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Category: Design Trends

The Pantone colors of the year always have a huge effect on fashion, interior design, and art throughout the year. For 2016, Pantone acknowledges the burgeoning trends toward pastel colors by selecting Rose Quartz, a soft peachy pink, and Serenity, a pale, dusty blue, as their colors of the year. They might seem intimidating at first, but both colors are actually extremely easy to integrate into your kitchen or bathrooms.

Make Small Changes

Many people are concerned that covering an entire room in pastels may make it look like a nursery, and they do have a valid point. If you are not entirely sold on Rose Quartz and Serenity, try incorporating small accents throughout a more neutral room. A beige and white kitchen can be livened up with touches of Rose Quartz on appliances or as a backing paper for open shelves, and a gray and navy bathroom can benefit from the calming hue of Serenity on light fixtures.

Update Old Classics With New Colors

Though actual Rose Quartz is an impractical choice for a kitchen, there are other countertop options that mimic the beautiful and trendy color. Granite countertops continue to be prevalent in kitchens, and many suppliers have began including more pale pink granite among their selections. This is a great way to incorporate the trendy color into a classic kitchen material.

Painting One Wall

If you do not want to commit to a fully painted room, just painting one wall has always been a good solution. This tried and true interior design trick is a great way to add Rose Quartz or Serenity to your kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, having one colorful wall looks particularly nice around a design element you want to highlight, such as a gorgeous view through the windows. In bathrooms, the wall behind the bathroom mirror can be a good way to make an impact.

Create a Fun Focal Point

Many interior designers cringe when they recall the colored bathtubs and toilets of the seventies. However, a recent modern twist on this concept is actually a great way to create a peaceful and stylish bathroom. A freestanding tub with a white interior and a Rose Quartz pink or Serenity blue exterior can be an excellent focal point in a bathroom and create a feeling of peace and relaxation.

Pick Your Color Scheme

Pale pink and lilac-blue may seem like they would be difficult to incorporate into a home, but the colors go well with all neutrals and many shades of blue, green, purple, and even yellow. This means that the Pantone colors of the year work well with more traditionally neutral-colored design elements. For more inspiration on color pairing, check out Pantone’s suggestions for how to match Rose Quartz and Serenity with other colors throughout your kitchen and bathrooms.

Makeover Your Cabinets

Cabinets are an ideal way to give either a kitchen or a bathroom a whole new look. They are extremely easy to paint and repaint, and make a big impact. Both matte and glossy paints work well with the 2016 Pantone colors, so you can pick the right type of finish for your cabinets easily. Cabinets with neutral, clean lines have a surprisingly modern look when painted Rose Quartz or Serenity, while more traditional, detailed cabinets take on a slightly whimsical feel.

Built-In Versus Freestanding Tubs: How To Choose

When upgrading a bathroom, one of the major decisions is whether to install a built-in tub or a freestanding one. The answer will depend upon preference; however, there are a few things to consider before making that final decision. Read on for a comparison of the two.

A freestanding tub is one that is completely finished on all sides and can stand alone. It may stand on legs or it could sit directly on the floor. They come in many different designs and will likely be the focal point of the bathroom. The tubs function the same way as a built-in tub. One factor to keep in mind with a freestanding tub, is there is typically no alternative access route, so elderly people or people with disabilities may have trouble getting in and out of them.

A built-in tub is a bathtub that is not finished on all sides. It must be installed against a wall or in a pre-built surround or enclosure. They almost always architecturally flow with the overall bathroom design.

Cost Comparison

In the past, freestanding tubs have been a more expensive option. That is because of the material they were made of. Now though, freestanding tubs are being made of other materials which make them a bit more affordable.

Surrounds and enclosures for a built-in tub can get expensive, compared to no surround needed for a stand-alone tub. The plumbing costs will likely be more expensive for a freestanding tub, especially if you are going to put it in a place where no tub existed before.

Required Space Comparison

Typically, built-in tubs require less space. Freestanding tubs require more space around them and they need more space for faucets. Built-in tubs can have the shower feature built into the same space, so this definitely saves space that would be required for a standalone shower. Some freestanding tubs, come with a shower like attachment, but it is truly not the same as a real shower.

Flexibility in Placement

Freestanding tubs win hands down on this issue. Beside they are like a piece of furniture, they can be placed anywhere, even in the middle of the bathroom. Obviously, re-constructing the plumbing is necessary. Built-in tubs need to go in a corner or along a wall.

Storage Accessibility

Freestanding tubs do not offer much in the way of storage accessibility. There are no drawers on the sides where you can store towels, soap, etc. Built-ins on the other hand can be built with these features included. It is possible to add a bathtub tray to a freestanding tub, however, built-in tubs are much better for storage accessibility.

Installation Issues

Freestanding tubs can be extremely heavy. Floor reinforcements may be necessary. The plumbing may also be an issue, depending on where the tub is placed. Built-ins come with their own installation issues, but generally, they are easier to install.

Overall Appeal

Freestanding tubs now come in all shapes and sizes. They can really make your bathroom with their style and appeal, whether you select the vintage claw foot tub or a more modern streamlined tub. However, built-in tubs can be designed with many types of material. They can blend in with or stand out from the rest of the bathroom décor. So, it’s kind of a toss-up on which type has the most overall appeal. Again, it depends on personal preference.

Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

Kitchen styles are constantly improving, and homeowners today have access to features and options that past generations never dreamed of. This allows modern builders to create truly luxurious spaces that are enjoyable, functional and attractive. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the sky is the limit, and consumers will fall in love with some of the great additions that are now available.

Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Redecorating the bathroom can not only add value to a home, but also create a spa-like oasis where family members find relaxation and rejuvenation in their busy lives. The top bathroom design trends for 2016 step away from sleek, mostly-white style and add more color, texture and interest. Bathroom fixtures, cabinetry and decor focuses on form, function and an eye-catching focal point.


Although bathrooms continue to have more walk-in showers and fewer built-in tubs, the bathtub still has a legion of fans.

National Kitchen and Bath Association designers are reporting a surge in requests for free-standing soaking tubs in the master bathrooms of their clients.

It’s no wonder these tubs popular; there are some truly gorgeous models on the market right now. They create a spa-like atmosphere in a bathroom for homeowners who may want the luxury of a spa appointment without having the time.

Check out a few examples of free-standing tubs in the bathrooms below:





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