Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Posted by Jaime Derringer 

I just got back from Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, and I discovered some unexpected and exciting trends!

Mixed metals and materials are going beyond mixing cabinetry hardware and faucets, but taken to a new level by mixing metals directly on the faucets themselves. Love this trend—lots of possibilities here.

Customization is on the rise. We really love the customizable flush plates and toilet tanks from Geberit

There are new ways to use old spaces. 
Glideware has figured out what to do with that pesky, unusable corner cabinet space with their new Not-So-Lazy Susan. And Wellborn cabinet company has integrated technology for helping make space more accessible to everyone.

Tech is still trending, but this time it’s less gimmicky and more functional, for example this 8,000 BTU Frigidaire Gallery® Cool Connect™ Room Air Conditioner that you can operate from an app on your phone. You can also create a schedule with the app. We’re also hearing a lot of rumblings from many appliance manufacturers that more exciting stuff is in the pipeline. We’ll keep you posted!

Sayonara, plain old stainless steel! Lots of color options from paint colors to granite and black stainless steel finishes are popping up more a more. Above, are some KitchenAid Black Stainless appliances installed in one of the on-site homes. I even spotted a glittery gold Bluestar oven in one of the booths!

Texture is huge. And it’s not just tile, but we’re seeing more natural stone textures, like the Antolini stone (pictured above) to textured details on these new Brizo Litze faucets:

There’s wood where there used to be metal. Also at Brizo, these faucets with teak handles caught our eye, as did these wooden drawer and cabinet pulls by Manzoni:

Move over PANTONE Color of the Year, I’m sensing a new color trend here…

What do you think? Are these trends here to stay? Would you incorporate any of them into your kitchen or bath?

Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~ 

Monday, January 11, 2016

25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016

by Mitchell Parker

From black stainless steel appliances to outdoor fabrics used
these design ideas will be gaining steam in the new year

The modern home is always evolving. And to get an idea of what it’s evolving to, look no further than what’s happening within its walls today. With that in mind, we delved into Houzz discussions and data to find out what materials, strategies and concepts will be coming to more homes in 2016.

1. Two-tone kitchen cabinets. Keep upper cabinets white or neutral for a clean, timeless feel, then go crazy with the lower cabinets by playing with various wood tones and deeper colors to take your kitchen in two different style directions. 

2. Outdoor fabric used indoors. Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly hard to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many are bringing them inside, where their durability makes them perfect for high-traffic dining room and living room furniture, as shown here. 

3. Colored stainless steel appliances. Black stainless steel is making a buzz. In a poll, nearly two-thirds say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal. (Shown here is LG’s new Black Stainless collection.) Not into the darkness? Head to the light with Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish. 

4. Extra-large-format tile. Large-format tiles (such as 12 by 24 inches) have been making an appearance in kitchens and bathrooms for some time now, but be on the lookout for extra-large-format ones. Just how extra? Try 31 by 71 inches, like the ceramic Ann Sacks tiles shown here on a fireplace surround project by Pangaea. That’s almost 3 by 6 feet!

5. Bidets. The separate bidet unit in bathrooms never really took off in America. But since manufacturers began creating combination bidet and toilet units, like the Toto version shown here, they’ve been catching on. According to data, 5 percent of renovated master bathrooms now include bidets.

6. Deep kitchen drawers. Ease of storage is the top kitchen priority during a remodel. And while deep drawers have been creeping up to replace lower kitchen cabinets for a while now, they’re only getting better — and more affordable. Dividers and inserts let you organize any shape or size of dish, pan or utensil under the sun, and there are even clever options for deep corner drawers, and drawers under range tops and kitchen sinks. 

7. Formal dining rooms. Not everyone takes the leap to turn the dining room into an office or media room. For homeowners who entertain frequently, a designated space for gathering for special meals isn’t negotiable, and they’re pouring attention into these rooms.

8. Niche appliances. Looking for a little added luxury in the kitchen? Steam ovens (shown here) promise to cook food more thoroughly and healthily than microwaves; warming drawers give cooks a little wiggle room to deliver hot meals to family and guests; induction cooktops save space and are safer for homes with young kids; and kimchi refrigerators offer fans of the popular Korean condiment a chance to make their own at home.

