One of my favorite events of the year is Homearama, which comes every July. Homearama is an event featuring many new construction homes, which showcases the latest and greatest trends in building and interior design. This is a great way to see what the hot items will be for the year, and see some of the incredibly beautiful spaces that the builders and designers put together.
Today, I’ll be showing you what we found to be the top bathroom trends at Homearama 2017 at Poplar Woods. If you’re in the market for a new construction home or remodeling your bathroom, you might be able to use some of these great ideas!
One of my absolute favorite trends in bathroom design from Homearama is the emergence of freestanding tubs. You typically won’t see standard tubs in master bathrooms anymore. They’re really only found in kids bathrooms these days. I for one don’t mind a bit. They’re larger than most regular tubs. They’re called soaker tubs for a reason, you can really stretch out and they are much more comfy on your back. They also look like an art piece in your bathroom!
Due to the lack of master bathroom shower/tub combos, we see many more walk in showers. The showers we’re seeing are HUGE and tiled from top to bottom. Mesh back tile is featured on the floor, and a mosaic tile is usually used as an accent or to cover the walls.
Hexagon tile was a trend at KBIS and Homearama last year, but I don’t wish it out of style any time soon. It’s a classic shape that adds geometric interest to your space. It looks great on the floor of your bathroom, in small format or large, and can be found often on shower floors or as shower accents. You can see it below and on the two shower floors above!
Herringbone has also been popular in recent years and looks like it’s here to stay. Herringbone pattern tile can come in all shapes, sizes and materials. We saw a lot of glass mesh back wall tile, as well as some herringbone pattern marble floor tile, among other things. It’s a great look for any bathroom! You can see it above in the accent strip, and below.
Large format tile, specifically large format subway tile has become popular recently, but we saw it EVERYWHERE at Homearama this year. It flooded the shower walls and surrounded the bath tubs. Large format tile is anything that is larger than 15″ on any side. You’ll see it in almost every shower featured above. Large format subway tile is typically 4×16 as opposed to the typical 3×6. It makes the space look bigger and goes up much quicker than smaller format subway tile and it’s such a classy look!
One trend from Homearama that I’ve seen in other rooms in previous years has now made it’s way to the bathroom – Wallpaper! It’s definitly making a comeback. I for one love wallpaper, and it can really add a punch of personality to your space. Most of the time you’ll find it in the powder room, although you can use it in whichever bathroom you want!
The main thing I spotted at Homearama bathrooms this year is the clean neutrals on just about every surface. The painted vanities were usually in white, often in grey, and sometimes in black or beige. White countertops with grey or black veining was prevelant, and the tile in the showers and on the floor were neutrals as well. However, they still managed to pull of a lot of personality! Your colors don’t have to be bold in order to have style.
What do you think about this year’s homearama bathroom design trends? Will you be trying any in your home? Let us know in the comments below!
Homearama 2015 just ended last week here in Louisville, Kentucky. It was hosted at the newly built neighborhood community of Spring Farm Lake and showcased 11 beautifully designed and decorated homes. We at Builders Surplus took a little field trip to tour some of the homes, snap some photos, and gain insight on some new home trends & building materials; but that doesn’t mean that we were completely objective – although we do try. We were excited to pick out some of our own favorites in terms of spaces & materials to share with you! In fact, we even made a little video to showcase our top 10 favorite interiors from Homearama this year!
Our favorite part about this bathroom was the bourbon barrel and copper sink! This room was beautifully overwhelming with texture from the wood, stone floor, and stuccoed walls I was half expecting bourbon to start flowing into the sink. A DIY liquor bottle soap dispenser would have been the perfect finishing touch.
This wood look tile flooring was in a laundry room, and frankly we just couldn’t get enough of the contrasting colors within it! The browns and oranges tied in very nicely with the rest of the colors in the room and the blue planks cooled down the small space without being too overwhelming. This may have been my favorite homearama flooring over all. What a stunner!
This door ties back nicely with one of our recent homearama blog posts about the modern rustic trend, found here. It’s a dark stained sliding closet door. It fit the trend of the room, being country chic and added a uniqueness to the room. It was a nice little surprise considering it was the only door like that in the house – an honor usually grated only to the front door.
