If I learned anything during my countless hours of scouring the internet for the latest and most trend driven designs imaginable is that there is more than enough styles to go around. When someone asks if this modern, I simply reply…. IS IT?
Why limit yourself to one design style and the components that accompany it when you can mix styles, materials and textures to create your own innovative artistic space. I have found the most exciting and beautiful spaces are a mix of various design elements.
The market is flooded with options to mix colors and patterns together that were once unheard of. I find experimenting with finishes and colors that are unconventional to the common eye are the most admired renovations. They bring an element of surprise to an already stylish design.
So next time you’re renovating a space take a chance mixing design styles! Remember all materials and designs can be interpreted and manipulated to fit into any design idea.
by Anthony Cotugno
Richmond Tile & Bath
Floating vanities have become a rising trend in modern bathrooms. They’re rectangular, hard edged, sleek, and minimalist, all of which are hallmark characteristics of modern home design. The open space beneath floating vanities helps to expand the visual space in the room and cut down on clutter. If you’re looking to make a small room look more expansive or if you’re looking to add a bold accent in a modern design, consider how a floating vanity could complement your modern bathroom.
This floating vanity (pictured above) runs from wall to wall and takes advantage of a minimalist look. It is fitted with flat panel doors without any cabinet pulls, and the dark wood grain is in high contrast with the rest of the room. The horizontal lines throughout this bathroom help establish a calm look in the space. This example shows how a simple vanity can be bold and striking.
While floating vanities most often fit into a modern bathroom, this particular bathroom features a pair of floating vanities as part of a transitional design. The more traditional color scheme is mixed with modern elements like the large horizontal shower tile and glass vessel sinks. The sleek brushed nickel cabinet pulls and the flat panel cabinets add a modern touch to this room.
This small bathroom uses a sleek floating vanity to help open up the visual space in this bathroom and maintain a simple look and modern design. The mostly black and white color scheme is a distinctive look of modern bathrooms, and the high contrast in the black panels helps to bring out the vanity as the primary focal point. The black color of the vanity ties in with the mirror and the shower liner, making the space feel cohesive.
This final example is a bold floating vanity tucked into a tight space in a modern bathroom. This vanity stretches from wall to wall, making it feel like part of the structure of the room, adding to the simplicity of the space. The simple chrome cabinet pulls and flat panel cabinets are classic elements of modern design, and the tall vessel sink and chrome faucet help establish a strong look in this bathroom.
by Anthony Cotugno
Richmond Tile & Bath
A very exciting new trend we are seeing in 2016 is Patterned tile. This year most Porcelain tile manufacturers have a line that consists of some form of pattern, whether it is continuous where all the tiles are placed together and create one uniform pattern, or they are a “patchwork” style where you have may different patterns randomly put together to mimic a quilt like affect. The beginning of using patterned tiles started in the mid 1800’s, they made tiles out of cement, and painted them with brightly colored patterns. Creating some of the most ornate and layered designs ever seen. Against popular belief using pattern in a bathroom or any space in the home does not close in the area..
Actually it is the contrary.
When creating a space either vertically ( on a wall) or Horizontally ( on a floor) with a pattern, you visually cannot see where there is a beginning or an end… so it seems infinite. Also adding pattern to your space creates a focal point, a point of interest… It can highlight a specific area, whether it is behind the vanity, or a fireplace wall. It also gives the option of using something that does not look like “typical tile”.. so for people who want to design a bathroom like any other room in the home it’s a wonderful option to almost create a “wallpaper” affect. Patterned tile can be used in both modern applications as well As traditional. For example in a modern atmosphere you can use a large graphic patch work pattern in muted tones as a feature wall; and in a traditional application you could use a smaller more cement looking tile on a floor in a brightly colored pattern.
"The idea of bringing pattern, and color back to tile is an exciting thought"
Hopefully we are going to say goodbye to the years of using tile in solid earth tone colors, with little variations. We will embrace the excitement of adding color, and pattern to the spaces we surround our selves with… and don’t forget… Don’t be afraid of patterns , even using multiple patterns…. Think of it as adding layers and making your space seem more exciting and organic.
Showroom and Design Coordinator at Richmond Tile and Bath
Bath tubs….“To be or not to be”… this is the question in most Bath showrooms.In a world that is so fast paced its hard to take the time out to actually bathe in a tub. The more and more bathroom renovations we do, people are opting to remove there tubs and replace them with a shower. Even in new builds, we are seeing that the majority of bathrooms are designed with large stand up showers and the only tub in the home is in the master bath.In the past 5 years or so the freestanding Tub is the tub of choice. People are choosing them because they create more space… whether its because they need to create more space to make the shower larger, or they want to update the look of the bathroom. Freestanding tubs are where its at. Bain Ultra , a premiere tub company that we are exclusive dealers for is showing an huge rise in freestanding tubs. Where just a couple of years ago, drop in tubs where the biggest sellers for them, they now see a much bigger demand of freestanding tubs.Architecturally, and design wise you can make a big impact… some of these tubs have magnificent shapes and styles… almost creating and stand alone work of art.Katelyn DessnerShowroom and Design Coordinator at Richmond Tile and Bath
So a super cool trend that’s has been really popular for the last couple of years is the “ reclaimed wood movement”… Whether its furniture, flooring, lighting, or accessories… it seems that most interior designers and manufacturers have gotten on the band wagon. It all began as a way to be “ GREEN “, reuse , recycle, and repurpose. Taking old planks from barns, warehouses even old boats… and reusing them in homes to create an ambiance of warmth, texture, and history.Cermaica Sant’ Agostino created a phenomenal new line for 2016 called “Pictart”. Pictart is a series of porcelain “wood looking” tiles that have the texture, variation, and effect of reclaimed wood. It comes in various colors and , plank sizes. Whether you are using it as a floor covering, or you are trying to create a shiplap affect on a wall, it is the tile worlds answer to a porcelain reclaimed wood look.“Wood looking Tile” has been on trend for almost a decade now… The advantages of using it are vast, and the disadvantages are slim to none. As time goes on we are seeing companies creating more visually accurate, and exotic wood types. People are now Opting for a porcelain wood floor throughout there entire home even in areas like bedrooms and living rooms… Porcelain floors are far more durable and easier to maintain then natural wood. Heavy traffic, kids, pets, LIFE… they can really stand up to it all. They are also a much GREENER alternative then using natural wood , Also financially its comparable to most wood floor applications, and sometimes even less expensive per square foot then your higher end engineered wood floors.So if you are designing a modern, traditional, rustic, urban, or transitional look in your home… there will always be a place for a wood looking tile !!Katelyn DessnerShowroom and Design Coordinator at Richmond Tile and Bath