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Does Your Kitchen Date You

How would you know when it is time to remodel your kitchen?

We had a potential client come into our Manhasset showroom a couple months ago and she said she wanted to redo her kitchen because her current kitchen dates her. In our view, this was an emotional decision to remodel. There are so many reasons to remodel your kitchen, bath or any room. We thought it would be a fun topic to explore. Sometimes there are several reasons that propel people to redo their kitchen. Here are just a few we have experienced:


  • Emotional - If your kitchen dates you; Want to keep up with the Joneses; Hate the kitchen in a home you purchased
  • Improve Family Life - Want bigger kitchen, open layout, kitchen island, more attractive kitchen, family gathering space , entertaining kitchen, gourmet kitchen.
  • Practical - The current layout is too small, poor workflow, poor layout, not enough counter space, need more storage
  • Upgrade - Desire newest advancements in cabinetry, technology, accessories, appliances, materials.
  • Health - Want cabinetry with low or no formaldehyde, want all green materials, water filtration system, air purification
  • Improve sale-ability of home - Future thinking
  • New amenities - Accessories can make life in the kitchen easier & more organized
  • Smart home technology - Automatic lighting, auto temperature control, security, electronics , automatic music
  • Energy saving - Appliances, lighting, insulation
  • Modernize - Decided you want a new style
  • Special needs - Wheel chair access, Multi-generational design for cooking, gathering.
  • Worn out Kitchen - Broken kitchen doors/hinges, worn out finishes on low-mid end cabinetry
  • Inspiration - Need inspiration to create great meals & parties

So, does your kitchen date you? Here are a few items to consider:

As with all fashion, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If a client absolutely loves a look, even if we know it is already outdated or about to be, often times we have to give it them. The kitchen (or any room) is being designed for them to live in, create memorable experiences and feel good about. As designers & re-modelers, we always guide our clients on "trends", new products as well as classic looks. But in the end, they have to go home to it every night, not us. Let's take a peak at what will "date you" in the kitchen of 2018....

Cabinetry Color

Cabinetry colors come and go. Certain colors withstand the test of time. Light maples have become less vogue. However, neutrals including shades of white & gray as well as medium to darker wood stains always seem fresh and classic. Gray does seem to be more "in" some years but it stays popular enough not to look outdated. We have been seeing two-toned kitchens more often. Walnut toned, dark blue or gray islands with a white or light gray perimeter have been popular. We have seen paint more popular for the perimeter and wood stain is equally popular to paint for islands. Bleached wood is making its way into the kitchen. A matte sleek look is usually timeless.

We suggest if the color is not a classic, go with it only if you absolutely love it & plan on staying in your home long term. What many people still choose to do is decide on a neutral cabinet color and more bold accessories. The accessories are easier to change out when you grow tired of them or want to sell your house.

Cabinetry Style

The simpler the door the better chance it will stay in style. Of course the Shaker door is one of the most timeless doors you can choose. There are many variations in the stiles & rails that you can play with to create different looks. Modern flat doors are also timeless. The modern acrylics are trending into the suburbs. The suburbs have resisted the more modern look but more and more homeowners are gravitating towards the flat door. The overly ornate kitchens become more outdated than other designs.


Satin & chrome will be around for a long time. Brass is making its way back in 2018. They are easy enough to change unless the hardware is an unusual size.


If you don't have LED lighting, your kitchen is in need of a lighting plan update. Many clients love motion sensors -when you walk into the room, the lights go on; when there is no motion, they turn off. Convenience & safety are two important features of automatic lights in the kitchen.


Granite has become a second choice to Quartz. Quartz is an engineered material created through a manufacturing process of 93-95% ground quartz stone and 5-7% resin plus added colors. They are easier to maintain than granite. There is a great variety of choices to fit just about every style of kitchen. Our lifestyles are gravitating towards wanting more personal time. In this vain, ease of use & clean-ability is a huge selling point of quartz.

Wall Color

The neutrals still win. The light grays & whites seem to always be on top of the list. We have experienced people wanting blues & greens more often. Paint color is an easy thing to change to update any space. So we encourage our clients to choose a color they love.


