Every year a new list emerges telling us what’s trending in interior design and decorating.
 
In fact, I should say lists plural. Google “design trends 2017” and you’ll find many references.
 
The idea is to look at them and ask yourself 2 questions:
 
.  If I added this idea to my home, would it make it function better?
.  If I buy or incorporate this in my home, would it make my heart sing more because of it?
 
The whole idea of trends is to present new ideas in design or discover new technology that really can make your life better.
 
In the following photos you’ll see some ideas that aren’t new at all—they’re just rediscovered and shown in a newer fresher way.
 
And that’s the beauty of it; you decide what’s “on trend.” If it works for you in form and function, you have the trendiest home on the block!
 
Take a look and see what you think and feel.
 
 SATIN BRASS
A softer, quieter feel than bright and shiny brass. Works well with all colors and most design styles.
 
Our lives seem to revolve around technology and our homes will continue to find new ways to incorporate their features into our design. From charging stations to voice-activated assistants as shown in this photo. On the table is Amazon’s Alexa which acts as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices.
 
 
 
A DIFFERENT VANITY SOLUTION

If you don’t wish to choose the typical vanity, consider using a cabinet, console, or chest of drawers for a different purpose. Almost anything that can hold a sink and plumbing will work. A great way to have a one-of-a- kind piece.

 
KITCHEN STORAGE WALLS

Housing much of a kitchen’s necessities in one built-in area, frees up space elsewhere and keeps everything close at hand.

 
DESIGNATED LAUNDRY ROOM

If you have the space, splurging on a laundry room might be something that makes your life easier. Everything needed is in one room and can be beautiful and functional at the same time.

 

BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN SHOWERS
Contemporary Bathroom by Milestone Homes
Everyone enjoys and benefits experiencing nature. If you have the budget, what a joy to feel like you’re showering outdoors when you’re inside. It could be a feast for the senses!
 
STORAGE NICHES
Room of the Day: A Pattern-Happy Powder Room With a Secret

A great idea, especially if you’re remodeling, is to add storage spaces between wall studs. They’re a great space saver.

 
BLACK STEEL AND GLASS DOORS
Transitional Entry by Stuart Pliner Design

If you have a dark entry, this could be the answer for letting in much needed light. Also being seen for shower doors in place of frameless glass. Black steel window frames are also becoming popular.

 
 
CONTRASTING KITCHEN ISLANDS
Traditional Kitchen by Smith & Smith Kitchens

White kitchens remain the popular choice for this space. To keep them from looking too sterile, painting the island a darker color helps bring contrast and balance.

 
WAINSCOTING IN BATHROOMS
Traditional Bathroom by Hatfield Builders & Remodelers

Painted wood panels is a wonderful way of adding interest to a bathroom. You can also use tile.

 
BEDSIDE PENDANT LIGHTS
Scandinavian Bedroom by Shanade McAllister-Fisher

Especially helpful in a small bedroom, pendant lights free up bedside tables. Plus, there are so many beautiful choices available in all price points, that they can make a dramatic design statement.

 
BEDROOM PAINT COLORS
Traditional Bedroom by Amy Werfel Interiors

Paint choices in bedrooms usually lean toward soft, soothing hues. Consider, however, choosing darker shades to create a more intimate and romantic atmosphere.

 
ALL WHITE KITCHENS
Farmhouse Kitchen by The Working Kitchen, Ltd.

To keep an all white kitchen from appearing stark, add wood elements to provide warmth.

 
HEXAGONAL TILE BACKSPLASHES
Contemporary Kitchen by Trevor Brown Architect

Subway tile is an ever popular choice for backsplashes. However, if you’re looking for something different and still classic, consider the hexagon shape.

 

Of course, along with the what’s trending lists, there has to be the what’s out lists. Pay no attention. The only thing that counts in your home is being surrounded by all that you love and that which nurtures your best life.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Photos via HOUZZ

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