Aside from the kitchen, the bathrooms are generally the next most work-intensive remodeling project on the to-do list of homeowners. Just like with kitchens, there are certain design trends that come and go. No matter how conscientious someone is about keeping their design classic, there will be something that will eventually go out of style. Be sure to remember that and try not to stress too much over it!
Things may be constantly going out of style, but that also means that they come back eventually! This is what can be considered the cycle of design. Try to keep the permanent fixtures and materials simple and be more bold with the things that are easier to replace down the road.
Not all of today’s popular styles look super trendy. In fact, many of them are simply bringing a twist to old ideas or freshening up some classic looks. There is nothing wrong with incorporating something in the design that is popular at the time, besides the fact that in a few years it may not be. What the consumer really needs to understand is that something can be both classic and trendy at the same time.
This is one of those trends that can also be considered classic in nature. Black has been increasing in popularity when it comes to fixtures, hardware, accent walls, cabinetry, and more! It is being used more frequently and in more applications than it was in the past, but this color is about as classic as it gets. The only color that could possibly be its rival would be white. These two opposites are the main neutrals. They are everyone’s go to colors when the objective is a simple color scheme.
From a design perspective, the contrast that this color gives when paired with the right color scheme is exactly why it has become so popular. The days of glossy black finishes are over and matte black finishes have taken the stage. This was one of the ways that the color was revived. It looks much more contemporary than before, which also helps add to its growing popularity. This is one trend that is in it for the long haul because of its versatility and classic nature. Don’t shy away from this trend!
These shower enclosures have been gaining popularity for the past few years. This is thanks to the growing industrial style and the desire to bring it into homes. This can definitely be considered something that will be more likely to lose popularity, but it is most likely to stick around as long as industrial style is still so desired. These enclosures can generally be found in a black finish and will often resemble a large window, such as one from a warehouse.
These enclosures have very clean lines and have a contemporary look and feel to them. They tend to lean more towards one design style, but they are versatile enough that if done well they could be used in a variety of styles as well. Thanks to the black finish they will also pair very well with most color schemes.
Stains are making a comeback in a big way! In the past few years it was very rare to find wood tones in a design. They had taken a hiatus to make room for the white and gray design trend. That trend has and continues to dominate the market of design. Unfortunately, all of the gray color schemes have gotten boring and drab. By incorporating a warmer stain and wood tone it helps to liven up the space.
This brings much needed warmth, texture, and interest to the design. The most common stains that can be seen are more on the neutral spectrum. Bright red and orange tones are becoming less and less popular in this market because it makes it difficult to transition from one color scheme to another. A neutral stain allows the client or homeowner to change the color scheme as often as they would like without having to change every finish in the space. This development will help to stretch out the gray color schemes, which could help to make it more of a classic neutral and less of a trendy color.
Wall mounted lights have become a standard in bathrooms, whether it be sconces on either side of the mirror or a wall mounted fixture above. They have dominated the market so much that hardly anyone will consider any other options. It has become so standardized that companies are making wall mounted fixtures that coincide with the faucet and other fixtures. This idea is so common that it has become stale.
This was not always the case, so changing up this standard is like a breath of fresh air to designers everywhere. Pendant lights are most commonly seen in dining and kitchen applications, but they are steadily making their way into bathrooms everywhere. This was once not uncommon to see and it is nice to see another past “trend” coming full circle. This opens up the options tremendously in terms of style and design. It will add interest to a normally boring and forgotten space.
Last, but not least, is the mirror. In the past mirrors were just the last piece of the puzzle that often seemed like an after-thought. It was all about the function and less about the aesthetics. When this happens in design it almost feels like something is missing; like it is incomplete. Now mirrors are getting the attention they deserve.
They now make a statement and have become an important focal point in the space. This is done by using a contrasting material, a vintage piece, or by having it framed. It isn’t just hung up on the wall anymore without an extra thought. It is now grounded in the design. The most popular mirrors are rounded in shape and less linear. This adds a nice contrast to all of the other sharp, linear features in the bathroom. It softens the space to create a space that feels more like a destination and less like pit stop.
Most clients tend to focus so much on whether something will go out of style they don’t consider their own opinion. In the end the idea of something being “trendy” becomes negative instead of positive. This is more of a consideration in interior design than other areas of the design spectrum because most homeowners are not able to make changes as frequently as needed to keep up with the changing markets. Clients just have to follow their instincts and what will make them happy and everything else should come second.
We find that islands are now one of the most requested features in a kitchen. The functionality of the kitchen has changed. Modern kitchens are a gathering space for family and friends, as well as, a space to prepare and cook meals. Due to this change, the design of the kitchen had to be adjusted as well. There are so many options and possibilities when considering an island. What will its main function be? Will it have seating? Will it be a prep area? Will it house appliances? Those are important questions when designing for functionality.
However, kitchen islands are not only about usefulness, aesthetics are just as important. What style are you aiming for? Will it be a simple design or will it be more elaborate? There are endless design details that relate to this topic. Islands can have matching panels, detailed legs, intricate corbels, and many other options. The trick is to make sure that those details all match with the overall style of the space and how you plan on using it.
Those details are what make infinite possibilities for the design of any island. An island can be small, re-purposed, and easily moved, such as the island on the left, which was created using an antique dresser. It is smaller that the average cabinets and can be moved. With a slight design change, the top would be able to collapse so the seating could be moved. This would allow for more walking space around the island if needed. This island is perfect for the person who needs their space to transform on a day to day basis to best suit their needs at any given time. The photo in the middle is a larger and more permanent version of the first island. The seating is permanent, but because the space and the island itself is larger there is no need for it to transform. The photo to the right has another added component, which is a built-in appliance in the island. This is most often home to a microwave drawer, dishwasher, or under-counter oven. One thing all of these have in common is counter height seating.
In the photo above on the left there is also seating, but this is different than the previous ones. This island incorporates banquet seating, which allows normal table height and will often negate the need for a formal dining table. The island on the right has a unique feature; the counter tops cascade to the floor. This is referred to as a waterfall counter top. However, this one is unique in that the material changes from one end to the other, which is not common.
There are thousands of different combinations of design and functionality that will create the perfect island. It is only a matter of discovering what is most important to have. Function? Design? Most of the time it is a marriage of the two, which creates a happy balance.
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. However, I like to tell clients that as long as they love it, it will never go out of style to them.
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, the design is all about the details. 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. By thinking outside the box the world of kitchen design gets much more interesting. The possibilities are endless.
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.
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!
Just like with back splash, there are many different options for countertops as well. Most commonly people tend to lean towards Granite and occasionally Formica, but thanks to the advances in technology there are so many different options. Quartz is now one of the most popular materials for countertops because of how durable and low-maintenance it is. Quartz has also advanced so much that it can now look similar to other less durable materials, such as marble.
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 overall style that the homeowner is aiming for.
The ceiling is one of the most forgotten feature of any room. It is not often not even thought of as something that can be changed or designed. 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. The feature can be something that is simple and just enough to complete the look or it can be dramatic to make it a focal point of the room. 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.
Last, but not least, is another way to add interest into an otherwise ordinary kitchen. 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 be a place to 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. Open shelving is both functional and beautiful.
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. To be very bold some people will even replace all of the wall cabinets with the open shelving. Either way, the kitchen will be far from boring.
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!