As one year comes to a close and a new one gets underway, home design experts are preparing for a new season of home shows to begin. Whether you attend the Silicon Valley Home Show in January, or the San Jose Spring Home Show in February, there are some exciting home design trends which are sure to inspire. What’s more, is that many of these trends harken back to the days of hand-crafted, artisan designs, adding a timeless sense of style to many homes.
While neutral tones are the best option for anyone ready to sell their property, homeowners have a wider choice of shades to choose from. There are more colors now considered neutral tones than in years past. The main component for a neutral tone is to stick with colors which are of lighter hues, and found in nature. Instead of keeping your home all white or off-white, pale shades of sage green, muted lavender or a soft blue-gray can work as a neutral color.
If you don’t want to go all out with painting, these colors are also finding their way to window and door trims, crown molding and chair rails, to add a simple color contrast to highlight these architectural features. Other big trends in color include using bolder shades in the kitchen and bath, and two colors paired together to add a sense of drama. Many new kitchen designs feature upper and lower cabinets in different colors for example.
Gone are the days of function over form. More and more homes are being designed with artfully crafted fixtures. From lighting sconces, chandeliers, door handles, knobs and pulls, to kitchen and bath faucets and sinks, there’s a growing return of vintage design elements in these finer details of homes. Trough, or farm sinks have made a big comeback, as have copper light fixtures and wrought iron details.
In addition to the appeal of vintage styles, texture itself has made a return to home design trends. It seems there’s a move away from the sleek, modern, straight lines, to a variety of raised textures throughout the home. Kitchen and bath tiles have a wide range of options, some with raised textures, others mimic the look of wallpaper, yet are more durable. Wall accents in mill-worked wood paneling are also becoming more popular, adding a sense of warmth and character to rooms.
Home designers are also moving away from stainless steel sinks, incorporating copper, granite and glass in these artfully designed home basics. Countertops are also seeing a new look with different materials growing in popularity, such as concrete and quartz. Both of these materials are highly durable and offer a wide range of color and design options, allowing for yet another great statement for home interiors. Homes with a variety of materials add not only a sense of drama, but a more tactile experience with the different textures being applied throughout.
Color, functional art and texture are key features which home designers are currently embracing, according to a recent article published by Business Insider. The article highlights the top trends Houzz has predicted will take hold in 2018, and is worth checking out if you’re looking for some ideas. If you are ready to invest in property, buy or sell a home, we at Haylen Group are here to help you with all your real estate needs! As your agent, we will strive to work together and give you the best support we can. Call Helen Chong at (408) 800-LIST or email at Helen@HaylenGroup.com. You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.
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