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- Countertops

The options for countertops have grown exponentially in recent years with the help of technology and creativity. There is so much more than the laminate and granite of years past, including quartz, concrete, wood, solid surface, stainless steel, or even a combination, as well as, many more. Each option has its own benefits, as well as, its own disadvantages. The trick is finding the right option to suit the needs of the client and the design style. One option may work for one space, while another may not. In some cases, the client may want multiple countertop materials and the challenge is combining them in a way that looks purposeful and cohesive.

As with many other things in the design world, the options seem endless. The key is to steadily narrow down the options that are available. The easiest way to start is by looking at the budget for the project. This could narrow down the possibilities fairly quickly if the countertop budget is low. If the budget is larger then maybe the lower end options are ruled out. The next thing to consider is durability. How much is the space used? Does the countertop need to be durable? Lastly, the look of the countertops and how they will relate to the overall design of the space.

Laminate countertops are one of the most cost effective options because they are made of layers of plastic that have been bonded to particle board. This allows them to be made in a variety of colors and patterns. They are also more easily installed. The downside is that they are less durable and will have to be replaced more frequently. Granite is a natural stone, which means that it is porous and requires sealing. Poor maintenance of this stone will lead to staining and bacteria growth. This material is more durable than laminate because it is scratch and heat resistant, however it could chip or crack over time.

Quartz is different from granite because it is an engineered stone. It is made of 93% quartz composite and 7% binder, which makes it scratch resistant, stain resistant, and extremely durable. There is also a great variety of colors and finishes thanks to today’s technology. The downside is that they aren’t as heat resistant as granite and some of the other options and they tend to be more expensive. Concrete countertops are often formed on site or in a shop and are custom. This makes them just about as strong and as expensive as quartz, but they require the same maintenance that granite does to keep them free of staining. However, they will not chip or scratch.

Wood, or butcher block has always been a very popular choice when it comes to countertops. They are ideal for those who love to prepare food and bake. They can be sanded and refinished after years of wear, which makes them very eco-friendly and require less replacement. They do need to be sealed to avoid bacteria, and water damage. Stainless steel countertops are one of the most durable, and easy to keep clean, but unfortunately they are also one of the most expensive. They also create a sterile feeling in a space that is normally supposed to feel warm and inviting.

Last, but not least, would be solid surface. These countertops are about mid-range on the price spectrum. They are a very strong material that is seamless and non-porous. They also require much less maintenance than granite and concrete. However, they are not scratch and heat resistant like the quartz is, which could lead to more wear and tear over time.

There are still more options for countertops out there than the ones mentioned here. These just happen to be the ones that are most commonly used. Some other examples are tile, resin, marble, recycled glass, and even lava countertops. Just like with these options each one has their own benefits and weaknesses, which is why it is important to know the differences when specifying a countertop for a kitchen or bathroom application.

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!