Are you indecisive as to whether you prefer a home with a sleek and clean interior design compared to stained and comforting? Depending on your geographic location the decision may not be much of a challenge. If you are uncertain this article is one of two that will help you distinguish and decide between two styles that are on opposite sides of the spectrum, and you’ll soon have your unique home!
When comparing styles it is imperative to consider your options for décor and most important, consider the finishes. When declaring the style of a home the finishes should be specified accordingly. The finishes determines the style of a home more so than the décor though this also has a significant role in styling. Below are detailed descriptions of common structure designs and finishes in a New Age home. Later the proper design of a Rustic (also referred as craftsman) home will be advised. Now let’s distinguish New Age!
Today the New Age style has several spinoffs, maybe your New Age design is directed towards an industrial look or a minimalist mod. In both settings you can include designs and finishes that can reflect either look. The primary finishes and fixtures that creates distinction are flooring, cabinets, countertop, and lighting.
In a New Age home it is common to see an island placement in the kitchen. The island is now the icon of New Age kitchens being that it is centered and free standing which makes it the focal point of the kitchen unlike in a traditional home. The island also allows you to arrange appliances in a centered area rather than along the walls, an arrangement that has been followed in most homes for dozens of years.
Your countertop should correspond with your island. There are a variety of options for New Age style countertops. The most considered in this style are recycled glass, stainless steel, and marble. I have consulted with a number of families that had a preference for marble but struggled with a selection. If you are interested in a modern, monochromatic color scheme or simply a versatile countertop I suggest the Carrara Marble countertop, this soft stone matches well with almost every color!
The floor and walls are also significant specifications of the home. A New Age home should include large format tiles for the floor (with an exception for small bathrooms) usually 24″x24″ or larger and long, straight lays for the wall. This is a minimalist look.
Wall tiles that are most common in New Age are 12″x24″ Polished Porcelain with rectified edges for a less noticeable grout joint. The best backsplash primary options are recycled glass subway tile silver, iridescent brick style mosaic. Glazed, ceramic, and beveled tile is not considered New Age, this is often described as “cookie cutter contemporary” because it’s standard in a contractor build. If you’re interested in a feature section, a ledger panel consisting of white split face will seal the deal!
Now about cabinets and lighting, try using a process of elimination for cabinets. Would you prefer highlighted, paint with glaze, glass door, or a thermofoil finish cabinet? Or maybe recessed, mould, or pendant lighting? All of these finishes are modern and are based on your preference.
A touch of metal is also seen often in New Age. In the industrial-like homes suspended metal staircases are the main attraction. New Age bathrooms exude “state of the art.” There are plenty of new designs and devices you can implement in this room that most people prefer not or cannot to put anywhere else in the home. A few specifications to consider includes coffered ceiling, shower drying system, Kholer DVT Prompt Digital Shower System, radiant floor, electric towel warmer, floor to ceiling linen cabinet, etc.
If you’re opposed to texture, spacious rooms, and the colors white and grey you’d probably love a craftsman look. The traditional homes are a Rustic and usually have a 1900s impression. Visit soon for suggested Rustic designs!