January Monthly Home Inspiration- Upcoming Trends

Upcoming Trends

It is officially a new year, which means new design trends! Every year designers will predict what they see as the next big thing for the coming year. These predictions will not necessarily be agreed upon by everyone and they are not always 100% accurate. The trends are what designers have been seeing more and more and what they expect to see in the future. Not everyone has to love them or use them in their space.

In fact, the idea is to try to design by keeping classic ideas prominent and using trends minimally. This way the space will likely stay current for much longer! The kitchen is where this can get a little tricky because most of what is in that space is there for the long haul. Although it can be a risk, don’t be afraid to utilize a design trend just because it may not be popular down the road.

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Black

Black was beginning to make a comeback last year, but will be used much more frequently and in more impactful ways. Before it was just an accent color, now it will take center stage in home designs. It will still be used for hardware, fixtures, and other smaller elements, but also for cabinetry, tile, and paint color.

Although black is a neutral tone, people seem too afraid to use it in their spaces. There are many reasons for this, the most common being that black is a very harsh color that can greatly darken a space. The key is to combine the black with light, bright colors like white. Adding some warmer tones, such as stained wood, can also help mitigate that problem.

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Colored Appliances

Colored appliances are making a big comeback, while stainless steel is definitely taking a step back. Recently the market has seen an influx of appliances that are not the typical stainless steel. This includes slate, black, and white. There are even some other colors that are taking the spot light away from neutrals. Navy blue, forest green, bright red and other retro colors have been spotted in kitchens across the country.

This trend is far from new, but it has definitely been modernized and brought into the 21st century. This trend is refreshing after the age of stainless steel, which may be coming to a close. There is nothing wrong with stainless steel appliances and they will still look perfectly acceptable in future kitchens, but this is a nice reprieve.

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Honed Countertops

This trend is hit or miss. Honed countertops have a softer, more natural sheen to them. They are also commonly referred to as matte countertops. This finish can apply to any material that is used for countertops, including quartz, granite, marble, concrete, etc.

While this finish may be aesthetically appealing, it is not the most practical. Honed materials tend to make imperfections and smudges more visible. They are also much more maintenance because they normally have to be sealed to keep them from staining and to protect them. This option is certainly beautiful, but it may not be the best choice for someone who uses their kitchen frequently or does not want to have to keep it pristine.

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Interesting Backsplash

This is one trend that is long overdue. Subway tile is extremely versatile and there are many different options, but it is also very overused. There are so many different options for tile out there. It is time to think outside the box and get creative. Designers and homeowners are dying to break the mold and try something different.

Some of the designs that will be exploding in popularity this year will be hexagon (honeycomb) tile and herringbone. Natural stone backsplash will also be very popular in the coming year because people are gravitating more towards organic materials with the environmental crisis looming. In addition to that, there will also be an influx of geometric tile making its way into kitchens and baths.

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Pops of Color

Although they have not lost their appeal completely, the days of pristine all-white kitchens are in the past. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because it has been coming for quite some time. Designers and homeowners are getting tired of the white kitchen trend. Muted colors such as, Navy Blue, Forest Green, and Rust Red have been on the rise for years because they are very earthy.

These colors will find their way onto cabinets, walls, and other finishes in the kitchen. They will bring life and interest to otherwise bland and boring spaces.

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These trends are sure to spice up any kitchen. Just remember that these are trends and may not stand the test of time. They are meant to fade in and out of style so be sure to pair classic elements with them to keep it safe, unless you plan on remodeling again in the near future.

Mini Blog- Subway Tile

Subway tile is something that has been around for quite some time. This “trend” first made its appearance over 100 years ago when designers George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge placed the infamous 3 x 6 tile into a New York subway station. This simple, sleek tile quickly made its way into homes across the country and has been a staple in design ever since. Its versatility is the main reason it has remained so popular throughout the different eras. Its simplicity allows it to blend seamlessly in any design from modern to farmhouse. The most common subway tile is the standard white 3 x 6 that is laid in a brick pattern, but there are also countless ways to mix things up and be unique.