9. Heated entryway floors. Sure, heated floors are popular in bathrooms, but if you live in a cold region, consider putting them in your entryway to help melt snow and dry boots.

10. Workhorse islands. Kitchen islands provide additional workspace, but they’ve taken on so much more than that. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating and more, workhorse islands are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens. 

11. Statement mirrors in bathrooms. So long, medicine cabinets. Hello, statement mirrors. Think large wood-framed beauties, backlit modern marvels and ornate vintage gems that boost style in a bathroom.

12. Barely there kitchens. As kitchen layouts become more open, spatial identifiers like walls of cabinetry and full-size appliances fade away, leaving behind airy, fluid spaces that serve multiple functions while looking barely there.

13. Living rooms that ditch the tech for family. With so much screen time throughout the day and night, homeowners are looking for a calm respite where they can read a book, chat with friends and family or just sit quietly. Thus, the rise of living rooms devoid of digital distraction. 

14. Kitchens that embrace openness and raw materials. The inherent simplicity in open shelves and raw materials plays a big part in the barely there kitchen we mentioned earlier. Embrace these, and the rest will follow. 

15. Surprising backsplash and countertop pairings. You could play it safe with white subway tile and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is boring. Instead, consider a different combination, such as a brick backsplash with concrete countertops (as shown here) or yellow ceramic tile with butcher block. 

16. Fully decorated living rooms that don’t go overboard. How do you know when you haven’t decorated enough, or decorated too much? Designers pay attention to scale, light, function and more to strike the right balance. 

17. Special kitchen features. Sometimes a kitchen needs that one special element that takes it from a useful space to a vital one. Here, a dining table on casters allows various seating arrangements for casual family meals and large parties with friends. 

18. Sunrooms. A sunroom is a top dream space for many homeowners. Even those who don’t have the luxury of having — or adding — one are finding ways to carve out a special sun-drenched corner in their homes.

19. Punched-up white kitchens. White kitchen walls and cabinets — and even countertops in many cases — is a trend that will continue for years to come. To avoid a too-sterile look, however, many designers and homeowners are learning to punch up an all-white space with smart, colorful details through tile, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, raw materials and more. 

20. Bold powder room wall coverings. Dramatic wall coverings in powder rooms are nothing new, but the options for dazzling prints, textures and custom graphics are ever increasing. Here, Black Quilted Lacquer wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries steals the show. 
21. Mixing modern materials in the kitchen. Looking for something a little more lively than white cabinets and granite countertops in your kitchen? Consider mixing several modern materials, finishes and colors. Here, butcher block countertops get broken up with soapstone near the stove and Carrara marble on a nearby baking station. These mix with olive-green cabinets and stainless steel appliances for an eclectic, sophisticated look. 

22. Attention-seeking bedrooms. A can of paint will certainly transform the look and feel of a bedroom, but to take the sanctuary to the next level, you’re going to need bolder ideas. Here, a rustic wood wall and ceiling feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room. 

23. Bathrooms that feel more like living spaces. Graphic wallpaper, ornate chandeliers and furniture-like pieces turn sterile spaces into ones that feel a lot more like home.

24. Fireplaces and fire features. New advances mean you can have all the ambience without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen.

25. Farmhouse entryways. Stripping away the need for fancy flourishes or decor for decor’s sake, farmhouse style gets at the root of function. That’s why the style makes sense for mudrooms, where simplicity in storage and durability in materials are paramount. 

Want your new kitchen or bath remodel to reflect the current trends of 2016?  Stop by Cabinet-S-Top to meet with one of our expert designers to discuss your project. Located at 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH 44256 ~ 330.239.3630 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

15 Bathroom Trends Splashing Down in 2016

by Natasha Saroca

Four Australian designers break down the looks, finishes andfeatures they believe will reign supreme in bathroom design this year

Renovating your bathroom is a big investment in time and money, so it’s important to do your homework before you start. Creating a budget and searching for the right designer are important pre-renovation tasks, and so is coming up with a bathroom wish list. Doing this will ensure that you have a clear vision of how you want your revamped space to look, work and feel.

