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Kitchen Trends Inspired by Covid19

Kitchen Trends Inspired by Covid19

2020 was the year we all spent a lot more time at home. With little preparation many of us found ourselves working at home, home schooling and generally stuck at home. When you spend all your time in one environment you start noticing where changes can and should be made. What many builders and remodelers have discovered is that homeowners want separate spaces to do all the different things - study or den for homework and work, living room for non work activities, a kitchen that has plenty of storage and work space.

Spending more time at home meant spending more time in the kitchen preparing meals, especially in areas that saw lockdowns and closures of restaurants. Suddenly we were cooking - and baking lots and lots of bread. If necessity is the mother of invention, then Covid was the time we realized that our designs were not geared toward being homebodies who baked.

Kitchen design trends inspired by Covid19.

Storage

If you didn't have a pantry before Covid, you probably do now. Or at least you've carved out a space to keep a larger supply of canned and dry goods on hand. If you're in the market to build a new townhouse or other style of home you'll likely include a pantry in the floor plan. Whether storing food, paper products or other items that became scarce in the beginning, a pantry is handy way to store everything.

Touchless Amenities

We all became aware of how often we touch things during the pandemic. From coffee makers, to light switches to the kitchen faucet - we touch things thousands of times a day. It simply isn't feasible to wear gloves all the time or to wash after every touch. Touchless features like faucets, light switches and other smart technology can eliminate a lot of spreading of germs.

Decluttered

Who didn't declutter this past year? Everyone took a page from that famous book about sparking joy and decluttering and got rid of the things taking up space and getting in the way. We all went a little minimalist in 2020. We learned what was essential - toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks, and what was not - most everything else. Goodwill and other thrift stores are bursting at the seams with all the donations. A sparser look will be in style for a while.

Neutral Colors

White is still a favorite choice, but warmer, neutral tones have made a comeback. Pantone chose a yellow that was meant to inspire hope, something we all need as we find our new normal. 

 

Pantone Colors of the Year 2021

Introducing the Pantone Colors for 2021. Usually Pantone announces one new color - the color for 2020 was a classic blue. This year, they've chosen two stunning colors that represent hopefulness and strength.

The colors are Ultimate Gray (17-5104) and Illuminating (13-0647). Pantone sets the bar when it comes to color. Pantone influences design and forecasts global color trends. 

Expect to see these stunning colors show up everywhere in the home, online and in fashion. 

Here's what Pantone had to say about these two colors:

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

Emboldening the spirit, the pairing of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 highlights our innate need to be seen, to be visible, to be recognized, to have our voices heard. A combination of color whose ties to insight, innovation and intuition, and respect for wisdom, experience, and intelligence inspires regeneration, pressing us forward toward new ways of thinking and concepts.

About Pantone Color of the Year

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Learn more about Pantone and the Color of the Year.

Design Trends to Look for in 2020

Design Trends to Look for in 2020

With 2019 coming to an end, we're been scoring the internet and trade journals, as well as touring new homes, to find out what the latest trends in home design look like. While many trends remain from the past several years - Realtor grey is still an extremely popular color, white kitchens never really go out of style - there are some new interior design trends that are making a come back, and some that we expected to trend long ago. 

Like all things, your home and the way you decorate it are dependent only on what works for you and your lifestyle, these trends are hot, but they may not work for everyone. 

Design Trends to Look for in 2020

Go Green

Big, bold plants are making a huge come-back. Think the 70s with large ferns and elephant ear plants. Not only are these beautiful plants a great way to bring the outdoors inside, they also help to clean the environment, look fantastic, and add a pop of color to any room.

Multi-Use Spaces

This trend is due in part to the tiny house craze that's been going on of late. In smaller homes space has to be multi-use. An office is also a spare bedroom, the laundry room is also a craft room. 

Multi-Use Furniture

The Murphy bed is making a comeback due to this trend. Your home office can also be a bedroom with the flip of a switch (or the tug of a cord). 

Recycled Materials

With concern about our use of plastics and other man-made materials filling our oceans and landfills, it's no wonder that innovative companies are creating furnishings out of previously used materials. Patio furniture made from recycled milk cartons last forever and look great. The same is happening for interior pieces too.

Sport Courts

While many homes are getting smaller, some are going big and in those large homes you'll often find sport courts. These are great in climates where going outside in harsh weather is dangerous, or for sporty families that need to practice and don't want to spend free time driving. They're also a great draw for the neighbors so be sure you like to entertain before adding one to your home.

Indoors go Outdoors

More and more we're seeing homes that have traditional indoor spaces - living areas, kitchens, dining rooms - taken outdoors. These are not simply porches or patios  - these are living spaces meant exclusively for the outdoors and to be enjoyed in all seasons.

Bold Color

You'll find bright, bold colors in most of the new homes being designed these days. And not just a pop of color but a whole wall of lemon yellow or lime green. Often used on textured surfaces. These can be stunning, certainly eye catching, but one wonders if they won't date the home like avocado green appliances did in the 70s.

