2015: The Year Ahead in Bathroom Design

This year brought us the use of matte black fixtures in the bathroom with the declined use of oil-rubbed bronze. Matte gold finish gained ground in fixtures, lighting and accessories – especially in higher end homes.

In 2014 contemporary bathroom design requests surpassed traditional. For 2015 I expect clean, contemporary design will still be most popular with curbless showers and suspended vanities incorporated into designs for continuous sleek tile floors.

LED lighting will not only be used in lighting fixtures on the ceilings and walls but also underneath suspended vanities and recessed to accentuate free-standing tubs.

My prediction for the most significant shift in 2015 will be in the request for semi-recessed tubs.

2015 Bathroom Trends: Semi-Recessed Tubs | KitchAnn Style

Homeowners want bathrooms that are easier to clean and the corners and crevices behind free-standing tubs can be difficult to reach. Installing a tub in a semi-recessed design allows the bathroom to look more spacious and modern while eliminating the need to clean behind the tub.

2015 Bathroom Trends: Semi-Recessed Tubs | KitchAnn Style

In addition to providing easily accessible storage for bath salts and other bathing items, the partial platform allows for additional plumbing options for the tub filler placement.

2015 Bathroom Trends: Semi-Recessed Tubs | KitchAnn Style

The semi-recessed tub installation requires skilled installers that can carefully craft a deck that follows the contour of the tub.

2015 Bathroom Trends: Semi-Recessed Tubs | KitchAnn StyleAs the 2015 progresses, more manufacturers will make installation easier by offering half-skirts to consumers. Cladding the surrounding decking will become faster and easier.

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The semi-recessed tub can also be installed at variable heights providing customization for homeowners and plumbing solutions for drain configuration in bathroom remodeling.

Leave a comment if you think this trend will take off or if you think it’s too custom to get a foot-hold and will flop.  Here’s to a prosperous and creative 2015!

Warmest Wishes

Merry Christmas, SWFL

Faith makes all things possible.
Hope makes all things work.
Love makes all things beautiful.
May you have all three this Christmas.

                                             -Ann

 

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Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef | KitchAnn Style
Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef | KitchAnn StyleI was going to combine the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year post with the previous post about AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2015 choice but I found so many great inspiration photos I decided I had to break it out.

Sherwin-Williams chose Coral Reef (SW 6606) as their Color of the Year 2015. It’s part of the Buoyant color palette I wrote about previously.

“Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary.” -Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef | KitchAnn Style

Coral Reef is warmer than AkzoNobel’s Copper Orange and is a wonderful compliment to the Blues that have been popular these past few seasons.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef | KitchAnn Style

Coral reef plays happily with white, black, lush greens and lilacs. For a more subdued palette, mix it with warm neutrals such as gray and soft browns.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef | KitchAnn Style

Coral Reef is not the pumpkin color from the 50’s. It’s  a softer, more approachable color.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef Exterior | KitchAnn Style

Since Coral Reef is such a flattering color, it’s well suited for use in bathrooms. Who doesn’t want to have a youthful glow?

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef Exterior | KitchAnn Style

Pair Coral Reef with matte gold or brass for a luxurious vintage feel.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef Exterior | KitchAnn Style

Don’t limit the color to the interior. Consider brightening your home’s exterior by applying it to your front door, shutters, flower boxes or garden structures.

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AkzoNobel Color of the Year 2015

AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn Style
AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn StyleAs I wrap up my coverage of trending colors for 2015, things are heating up as a warmer spectrum of pinks, reds and oranges emerging, reflecting optimism and a renewed emphasis on sharing.

AkzoNobel, the largest color and coatings manufacturer in the world and maker of Dulux Paints, named Copper Orange as their Color of the year for 2015.

By closely monitoring the emerging social, economic and design trends around the world, a select panel of professionals predicts future color trends two years out.

“The overriding idea for 2015 is that people are finding new ways to add color to their lives and are developing a warmer and more caring environment for all.” – Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center.

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Warm and surprising, Copper Orange reflects a more positive outlook on the world while representing a new emphasis on putting the + (plus) in everyday. This flattering hue will surely be popular in the cosmetics industry just like the Pantone Color of the Year 2015, Marsala.

AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn Style

Copper Orange works well paired with neutrals. If you tend to shy away from color, go for small accessories and simple accents like this drapery edge treatment.

AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn Style

The Copper Orange walls are a nice balance with the dark cabinetry and make this kitchen cheery.

AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn Style

“It’s a “hot” color that evokes tropical fruit and flowers, Eastern culture as seen in Buddhist monks’ robes and, in the West, autumn’s warm glow.” 

AkzoNobel Copper Orange | KitchAnn Style

Express your Nomadic, adventurous side with relaxed decor and a textural application of Copper Orange.

AkzoNobel Copper Orange Bedroom | KitchAnn Style

Copper Orange can also be quite sophisticated. The small Copper Orange print is gorgeous in this gray bedroom.

AkzoNobel Copper Orange Bedroom | KitchAnn Style

I predict the popularity of Copper Orange will increase the use of Rose Gold, already popular in the fashion industry, within the home.

Copper Orange has been selected to complement all of the major trends that AkzoNobel has identified for 2015 – all inspired by one larger idea, “Everyday + Finding the wonderful in the normal”.  For more on their trend forecast, visit www.colourfutures.com

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