Like the fashion industry, interior designers identify trends that are or will be appearing in the coming years. Here is a list of some of the “hot” trends for today’s homes.
Kitchen: No more all-white kitchens. The trend is black stainless steel appliances – refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and microwaves. Also, mix-and-match cabinets, chairs, and shelving for that ultra personalized look.
Dining Rooms: The formal dining room is back in style. Family and friends want to sit down together around a table and enjoy good food and conversation.
Bathrooms: Another area that is becoming completely personalized by installing mirrors that make a statement; bidets and toilets that are also a bidet; plush chairs; and fresh flowers to create that airy, relaxing spa-like feeling.
Living Room: Flowery sofas like your grandmother had are back in style. Add the textile raffia in pillows, chairs, place mats, etc. Remove all the technology and put it in the den or basement rooms. And make the fireplace the focal point of the living room and not the large TV.
Home: On a limited budget you can add contemporary marble accents such as clocks, candleholders, coasters, planters, etc. Use matte finishes (e.g., blackboard finishes) on lamps and other items. For those with a healthier budget, construct a heated entryway, especially for those living in colder climates.
Colors: One color or color palette has not been identified as the “in” color for the coming year. Pastels can be used in areas of your home where you want to create a calming, relaxing environment. Native American colors of red, orange, and yellow provide a pop of color. The colors of bright flowers – pink, red, and green – are for the uplifting areas of your home. And graphic imprints (black and white with spots of color) can be painted in various spaces throughout your house.
Trends in interior designs of homes seem to change with the seasons. One year it’s a monochromatic palette, the next bright colors in various shades. If you are on a limited budget you can always add small items as accents to keep on-trend. Painting colors of the day is an easy way to update any room. And if an unlimited budget is at your disposal, you can change the interior of your home as often as you like.