If you need some inspiration, reading up on the latest bathroom trends can help you get on track and pinpoint what you want and need. And there’s no better place to start than with the 2016 trend predictions we’ve rounded up for you from four Houzz experts in Australia.

1. Wood. “Timber will continue to flourish in the bathroom,” says Andrew Crawshaw, director of design at Smarter Bathrooms. “The release of new purpose-designed timber products enables us to bring its natural warmth into a previously timber-tabooed space.”

If you’re interested in working wood into your bathroom, take a cue from this striking example and consider using the material in unexpected ways, such as on the wall or as a sink.

Wall covering: Graupa Eterno European oak engineered wood floorboards, Tongue n Groove

2. Cool and calm. Cool tones that create a tranquil environment will be big in the bathroom in 2016, says Carmel Dee, senior interior designer at GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens. Her top two picks for cool hues are blues and emerald greens. Pair these with crisp white and touches of wood for a fresh, uplifting feel, or team them with metallic accents and rustic materials for a design that’s edgier and more sophisticated.

3. Creative tile patterns. Patterned and geometric tiles may have been hugely popular over the past few years, but prepare to see tile tastes change in 2016, Crawshaw says. The Melbourne designer predicts plain, basic tiles will return to the spotlight, but with a creative twist. “With the desire to combat fast-dying trends, simple, timeless tiles will be laid in unusual patterns in order to create enduring appeal,” he says.

Not sure which pattern to pick? A classic herringbone design, seen here, will lend a dose of visual drama and chic appeal. Basketweave and windmill patterns are other designs you might want to consider.

If you’re a lover of color and want a bathroom with extra oomph, an all-white or neutral palette probably isn’t going to cut it for you. Here, rainbow-colored rectangular tiles lift this herringbone feature wall to the next level and give the space some serious design cred.

4. Natural vibe. Wood isn’t the only natural material that will be trending in the coming year, says Sophie Seeger of Seeger by Design. Expect to see earthy materials like natural stone and river rock, “not merely on your floor and walls, but also on your vanity tops, sinks and baths, feature walls and bathroom furniture,” she says.

“As designers, we’re embracing the majesty of natural materials and minerals that contrast with each other, materials and minerals that offer us visual and tactile texture in a room that has become our sanctuary,” Seeger explains.

One way to bring the natural look to a bathroom, she says, is to opt for a kiln-fired ceramic or polished-stone sink instead of standard porcelain.

5. Duckboard flooring. “Timber duckboard flooring has been used in boat building for years, and I think it’s making a comeback in bathrooms,” says interior designer Alexandra Donohoe, director of Decus Interiors. “I think clients are moving towards more tactile finishes in bathroom spaces and generally seeking more warmth.”Another advantage of wood duckboard is that it’s “lovely to stand on barefoot, and feels very natural,” Donohoe adds.

The Sydney designer recommends incorporating duckboard into a shower floor to balance out the hardness of tiles.

6. Double header. Double showers will grow in popularity in 2016, Dee says, specifically a setup that consists of an oversized rain shower head and separate handset, as seen here, rather than dual shower heads mounted on the same rail or bar. Not only does this nifty configuration offer a more luxurious, invigorating and customizable shower, but it also delivers a chic, seamless look that won’t add visual bulk to your design. 

7. Functionality first. Spatial planning will be a key focus for bathroom designers in 2016, predicts Seeger, who says this approach is “like a return to modernism” and the idea thatform follows function. This is sure to be welcome news for renovators who loathe clutter and overdone design in favor of a clean, practical and streamlined look.

“Ensure there is adequate storage to hide your hair dryers and excess lotions and potions away,” Seeger says. “Items that are not functional are tucked away, allowing for a room of quiet contemplation.”

8. Metallics. Metal has been a major interior trend for the last few years, and it looks like it won’t be falling out of favor anytime soon. “Metals offer glamor and contrast beautifully with natural materials,” Seeger says. “They reflect light and inject style into a bathroom, whether with an industrial twist or a hint of glamor.”