We have seen a shift towards porcelain tiles in the kitchen. Clients love the porcelain that appears to be a wood floor. Much easier to clean. More durable. And not susceptible to water damage like wood. This fits in with the easier lifestyle. Clients have us install radiant heat under the floors to maintain the warmer feel of wood. However, we still have clients with an allegiance to wood floors. They love the look & feel of wood.


The white subway tile may finally be played out. Clients with the budget to create what they want are choosing water-jet tiles which are quite stunning. There are beautiful yet subtle patterns & colors that will enhance the space for years to come. More clients are also experimenting with more bold colors and patterns. Texture is always great, especially when the client goes with a white kitchen. The back-splash can add a depth to the white kitchen and there are endless possibilities. Still popular too is the counter-top material used for the back-splash for a clean modern look.

Smart Home Products

Phones are not the only technology upgrades in our community. Consumers want panels in one place that control the lighting and/or temperature control of the kitchen and other rooms. These are the most popular upgrades due to the convenience, energy control and good looks of these units. Many people add security features when they are doing a major renovation.

Get Your Home Nice and Toasty in Time for Autumn and Beyond

While fine cabinetry always catches customers’ eyes in the Elite kitchen showroom, Long Island and Manhattan homeowners would also do well to consider new appliances and other technology upgrades to make their homes as comfortable as they are beautiful. This is especially important when autumn is upon us and winter is not far behind – and our team of designers and contractors is here to help. Upon visiting the Elite Kitchen & Bath kitchen showroom, Manhasset, Great Neck and other North Shore Long Island and Manhattan homeowners can find all they need to keep their homes nice and toasty. Keep reading to learn about some new products that maximize comfort while reducing energy usage in your home.


Start with Your Home Thermostat

The thermostat is one of the most important components of a comfortable home throughout the year, particularly when weather hits extremes of hot and cold. A well-functioning thermostat will detect the temperature of important rooms in your home and make necessary adjustments to maintain your chosen level of warmth this autumn and winter. Then, when spring and summer roll around, you can count on your thermostat to keep things as cool as you’d like. One of the latest advances in thermostat technology, Carrier’s Côr 5C and Côr 7C thermostats, are now available to make things even more comfortable. This new range of thermostats offers Wi-Fi-enabled controls, up-to-the-minute savings forecasts based on temperature adjustments, and a Smart Setback feature that uses your home’s thermal characteristics to optimize performance and reduce energy over-usage. It is also compatible with smart home systems such as Apple® HomeKit™ and Amazon Echo.

Take Your Water Heater to the Next Level

From formal dinner parties to casual nights at home with the family, your water heater can make sure you’re continuously able to heat water for cooking, cleaning, bathing and other tasks you can’t do without. Tankless water heaters, which produce hot water out of the tap without the constraints of a cumbersome storage tank, are the leading technology components that ensure a constant heated water supply. Bosch Thermotechnology Corp has added the premium Greentherm 9900i SER model to its line of tankless condensing water heaters, which recently took home the Consumer Technology Association’s 2017 Innovation Award. This is a prime example of how innovations in technology can provide maximum comfort in the home while reducing human impact on the environment.

With a warm and toasty temperature, your home will feel as cozy as can be this autumn and beyond. This is the ultimate accompaniment to any remodeling projects you’ve recently completed or plan on undertaking soon. If you think it’s time to update the heating and other comfort systems in your home, don’t hesitate to stop by Elite’s kitchen showroom. Great Neck, Manhasset and other North Shore Long Island and Greater Manhattan homeowners can take advantage of the guidance and assistance on offer to make the right choices for their homes. Stop by today and see what Elite Kitchen & Bath can do for you.

Five Red-Hot Technology Additions to Revamp Your Home or Kitchen

As summer ends and kids return to school, it’s the perfect time to peruse the latest technology innovations at your local kitchen showroom, Manhasset, Great Neck and other North Shore Long Island and Manhattan homeowners can simply walk the aisles of Elite Kitchen & Bath’s home remodeling and design service center to see what’s out there. From smart refrigerators to even smarter digital home assistants, the possibilities are virtually endless. Before hitting the kitchen showroom, Long Island and Manhattan residents can also research the kinds of technology that would be most helpful in their home. Here are five of the hottest home innovations to consider for the kitchen and beyond:


An Antenna that Streams Over the Air

The Mohu AirWave is a new kind of over-the-air antenna that features streaming integration to connect all the broadcast and streaming TV that your heart desires. Whether you’re watching in the living room, kitchen, bedroom or any other room in the house, this wireless device will integrate all your live/local television needs with the free streaming channels so many of us watch with devices such as Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku and iOS.  If you’re ready to “cut the cords,” this is the device for you.

