WHETHER YOU’VE BUILT NEW OR ARE UPDATING YOUR LIVING SPACE, KEEPING YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. MANY HOME DESIGN TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT A CLASSIC DESIGN HOLDS UP OVER TIME AND IS ONE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY YEARS LATER. CURRENT AND POPULAR STYLES OFFER A WIDE ARRAY OF EYE-CATCHING FORMS, COLORS AND MATERIALS THAT CAN FIT ANY LIFESTYLE.
“Every trend has a shelf life to a certain extent,” says Karen Blissenbach, design principal at Design Studio B. “The Midwest typically follows the coasts in trends, so by the time we are really getting into them, they may be changing in other parts of the country. Eventually people tire of seeing the same things over and over again and want to do something different.”
SLAB FRONT CABINETS, BOLD COLORS & TRANSLUCENT FINISHES
Jessica Curry, owner and certified kitchen designer and interior designer at Interiors by J. Curry, LLC, describes the appeal of bold colored cabinets to homeowners. Often used as an option for base cabinets on the perimeter of a kitchen or as an accent for a standalone buffet or island, “The main cabinetry throughout the space may be painted very neutral gray or white,” she says. “The accent colors that people are asking for are the jewel tones in navy, deep emerald greens, black and charcoal.” Many are moving away from dark-stain accent colors for cabinetry.
There is an ever-growing interest in wood tones too. An example of this is a very light blonde cabinet finish on a modern door, such as a simple slab of white oak or other wood that shows the grain through a milky white or very light gray translucent-like stain.
Blissenbach notes all-white kitchens are timeless but also may not be as popular in the near future. “We also are seeing natural wood make a bit of a comeback in cabinets with horizontal grains and slab fronts, rather than panels, in addition to the painted islands,” she says.
LIGHT QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS AND MIXING METAL FINISHES
Engineered quartz remains a highly requested item for those wanting light counters with a gray vein or a brighter, truer white look than what granite typically offers. “It is more durable than natural marble, which is the other main option to get the very white and light look,” says Curry. “Although I often mix both materials in a kitchen if the customer wants to create some contrast in the backsplash or island.”
Blissenbach notes a nearly exclusive desire for quartz countertops, in addition to more solid colors than patterns. She says mixing metal finishes, such as black and brushed pewter, is trending.
“Satin gold and light brushed bronze are also popular plumbing fixture (and cabinet) finishes,” explains Curry. “The old polished brass look is certainly not what it used to be! It can add a unique layer of luxury and depth that can be just stunning in the right space.”
WINDOWS WITH DARK TRIM
“Black or dark bronze are popular finishes in both interior and exterior colors for windows and patio doors,” says Candy Singbusch, sales support at Kruse Lumber. “Black interior pre-finish is now offered by some window manufacturers. Clean, thin, straight contemporary lines—minimum frame and maximum glass that allow for bright sunlight—are also popular for windows and patio doors.”
Tim Stock, territory manager at Marvin Windows and Doors, says contemporary and modern window and door designs have grown recently. “We continue to see dark-stained or painted-black interiors be very popular these past couple of years, and we expect to see more of it moving forward,” he says. “Large glass and ‘bringing the outside in’ to the home has moved Marvin Windows and Doors to produce larger windows while keeping the window frame lines narrow, yet structurally sound.”
Patio doors are following this trend, with sizes over 50 inches wide and over 10 feet tall and multiple other options. “Our products are able to incorporate new popular options and trends, while still providing a product that will perform to the rigid demands of the four seasons in Minnesota,” Stock adds.
“People will come in looking to replace a front door or patio door and can be surprised or overwhelmed at all the choices available,” says Singbusch, noting options include construction material, cladding, glass efficiency and grille design, plus hardware design and color. “These choices help lead to the right product for the customer.”
Satin nickel or matte black finishes are popular for door hardware. “For front doors, the craftsman-style in fiberglass is popular,” Singbusch shares. Kruse Lumber’s showroom features several options for consideration, including steel and fiberglass front doors.
Interior barn door designs pull in the modern industrial style, which has been popularized by many home-design shows and continues to trend in 2018. “Hanging barn doors are a popular look in the right application. For example, they work nice as a semi-permanent closure to a closet area or dining space,” says Curry. “Most of the ones I specify now are a wood horizontal-plank look in a metal frame with a metal track and often a dark finish, such as black or iron metal, on the frame hardware and door pull.”
You can get ideas of other possibilities through inspirational home design magazines, websites and apps, or visit with local professionals who can help beautify your home and make it enjoyable for years to come.
Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer who loves to decorate and re-decorate her farm home.