what is in those wall cabinets (great for living in place!)
Dedicated cabinet inserts to organize all those plastic food storage containers
Corner cabinet pull-outs that allow you to utilize that dead space for great storage


Believe it or not, brass is coming back! It’s … Read More »

2016 Bathroom Trends

Posted on January 8th, by Michael Menn in Bathrooms, Renovation. Comments Off on 2016 Bathroom Trends

Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2016

When it comes to home remodeling projects, bath upgrades continue to dominate, even over kitchen renovations. With so many resources and choices out there, it can be overwhelming to sort through the different options and styles on your own, so we’ve researched the topic for you.

Transitional and contemporary style bathrooms are gaining steam over traditional designs. Modern style baths tend to be popular among homeowners who are remodeling because they offer eye-catching features that are sure to impress.

Emphasize A Focal Point

Make an intentional effort to create a focal point for the eye to be drawn to when you walk in the room. Walk-in showers and freestanding tubs are two examples of how you can master this trend. Think of your bathroom focal point as a statement piece of clothing you’d wear to generate a reaction.

Showers with frameless heavy-glass enclosures have a designer appearance and deliver a spa-like luxury to the bath. Color, hardware, vanities and tubs are all ways to you can emphasize a main focal point in your bathroom.

Modern Metallics

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, updating your hardware and faucets is an effortless way to add visual interest and style to any … Read More »

Design Trends – Design Practicality

Posted on February 13th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Change, Trends. Comments Off on Design Trends – Design Practicality

I recently attended the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

This was my twentieth consecutive year and I walked away with a new sense of reinvigoration and design practicality. If you are planning to build or remodel a kitchen, you will be right on trend if you choose white cabinets – no wait, make that dark brown!  White cabinetry will always be in style, but there has been a rise in dark brown kitchens winning award after award.

Some of the trends that are selling houses today are: the inclusion of large walk-in pantries and the reduction in the actual number of cabinets being used in the Kitchen, more sensible bathrooms and comfy doggy digs.

Practical floor plans were the subject of a seminar I took. Where the 1990s and early 2000s were all about excess in home building (bigger is better syndrome), a new sobriety has settled in and focused on maximizing the utility of every square inch of the floor plan. Consumers have spoken and the Dining Room and Living Room have been ditched in lieu of an open area that encompasses the Kitchen, Family Room and a single Dining Area.

One of the things that many homebuilders have noticed is that … Read More »