Subway tile has evolved a great deal since its first debut. There are now different styles, colors, sizes, and configurations that can be used to create a look that is perfect for every space. Instead of the basic brick pattern, tiles can now be arranged in the same pattern just vertically. They can also be arranged in a diagonal or straight herringbone patter. Those simple changes in the way a tile is laid can make a huge impact. There are many other ways to arrange tile that is different and unexpected. The options are endless. The style and size of the tile might lend itself better to a different pattern overall.

The way we install subway tile is not the only thing that has changed. The tile itself has taken on new forms. There are wider variety of sizing than there was back in the day. Subway tile can now be long and thin, it can be larger overall, or it can be the same 3 x 6 that we have come to know and love. This shift in sizing allows designers and homeowners a chance to be unique and different, while still sticking with a classic. The different textures of subway tile has also increased. There are so many more textures that make for an interesting backsplash! Hand-formed subway tile has taken over because of its authentic look and the way the light reflects off the ripples. Beveled subway tile is another popular one because of its traditional feel. There is also glass, metal, marble, and so much more! We have come a long way from the smooth, porcelain 3 x 6 tile.

Another way to dress up subway tile is the grout! Grout is so much more than a basic building material! It is an important part of the design because changing the color of the grout can have a huge impact on the space. A stark contrast between the tile and the grout is most common, but recently colored grout has taken off as a way to bring interest to the tile while still keeping it simple. The only problem with contrasting grout is that it must be done very well because any imperfections will be highly visible. This can give the space a much needed focal point or can enhance the intended style.

Subway tile has been around for over 100 years and it is not going anywhere anytime soon. This classic look has grown and evolved during that time period. There are so many options now in terms of color, sizes, material, texture, and pattern that every kitchen can be unique. Don’t be afraid to use subway for your projects because its so popular, instead make it your own!

February Home Inspiration- Taking Design Risks

Taking Risks

The White Shaker Kitchen, a popular and timeless design style, however, it has become so popular that it has become static. When going with a white shaker, people tend to make more subtle design choices. This is normally because they are worried that if they make a choice that is more unique or different that it will go out of style in a few years and make their new kitchen feel dated.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a simple White Shaker Kitchen. It is classic, neutral, and will never go out of style. However, a design can be enhanced tremendously by making some minor, but bold design choices. For example, switching things up and doing some contrasting cabinetry can certainly spice up an otherwise monotonous kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

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Contrasting Cabinets

By thinking outside the box, a homeowner can take an ordinary design and make it extraordinary! Contrasting cabinets is one of the easiest ways to add some flare to your kitchen. Some common ways to do this are to have a contrasting island or hood. Another way could be to have the wall cabinets and base cabinets different finishes.

This effect will bring some much needed diversity to any kitchen. This can also be done by simply changing the color of a painted door or by switching things up with a stained door to add some warmth and texture to the space. Either way, the space will pop with the added interest.

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Interesting Backsplash

Backsplash is another area that holds serious potential. The classic 3 x 6 subway tile is a classic choice, but it has also become the safe choice! Even in the world of subway tile there are hundreds of different options that create a different look. From beveled subway tile to hand formed subway tile, the options are endless.

There are also other options out there that can spice things up a bit. One of the things missing from the average white shaker kitchen is texture. Texture can add so much visual interest to a design and break up some of the more monotonous finishes. Faux brick, for example, is a great way to bring some texture and color to a bland white kitchen. There are endless options out there for backsplash, including tile, metal, wood, stone, and more! So get creative!

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Unconventional Countertops

Just like with back splash, there are many different options for countertops. Most commonly people tend to lean towards Granite, but thanks to the advances in technology there are so many options. Quartz is now one of the most popular materials for countertops because of how durable and low-maintenance it is.

In addition to the materials mentioned above, some other materials that can be used for a cooking surface include, concrete, butcher block, and stainless steel. Although these options are a bit unique that is exactly what will make a plain white kitchen stand out a bit. These options will add interest and further enhance the style that the homeowner is aiming for.

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Ceiling Features

The ceiling is one of the most forgotten feature of any room. It is something that should always be thought of in terms of the design, but that does not necessarily mean that it always has to change. The best time to think about having a detail on the ceiling is when the space feels empty with out it. In a kitchen that has very little detail, it can turn it into something beautiful and interesting.