A Fridgecam that Makes Shopping a Breeze

While it may be strange to imagine an app that uses camera technology to remind you which commonly used items are out or running low in your refrigerator, just think for a second how convenient that would be. No more trying to remember what you need when you’re running errands or on your way home from work. No more doing the shopping only to return and find your family’s eaten everything you thought you still had in the fridge. For some busy people, this could be like a breath of fresh air.

Home Cyber Security that Rivals Big Business

The new Fortress UTM appliance offers unified threat management with an expansive touch-screen system that is easy to set up and monitor so you can keep all your cyber systems safe (including that new Fridgecam you just had installed). Features include:

·      Anti-virus and firewall protection for all Internet, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi devices

·      ‘Cyberguard 24/7’ instant response service

·      Detection and prevention of all cyber intruders

A Smarter Voice Service Assistant

Most of us have heard of Siri, but she’s not the only cloud-based voice service assistant out there. Some of the new products on the market are giving her a run for her money. Lenovo’s Smart Assistant uses the Amazon Alexa range of voice services, which are also cloud-based, to enable you to do pretty much anything online without pressing a single button. You could choose music to play while chopping veggies in the kitchen, search for information while holding a baby in your arms, or create lists and update your calendar without sore fingers. You can even connect all your other smart home devices to make your home run seamlessly.

A Water Heater Without a Tank

While there are countless other appliances to consider at our kitchen showroom, New York, and other North Shore Long Island and Manhattan homeowners would be wise to take a good look at the final item in this list. The Bosch Greentherm 9900i SER is one of the most premium tankless condensing water heaters on the market and was even awarded the Consumer Technology Association’s 2017 Innovation Award. Imagine heating all the water for your kitchen and other rooms in your home – without a big tank to worry about!

These are just five shining examples of the most inventive gadgets that can make your kitchen, bathroom and entire home a seamless environment for relaxing and living. Visit Elite Kitchen & Bath’s home remodeling and design service center today for more inspiration.

What High End Remodeling Projects Help The Most When Selling A Home

Author:  Guest blogger:  Preston Guyton REALTOR®
Broker in Charge/Managing Partner, CRG Companies, Inc.
7717 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

When it’s time to sell a home, high end upgrades can help boost your home’s value,
leading to bigger offers and better profits. Of course, not all remodeling projects are
created equal in the mind of a home buyer. When searching for homes, most buyers like
to see functional and elegant kitchens, outdoor spaces made for entertaining and extra
comfortable bathrooms. These three high end remodeling projects can help turn your
home into a magnet for buyers.
Kitchen Remodel
A major kitchen remodel done right can recoup around 74% of the investment. Home
buyers can get very particular about the features they seek in a kitchen, including space,
energy efficiency and functionality. Large kitchens with varied areas for cooking,
entertaining, socializing and food prep can attract buyers and sell a home. Some features
to consider installing include:
Custom cabinetry. Cabinetry that is designed for the house where it’s been
installed is especially attractive because of its beauty and usefulness.
Gourmet appliances. Gourmet appliances like a wine cooler, convection
microwave and double oven make it easier to entertain and more fun to cook at
Energy efficient fixtures. Energy efficient fixtures and technology help save
homeowners money and require less energy to run.
Varied lighting. Varied lighting, like task lighting under the cabinets and
recessed lighting all over the kitchen, is important for performing a variety of
tasks in the kitchen.
All or just some of these high end features can help make your kitchen remodel more
beautiful and successful.
Bathroom Remodel or Addition
A recently upgraded bathroom can be luxurious and functional, while an addition of a
bathroom can help make a home more livable for a large family. Some features to
consider installing include:
Varied lighting options. Lighting isn’t just important for making the room
attractive; good lighting makes the bathroom safer.
Detailed tile work. Detailed tile work like a beautiful backsplash or intricate floor
tiles gives the room flair.
Sustainable materials. Recycled glass countertops, a reclaimed wood vanity and
other fixtures made from sustainable materials can help reduce the home’s carbon
Universal Design / Aging in place features. Curbless showers, grab bars and non-slip floors make
the bathroom safer for older adults who wish to stay in their home into their
senior years. Age in place features are practical and also help add value to the
bathroom upgrade.
Homeowners who aren't sure which upgrades to include in their bathroom remodel
should talk to their home remodeling company before making a final decision. Features
that save space in the bathroom, cut back on clutter and maximize the efficiency of the
room can all help make the bathroom more attractive for homebuyers.
Backyard Upgrade
Remodeling the yard can be just as effective as remodeling inside the house. Homebuyers
with families and homebuyers who like to entertain look for these features:
Outdoor kitchen. Counter space, an outdoor refrigerator, an outdoor sink and a
built-in grill can make it easy to cook outside on hot summer days. Outdoor
are useful for people who especially enjoy grilling.
Custom designed deck. A custom designed deck with features like built-in
benches, lighting and multiple levels can ensure that homeowners have a variety
of places to sit on their deck while enjoying themselves in their backyard.
Pathways. Built-in pathways make it easier to preserve the grass and make it
more fun to explore the property.
Ask your real estate agent what upgrades they think would benefit your home's sale as
well. If you’re a homeowner seeking to make a high end remodel before your home goes
up for sale, contact a reputable remodeling company in your area. You'll want to make
sure your project is done right the first time.

