The latest buzzwords in home interiors: bright, cheery and simplified. Say “hello” to white cabinets and light gray walls and “so-long” to dark woods and moody colors.
- Cabinets painted in light, bright colors, often in white, are seeing a resurgence. Another popular trend is the open shelving look. Typically this look is coupled with white subway tile, a farmhouse sink and a gooseneck stainless steel commercial-grade faucet. Cabinets with glass doors also are popular.
- Dark granite countertops are being replaced by lighter quartz surfaces with more subtle patterns in both kitchens and baths. The effect is a brighter, cheery look.
- Hardwoods are still in fashion, but with a darker stain and so-called hand-scraped look, providing contrast with the lighter cabinets and counters. In bathrooms, larger tiles in soft grays are popular with white cabinets and quartz counters.
- Wall color trends are toward light grays and “greige,” a mixture of beige and gray. These colors blend well with owner’s furnishings but have a little more style than the standard “builder beige” that was so often seen in new homes of the 90s and early 2000s.
- Simplification is the overriding trend in bathrooms. Garden tubs are out, replaced by bigger showers with seating. Also popular are larger custom tiles with an accent strip of contrasting smaller tile, inset spaces for shampoos and soap, multiple shower heads and frameless doors. Cabinets and counters follow the same trend as kitchen counters and cabinets with brighter looks and simple lines.
- Lighting. Of course, all the bright colored cabinets and counters in the world can’t overcome dim lighting. Large windows and skylights are the way many homeowners today are letting the sunshine in. In older homes, owners are knocking out walls, opening up the floorplan, and spreading natural window light throughout the home.