Sarah’s Style File – May 2013

032113__sarah_forWebWelcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Senior Design Consultant and each month I’m bringing to you the latest and greatest for you to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s Style File I wanted to focus on selections and current trends. There are many remodelers, contractors and handymen in Northern Virginia, but here at Foster Remodeling, we take pride in having highly trained design team on staff and a showroom with many finishes to select from for our clients. These selections can vary from to the minute trends to classic timeless styles. We have some of the most up to date options to choose from and can assist you every step of the way. Here are some of the latest trends in colors and designs that we are seeing in the market now.


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Neutral Tones
In kitchens and baths for the last few years, neutrals tones have dominated. With many of the older homes in the area built from the 50s to the 70s people have tired of the formerly trendy colors that were used; we’ve all see our fair share of pink toilets and mustard/avocado kitchens! Remodeling is a very expensive process so clients don’t want to spend a lot of money only to regret their choices in a few years when the next big thing comes out. What I typically recommend to my clients who are concerned with a long lifespan to their remodel is that we spend the big bucks (think cabinets and countertops) on more neutral finishes and then use accent tiles, accessories, or paint to give the space that pop of color. These items are relatively inexpensive should you chose to change the out in the future. Along those lines, in bathrooms a few years ago many clients were just dying to get glass accent tiles to give them that little extra sparkle, now more often clients are requesting mosaic tiles that have natural stones and glass combined to soften the “trendiness” of an all glass mosaic but still give them a scale change in the tile and a little pop of texture and color.


Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops have been extremely popular for the last two years in both kitchen and bath applications. There are many manufacturers including Silestone, Cambria, and Zodiaq just to name a few. The reason for their popularity is simple, they are incredibly durable with little to no maintenance. Since the product is technically man-made or what they call an “engineered stone” (it’s a mix of 90% natural quartz with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments) it’s completely non-porous, crack and stain resistant and never requires a sealer. It is very easy to keep clean, naturally anti-microbial, and you never have to worry about staining. Aesthetically speaking, it has come a long way from the original very grainy look that turned many new potential buyers off. Cambria in particular has many color ways with so much movement and color variety that once its installed many people actually think it’s a completely natural stone. While granite was “the counter surface to have” for a long time we seen more and more clients chose quartz over granite in both kitchen and bath applications.


Statement Powder Rooms
Powder Rooms are one room in the house that clients can make a little more exciting; because of the small size, small quantity of materials, and the fact that for most guests it will be the one bathroom they see, many clients are opting for more expensive products, personalized style and custom or unique features. As you can see from the photos below powder rooms can make a dramatic statement. For the powder room on the left wanted a modernized Tuscan feel, to create this we installed a dark painted cabinet with a glass vessel sink that was copper foiled, the plumbing fixtures were all copper from Newport Brass, the updated version of a chair rail was a copper foiled glass tile and we painted in two tones of a soft burnt sienna to create the warm inviting environment. The powder room on the right was an especially customized space. Just off the foyer, this powder room was designed with a personalized doggy foot bath for after those long muddy walks to avoid messes in the house. The sink and mirror were moved over to the corner to make space for the bath while tile wainscoting (including a gorgeous accent tile) ran around the room. While the space is small it creates quite an impact as well as a conversation piece in the home.


With many of these products and trends in our showroom, our designers can assist you in the selection process without you having to take the time to visit showrooms all over Northern Virginia. The one-stop-shopping really helps pull the full look together and streamlines the process for our clients. We know how busy everyone is these days so let us help you with our turn-key service to give you a high design project with all the features you looking for today! And don’t forget how important having a good designer is, myself being a licensed interior designer, I know it’s my job to help design and define what a perfect and unique space for you looks like!

Thanks for joining me this month on Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in June!! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

written by: Sarah Wolf, Design Consultant