Beth Silva

PDX Living and Real Estate

Best Upgrades for 2011 February 9, 2011

Filed under: construction,energy efficient,fun,green,Uncategorized — bethsilva @ 12:25 pm

The best upgrades and design trends for this year don’t seem to different from last year. A return to luxurious outside entertaining is a bit of a surprise, but if you spend your evenings at home instead of going out, it could be more economical to spend the money. What else is popular:

  • Outdoor amenities such as grills, sinks, showers, and entertainment areas.
  • Freestanding tubs with a separate stand-up shower in the bathroom.
  • Color schemes – Earth tones, blues and blue greens, chocolate browns.
  • International design influence, especially Asian design in both décor and functional products.
  • Ceiling details accenting rooms within open floor plans.
  • Media space for flat screen TVs and gaming systems, and living areas wired for technology.
  • Organizational features, built-ins, and smart storage areas throughout the home.
  • Universal design features incorporated in subtle ways.
  • Artistic tile in kitchens and baths, often emulating organic patterns found in nature.
  • Energy efficient products – washing machines, dish washers, toilets, and showerheads.
  • LED lighting incorporated into sinks, showers, and medicine cabinets.

Source: Hot Design Trends


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