With homes trending smaller, today’s houses are being built with cleaner lines and styles to emphasize the open concept. Detailed trim work and dark stains are out; light colors and simpler styles are in. Let’s look at six of the latest trends.
Cabinets. Painted cabinets in bright colors with straight, simple lines are in vogue. The cabinets may be white from top to bottom, or have the “tuxedo look,” with one color of cabinets above and a complimenting color for the lower set. Detailed router work on cabinets and ornate handles have given way to straight lines and simple pulls. Also gaining in popularity is the open-shelving concept rather than cabinetry. This look is usually coupled with white subway tile.
Counters. After a long, popular run, dark patterned granite is giving way to lighter, brighter quartz surfaces in both kitchens and baths. Edges are straight, simple and clean. Decorations on the counter are minimal. Small appliance garages keep the mixer and toaster out of sight for a cleaner and less cluttered effect.
Floors. Hardwood is still in fashion, but the trend is toward wider planks, darker stains and a slightly roughed-up look. Laminates and engineered floor materials are stronger and in some cases less expensive than hardwoods. Having a continuous floor from kitchen to dining to living room ties the entire living space together. In carpeted areas, new advances in fibers make carpet silky soft.
Walls. Some version of beige has been the “play it safe” builder standard for decades because it is neutral, but today’s homes are being painted in varying shades of gray or a blend of beige and gray. Call it “greige.”
Appliances. Smart phone technology has influenced appliance designs. Stove tops using touch screen technology allow you to turn on and set heat levels with a finger swipe. Having no knobs furthers the uncluttered look. Refrigerator surfaces have matte finishes, even in white, that resemble your cell phone’s back cover. Also in matted finishes are stainless steel stove and oven fronts. Swinging French doors on the oven eliminate the old single door that cuts off walking space.
Bathrooms simplified. Little-used garden tubs are out, along with the ornate trim flourishes. Instead, consumers want bigger showers with seating, large custom tile, multiple shower heads and frameless doors. Cabinets and counters follow the trend of kitchens with brighter looks and simple lines.