Our living spaces are evolving canvases, growing and changing with our lifestyle and family needs. What this means is whether you’re starting fresh with a new house or embarking on a one-room remodel, the end of summer is the time to start researching the latest, greatest products and how they might improve your life.
For more than 20 years, Studio41 Home Design Showrooms have brought the best home building and remodeling products to the market in a one-stop shop that’s open to all—from homeowners and contractors to designers and architects. Not only does the team at Studio41 spot home trends, they often make them.
John Mannion, Studio41’s executive general manager, says that in addition to the company’s showrooms throughout Chicago, Studio41 will be elevating its profile even more with the launch of Kohler Signature Stores, such as the one that recently opened in Naperville.
“Kohler is our lead brand and so we are trying to provide our customers with the best experience possible to help them pick the products they want for their kitchen and bath,” he explains. “In partnership with Kohler, we are trying to provide that exclusive experience so people can see what their options are to get the service and support that works for them.”
While Studio41 showrooms have a long tradition of showing the latest trends and products, the concept goes one step further with the Kohler Signature Stores. Imagine a gallery setting where you can walk through entire rooms that have been designed and accoutered with the latest styles in kitchen and bath fixtures, tile, and cabinetry.
“It offers people an opportunity to see full ensembles of products and working displays so they can get a sense of what the product would look like in their home,” says Mannion, adding that these aspirational boutiques are becoming so popular they’ve had clients walk in and say “we want all of this … we’ll take the whole room.”
What are the hottest trends of 2018 that Mannion and his design team think will carry into next year? Here’s what he had to say:
BOLD BLUE: Hues of blue are taking over. From cabinetry to appliances, it might be time to take a break from the classic white, black, and stainless looks.
UNIQUE FINISHES: The Kohler Signature Stores are rolling out finishes like we’ve never seen before. From brushed gold and rose gold to sleek matte black, simply changing cabinetry hardware might be all you need to freshen up that kitchen.
CHEF CHIC: Maybe it’s because of all the cooking shows on reality TV but commercial grade chef faucets for the kitchen are red hot.
DIGITAL EDGE: Kohler’s digital thermostatic valve (DTV) system is changing the way we shower with its impressive touchscreen and pre-programmed spa experiences.
CERAMIC TILE: In response to the trend toward natural stone, the makers of ceramic tile have stepped up their game. Finishes have evolved significantly and have expanded to plank-style tiles that replicate the look of wood. And since ceramic tile is more durable and less expensive than actual stone or wood flooring, it’s no wonder it’s becoming so popular again.
Check out these trends and more at the flagship Studio41 showroom at 3160 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, shopstudio41.com.