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Kitchen and Bath Design

Some of the areas that interior designers work with frequently are kitchens and bathrooms. Interior decorators can't work in these areas of the home because it often requires changes to existing pipes and fitting new appliances into the rooms. Interior designers are noticing a number of trends and design features that clients want in the kitchen and the bathroom.

In the bathroom clients are requesting a more upscale spa-type experience. Today they want bathtubs with jets attached and separate showers. Designers are also separating the toilet from the rest of the room and giving it a small room or closet. This allows several people to be inside the room at one time, just like in a high class spa.

Another feature designers are incorporating into bathroom designs are vinyl wall coverings that mimic the look of traditional hardwood. The vinyl pieces attach to the walls in a similar fashion to wallpaper, but are resistant to moisture and heat. This makes them perfect for a bathroom or any area where humidity is a factor. Vinyl wall coverings are also available in a variety of colors, styles, and designs.

Keeping in line with the spa feeling and atmosphere, interior decorators are turning to soothing colors in the bathroom. Shades of light blue, green, and pale pink mimic the feeling of a relaxing spa right inside the home. These same colors are used in the bathroom accessories and the tile work.

In the kitchen designers are picking brighter shades that make the room feel more inviting and also make homeowners feel relaxed or comfortable. Darker shades of green, red, and blue are becoming very popular as both wallpaper or paint color and flooring tile or carpets. Designers are also utilizing new shades of metal appliances and metalwork in the kitchen. Plain stainless steel has been replaced with bronze or copper, and wrought iron is now used for fixtures.

Designers are also encouraging homeowners to build their kitchen from scratch with custom built cabinets to fit their needs. The designer can have shelves installed for that special collection of salt and pepper shakers or expand a series of cabinets to store larger pots and pans. There are many homeowners who need the comfort and space of custom built cabinets to store all their kitchen related items.

Interior designers are also changing lighting in both the kitchen and bathroom. Hands-free lighting installed into wood pieces provides an elegant look for the kitchen, while the same look in pale metal is popular for the bathroom. Both rooms also benefit from a dimmer switch, which allows homeowners to slowly adjust the lighting to fit their mood.

Interior designers base a large portion of their yearly work on the kitchen and bath industry. These two rooms are a great selling point for homes and clients know that updates increase the value of their home tremendously. With the new technologies and constantly changing additions, interior designers will always have new changes they can make and incorporate into kitchens and bathrooms.


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