 

Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

Top Trends in Bathroom Design Everyone Will Love

At Preston Wood and Associations, we sell luxury townhouse floor plans. Whether you're building a few townhouses or a complete development like the one at Enclave at Stafford Oaks, we've got just the luxury townhouse floor plan for sale for you. Part of what makes our townhouse floor plans luxury designs is in no small part to the detail we put into our designs - and that includes the bathrooms.

Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the room people are willing to spare no expense (at least within reason), and they do because comfort is key.

Or course, a bathroom is more than just a place to brush your teeth and shower, it's a place to begin each day and end each night. So it should be designed for comfort, functionality, and of course pleasing to the senses. 

These top trends in bathroom design have something for everyone. While tech is always a big part of home design and decor, many of the top trends are more practically inspired.

Top Trends in Bathroom Design

Accessibility 

Stainless steel grab bars and clumsy portable bath chairs are a thing of the past. Today's bathroom is designed with accessibility in mind. Homeowners are opting for no threshold showers and even "wet rooms" that encase both the shower and the tub for privacy, easy access and to keep the water out of the rest of the bathroom. Built in shower seating is also a great aging in place feature that many homeowners are insisting on today.

Hands Free Fixtures

Heads free fixtures have been available in public restroom for a while now and are now making their way into residential designs. Not only are they easier to use, but they are also more sanitary - hands free soap dispensers and touchless faucets can be great amenities if you have accessibility concerns.

Calming Decor

The bathroom is the buffer zone between wake and sleep so it's no surprise people want their bathrooms to feel more spa-like and less institutional. Choosing decor that is calming and easy to the senses is a great way to turn the bathroom into a relaxing retreat. Muted colors make the room feel softer and more inviting. Soft window treatments, antique furnishings such as framed mirrors and light fixtures can make even the smallest of bathroom feel like they were made for a king, or queen. Don't forget to include some practical features that provide comfort like a magazine rack or wall mounted tablet for easy access. 

In Floor Heat

What used to be considered a luxury that only a few could afford has now become mainstream. In floor heating is that little bit of affordable luxury that will get your day off to a wonderful, and warm, start.

Smart Storage

Today's homeowners want not only lots of storage, but they want smart storage. That means utilizing the space efficiently. Many of our townhouses have 9" or taller ceilings, that's a lot of storage space that can go unused if not designed properly. Vertical storage with cabinetry can be a lovely way to add much needed storage. Built in linen closets are another way to add additional storage to a room that is always in need of more.

Multiple Shower Heads

Why have just one shower head when you can have many? Turn your morning routine into a cascading waterfall. Kohler, Moen, Delta and Hansgrohe all feature not only beautifully designed shower heads, but also many with multiple shower heads.

Fire

Nothing says luxury like a fireplace in the bathroom. Design a spa-like atmosphere with a built in gas fireplace to stare into as you relax and unwind from a busy week. 

Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly Bathrooms were all the rage at this past International Builders' Show. Homeowners are demanding pet friendly bathrooms be incorporated into their designs. Usually there are separate spaces for the pet's use only (with the assistance of their human, of course) when space permits. Where space is at a premium, a lower hand held shower makes bathing Spot much easier,  it's also helpful for those who need to sit while showering.

Design Trends Everyone Loves

Design Trends Everyone Loves

After attending the International Builders' Show and walking the vast convention floor, it was clear that several design trends were going to be a huge hit and loved by most homeowners. Many of these design trends are very affordable and can be accomplished in a weekend or two if you are so inclined. Others can be incorporated into a new build or remodel.

Design Trends Everyone Loves

Whiter Whites - Homeowners are choosing whites that don't have grey in them. They want a brighter white to illuminate the rooms they use white paint in. Perfect in kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere in the home you want to make bright and clean.

Colored Cabinetry 

Nothing is better than a pop of color and choosing cabinetry is an easy way to bring that pop into your home. Homeowners are moving away from all white cabinets and opting for cabinetry that is colored. These are usually bold, statement colors like black, dark grey, midnight blue or dark green. 

Jewel Tones

When it comes to color pastels have been all the rage up until recently. Jewel Tones are back and better than ever. 

Choosing the Best Townhouse Floor Plan for your Project

Choosing the Best Townhouse Floor Plan for your Project

At Preston Wood & Associates, we provide stunning townhouse floor plans for any project or development. Whether you're building 20 units or 100 townhouses, we've got the right plan for you.

Choose from our large selection of townhouse floor plan ranging in size from 2 stories to 4 stories. Floor plans as small as 1500 square feet to as much as 4000 square feet. From modest floor plans to luxury designs. We have the style of townhouse floor plan you've been looking for.

You can browse our entire library of townhouse floor plans here.

Whether you're looking for a modern design or a more classical look, we can help you choose the right design for your unique needs. 

Found a plan you like but want to make some changes to it? You can do that too! Click on the menu about - Modify a Plan - and you'll be taken to a place on the website where you can upload your modifications and send them to us. Click here to learn more about modifying one of our floor plans.

While we specialize in townhouse floor plans, we understand that you might want to build other styles of homes. From beach house plans to duplexes to two story homes, we have a floor plan to fit your needs. We'll even help you through some of the red tape that is involved with building a new home - codes, permits, etc. Give us a call at 713-522-2724 to learn more.

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