Source: http://elitekb.com

Healthy Kitchen Design Innovations for Summer 2017

In the world of kitchen design, Long Island and Manhattan homeowners have more choices than ever. Products that help create a healthier home – while maintaining your preferred modern, transitional or traditional design – are among the smartest innovations emerging on the market. With summer still underway, now is an ideal time to consider some of these innovative products as part of a smart home renovation. Here are a few of the latest creations to help you create a healthier and more beautiful home by winter:

Contact us at 516-365-0595 for your home remodeling and kitchen and bath design needs!

Contact us at 516-365-0595 for your home remodeling and kitchen and bath design needs!

A Water Generator Driven by Humidity and Temperature

The unique technology inside of every EcoloBlue EB30 Atmospheric Water Generator sets this product apart from other water filters and generators, as it works on the humidity and temperature in the atmosphere. The EB30 offers 12 steps of water generation and filtration and can generate as much as 30 liters of refreshing, pure water in a 24-hour period. It also blends seamlessly into any home or office, so you don’t have to worry about upsetting your kitchen design. Manhasset, Great Neck and other North Shore Long Island and Manhattan residents can easily find products like this at Elite Kitchen & Bath.

Smarter Vents to Challenge Indoor Air Pollution

Products such as the Enerbee Smart Vent are changing the way people think of home design with a higher standard of air quality. The Smart Vent offers a proprietary energy generator that monitors air quality while measuring air flow and levels of carbon dioxide, humidity, pressure, temperature and volatile organic compounds. With RF connectivity, this intelligent home product calculates all the levels and vents air intelligently to distribute the cleanest and healthiest possible air to the kitchen and every room in the house.

Smoke Alarms That You Can Control with Your Smartphone

A new era in smoke alarms is being heralded in with innovations like the Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm, which will alert you through a smartphone app if smoke or steam are detected in any part of your house. This product is particularly innovative because of the 85-decibel alarm that sounds off when unhealthy levels of smoke or steam are detected, but if you want to shut it off or contact emergency services you simply use the same app. The Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm also offers a ten-year battery life, Apple HomeKit compatibility, and second-by-second self-checking.

A ‘Telehealth Kit’ That Helps Keep the Doctor Away

The TytoHome kit is a highly innovative piece of technology that enables remote ear, nose, heart, skin, throat and temperature examinations without visiting the clinic, doctor’s office or hospital emergency room. Using an intelligently designed device and acute sensors, the kit captures data on a smartphone and sends it back to your doctor for assessment. Why waste time and resources going to see the doctor every time you feel a bit funny when you can send them the same data that they would collect in-office? While this product doesn’t replace annual visits and more serious health-related examinations, it’s a terrific way to get a quick checkup without leaving the house.

