‘Warm, cozy’ shower tile designs in New York
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The interior design industry has seen an explosion in new styles of tile designed to be warmer and more cozy in recent years, a sign of a broad shift away from white, concrete buildings and toward more modern designs.
“It’s a whole new way to look at what people are using in the homes they live in,” said Kevin Koehn, chief executive officer of Shower Tile Designers in the District, which has been one of the leading designers for the past 10 years.
A wave of new styles have become popular among people in the West, where white, brick-lined buildings dominate in most major cities, and where people are increasingly looking for a more modern feel.
They’re a mix of styles, ranging from contemporary with a touch of retro to classic with the emphasis on the outdoors.
The newest trend comes from the suburbs where white and concrete buildings dominate.
It’s the perfect fit for people who want to stay warm and comfortable and avoid the heat in winter, said Kevin Burdett, executive director of the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter.
The market has been driven by people who have embraced the idea of getting away from their homes, said Dan Schoenfeld, managing director of architectural firm Urban Design Solutions.
The rise of indoor plumbing is the big trend, as is a trend towards outdoor seating.
The new, outdoor design trend is driving an increase in the number of outdoor installations, he said.
“There are a lot of people who are looking for that feeling of being able to walk around, even on a beautiful summer day, and it’s nice to have something that’s going to hold your attention,” Schoenfield said.