Ceiling fans with one central light that eliminates the four, down-hanging shades we're accustomed to.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring.
Showers, not baths.
Kitchen cupboards that don't match.
These are four home trends you'll see highlighted at the annual Home Show happening Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4, at the QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island. About 130 vendors will be at the event sponsored by the Quad-Cities Builders & Remodelers Association, showcasing products and services of interest to people wanting to make changes to their homes or yards.
An area of home improvement that has come on strong in recent years is lighting. Not only are we using more lights in more places — under cabinets, throughout the landscape and in the tray ceilings of bedrooms — but the switch to LED (low emitting diode) technology is leading to even more interesting placement because it doesn't emit heat.
Fixtures themselves are changing, too, as they become more of a design element, said Jennifer Jones, a lighting designer with Elite Lighting Innovations, 6118 N. Brady St., Davenport.
Ceiling fans are moving "away from the four individual glass cluster to sleeker designs with central lights," she said. "We're seeing more and more metallic blades versus the wood grain that has been out forever."
The use of three mini-pendant lights over an island or breakfast bar is giving way to the installation of two or three larger lights or a "linear chandelier," she said.
Geometric patterns are popular in fixtures, as is a mixing of materials, such as a glass orb wrapped in rope, for example. And in some fixtures the bulb — often a clear, vintage-type "Edison" bulb — is left exposed.
Elite Lighting was founded in 2015 by Randy Speth, who has been in the electrical business for more than 25 years. The business was split off from his electrical firm when he saw a need for more quality decorative lighting at affordable prices.
Luxury vinyl planking
"I've sold miles of that stuff," said Kenny Wilkinson, owner of Bettendorf Home Repair and Remodeling, referring to the newish choice in flooring that many people just love.
"It's easy to install and is bullet-proof," he said. It's especially popular in kitchens where people want the look of wood but worry about its durability.
Wilkinson founded his business in 2001; it is located at 3050 State St., Bettendorf.
Showers, not tubs
Several vendors at the show are specifically dedicated to redoing shower-bath combos, or tearing out bathtubs entirely and replacing them with bigger, nicer showers, which seems to be the trend.
Both Wilkinson and Jerry Coussens, of JD Coussens Remodeling, who also operates Luxury Bath of the Quad-Cities, said the only reason many people keep their tubs is because they fear not having one will hurt their home's resale value.
Otherwise, the trend is definitely away from tubs, especially whirlpools, they said.
Wilkinson points out that even small children can be bathed in a shower if it has the proper seat and hand-held sprayer.
Kitchen cabinets don't have to match
A trend Coussens has noticed in kitchens is a mix of cabinet colors. "The island might be different," he said.
Coussens began in the contracting business in 1986 and founded his company in 1990. It is located at 4621 Cheyenne Ave., Davenport.
Clever storage ideas
Do you need more space in your workshop?
You'll find several clever storage ideas at this year's Habitat ReStore booth aimed at the do-it-yourselfer, including a pull-down bin that can be built between the rafters of a garage or attic, Diane Schreiner, ReStore customer service manager, said.
ReStore is a nonprofit business at 3629 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, that sells new and gently used building materials, furniture and appliances at a discount to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a Christian housing organization.
Kid-proof, pet-proof, wine-proof fabric
It's called crypton, and you can see a demonstration of this wonder product at the booth staffed by employees of State Street Interiors & Furniture, 905 State St., Bettendorf.
Crypton is a name for a patented technique in the weaving process, or construction, of material using specific fibers so that they resist staining. It is not an applied treatment, according to its website.
Motorized window shades that can be opened or closed remotely using your cellphone are another new product State Street will highlight. Remote control is especially helpful for people who are on vacation and want to make it look as though someone is at home, designer Jade Liommen said.
State Street was founded in 1974 by Marie Johnson, and was purchased in February 2017 by Michelle Blunk, who also owns Conceptual Design, Interiors by the Sewing Room, specializing in custom drapes and bedding, and Once Again Furniture and Accessories.
Knilans' Furniture & Interiors, a 63-year-old family business long known for its fine furniture, just this month added a rustic, casual-feel line made from reclaimed barn wood, owner Tim Schlicksup said.
Called Green Gables, the line includes beds, dining tables, entertainment units, bars, chairs, end tables and even upholstered furniture in a finish that is one-of-a-kind and not perfect.
Knilans' also will bring to the show its traditional recliners and sofas "to help people experience the quality of comfort we have," Schlicksup said. Because Knilans' recliners and sofas "cost more than anywhere else, (people) don't understand until they try it," he said. "Then they say, 'Oh my gosh, this chair supports me in just the right spot."
Knilans' is located at 3015 Brady St., Davenport.
The foremost goal of Advantage Tree Service, 3100 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, is to improve the health of one's trees, Mark Long, events and expansion manager, said.
Yes, the company also does pruning and removal, but its specialty is to save trees, he said.
The company was founded 15 years ago by Jeremy Bowling, a master arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association and a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Efficient foam insulation
Jim Irwin started GreenTech Spray Foam Insulation in 2009 after doing research on the best insulation for one of his own buildings. He ended up purchasing equipment, getting trained and turning his lone project into a business.
Spray foam is considered more efficient than Fiberglass or cellulose, and the extra cost is recouped in three to five years with energy savings, Irwin said.
It can be installed only in instances where there is access to the wall cavity, such as in new construction, an addition or a remodel job in which the studs are exposed.