Metals with matte or satin finishes will be especially popular next year, Dee says. “Brushed stainless steel [faucets] and brass will take over. People are getting over the bright, polished look.”

Want to work some metallic magic into your bathroom? “Introduce rich metals in fixtures,” Seeger suggests. “Have you seen copper baths? Simply stunning!” Alternatively, if you want to dial down the dazzle a notch, opt for smaller splashes with metal hardware, towel bars, shower rails and accessories.

9. White. White is the new black when it comes to bathroom fittings, Crawshaw says. Instead of sleek, moody black fixtures, white will be adding a fresh, contemporary vibe. Use white fixtures to complete a clean, pared-down look, or set them against a bold-color backsplash or tiled wall to create a striking space that oozes flair.

Faucet: PuraVida single-hole with lever handle in white, Hansgrohe

10. Ambience. “In 2016, there will be less focus on utility and more on creating ambience,” Crawshaw says. The bathroom is no longer purely functional, but also a place to escape to, and this will be seen in the move toward custom furniture-like cabinetry, mood lighting, feature faucets and the seamless integration of key functional elements.

Donohoe agrees that furniture-like cabinetry will become more prominent in bathrooms next year. “I think really special detailed bathroom furniture is quite a luxury,” she says. “Having a beautiful dressing table with a stool to put on makeup in your bathroom will make you feel as though you’re waking up in a hotel every day.”

Expect to see more home decor and small furniture pieces making their way into the bathroom too, Dee says. Think stools, armchairs, coat racks, poufs, rug-style bath mats and pendant lights.

11. Industrial chic. If you’re an industrial enthusiast, then 2016 is your year. According to Dee, edgy industrial-inspired bathroom design is on the rise. 

Expect to see the use of cool, gritty concrete (or silky smooth if you opt for a polished finish) not just on bathroom floors but as a wall surface too. Dee predicts that concrete-look tiles will also cement themselves as favorite wall and floor coverings next year.

But note that concrete can make a space look cold and harsh. Introducing contrasting textures such as wood, natural fibers and plush bath mats and towels will help soften the look and add coziness.

12. Lush and leafy. This was a trend in 2015 and will continue to thrive next year, Crawshaw says. “The indoor plant will bring the outside in and form part of the bathroom design,” he says. “They will no longer be a simple accessory but an integral, changeable element that can move with the seasons.” His top plant pick for summer is jasmine, and he recommends swapping it out for sansevieria, pictured here beside the vanity, in winter.

13. The love of handmade. Forget about mass-produced, cookie-cutter tiles that all look alike. According to Donohoe, 2016 is all about custom bathroom tiles crafted by hand. Artisanal tiles, considered beautiful for their imperfections, will infuse a bathing space with rich texture as well as visual appeal.

Donohoe recommends pairing them with a featured stone, as “the contrasting texture of the handmade tile and natural veining in the stone is beautifully complementary.”

14. A touch of pink. Are you fond of loud, lively hues? Then you’ll be happy to hear that next year will be one of having fun with color. Seeger says there’s one in particular that many decorators will experiment with. 

“If you’re a lover of pink in all its glorious shades, from dusty pink to peach and coral, then you’re in for a treat,” she says. She suggests using pink — whether you choose a sweet, playful or dramatic rendition of it — on your walls or introducing it in the form of towels or accessories.

Not a fan of pink? Try a palette of purple and black instead, Seeger says. It’s the perfect color combo for “those of you who love a little drama and opulence.”

15. Big tile. Move over, mosaics and slender subways, and make way for oversized tiles, which Crawshaw predicts will be a key trend. “Large-format tiles are huge in Europe and will shine through the Australian bathroom in 2016,” he says. “They have the benefit of creating a seamless spatial illusion, and they make cleaning a breeze with few or no grout lines.” Stylish, space-enhancing and a cinch to clean? This trend gets two big thumbs up!

Looking for a supreme bathroom design?  Stop by Cabinet-S-Top and meet with one of our expert designers.  Located at 1977 Medina, Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ www.cabinet-s-top.com ~ 330.239.3630