Whether you’re building, updating, or renovating your home it’s important to make appropriate design choices while keeping current and future trends in mind. Here’s a breakdown of what trends that are safe to try and which classics you can count on.
- Two-Tone Cabinets
White-on-white kitchens have been popular recently, and it’s a very versatile option for most homes. However, there’s a new trend coming to the forefront of kitchen design: two-tone cabinets. This trend aims to bring more dimension and interest into the room where so much time is spent. If you’re not quite ready to dive into this, try painting the base of your kitchen island a different color than the rest of your cabinets. Painting upper cabinets one color and choosing another for the lower cabinets would be the perfect way to execute this design trend the way it was intended.
Pro tip: Choosing more than two colors would be a big mistake. Instead, pick just two colors that either contrast with each other nicely or two hues from the same color family.
- Colored Stainless Steel Appliances
Silver stainless steel was replaced with a “print-resistant” option a few years back but both versions have recently seen a decrease in interest. The culprit? New colored stainless steel options. Two of the most popular colors are Slate (a charcoal hue) and Sunset Bronze (a golden, sandy, bronze hue). The addition of these colors brings appliances back into the design process and can really add visual appeal to your kitchen.
- Oversized Kitchen Islands
Kitchen islands aren’t just for barstools anymore. The average family spends more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house, and we’re seeing design trends moving toward larger and more functional kitchen islands. Add more function to your kitchen island by including an extended counter top at the end of your island (instead of the length) for stools and extra prep space. Outlets, second sinks, deeper drawers, and niche appliances like refrigerated drawers and microwaves are likely candidates to make your kitchen island a true design and function workhorse.
- Statement Bathroom Mirrors
Long gone are the days of a sheet-sized mirror above the vanity that covers the entire wall. Bring in a statement mirror above each sink in your bathrooms to create a sense of design that is still functional. If you have a small bathroom and would prefer to keep the larger mirror, framing it will completely transform the space.
- Natural Hardwood Flooring
How many times have you heard, “I hope there’s hardwood under this carpet”? There’s a reason for it. Hardwood floors are absolutely one of the most timeless and practical materials you can choose to outfit your home with and the amount of options you have available to you is abundant. I recommend speaking with a sales representative at a flooring store to get the lowdown on which species and stains will work best for your home.
- Tech Free Living Room
If the idea of a tech free room makes you squirm you aren’t alone. Technology is a part of our lives for most of our waking hours. But a living room can function as a space for quality time, good conversations, and a more enriched lifestyle if you remove the electronics. That’s why you see televisions go above fireplaces so often; traditionally, the fireplace was the focal point, and a good one at that.
It’s safe to say that most families would love to have a sunroom but the costs associated with adding one onto an existing home outweigh ones desires most of the time. If you’ve got a sunroom, capitalize on it! Pot a few plants that improve air quality and arrange furniture in a way that creates conversational stations that focus on the outdoors. If you’ve got a smaller home without a sunroom, carve out a corner of the house that’s the most sunlit, add a cozy chair, table, and a hanging plant.
A chandelier is a status symbol and the ultimate design statement, and they are much more accessible than they have ever been before. Many styles of chandeliers can be found on sites like Wayfair.com, Overstock.com, and LightsPlus.com. If you’re in the market for a chandelier, save yourself some time and aggravation and set your search filters by price and size. These are the two most important factors in choosing lighting and you may surprise yourself by exploring uncharted design styles.