Redecorating is always an exciting time for any homeowner, but many wonder if they are doing the right things and following the right trends!
As a general rule, if a trend is too flashy or dated, it probably will not stand the test of time. Some design ideas are classic, no matter which decade they begin. You just have to remember not to mix too many styles at once. Some simple designs are both trendy and will hold up even as trends change.
Changing the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom can give your space a whole new look. Luckily, streamlined is one of the newest trends to hit the home decor marketplace. Slender lever handles and gently curving faucets can add a classic yet modern look to any home. If your space is more rustic, you can still take advantage of this design idea by choosing items that match the fixtures’ color and contours. If your space is modern, you can go with more of a straight-edged design for handles and other cabinet fixtures.
Cabinets With Color
In a former trend, your cabinets had to match your countertops. Now having contrasting color cabinets is a must. You can paint cabinets in a jewel tone or deep hue to give your kitchen a bright pop of color. Remember, cabinets can always be repainted or resurfaced if you change your mind.
Despite the trend toward streamlining things, vintage touches and accents are still the way to go to add warmth to your home. A decorative chair rail here and a curved vintage door handle there can tone down even the most modern homes. When used sparingly, these designs only increase the visual appeal of your living space. You can even add vintage pieces such as picture frames and crown molding without interrupting the room’s lines. Some people add a special touch to their entryways with antique-looking doorbells and knockers.
Another trend is using high contrast accents. You do have to be careful with this particular trend because it is easy to go overboard. Home stylists recommend using contrast sparingly in kitchens and bathrooms rather than all over the house. You can add a black chair in a primarily white room to add a bit of contrast. In furniture, you may even find large amounts of dark and light in the same piece. For example, a couch might have dark blue cushions with a white or light off white frame, or a white tile fireplace can have a black or dark mantel.
Touches of Nature
Nature is back in style. People are returning to natural stone, tile, and flooring. There is a push for wood or wood looking vinyl and tile and stone accents on fireplaces, outdoor grills, and floors. Some have taken this to the extreme and created natural living indoors with a variety of natural materials and plants to make the indoors seem like the outdoors. Although this is stunning to look at, some of the upkeep is a bit much for average families.
Kitchen art is starting to make a comeback. For years pictures were for living rooms and other areas. Now they are making a reappearance in the kitchen. This works particularly well if you have a themed kitchen. Some prominent kitchen themes are country, modern, and classic. Choose art pieces that match your theme but make sure that it is art you like as well. Too many people choose art because it is trendy rather than being pleasing to the eye.
Aged accents or making something new look old is also trending. Even in a modern house, you can find pieces that have a patina on them. You can see this trend in everything from shelves to clay pots in the home. In fact, this trend also continues in outdoor spaces where terracotta walkways and aged tiles are useful in creating a more pleasant patio or porch. Aged accents are great but remember, do not mix too many aged and modern elements in the same space.
Kitchens are being repurposed as multifunction rooms. They are becoming living, dining, and food prep areas as more people are turning to healthier food options. Kids are doing homework at kitchen counters as parents cook or one spouse is working while the other cooks. One trend expected to continue is designing kitchens around family rather than simply using it for food. Modern and vintage barstools are appearing, and long eat-in counters are becoming more prevalent. Even cabinet space is being repurposed for storing homework and craft materials.
No matter which of the new trends you decide to use, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Mixing too many styles can be a design disaster. When implementing designs, it is always best to trust your instincts.