Key home trends constantly evolve and are something you always want to keep in mind when revamping your home. Updating your environment and incorporating some up-to-date home developments adds immeasurably to the value of the finished product.
Life has become so frenetic, a million visual stimuli claw for our attention daily. E-mail, social media, devices, texts; is it any wonder that simplicity has become the keyword with calming clean lines and a natural sense of harmony. The trend is for a soothing, calming atmosphere in our homes, quietening the noise.
Bathrooms and Kitchens
Spa like bathrooms have been growing in popularity for a while now and even the smallest space can be remodeled into a calming retreat using details like plants, wood plank walls and earthy tones. A key home trend this year has been to incorporate natural materials – marble, wood and stone – and use color and texture to add natural warmth.
Kitchen remodels are where homeowners spend the most time and money. The move toward spacious kitchens has owners tearing down walls or bringing a sit-down area into their space to make a transitional kitchen, another key home trend. And the kitchen island is a must for these spacious kitchens that creating flow from one area to another.
Mixing accents of glass and metal has proved to be big news this year; it’s all about the shine! Used in pendant lighting, backsplash mosaics, or tabletops, it will help to bring a light and sophisticated look to kitchens and bathrooms.
Gold is back in measured doses, reflecting a move toward more luxury that was lacking before. Use gold in small doses – it is rich and beautiful, and will bring the most impact to your space, especially the newer brushed and patina gold finishes.
Elements of Nature
The desire for a tranquil mindset has led to the trend of bringing the outdoors in. How we incorporate nature in our homes will evolve but wood and stone are staples. Inspiring surroundings, clean lines, a nous of harmony and a sense of nature help us feel relaxed.
Homeowners are looking for a clean, contemporary feel and the connection with natural elements. By bringing living plants, more sunlight, and natural rock and wood materials into our environment, we embrace a wabi-sabi style. This is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and wisdom in nature; it’s simple, slow, uncluttered-and accepting of the natural cycle, revering authenticity above all.
A general trend is a distinct shift away from severe simplicity to soft and soothing. Our intuitive selves are drawn to a softened geometry with curves and soft edges. Making an instinctual link with the spaces in which we live allows for better connection with our natural world, our loved ones and ourselves.
Technology is here to stay
Despite a move away to softer, more tranquil interiors, the technology trend is here to stay. But the evidence in the form of cords and cluttered cables is out. With the Tech Top embedded surface technology for wireless charging, you actually don’t even need to plug in your phone anymore. By simply putting you phone down on the charging surface you can reap the benefits of wireless charging.
More and more homeowners are looking for mindfulness in their homes, fashioning an environment to relieve everyday stresses. Paint colors, one of the simplest ways to embrace a new mood in your environment reflect the trend toward soothing, peaceful homes. Colors that psychologically create this peace are becoming more prominent. Benjamin Moore echoes this trend with their color for 2016 – Simply White. While according to Sherwin Williams, Alabaster is the color of the year.
Trends come and go and we may not always agree with them. The key home trends for any year set the tone of what people are seeking and are a marker of what’s to come in the home remodeling industry. Some of these trends may be just what you’ve been looking for.