Trends, trends, trends. They are the very subject that seems to be ever-changing and completely unpredictable. Our design team is often asked questions like “What is trending now?” or “What will be trending in the future?” and sometimes even, “What was trending that isn’t trending anymore?”. While all of these questions are relevant, and valuable to any new homeowner, I challenge you to ask yourself, “How can I choose trends in my home while still allowing my home to feel uniquely designed to fit my lifestyle?” This week we are discussing the most popular trends in the kitchen and the master bathroom.
Trends in the Kitchen
The center point of any home is indefinitely the kitchen. I would bet that most of us spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen whether we are grabbing a quick snack, entertaining a large group of guests, or groggily drinking our morning cup of joe. From the cabinets, down to the little details, your kitchen is the focal point (and maybe even the unspoken meeting ground) of your home and should be treated as such in its design.
Trend 1 - Shaker-Style Cabinetry
Shaker-style cabinets will forever be a trend in my book. They contribute exceptional clean lines and crisp edges to the overall aesthetic of the kitchen. Shaker cabinets are often paired with white paint to enhance their overall appearance. Although white is indefinitely a trend as of now, it will continue to be a classic way to make the kitchen feel airy and bright. Using glass in the center panel of the cabinetry doors is also a great way to turn those beautiful dishes into part of your decor. The fresh and modern detailing of shaker cabinetry is sure to surpass any small momentary design fads for years to come.
Trend 2 - Extended Cabinetry
Cabinets that stretch to the ceiling are a great way to extend the visual height of your kitchen while significantly increasing the magnitude of storage space in your kitchen. The higher cabinets lend themselves wonderfully to store those unique pieces that you may not need access to as often. Pop frosted glass into the center panels of these upper cabinets with a small light inside of the cabinet to add ambient lighting in your kitchen. What was once a monotonous and unused space in the kitchen, is now a perfect way to store your delicate serving platters and china - the more, the merrier friends.
Trend 3 - Veined Quartz Countertops
We are RAVING over light quartz countertops which are intentionally cut to display big, bold, and beautiful veins. Selecting a veined countertop piece adds profound dimension and a sense of movement to the space. Any large organic pattern on a countertop such as this can and will contrast beautifully with the geometric nature of most backsplashes. Our Meadow Valley model admirably exhibits this. Paired with large sconces overhead, a different color cabinetry below the island, and a glossy subway tile backsplash, the veins of the countertop bring subtle flair into the kitchen space without overwhelming the eye.
Trend 4 - Apron Front Sinks
My personal favorite trend - the rise of the apron front sink. A simple white-enameled single bowl apron front sink immediately brings that farmhouse feel to any kitchen. Did I mention they are incredibly practical? A single bowl allows for more space to hand wash those larger pots, pans, and cookie sheets while the apron front reaches to the edge of the counter space, henceforth taking out the 2-3 inches of countertop that allowed for water pooling with a traditional under mount sink. This sink just screams modern farmhouse and exceptional utility in all directions my friends.
Trends in the Master Bathroom
Your master bathroom is exclusively for YOU to enjoy and should be designed as such. If anything, it is a place to rejuvenate and pamper yourself at the end of a long day - self-care at its finest. Although we may not be able to bring the spa to us, we can indefinitely design our master bathroom to be a haven in and of itself.
Trend 1 - Natural Elements
The easiest way to create a spa-like feel in your master bath is to incorporate natural-looking elements wherever possible. Using a wood-grained tile as the bathroom floor-tile can help to create an outdoorsy retreat feeling within the luxury of your own home. Opting for lighter and cleaner colors on the walls can create a sense of serenity in the space as well.
Trend 2 - Strong Patterned Floors
For some added pizazz, consider using a strong pattern on the floor. The master suite in our Meadow Valley Model boasts a vintage-tile floor to foster a bold and luxurious feel to the space. The tile is paired with more simple features elsewhere preventing it from being overwhelming while still allowing the space to be exciting and welcoming.
Trend 3 - Chrome Detailing
Last but not least, are the subtle chrome details you can pepper in throughout your master bath. From faucets to hardware, chrome details bring their own sense of glam to any master bath as it is a fun and inexpensive way to add some shine to your bathroom. Go chrome or go home am I right?
By taking the time to evaluate the current trends, and then making conscious decisions around their respective placement inside your home ensures that the design of your home will continue to serve a valuable purpose for you for years to come. Happy Designing!
By: Krissy Becker