These products are just scratching the surface of smart home innovations. There are numerous other products to consider right now if you’re considering a new home and kitchen design. Great Neck, Manhasset and all residents of North Shore Long Island have more choices than ever to create a happy, healthy and heavenly-looking home. In terms of healthy living, though, the above innovations are a good place to start.

Think About Smart Home Products for Summer

From new appliances to custom cabinets, Long Island homeowners often purchase new items for the home and do long-needed renovations once summer rolls around and life slows down. If you’re itching to make some home improvements this summer, smart home products are probably the smartest home upgrades you could make. With one stroll through our kitchen and bath showroom, Long Island homeowners and Greater New York City residents can easily imagine their new kitchen or home with some of the latest smart products on offer. There are many new products on the horizon, as well. Keep reading to learn more about some of the latest ways to make your home “smart.”

21st Century Water Filtration Systems

Water filters have been available for home usage for quite some time, but in recent years they’ve really evolved. And some of the new products hitting the market are even able to generate clean, fresh, drinkable water using nothing but the humidity in the air. 

Fridges and Trash Cans That Write Your Shopping List

New fridge-cam technology is making it possible to receive alerts on your phone as soon as you run out of your favorite refrigerated items. New trash can scanners can also read bar codes on packaging before you throw it away, so you will instantly have a list of everything you need to replace. There is even a voice-activated feature to add items to the list that don’t have bar codes.

Home Robots That Do More Than Sweep Floors

Some of the new home robots coming out can not only clean carpets or hardwood floors, but also humidify and purify the air while enhancing your home’s security with motion sensors. When speaking with one of the experts at our kitchen and bath showroom, Manhasset, Great Neck, Long Island and NYC home and apartment owners may also learn that it’s possible to sync a smart home assistant with various smart appliances to control everything in one place.

Next-Level Home Security Systems

Home security is an issue of primary concern for many of the customers that walk into our kitchen and bath showroom. Great Neck, Manhasset, Long Island and NYC homeowners and apartment owners can feel safer than ever in their homes, though, with some of the next-level security systems that are available now or hitting stores soon. Some of the best home security products also link all the smart products in a customer’s home, creating a truly seamless experience while providing peace of mind.  

Smart Vents for Indoor Air Pollution

While you may not worry much about indoor air pollution, it can be just as unhealthy – or sometimes worse than – the pollution that you may encounter outside. New “smart” ventilation systems can do things that would have once been thought unimaginable for the home, such as measuring air flow and checking air quality with cutting-edge sensors.

There’s Always a Smart Reason to Upgrade Your Cabinets

With new custom cabinets, Great Neck, Manhasset, Long Island and NYC homes and apartments can have a new lease on life. And fortunately for area residents, Elite Kitchen & Bath is the premier source for handcrafted custom cabinets. Manhasset, Great Neck, Long Island and NYC home and apartment owners can choose from a wide range of artisanal cabinetry that perfectly complements all these smart products improving life at home.

Summer is an ideal time to make those changes you’ve been meaning to make in your home. And it appears that smart home products, combined with handcrafted home cabinetry products, is the perfect mix of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology.

The Difference Between Stock & Custom Cabinets for Savvy Long Island Homeowners

When it comes to custom cabinets Long Island homeowners are spoiled for choice. Elite Kitchen & Bath offers a wide range of custom styles for your home. The choices might seem overwhelming, though, if you’re thinking of upgrading the cabinets in your home. One choice you may be considering is whether to purchase stock cabinets or custom cabinetry, but look no further. The following article should help explain the difference between stock and custom cabinets and provide other pertinent information so you can make a more informed choice.

Call Elite Kitchen & Bath at 516-365-0595 for your home renovation needs!

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Stock vs. Custom

When you purchase premade cabinets in a standard size from a large manufacturer, they are considered stock cabinets. You cannot customize the size, shape, color or any other features of stock cabinetry. They may look nice and achieve a unique affect, but if you want handcrafted cabinets made to your specifications you will need to go with custom cabinetry. The cost may be a bit higher and you may need to wait a few weeks, but you will truly get what you pay for. A custom cabinet project will involve a great deal of time and personal attention to ensure you get exactly what you want.

