Category Archives: Design Trends

Newest Trends in Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling

Everyone is always interested in the newest trends in Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling.  Currently there are 3 trends we are seeing.  The first trend is already in Philadelphia, but the options continue to expand as the technology improves; this is the use of therapy in bathroom. The second and third trends have started in Europe, so we should be seeing them here in Philadelphia in the next year or so.  They are stacked vanities and strong colors in the bathroom, specifically lime green.

Technology in the bathroom includes color, water and sound therapies.  For a few years Philadelphia bathroom remodeling projects have been seeing chromatherapy which is color therapy.  Your tub or shower allows you to focus on one color or on multiple colors to invoke different moods, for example, green is calming and provides relief.  Chromatherapy is usually used with hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, has been in use for years by physical therapists and now you can get the benefits at home.  It now involves more than just the shower head.  It can be the rain shower, body massage heads or the shower head with multiple stream choices.  In the tub it can be the choice of an invigorating massage tub, soothing air bubbles or even effervescent bubbles.  Finally, you can also have your choice of tunes in your bathroom.  Your music, podcasts, news can be played through your bathtub with your MP3, smartphone or tablet.  You can even have the water in your tub vibrate to the beat of the music.  How cool is that?   For more information on these bathroom therapies, Kohler’s website has some great examples at


Other trends in Philadelphia Bathroom remodeling are coming to us from Europe.  This includes the use of strong colors in the bathroom.  The most significant seems to be lime green.  We are seeing this in cabinets and in tile as well as paint color.  It is usually paired with white.


The final trend out of Europe is stacked vanities.  This takes the idea of a floating vanity one step further and actually separates the vanity and the sink.  The vanity can be directly under the sink or off to the side which than allows the vanity to double as a bench. For more ideas for your bathroom remodeling project please see Teknika’s website at  Or for any remodeling project you can find more information at


So What is New in Philadelphia Kitchen Design?

Actually there is a lot new in Philadelphia kitchen design. First let me say that it is hard to lump all of Philadelphia together, even though many outside of Philadelphia try. Philadelphia has two main contingents, the Moderns and the Traditionalists. However even the Traditionalists are now more Transitionalists. Which brings me to my first trend.

  • Traditional design is out. And by that I mean no more ornate corbels, elaborate cornices or even layered crown moldings. It is all about clean lines and simplified design.

So where is a Traditionalist to go? They have all become part of the Transitionalist party. This party is a little more gussied up than the flat panel door of the Moderns. You are a Transitionalist if you love the Shaker door style. This style goes particularly well with my next Philadelphia kitchen design trend.

  • Two toned, even three toned kitchens are in. This could mean two painted colors usually white or cream with another color, both very subdued so as not to be too manic. It could also mean and most often does that it is a painted color and a wood stain. You can see many examples at Here is one of my favorites Once in a while in a more Modern kitchen it is white and a bright color. The favorite colors in this case are red, some form of bright green or even orange.

Speaking of orange, I have now moved on to my third trend.

  • What is the color in Philadelphia kitchen designs this year? It is orange or more specifically Tangerine. And this makes Philadelphia right in vogue with what colorists predicted in the beginning of 2012. I even have proof with this Pantone color chart. If you squint and look very closely you can see that the color of this year is Tangerine Tango.

Now I am not saying this is the color anyone I know is ordering for their kitchen cabinets, but I do know a few folks painting their walls this color. It looks spectacular against stark white cabinets and gray countertops. This brings me to the last trend for Philadelphia kitchen design.

  • The Moderns LOVE (as do I) white cabinets with gray countertops or even gray cabinets with a white countertop. These can be a solid gray or a countertop with gray and white. This countertop material is almost always quartz. You can see examples of this at One of our displays utilizes gray and white cabinets (we like to cover our bases) with a white/touch of gray quartz countertop.

I know these are the Philadelphia kitchen design trends, but these are my top four. If you agree, let me know. I would love to hear from you. Even if you don’t agree I would still like to hear your opinion. This is an equal opportunity blog. If you want to learn more on how to get your own Philadelphia kitchen design, please visit our website at or call us at 215.922.4414.