Kitchen Remodel“Decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful.  That’s what all this is about, not just what’s in and out.” —Albert Hadley, Interior Designer

Albert Hadley’s design philosophy certainly echos my own and the title of this week’s article may seem counter-intuitive to this. Also, trends can be transitory. What’s “in” this year, may be “out” the following year.

Having said that, who can resist these “lists?” They’re fun to read!  And sometimes, what is called a trend today can be something that extends far into the future because their benefits are on going and long lasting.

Also, as with everything, what’s old becomes new again.

You may be thinking of making some design changes in your home this year and some of these “trends” might just be what you’re looking for.
Here they are:

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
Especially for kitchens and bathrooms, quartz is made of real stone combined with man-made products. There are beautiful colors and patterns available much like granite. However, quartz is much more durable and is virtually maintenance-free, unlike granite. It’s also generally more affordable.

ECLECTIC AND COLLECTED
We’ve always loved to display “treasures” found during our travels.  However, the world is so connected now, that we don’t even have to travel for our homes to reflect a global presence.

Also remaining popular are retro and vintage furnishings and accessories. There’s always something comforting about pleasant reminders from our past. Check out estate sales and flea markets. Two online sites that interior designers use and you can too, are 1st dibs and One Kings Lane.

KITCHEN COLOR
I don’t see stainless steel disappearing any time soon, but charcoal grey is making an appearance. Could it give stainless steel a run for its money?

KITCHENS
More contemporary design instead of traditional. Perhaps because this style is simpler, with cleaner lines, making it easier to use and clean.

HARDWOOD FLOORS
Hardly new, but is now, once again, the flooring of choice. They’re always beautiful and generally easier to clean than carpets. Also a good choice for allergy sufferers and homes with pets.

KITCHEN SINKS
Deep and wide, they’re easier to use than the traditional double sink.

GLASS BACKSPLASHES
Mixing traditional mosaic with glass offers visual interest and texture. The glass reflects light and is just plain pretty which leads to:

TEXTURE AND SPARKLE
Along with glass tiles, gold and silver either separately or combined.  Shiny brass and nickle fixtures are back as well.

STONE
Specifically Calacatta marble. Used specifically in bathrooms, it works well in both contemporary and traditional design.

MULTIGENERATION LIVING
Each year, this type of living grows in number and will continue to do so. It’s especially important in bathrooms and kitchens that the design keeps safety and easy-to-use top of mind.

HEALTHY LIVING
No longer of the future, “green” homes are here to stay. They’re better for the environment, our health, and energy efficient costing less money.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

Image Courtesy ArmchairBuilder.com

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