Don’t you just love a good house tour? I think I could tour beautiful homes every single day and never get bored. They can be such a great source for inspiration.
Just last week, one of my best friends and I headed to the Jersey Shore to attend the Rumson, NJ Kitchen Tour. This fundraising event for the Rumson Education Foundation showcased eight gorgeous kitchens along with delicious tastings from local restaurants and bakeries. Not only did we have the opportunity to walk through some magnificent kitchens but we were also able to take a peek at some of the main floor adjoining rooms. It felt more like a house tour than just a kitchen tour!
As in most private home tours, photography was not permitted…darn. Don’t worry, I took some outdoor shots and I also made a list of the popular design trends repeated in several of the homes. (And….to demonstrate some of the design elements, I did sneak in a few indoor photos but I was respectful of the home owners and won’t show any identifying items).
Here are some of the popular design trends we spotted in several of the homes:
Crisp white walls were very popular in almost all the homes.
If the walls weren’t white, they were very dark. We saw navy, charcoal and black walls in several homes.
Shiplap is going strong
Most of these homes had a modern coastal vibe and shiplap was everywhere…I think every home had it. Not surprisingly, we mostly spied white shiplap but we saw some darker colors and even shiplap tile in a bathroom!
Almost all the homes had some form of grasscloth and it was just stunning.
Beadboard, coffered, wood planks and wallpaper were all very popular for ceilings.
Every home had bold, beautiful lighting, both inside and outside. We spotted some Restoration Hardware-style fixtures along with other high end fixtures throughout the homes.
No fussy window treatments in these homes. In fact, several of the homes had no window treatments at all. The ones that did were very simple and streamlined – plantation shutters or custom drapery panels.
In the kitchens, we noticed several houses with extra thick marble slabs for just the island. In those homes, the perimeter counters still had the standard thickness.
Quartz and Leathered Granite
Although many homes had marble throughout the kitchen, many also used quartz and granite for the perimeter counter tops.
Live Edge Tables
We noticed a few live edge tables in kitchens and side tables in the homes.
Natural Fiber and Neutral Colored Rugs
Most of the homes had these in kitchens and other living areas. We saw seagrass, sisal… lots of texture but not a lot of color.
In addition, most of the homes kept the wall decor very simple using just a piece of large artwork, a collection of baskets or a single textured item. A few small spaces such as bathrooms or mudrooms had some fun wallpaper but since most of the spaces had either shiplap or grasscloth wallpaper, they really didn’t need much more.
And of course, every home had some type of beautiful outdoor space. Too bad it was raining the whole day of the tour!
I hope you enjoyed my observations and design takeaways from our day spent touring beautiful homes on the Rumson Kitchen Tour. I actually enjoy touring private homes just as much as touring designer showhouses because you get to see how people really live.
Have you used any of these popular design trends in your home? I just recently painted my dining room navy and we also bought a natural fiber rug for the room. I am definitely trying to figure out a place to hang some grasscloth wallpaper too!
Since I couldn’t show many photos from inside these homes on the tour, I linked up a this kitchen tour from a designer showhouse to satisfy any kitchen design cravings you may have. Bon Appetit!
Have you attended any house tours in your area?
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