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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