How to Spot High-Quality Cabinetry

Whether purchasing stock cabinets or custom cabinets Manhasset and Great Neck homeowners should always check for the quality of their cabinets before making the final purchase. If you see extremely thin laminate, simulated wood grain, mismatched wood or poorly constructed joints, keep looking for something better. Also check the quality of the inside of the drawers, make sure the doors and drawers open and shut smoothly, and try to find cabinetry that utilizes dovetail joints and sturdy ball bearings.

Get the Size Right

Typical cabinets come with a width of nine to 48 inches in increments of three inches and a height that runs from 30-42 inches for counters and 12-24 inches for sinks. There are also tall cabinets that typically come in heights of 84-96 inches to fit into a room with an eight-foot ceiling. But with custom cabinets Great Neck and Manhasset homeowners can get any size they need to suit the unique dimensions of their home and create an exclusive look. 

Other Cabinet Customizations

In addition to customizing the size, shape and color of your cabinets, it’s also possible to make several unique modifications to your cabinetry. After visiting our kitchen showroom Long Island homeowners are often dazzled by the possibilities of modifications such as breadboards, door attachments, roll-out shelves, toe kicks and wine racks. You can also add various upgrades after your cabinets have been installed, such as ironing boards, knife racks, Lazy Susans, spice racks and more.

With everything on display at the Elite kitchen showroom, Great Neck and Manhasset homeowners – as well as homeowners from throughout Long Island and Manhattan – are certainly spoilt for choice. And this means you can always find exactly what you’re looking for to create a custom look that makes your house feel more like a home.

Tips for Working with a Kitchen Designer to Achieve Your Vision

When it comes to finding the right kitchen designer Great Neck homeowners are fortunate to have the Elite Kitchen & Bath team so close to home. But even with the best kitchen designer, the finest products, and a top-notch contractor, you’ll probably encounter some unexpected hurdles as you overhaul this important area of the home. Before planning any major installations or visiting our kitchen & bath showroom Great Neck homeowners are encouraged to think about their wants and needs, and whether they need a kitchen designer. With a little foresight, and a lot of patience, your kitchen designer can truly deliver for you.

First Decide Whether You Need a Kitchen Designer

For a simple installation of new kitchen cabinetry Great Neck homeowners might not need a kitchen designer. However, for more complicated projects involving major renovations and customer cabinetry Great Neck homeowners might find a certified kitchen designer makes everything run more smoothly and turn out better in the end. Anything that’s going to cost more than a few hundred dollars will probably require a designer, so keep that in mind.

Know What You Want Before Meeting Your Designer

Once you’ve decided to work with a designer, it’s a good idea to take stock of your kitchen and do a bit of research on your own. Take note of anything that doesn’t work, as well as anything that still works okay but just looks outdated. Think about any new items you would like to install and spend some time pondering your own personal style. It also helps if you’ve done some research before meeting with your designer to understand the aesthetic you’re looking for, how you’d like things to work together, and any new equipment you want.

Remember to Keep an Open Mind with Your Designer

While it’s important to know exactly what you want in your new kitchen, it’s also a good idea to keep an open mind when you start working with a kitchen designer. Your designer may suggest great ideas that you hadn’t thought of, or warn you when they think something you’ve suggested will not work out as well as you’d imagined. You don’t have to go along with their ideas, but stay flexible. They ae the expert, after all.  

Agree on Budget, Timeline, and Number of Draft Plans

Once you agree to work with a kitchen designer you will need to agree on several key components of the job: most importantly your budget, preferred timeline, and the number of draft plans you want to see. Once your designer knows your budget and the timeline to complete the project, they can create a draft of their plan. It’s normal for a designer to write up multiple drafts of the plan before they achieve your vision, but make sure to agree on how many draft plans you’re willing to see beforehand to avoid confusion.

After visiting our kitchen showroom Great Neck homeowners can start working with a designer almost immediately, and plans will fall into place shortly after. If you decide to take this route just remember the tips above to save yourself any unnecessary stress. Also, remember to keep mid-project changes to a minimum to ensure a smooth ride, and above all else be patient – achieving your dream kitchen won’t happen overnight.

