Spice Drawers, Wood Floors, and Recycling Areas … Today’s Top Design Trends

November 12, 2011

What are the burning, most up-to-date kitchen and bath styles in Chicago new homes and remodels?

In celebration of kitchen and bath month, Builder magazine interviewed some of the nation’s top designers to find out what today’s hottest trends are in kitchen and bath design.

The designers reported getting increased requests for built-in recycling areas, spice drawers, farmhouse-style sinks, stone countertops (like honed surfaces, composite quartz, and soapstone), glass tiles, colored accent walls, white cabinets, wood floors and low-flow showerheads.

And what’s out? Ice machines, trash compactors, formal living rooms, wallpaper and granite (except exotic types) are all heading out, report the designers.

The overarching design trends revolve around a few common themes, including water and energy efficiency upgrades and modifications; high-quality, simple lasting design; larger great rooms, more open spaces that includes the living room, kitchen, family room, media area and flex spaces; a new focus on the kitchen as a living space and not just a cooking space; and cost savings are key, even in the high-end of the market, everyone is focused on saving as much as possible.

One of the designers quoted in the article stated that design trends are local, based largely on the preferences in specific regions of the country. So what are you seeing in Chicago real estate? Have you seen the same or is Chicago different, and if so, in what way? Let us know what you’re seeing out there!

[Post by Amanda Winters]

Categories: Remodeling

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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