Category Archives: Design Trends

Feeling fall: 10 seasonal ideas for the 2017 fall season

Something about fall sets us dreaming about cozy nooks and charismatic spaces filled with rich textures and bold accent pieces. This season is all about swapping the wispy décor of summer for surroundings with a little more substance. And boy, does it make for a striking statement. Here are 10 seasonal home design trends worth falling for.

1.    Everything Old Is New Again

Vintage accessories add character, especially if you’re on a budget. Scope out flea markets and yard sales for one-of-a-kind gems.

 

2.    Go with the Faux

 

Who says home design can’t be fashionable and frugal? Faux finishes are a great way to incorporate fall trends without breaking your home improvement budget.

 

3.    Opposites Attract Attention

 

And you thought blending was just for smoothies. Unleash your creativity and mix and match furniture, patterns, prints and textures throughout the room.

 

4.    Neutral: No Longer a Wallflower

The shades may be the same, but the personality is decidedly different. Neutral tones are showing their true colors with unexpected shape and texture.

 

5.    Brass from the Past

 

Brass is back and showing its mettle (see what we did there?) in surprising ways this season. Think furniture trim, light fixtures and unique accent pieces.

 

6.    Welcome Matte

 

Matte finish appliances and accessories are making a name for themselves this fall—especially in the kitchen, where stainless is steel is so last season.

 

7.    Museum-Worthy Walls

 

Turn a broad expanse of bare space into an art gallery wall by arranging framed photos, shadow boxes and wall hangings in a museum-style display.

 

8.    Touch and Go

 

This season it’s all about texture. From three-dimensional backsplashes and woven textiles to rich faux fur and chunky knit pillows, be sure to tie in all things tangible.

 

9.    Breathing Room

Nowadays we all need a soothing space to unplug and unwind. Create a cozy reading nook or bedroom hideaway with soft colors, comfy blankets and plenty of pillows.

 

10. Bring the Inside Out

Why should cooler temperatures keep us indoors? Create a fall-friendly outdoor retreat with plush patio furniture, soft lighting, warm rugs and a crackling fire pit.

 

Need More Inspiration? Talk to Us

The best thing about these fall design trends is there’s something for everyone, whether you’re up for a full-on renovation or simply looking to update your home with a few seasonal accents. Our team of design professionals is ready and waiting to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to get started.

 

 

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October design trends: home office edition

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Shelving, Shelving, Everywhere

 

Home offices are becoming increasingly more of a necessity for anyone working from “la casa.” Maximize and organize that space by putting an office wherever it fits. Shelving above and cabinets below a built-in desk keep the workspace tidy.

 

Let There Be Light!

 

Creating an office around a window is a great way to bring natural light into your workspace – and maybe even a spectacular view. Built-in bookshelves keep office supplies neat and close by. A soft chaise offers a comfy place to read or take a break.

 

Natural Wood

 

To create a cozier ambiance and add personality to your home office, use natural wood on the floor and exposed real or faux brick to accent the walls. The window seat cushion in red adds warmth while providing an inviting place to relax.

 

Under-the-Staircase Desk

 

When work comes home with you, a late night at your under-the-staircase desk may be just the occasional workspace you need. While everyone else is upstairs asleep, this hallway approach to an office is quiet and close to the kitchen for wee-hour caffeine cravings.

 

Clipboards Are the New Bulletin Boards

 

Ideas become inspirations when you display them visually above your desk. Clear clipboards hung neatly in rows against a dark wall color make your ideas stand out with a more organized and chic appearance than traditional bulletin boards.

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Design trends: brightening up dark walls, glass backsplashes, and the wild world of wallpaper

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Lighten Up

The Problem? Dark walls.

The Solution: Combine multiple light sources, add bright color accents, and resist over-furnishing. Voila! Less cave-y, more cozy.

 

Patterned Wallpaper

 

No need to buy elaborate furniture or replace lighting fixtures. Those small, simple sitting rooms can become bold and exciting with a little patterned wallpaper.

 

Glass Backsplashes

For a touch of glam, some extra light, or a feeling of extra space in the kitchen, consider a glass backsplash behind the range.

 

Embrace the Mismatched

Create a free flow feeling in your home with mismatched picture frames and staggered placement.

 

Taking Little Risks

Thinking about splurging on wallpaper, but scared to take the leap? The bathroom is the perfect place to make your wallpaper dreams come true. Less space to cover means it’s safer to take a bold risk—and less money to spend!