The Top Home Remodeling Trends to Watch in 2017

Curious to know which trends in home remodeling Long Island will see this year? Look no further. We have compiled a list of the biggest home remodeling trends to watch in 2017, per some of the nation’s top interior designers and home magazines. These decorating and remodeling ideas are just a few of the trends to watch in 2017, though. Who knows where this year in design and remodeling will take us!

Cerused Wood is All the Rage

There is a new wood finishing technique, known as applying a “cerused” finish, that highlights the wood’s unique grain. While this trend first appeared only in upscale shops, it is now becoming more common for customers in varied markets across the United States. In 2017 you can expect to see more wooden cabinets, chairs, tables and storage pieces with a cerused finish.

Jewel and Pastel Tones Reappear as Major Trends

Interior designers are looking to nature for color inspiration in 2017, with jewel tones such as amethyst and emerald reemerging as major trends. Expect to see everything from wall paint to throw pillows in jewel-inspired tones, which contrasts nicely with pastel colors inspired by the sky and flower-filled pastures. When it comes to bathroom design Long Island interior designers are particularly keen to inject a good dose of color inspired by the brightest and warmest hues found in nature.  

Marble and Subway Tiles are Big in 2017

There are two noticeable trends in kitchen design Long Island homeowners should consider in 2017: marble and subway tiles. While marble is a classic material, it is sometimes more popular than others, and right now this strong and elegant stone is having a moment in the sun that won’t be ending anytime soon. Subway tiles are also a very popular option right now, and considering how affordable and versatile they are it’s worth giving these tiles a second thought if you’re going for a new kitchen look.   

Matte Appliances and Smart Home Features Are In

Brushed-metal appliances appear to be waning in popularity somewhat, while matte appliances appear to be all the rage. And while you’re replacing old appliances, why not invest in new appliances that are energy-efficient and cutting-edge, with smart home features built in? The future is now when it comes to home appliances and today’s homeowners might be surprised at the number of features available.  

Nail-head Details Rule the Day

Elegant nail-heads are common in upholstered pieces of furniture, where they serve a functional purpose, but they are also making their way into everything from credenzas and storage chests to lighting fixture bases. A pattern of well-designed nail-heads can add a beautiful detail to any number of items in the home.

Oversized Furniture, Brushed Metal and Overly Antiqued Looks Are Out

As mentioned earlier, brushed-metal appliances appear to be waning in popularity somewhat. But what else is going “out” in 2017? Rooms that are ostentatiously furnished completely with antiques appear to be going out of style, as modern designers are combining the old and the new for a startling affect. Oversized furniture, which was very popular everywhere from hotels and homes to bookstores and coffee shops in the early 21st century, is also now a dated look by today’s interior design standards.
There is plenty of new inspiration to consider if you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom in 2017. At the end of the day, though, what really matters is what you really like. These trends should only be a starting point on your journey to a new home.

Why are some tiles more expensive to install than others?

Of course, one should be educated in purchasing tiles. From the point of view of a designer, I love to select and design a beautiful pattern of tiles, particularly for bathrooms and kitchen back splashes. However, from the point of view of a contractor and the client, the cost may become an important factor in the design.

The pattern and size of the tile can increase the cost of the total job making it more expensive.  Let’s consider a bath designed with small 1x1 or 2x2 inch mosaic tile or multi shape small tiles.  To install such small tiles is time consuming, in particular, when there are many corners or different heights, windows, etc.

The same is true for a kitchen back splash. These gorgeous small tiles are not only difficult to install, but grouting them takes a lot of time.

Cutting around angles and hard to reach areas can affect the difficulty of installation and thus the cost as well. An experienced skilled carpenter would be necessary to make the intricate cuts to keep the pattern from looking chopped off or off center. A great deal of planning to lay out the pattern is another step that must be taken.  These elaborate patterns take a great deal of time and skill which adds to the cost of installation.

Another example is using an 8.5” square tile for a kitchen back-splash. The typical height of the backslash between the counter and under the cabinet is 18.25”. If you have a tile such as the 8.5”, you must buy an additional tile for the height which can be costly if the tiles are expensive and/or the back-splash is very long.

The placement of outlets in back-splashes or walls of tiles must be considered. The electrician may want to place an outlet anywhere.  The tile installer must be involved in the placement of the outlet to fit symmetrically in relation to the tiles.