Ceiling details are also brilliant ways of adding texture to a space. For example, rustic beams on the ceiling is a rather simple look, but when paired with ship lap running perpendicular it makes a statement and adds more depth. These touches wrap up the look nicely and complete the design by adding a unique touch. Without adding some detail to the ceiling in a plain kitchen it looks somewhat unfinished.

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Open Shelving

Open shelving is a perfect way to break up wall cabinets or to get some storage into an otherwise difficult space. They can store dishes or can house a small kitchen garden. By placing shelving in the space means that you have thought more about the overall design and style of the space instead of just following the norms.

There are different ways to incorporate open shelving into any space. Floating shelves are perfect for the person who wants a very polished, clean look. Shelves with brackets are ideal for a more organic, modern approach. As far as placement goes, they can be used in a corner where it is normally very difficult to reach or they can be used in place of a standard wall cabinet. Either way, the kitchen will be far from boring.

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Lets face it, the White Shaker Kitchen is here to stay, but with these tips hopefully we can bring some fun twists to the tired classic! When designing your space, don’t be afraid to take some risks. They can be big or small, but as long as you love it you will never regret it; no matter how much time passes!

Mini Blog- Patterned Tile

Patterned tile seems to be gaining popularity recently in the kitchen and bath industry. It is frequently used to make a dramatic statement in a space, but a more subtle pattern can be chosen to create the opposite effect. 

These tiles can be used on the walls, floors, in shower niches, or even shower benches to add some character and contrast to the space. The possibilities are endless with this new trend. It adds something new and interesting to what would normally be bland and boring. Above are some examples of where this is most commonly used. Because this tile is dramatic it is normally used in smaller spaces so that it does not become too overpowering in a room of a larger scale.

This is becoming more popular in the Industrial and Farmhouse design styles, but could be used in more Transitional spaces as well. The only thing to consider is if this will be a timeless look or if it will fade out of popularity inevitably.

What an idea! What do you think of this new trend? Let us know!

October Home Inspiration- Kitchen

Kitchen Inspiration

In the world today trends and styles are constantly changing right before our eyes. This sometimes leads to homeowners feeling confused and overwhelmed with the many possibilities of how their space can look and feel! These monthly posts will help people find inspiration for some of the most current trends and help to make them their own.

The goal for everyone is to eventually turn this inspiration into reality by using the ideas in their own spaces. In this months post we will focus on some of the more re-occurring trends that we see as the professionals.

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Contrasting Cabinetry/Countertops

This is a great choice for people who are torn between multiple colors that they want to incorporate.

In some kitchens, people will chose to do countertops and cabinetry different in both the perimeter and island. Most people choose to do one or the other, but this can be done successfully if the colors are similar. For example, in this kitchen they chose a gray cabinet with a white countertop for the perimeter and a white cabinet with a gray countertop for the island. It also helps if the countertops have a similar pattern that can bring in some consistency.

This can be a very dramatic design choice or it can be something that is a bit more subtle. The style and look that you are trying to achieve will normally determine which end of the spectrum you will be at!

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Wood Accents

A second trend that has appeared lately is a kitchen with wood accents. It brings in a more subtle contrast than the previous idea. It is also a much more natural look that easily lends itself to a wide array of styles.

This is most commonly done with the hood or open shelving, such as what is shown in the photo on the left. But can also be done with molding, paneling, and other decorative accents.

This is a much more calming, neutral look for the homeowner that wants a change and is worried about the trend losing popularity and becoming no better than the shag carpet and pastel color schemes. Although, we are starting to see a revival of some of the old trends so you never know what will happen in the future.

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Open Shelving

Lastly, the concept of open shelving has become popular, as well as, practical. They are most commonly used in areas of the kitchen that are normally challenging to place normal cabinets, or in areas that are considered wasted space. This can be seen in many of the photos in this post.

For example, in the photo on the left they are making use of a hard to reach corner by using the open shelving as display space. This makes it useful aesthetically instead of functionally.

This example shows the shelving continuing the all-white theme that seems to be predominate in this kitchen, but it is also common to have the shelving contrast for a pop of color in a very monochromatic space.

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