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Design trends: pot fillers, swinging daybeds, and the latest and greatest in paint color

Pot Fillers

 

There’s something cumbersome about filling a bulky pot with water in the kitchen sink. But now you don’t have to! Pot fillers are brilliant little faucets installed right above your stovetop for easy fill-ups—and they make pasta night extra convenient.

 

All-Natural Kitchens

 

White kitchens are wonderful—but warm wood and soothing stone makes for a naturally rustic kitchen.

 

Create a Tropical Escape in Your Own Bathroom!

 

Lounge under the palm trees while you soak in the warm water—of your bathtub, that is. Surround your tub with green plants and tropical-themed wallpaper for a relaxing escape every day.

 

Swinging Daybeds

 

Swings and summertime…is there anything better? Instead of the run-of-the-mill porch swing, swinging daybeds offer ultimate summer relaxation. Warning: these comfy swings may result in long naps in the sun.

 

The Newest Color Trend 

 

Buttermilk is the flavor of the week in the world of colors. This hue is more inviting than white but softer than a pastel yellow. Perfect for the kitchen—or almost any other room in the home when paired with wooden trims and accents.

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Design trends: open storage, backsplashes, and the illusion of space

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Make Board Games the Main Event!

 

It’s easy to forget about Monopoly or Bananagrams when they are tucked away in storage. Keeping your games out in the open will remind you to partake in the fun more often.

 

The Illusion of Space

 

Small living area? No problem! Lean a mirror against the wall for the illusion of more space.

 

Never-Ending Backsplashes!

Why limit yourself to a backsplash just above the sink or oven? Continuing your kitchen backsplash throughout the entire room is dramatic, chic, and stunning.

 

Instant-Hallway

 

Studio apartment problems? Create an entry hall or divide up living spaces with low bookshelves.

 

Open Storage Space

 

Open storage space in the kitchen is both visually appealing and practical—keep your favorite appliances, utensils, and ingredients within arms’ reach at all times!

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Design trends: marble countertops, vibrant velvet, and barn doors

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Bland-Be-Gone with Neutrals and Gold

 

Save white walls from looking flat. Adding neutral colors and gold accents keeps the eye interested in an otherwise boring room.

 

Marble Countertops

Matching marble countertops and backsplashes makes for a chic, fresh kitchen look.

 

Stand Out with Vibrant Velvet Furniture

This thick fabric material deeply absorbs colors, showcasing the full display of color.

 

Give a Nod to the ‘80s with a Bold Bathroom Design

 

Contrasting geometric shapes and a powerful color-stripe brings the best of the era to life.

 

Barn Doors

Most modern homes utilize an open floorplan. But if you’re looking for the option of seclusion, consider rustically-fabulous barn doors—beautiful left open or closed!

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Design trends: practical storage, glamorous bedrooms, and outdoor kitchen space

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Glass Cabinets  

Conventional, closed-off cabinets can block views and light. Instead, consider adding cabinets with glass doors or panels on both sides to make the kitchen feel more open.

 

Top-to-Bottom Storage

Make the most of your storage space! Shelves and cabinets with top-to-bottom storage offer that extra organization you’ve been craving.

 

Glamorous Bedrooms

Want to add some glamor to your bedroom? Place a mirror on the wall above each nightstand. This is perfect for small spaces, creating greater depth in the room, and adding glitzy style to the bed wall.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Space

If you love the outdoors, building a small kitchen space around the grill makes it easier to prep meals on a porch. A sink makes for easy cleanup and cabinets offer storage for tools, dishes, spices and more.

 

Entertainment Rooms

Looking for some Friday night fun with the family? Cinema rooms are a modern way to get the everyone together for movies and games.

 

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News flash: mixing metals in your kitchen is more than okay!

You may have heard it the first time you put on one of your mother’s gold necklaces and paired it with her silver bangles.

Or the time you came home from the hardware store with brass towel racks for your family’s bathroom, only to be met with stares of disbelief as your spouse pointed out the chrome faucet and knobs.

We’ve all heard it somewhere: “You can’t mix metals! Gold with gold, silver with silver, copper with copper, etc.”

Finally, there’s good news for those who’ve always bucked the “matchy-matchy” system, since mixing metals isn’t just acceptable—it’s hot!

As more and more designers enter the arena to show off their metal-mingling acumen, the look is catching on everywhere.

The caveat?

There is a method to the mixing madness, so don’t go rushing to the fixture store just yet.

