Renovations are always an exciting time for any homeowner, but many wonder if they are doing the right things and following the right trends!
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Typically, if a trend is too flashy or out of date, it is unlikely to stand the test of time. Some design ideas are classic no matter what decade they start in. You just have to remember not to mix too many styles at the same time. Some simple designs are both trendy and will hold up when trends change.
When you change the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom, your room gets a whole new look. Fortunately, streamlining is one of the newest trends in the home decor market. Slim lever handles and gently curved faucets give every home a classic yet modern look. If your space is more rustic, you can still take advantage of this design idea by choosing elements that match the color and contours of the lights. If your space is modern then you can use a more straightforward design for handles and other cabinet fixings.
Cabinets with color
In a previous trend, your cabinets had to match your countertops. Now it is a must to have cabinets in contrasting colors. You can paint cabinets a jewel tone or a deep shade to add a bright pop of color to your kitchen. Keep in mind that cabinets can always be repainted or redone if you change your mind.
Despite the trend towards streamlining things, vintage accents and accents are still the right way 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 of homes. When used sparingly, these designs only increase the visual attractiveness of your living space. You can even add vintage pieces like picture frames and moldings without breaking the lines of the room. Some people add a twist to their entrances with antique looking doorbells and knockers.
Another trend is the use of high-contrast accents. You have to be careful with this particular trend as it is easy to go overboard. Home stylists recommend using contrast in kitchens and bathrooms sparingly and not throughout the home. You can add a black chair in a mainly white room for a little bit of contrast. In furniture, you may even find large amounts of darkness and light in the same piece. For example, a couch can have dark blue pillows with a white or light white border, or a white tile fireplace can have a black or dark mantelpiece.
A touch of nature
Nature is back in fashion. People are returning to natural stone, tiles and floors. Wood or wood-like vinyl and tile and stone accents are used on fireplaces, outdoor grills, and floors. Some have taken this to the extreme, creating natural indoor living using a variety of natural materials and plants to make indoor spaces look like outdoor spaces. While this is stunning to look at, some of the upkeep is a bit much for the average family.
Kitchen art begins a comeback. For years there were pictures for living rooms and other areas. Now they reappear in the kitchen. This works especially well if you have a theme kitchen. Some prominent kitchen themes are rural, modern, and classic. Choose artwork that fits your topic, but make sure it's art that you like too. Too many people choose art because it is trendy rather than meets the eye.
Aged accents or the aging of something new are also trendy. Even in a modern home, you can find pieces that have a patina. You can see this trend across everything from shelves to clay pots in the home. In fact, this trend continues in outdoor areas too, where terracotta walkways and aged tiles come in handy for creating a more comfortable patio or porch. Old accents are great, but remember, don't mix too many old and modern elements in the same room.
Accessibility to the kitchen
Kitchens are being converted into multifunctional rooms. They are becoming living, dining, and food preparation areas as more and more people turn to healthier eating options. Children do homework at kitchen tables while parents cook or one spouse works while the other cooks. One trend that is expected to continue is designing kitchens around the family rather than just using them for groceries. Modern and vintage bar stools are emerging, and long counters are becoming more common. Even the closet space is used for storing homework and handicraft materials.
Whichever of the new trends you choose, remember that a little goes a long way. Mixing too many styles can be a design disaster. When implementing designs, it is always best to trust your instincts.