Shows like Fixer Upper, Property Brothers and Flip or Flop showcase national trends in interior design. And while they might look nice on television, it doesn’t mean those same trends are in style here in southeast Minnesota. Here’s a closer look at what’s trending nationally, but also in our neck of the woods.
Locally, we’ve been leaving cabinets in their natural or slightly stained state for a very long time. It’s a warmer, hardier, and more rustic look that suits our landscape well through every season. Nationally, this has become quite uncommon and painting cabinets is commonplace, but you may be surprised how far some designers have gone to make their properties stand out from the rest. Now more than ever we’re seeing lots of dark blues, blacks, and even green cabinets paired with a very classic butcher block counter and white subway tile backsplash. Keeping the other elements of the space subtle is key to pulling off this national trend that’s definitely on the contemporary side of design thinking. If you’re thinking about resale, you can’t ignore local trends, and cabinets covered in basically any shade of white or off-white are leading in the new home trends in our area. Pay attention to the other color tones in your home when contemplating bright white or something warmer in the off-white family.
White on white has become a cyclical design trend over the years and it is back in full force both nationally and locally, this time with a modern and minimalist agenda. Marble, with its bright white and gray tones, plays very well to a theme like this and that’s why it’s become highly sought after, along with its more affordable imitators. To bring the element of clean, crisp, bright whites into the design of your home while staying on budget, you may need to consider alternatives to marble. These three options would all make your space gleam, without the large price tag.
- Caesarstone Quartz in Misty Cararra
- Cambria Quartz in Torquay
- Corian in Rain Cloud
Another great way to achieve the look of marble is to bring it in with the backsplash or floor tile. There are endless options available at the moment that are quite affordable.
Hardware and Lighting
There are 3 basic hardware colors we see the most of in our area: brushed bronze, brushed nickel, and polished nickel. Any of these options would pair well with natural woods, beige tones, and hardier design elements that buyers in our area prefer. Gray tones work well with nickel finishes and you’re best to go with a brushed bronze if you’ve got lots of warm tones. Nationally, we’re seeing a resurgence of gold in the hardware arena but its been revamped to modern shapes and the finish is antique gold as opposed to the shiny brass that was popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s. These pieces will cost you a bit more but will bring a level of modern simplicity to the design.
Lighting fixtures have come a long way and shopping straight from a local hardware store or online sites can get you basically any style you’re going for. Farmhouse pendants are the front-runners across the board in terms of design preference nationally and locally. The best part of this trend is that old is now new and it doesn’t have to match perfectly with your other lighting fixtures. There are lots of antique shops, flea markets, and consignment stores that have fixtures similar to what you may have paid more for at a big box store.
Cool, gray tones have gained some ground nationally in recent years because grays are very practical, quite clean, and very versatile. Choosing the right gray for your space, however, can be tricky. They can change hues depending on lighting, accent colors you’ve used, or simply what time of day it is, but if you’re really into this national trend, never fear! Here’s a list of the ‘best grays’ straight from some of the most successful designers in the country.
- Bear Creek from Benjamin Moore
- Graytint from Benjamin Moore
- Magnetic Gray from Sherwin-Williams
- November Rain from Benjamin Moore
Local trends naturally lean toward warmer tones with taupe and sandy hues, but there is an option that will meet you halfway. It’s what designers like to call “greige” – basically a marriage between beige and gray. Here’s a list of the best options for a warm but clean look without a yellow undertone.
- Raccoon Hollow from Benjamin Moore
- Shaded White from Farrow & Ball
- DKC-62 from Donlad Kaufman Color Collection