We’ll start things off by going on record as saying there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the kitchen below. If you appreciate a smooth, uniform look, then matching your stainless steel appliances with silver drawer pulls, faucet and chairs is a nice choice.

 

But take a look at this:

 

Even though both kitchens are primarily white, the difference in tone is the difference between a brisk winter morning and a balmy summer afternoon. Compared to the first kitchen, the second exudes warmth and gives the eye so much more to do.

Of course, the flooring has a lot to do with it, but check out those antique brass pendant lights. Not only are they the perfect complement to the stainless steel hood and appliances, but they pull they entire room together and guide its overall tenor.

We also like the black iron light fixtures next to the hood and the black sliding track over the refrigerator. This designer has done a masterful job mixing three metals to gorgeous effect, which leads us to hint number one (we call them “hints” because this is not about rules):

  1. 1.    Stick to two or three metals in order to avoid an overly “busy” or confused look (unless you really know what you’re doing).

 

Below is another example of a warmer metal saving an already chilled-out space from being a touch too frosty. Although the designer went with only two metals here, the antique copper pendants are all that’s needed to offset, even complement, the room’s coolness.

 

 

Below we see three cool metals being used together for a pleasingly eclectic look. Although the metals used here more correlative than contrasting, the finishes are not. And that’s what makes it interesting! Yep, texture mixing isn’t off-limits either. From the brushed stainless steel hood to the satin nickel faucet to the polished stainless steel canister set, this scene provides some fiber for your visual diet.

You’ll also notice that the black iron light fixture ties in perfectly with the black iron cabinet pulls, the darker lower cabinetry and the island, making this kitchen charcoal dominant, which brings us to our next hint:

  1. 2.    When mixing metals, pick a dominant one that’s used more than once and position the others as accent pieces.

 

Here’s another great example of a lovely dominant metal informing the ambiance of an entire room:

 

 

We love the copper hood, sink and bar top and think they look splendid with both the stainless steel appliances and the brushed bronze light fixtures. This kitchen positively glows with hospitality, thanks in no small part to the prevailing copper influence.

But copper also does a bang-up job in a supporting role, too. Doesn’t this hammered copper sink look amazing amongst its vintage nickel and stainless steel neighbors?

 

 

The last hint we’re going to offer involves visual planes and we’ll lead with our example:

 

At first glance, this kitchen seemingly has a lot going on, but it’s metal medley arrangement is really quite simple. Here we have a juxtaposition of mostly ebony tones with both brushed and antique brass, with a little stainless steel thrown in for good measure. But if we divide the room by horizontal planes, we see that the brassware is mostly contained to the central portion of the room.

Even though there are myriad elements at work in this kitchen, it’s still cohesive and has a sense of order, since the rich, bold, darker surroundings are made snug and toasty by the burnished brass that constitutes the “heart” of this space. So, hint number three is:

  1. 3.    When mixing metals, try to keep different finishes on separate horizontal visual planes (divide the room into bottom, middle and top).

 

As we mentioned before, none of our tips are hard and fast rules.

In fact, if you paid close attention, you may have noticed one or more of our tips were completely disregarded in many of our own examples. Of course, most of our examples are the work of professional designers and our tips are merely guidelines for people who are just getting started.

When it comes right down to it, so many of today’s trends are about breaking rules, making it a most opportune time to “get your remodel on.”  Never before have there been so many fun and exciting options, or as many ways to express your unique personality.

If you’d like to know more about what we’ve covered here, or see other combinations and possibilities that will really get your brain humming, reach out any time to schedule an appointment.

 

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April design trends: appliance garages, industrial accents, and space-saving tricks

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Make Space in Creative Ways

Even the smallest apartments can have a dedicated home office with the help of a dividing curtain. Make the most space out of that one-bedroom studio!

 

Create a Cozy, Functional Atmosphere

Do you have an old fireplace collecting dust? Installing a woodstove inside the vacant fireplace will warm up your entire house, make use of space, and create a cozy atmosphere.

 

Appliance Garage

Garages don’t have to just be for your car! Appliance garages keep those bulky—but necessary—kitchen accessories out of view but close by for easy access. Forget the eye-sore.

 

Industrial Accents

Photo by catlin stothers designMore modern bathroom ideas

Add textures like rope and bare metals to your otherwise fresh, chic bathroom for an interesting, industrial accent.

 

Cabinet Inserts

Cut down on clutter with cabinet inserts. In-drawer inserts can be made to custom fit any size, and keep your kitchen tidy.

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