Homearama Trends ~ Part 2

I back with part 2 of my recap of the trends from Homearama 2014.  (Did you see part 1?) One luxury space that was over the top in every home on the tour was the master bathroom.  I think this shower was bigger than our dining room!

master bathroom

And this was only the shower and tub.  On the opposite wall were the beautiful vanities; there was also a separate space for the toilet, and of course a spacious walk-in closet.

Do you like the open concept shower?

Something like this bathroom is more my style.  It still has a spa feel to the space, but the shower offers a little more privacy.  I also like the vertical strip of mosaic tiles that adds an interesting accent to the back wall.

master bathroom shower

Look closely at the two shower heads.  Do you prefer a rain shower, or a traditional showerhead?

Another trend I noticed while touring the homes was the use of various wall treatments throughout the rooms.  Many of the builders and designers featured wainscoting in various heights and patterns. The patterns in these two dining rooms caught my eye.  (Do you also see the paneling on the ceiling in the first room?)

dining room wainscoting

I thought this fully corkboarded wall was a cute idea for a teen/tween girl’s room.  I can just imagine the posters and pictures that would get pinned up there!

corkboard headboard

This room featured a stenciled ceiling.  I liked that the stencil was done in a random pattern with metallic paint.  It added a touch softness and hint of glamour to the room.

girls bedroom

One last photo I want to share is this one of these beautiful floors.

walnut floors

I fell in love with these naturally finished walnut floors.  I wouldn’t call these a trend that I noticed on the tour – in fact it was more popular to have a gray-washed or cooler color stain to the floors.  I know that gray is a popular color right now, but for flooring, it often feels too cold to me.  I also think that gray floors restrict your design choices for years to come.  When choosing hardwood floors, I always recommend a medium brown-toned option for clients – one that isn’t too red or too yellow.  Like blue jeans, medium toned brown hardwood flooring is the most neutral option you can give yourself when designing the ‘outfit’ that is your home!

Want to see more photos from Homearama 2014?  Richmond-based bloggers Young House Love did a full recap of each home. (They also were the team of designers for one of the houses!)

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Homearama Trends ~ Part 1

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope everyone has a chance to relax, spend time with family, and enjoy the lovely weather.  To all of the active military, retired military, and their families, we say “Thank you!” for all you have done. Last weekend, my mom, my sister, and I celebrated a belated Mother’s Day with a girls’ outing to Homearama.  The seven houses showcased were beautiful and all had a different style – one felt rustic and Tuscan, another had a French Country theme, and another gave off a laid-back and funky vibe.  We enjoyed seeing the different features each builder and designer presented in their homes.  There were a few trends that I noticed across several of the houses and wanted to share them with you.

The first trend I spied was the use of reclaimed wood.  It was used in each of the seven houses!  Whether it was featured as a wall treatment, on a ceiling, or in another creative way, the look of reclaimed wood was definitely a hit.

I loved this mudroom area - with reclaimed wood on the back of the ‘lockers’, and recycled coffee sacks on the seats of the benches.

reclaimed wood cubby

Look up, do you see the reclaimed wood on the coffered ceiling?

reclaimed wood ceiling

I thought this was a creative idea – to frame out the TV in the master bedroom with wood and interesting hardware.

wood framed TV

In this yellow and gray boy’s bedroom, the designer whitewashed the wood for a softer, but still rustic feel.  (And how cute is that airplane light fixture?!)

boys bedroom

A variation of the reclaimed wood was to use it as barn doors.  At least four of the seven houses used barn doors somewhere in the house.  Mixing the rustic feel of the barn doors with the elegance of a dining is a perfect combination!

barn doors in dining room

This photo showcases a beautiful barn door, and also features another trend I noticed – second floor playrooms/media rooms.  (This one was from the French Country house, but some of these rooms in the other houses were decorated a little more casually.)

barn doors

I will leave you with one last image for this recap. I thought this was a cute idea – they took an old door and used white mats to feature sepia toned photographs.

pictures in an old door

Stay tuned for more trends from Homearama 2014!

º Do you have any reclaimed wood in your house?

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