This week's episode is based on an article that I read in Houzz called "10 Home Design Trends on the Rise." They made this list based of trends that they see in photos that designers and homeowners have submitted, and based on their conversations with design professionals. This list includes things that I too have been seeing in past few years that I think we'll continue to see in new homes as we go into 2020.
1. Combining Wood Tone and Painted Cabinets
Painted cabinets are still very popular, but going into 2020, we are seeing more and more spaces with a combination painted cabinets and stained wood cabinets. Wood tones add warmth, texture and interest. And although white is still the most popular paint color for cabinets, we’re seeing wood cabinets along side blue, green, gray painted cabinets too. To successfully mix stained and painted cabinets, consider adding an island in a wood tone to a kitchen with painted cabinets on the periphery, or mix wood lower cabinets with painted upper cabinets.
2. Shower Ledges Instead of Niches
Shower niches are typically small recessed spaces between wall studs. A shower ledge is an easier, more functional solution for the toiletries that you need in the shower.
A shower ledge bumps out a few inches into the shower space and runs along all, or most of the length of the shower wall. The ledge doesn’t have to have a top edge, so it can accommodate extra tall shampoo and body wash bottles. A shower ledge is often finished with the same materials as the shower itself, so they don’t require you to make an additional tile choice, unless you just want to. Shower ledges are usually larger than niches and if you use lots of different shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, a ledge might be a better choice for you as compared to a niche.
3. Formal Dining Rooms with Bold Design
Although there are fewer and fewer formal dining rooms are in today's new homes, for those who are including a separate space for formal dining, we’re seeing dramatic design choices. Designers are adding personality in the dining room with bold colors, patterns, and lighting that are a departure from the more serious, safe styles and tones of the rest of the house. You can add drama to formal dining rooms with deep moody, or bright vibrant paint colors, or textured wallpaper, oversized chandeliers and artwork, or dining chairs with an over-the-top fabric choice.
4. Restrooms With A Place To Rest
In bathrooms, especially master bathrooms and kids' bathrooms, we’ll be seeing places to sit and take our shoes off, or relax and converse with your spouse or kids while they are getting ready for the day, or getting ready for bed. Seating can be as simple as a low stool. Or you might want to add a bench, or comfy oversized chair, if you have the room.
5. Tiled Bathtub Aprons
The bathtub aprons is basically the front wall of the tub. To make a standard tub/shower unit look a little more special, designers and homeowners are adding tile, or some other material, to the bathtub apron. Tile is a great, affordable material. It won’t take much extra tile to cover the front wall of the tub and add a unique, unexpected design element.
6. Softly Colored Kitchens
In additional to whites, soft tones of grays, blues, greens and taupes are the colors we are likely to see going into 2020, according to Houzz. Bold colors in formal dining rooms, they say, but soft pastel-like colors in the kitchen.
7. Floating Vanities
Floating vanities float off of the floor, they don’t sit on the floor like traditional vanities do. A floating vanity gives bathrooms a more open, airy, and contemporary feel. You can easily add undercabinet lighting to floating vanities to add even more beauty to your bathroom space.
8. Fun Laundry Rooms
Just as formal dining rooms are getting more colorful and bold, so are laundry rooms. Since laundry is, by definition, a chore, designers are infusing more fun into the space to make doing your chores more enjoyable. As we head into 2020, laundry rooms will have happy or quirky colors, and interesting patterns and features to make these rooms more pleasant to be in. Add a whimsical sports theme, or farmhouse decor to your laundry room, or use a bold bright color that you love like bright chartreuse or periwinkle that you wouldn’t dare use anywhere else in your house. Or make the space unapologetically girly and pink, if that would make you happy. Take some design chances and make some unconventional choices in your laundry room since you and your family will, for the most part, be the only ones seeing it.
9. Powder Rooms that Pack a Punch
Bold design choices are also being seen in powder rooms, which is nothing new. But designers are adding dramatic design choices like patterned wall paper, shiplap, or dark paint to all walls of the powder room, sometimes even the ceiling. Line your power room walls with vintage photos, antique mirrors or sleek tile. You may not think such a small room could take such a bold design statement, but the powder room can. It’s a place where people have come to expect the unexpected.
10. Painted Interior Front Doors
Most of us realize that a beautifully painted door can add tremendous curb appeal to many homes. But going into 2020, we’re seeing beautiful door colors and designs on the interior side of the front door too. Painting the interior of the front door makes quite an impression in foyers and entryways. Pick a color for the door’s interior that will compliment your foyer or room interior. Or choose a deep color like black or midnight blue that will contrast with the light interior walls.
So those were 10 design trends that you can expect to see more of in 2020. I love a bold powder room, which I’ve been talking about for years and I like the shower legde idea. I think I’m gonna use those.
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