These kitchen counters took our breath away. The dark island stood out against the many lighter colors of the room and gave the whole space a more elegant look. We also loved how the island was black with a white granite top and the rest of the cabinets were white with a black granite top! We also have a blog about how to design your own contrasting island, here.
Truly, it was just the bathtub that had us gawking. The contrasting white with dark claws and hardware were beautiful – like claw tubs and freestanding tubs always are. The towel storage above it was also a popular trend that we saw throughout the tour. These can be ordered in our Wellborn or Waypoint cabinet lines in store.
Homearama 2015 sported a lot of tile and glass backsplashes, both in the kitchen and the bath. This one stood out as a classic tumbled travertine stone with the silver accent tile as a simple touch that exuded understated rustic elegance. The metallic boarder paired with the matte stone contrasted perfectly with the dark wood cabinets. The color of these cabinets are very in style right now, with the grey toned brown adding another rustic touch.
Maybe we’re just suckers for dark cabinetry, but we also loved how open these espresso cabinets made the room feel. A great way to display your wine glasses!
We’re starting to see a trend amongst ourselves. Dark, grey toned cabinets, angled cabinetry shelving, and liquor of course. This was a beautiful sealed off space, next to the kitchen in the basement. Its a perfect adult getaway. It was actually the same room that sported some of our favorite cabinetry seen at number 4 favorite. The wine cellar came complete with a small tasting table and, frankly, looking from the outside, the room felt like a work of art.
We just did a blog post earlier this week about the insanely popular trend. The modern tub contrasted against the largely classic decor, however, the hardware and stand alone wood table brought it all together beautifully. It’d be a tough decision whether to take a bath or shower that day, but once you go in one you wouldn’t really want to leave anyway.
We’re not sure if that’s a working desk or a makeup vanity, I suppose it could be both, either way the unique, open layout of this bath is what engrossed us. Multiple people could easily take a shower at once and it certainly is a much more beautiful and elegant open shower than the one your high school locker room had. This room is easily our number one because of it’s unique layout and modern style, even if we can’t entirely agree on what the desk/vanity is really used for.
We really enjoyed this years Homarama and can’t wait for next year! If you’re looking to remodel your home feel free to stop by either of our two locations in Louisville or Newport, Kentucky and ask one of our designers how you can get the Homarama look for your home – at an affordable price! Please, share, tweet, or reblog this article if you enjoyed it or found it helpful in any way! Also be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on great promotions!
In visiting Homearama 2015 in Louisville, we took note of a huge trend – modern rustic decor & materials. Whether it’s the shaky economy or a ‘waste not want not’ mentality, there is a surge in the simplicity of naturally exposed architectural elements and modern rustic decor in today’s home design. It didn’t take very long to observe this trend within the eleven homes featured at Homearama 2015, which took place at Spring Lake Farm subdivision, located off Wolf Pen Branch Road in northeastern Louisville. This year’s showcase of homes revealed an ambience of reclaimed and restored elements that gave a sense of connection to the past, yet in combination with modern furniture and decor, offered an element of comfort that we all seek within our home. For some, the modern aesthetic is too cold and uninviting. For many, the rustic style is not refined. But when you mix the two, I think there are many people who can appreciate this incredible style.
One of the primary trends we spotted at Homearama 2015 in Louisville is the rustic, grey/brown kitchen cabinet color. Grey has been one of the top cabinet paint colors of the season, and while it’s still very popular, it’s “cousin” is rising in popularity as well. This grey toned brown stays in line with the modern rustic theme. It looks elegant & classy, but slightly farmhouse. I personally love it! We have several kitchen & bath cabinets options to choose from in this popular color, such as the Wellborn Davenport Square, the Hanover, or the Monterey. One of the things I like best is the wood grain which shows through, unlike in a standard grey or white painted kitchen cabinet. This is done using a mix of paint & glaze.
Once your painting, staining, or glazing is complete, look for knobs, pulls or unique handles to embellish your kitchen or bath cabinet and complete your own modern rustic design. Take a look at our knob & pull selection here.
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