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.

August Home Inspiration- Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration

Aside from the kitchen, the bathrooms are generally the next most work-intensive remodeling project on the to-do list of homeowners. 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!

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. What the consumer really needs to understand is that something can be both classic and trendy at the same time.

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Black Accents

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! 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. 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!

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Industrial Enclosures

These shower enclosures have been gaining popularity for the past few years. 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.

These enclosures have very clean lines and have a contemporary look 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.

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Wood Accents

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. 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. 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.

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Pendant Lighting

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 companies are making wall mounted fixtures that coincide with the faucet and other fixtures. It’s so common that it has become stale.

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 will add interest to a normally boring and forgotten space.

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Statement Mirror

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. 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 is now grounded in the design. The most popular mirrors are rounded in shape and less linear. It softens the space to create a space that feels more like a destination.

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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.

June Home Inspiration- Finding Your Design Style

Finding Your Design Style

The start of each design is a bare room. The different materials used and the accessories that are brought in will determine the function, personality, and overall style of the space. Each space, whether it be an office or a home, reflects the individual who uses it. You can often learn a great deal about someone based on what their personal spaces look like.

There are so many different design styles out there. This post will touch on the most common interior design styles, such as, Traditional, Modern, Transitional, Farmhouse, Industrial, and Coastal. Each style has unique attributes that distinguish one from another.

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Traditional

The traditional design style can be best described as classic. It often features ornate details, wood tones, rich color palettes, detailed moldings, and a variety of textures and patterns. All of these features create a beautiful depth to each space with layers upon layers of visual interest.

This style is also known for being very lavish, which is why there is normally an abundance of accessories and decor to fill the space. The furnishings are often very intricate and have rich, bold fabrics in a wide variety of textures and colors. The features have held strong through the test of time and will always be timeless, yet it has been slightly adapted over time and toned down.

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Modern

This is often one of the most misused and misunderstood phrases in the world of design. It is often confused or used interchangeably with the Contemporary style even though they are different. Today’s modern style is based largely on a movement that occurred during the 20th century. In keeping with the philosophy of the design movement, modern style focuses on functionality over aesthetics.

Generally there is an emphasis on the linear form, whether it be vertical or horizontal. This keeps the space basic and uncluttered. The color scheme is often very simple and monochromatic. Nature is often incorporated and celebrated in the design with the use of natural light, colors, and materials. Modern style can be considered the opposite of its Traditional counterpart in many ways.

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Industrial

With the increasingly popular idea of reusing abandoned industrial spaces it is no wonder why this style has grown in demand over the past few years. This style is normally found in more urban areas that naturally possess many of the common features, such as ample natural lighting and raw, exposed materials. The highlight of this style is the emphasis on the unfinished.

Industrial style is comprised of a mainly neutral color scheme with subtle hints of color. In place of color this style uses a variety of textures to add visual interest to the space. For example, exposed brick, timber, concrete, steel, leather, and other materials are used for dimension and to add some warmth to what can feel like a cold space. An open floor plan, high ceilings, and expansive windows are also trademarks of this style.

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Transitional

The transitional design style is a combination of both the traditional and modern design styles. This has also become much more popular because the desire for classic architectural elements is increasing with the desire for more modern furniture and accessories. The difficult task when designing a transitional space is finding the perfect balance between the two styles so they are not at war with one another.

Some aspects of this style include a neutral color palette, modern materials, added textures, fewer accessories, and a mix of modern and traditional furniture and accessories. The goal of a transitional design is to stay away from designing in one particular style or era. It adds a type of freedom that is lacking in other design styles. The options are limitless and are always evolving.

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Coastal

The intention of this style is to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that is inspired by the beach and ocean. Coastal design is often confused with Nautical or Tropical, but while these style do have some common features they are different in many ways. Coastal design takes a less literal approach in the decor and design and opts for something that is a bit more understated in nature.

A key component to coastal design is a great deal of natural light! This is often accomplished with large windows, french doors, or skylights. To keep the room feeling open and bright, a light and airy color pallet is often used with subdued tones of blues and greens. The majority of the space will feature neutral and natural materials, such as wood floors, painted wood, and off-white furniture.

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