First up the hotel. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a hotel with colourful hallways like this in the meeting rooms (and I’ve been in a gazillion hotels most of them are ALL grey or brown right now). Loved the blue!
And the bathroom in the guest room was very trendy but well done.
The subway tile was 4″ x 8″ so the scale worked better (than a traditional 3″ x 6″) with the larger scale Encaustic tiles on the floor. And lets be clear, this kind of pattern is NOT modern, so large rectangular modern tiles would not have worked as well.
Also the grout was a charcoal grey which ‘reads’ blue in this bathroom on the subway tile. I loved that extra, contrasting detail.
They used cream subway tile to relate to the cream and blue floor tiles! The mirror was fun and playful and looked great with the shower curtain.
Definitely a bathroom to copy if you really want to introduce this trendy tile in your house. It’s rare that I see this tile installed correctly.
Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando
Okay, onto the Kitchen and Bath Show!
Black was EVERYWHERE, we saw lots of black millwork, black and white tile, and black hardware including bathrooms. So I would say it’s official. Black is the new grey. But it will take some time before this trickles down to the masses.
CONTRAST is huge. And along with black you need the balance of strong, bright colour. Which is what I’ll talk about next.
Brass and copper were at the show as well, in farmhouse and bowl sinks! It’s just that black is what’s NEWS at the moment.
We had a very busy 2 1/2 days and since I’ve shown you a bathroom, let’s talk about faucets first:
When I first saw these faucets on Instagram from last years tour, I thought you had to permanently CHOOSE a colour. But they are totally interchangeable. Also, unlike other industrial faucets with a coil that is apparently hard to keep clean, you won’t have that issue here.
I was especially in love with their new Grohe Blue Home faucet, with a twist of the knob you can have filtered water and another twist, sparkling water!
See all of Grohe’s products here.
Not only is black the latest trend in shower doors, but so is COLOUR. Any of these strong colours would look great paired with black and white tile, DO NOT however, add a colourful shower door if you have an EARTHY colour scheme.
Introducing a shower door in black or a colour makes it the focal point of your bathroom.
Keep the look clean. Solid black floor tile competes too much with the black door as well as contrasting black grout with white subway tile. Repeat the black in a small scale black and white tile and a black countertop and THAT’S IT.
Here’s black grid windows which is equally as trendy at the moment. The slimmer, the better.
I have always loved the look of black windows with classic red/orange brick. There’s a hotel not far from where I live that was built with orange brick however all the windows and the standing seam roof is forest green. So instead of being classic and timeless, it’s forever stuck in the 80s.
Next up Wilsonart #icantbelieveitsnotstone laminate projects.
Here’s the best time to specify or install laminate in your house:
If you live in an area where it would be over-renovating to use stone
Higher end homes usually have stone countertops, it’s what buyers look for and if everyone else in the neighbourhood has it, you should too.
However, there are many older homes where installing stone would be over-renovating.
If you have old kitchen or bathroom cabinets where installing stone would still give you an ‘Old cabinets, new countertops’ (yesterday and today) kind of look.
I have saved many a client from installing very expensive stone on old cabinets where its just not worth it. And the next homeowner will rip it all out anyway because it should have been done already.
Or if you can’t afford real marble or a marble looking quartz these are a fabulous solution!
And here’s the good news! Until you look closely, the new marble looking laminates at Wilsonart look just like stone, just gorgeous! Prices are approx. $30 a foot vs. stone which is approx. $80 a foot (US).
Wilsonart Drama Marble
Check out this waterfall edge? (above left) YES it’s laminate. And you could make floating shelves and include it as a backsplash as well (above right).
Wilsonart Calcutta Marble
Here’s a pretty installation using their Calcutta Marble pattern!
See all of Wilsonarts products here.
Then we saw the LIXIL and DXV brands at American Standard:
This vanity by DXV won Best of KBIS for it’s modern and traditional mix of architecture.
This is the bathtub in my master bedroom (below). I ordered this tub because I loved the design but then I worried if it would be comfortable since I never actually sat in it.
Well, it really is comfortable. I now bathe every day instead of shower it’s such a wonderful bathtub!
My mom stayed with me at Christmas when Terreeia went home to see her family and she said “Wow, this tub is totally worth the price!” The sconce lights for my master arrived one week before the holidays so I’ll be photographing it soon now to show you on the blog.
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Stay tuned for more in another post!
This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
PS. We have found a location in Dallas – Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh Hotel, May 22 – 24, 2018 see the rest of the dates for my Spring colour workshops here.
We have scoured Manhattan and it is double or triple what we normally pay for space and food and beverage so we have started looking outside downtown. Any leads for a room with 30 people in half rounds with natural light, please email [email protected]
Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet (Don’t forget I said it here first)