Radiant in Residential

Latest home trends discussed in ASID Kitchen and Bath Tour

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 10:05

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) went around the Twin Cities area in Minnesota to showcase 15 remodeling projects that the organization felt were worth highlighting, according to the Minneapolis Start Tribune.

"More people are into personalizing their kitchens and bathrooms," Lisa Peck, owner of Lilu Interiors in Minneapolis, told the news source. "They're combining unique materials, products and looks for something unexpected.

Among the favorite new trends were quartz countertops and islands in the kitchen, spa-like master bathrooms that help owners wind down, gold fixtures and radiant heating systems that are placed beneath wooden floors, according to the Tribune.

The overall design of these houses had a contemporary feel to it, but also an adherence to more traditional styles for the first floor rooms. Comfort never trumped style, but the aesthetic features were practical enough to serve a purpose within the home, reported the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide practical and aesthetic value, as the technology eliminates the unsightly air ducts and heating vents that come with other systems while still providing warmth that radiates from the floor.