I would like to chat about some exciting Interior Design Trends. I’ll discuss the “Builder’s Perspective” in Part III.
I have gathered information on the Interior Design Trends that I’m discussing through my interior designer friends, our reps in the industry, and industry news. In addition, as a guest of The Kohler Co. and Ferguson Showrooms for the First Look Tour that took place in Kohler, WI., I was part of a select group of builders and designers that were immersed in upcoming design TRENDS and products. (A complete side note here- if you’re ever in Wisconsin, do yourself a favor and stay at Kohler Co.’s, The American Club, the only 5 Star hotel in the Midwest. And… their spa is incredible! The Waters is the best spa- hands down- that I’ve ever experienced! Now, back to the subject.)
In the 2018 Ashton Woods National Home Buyer Survey ,which sets out to identify trends and owner preferences, there is some very interesting information. Owners say:
- They prefer rustic elements over industrial. I personally LOVE the Industrial vibe so a little Rustic /Industrial marriage could still work!
- They prefer natural wood over white.
- Their least favorite cabinet/countertop combo is dark cabinets/dark tops.
- Their favorite cabinet/countertop combo is light cabinets/dark tops.
- They prefer rustic & transitional interiors over contemporary and farmhouse interiors but they prefer Ranch and Modern for the architectural style.
- They are shying away from the Bohemian, Coastal and Scandanavian looks.
I will be discussing just a handful of the new Trends in this Interior Design Trends series:
COPPER ACCENTS, BRASS FIXTURES & MIXED METALS
When I first heard of this interior design trend, I was appalled. I still remember the old antiqued gold fixtures that sat right alongside the avocado appliances and orange shag carpet. However, I have to admit that I’ve changed my tune. I especially love the copper and rose golds. I did my powder bath with copper fixtures and the ceiling in a rusted, copper metal, which I love. The matte copper fixtures have an industrial flare, which I happen to love. Interestingly, although the gold/bronze fixtures are trending, many surveys find that people still prefer brushed nickel and stainless finishes. Some of the products you see in the photo below: California Faucets Avalon single handle wall faucet in weathered copper, custom metal cabinets, Kohler’s new matte black toilet (a gift from my fabulous Kohler rep), and Kohler’s Artist’s Edition Antilia Wading Pool sink (which I love and have in my personal home). (The photos look very dark because they are impromptu from my iphone just to show the coppery/rose gold fixture colors. The cabinet is metal).
BLACK & WHITE
Although this color palette is timeless, it is trending even stronger now in Europe, New York and Los Angeles. Designers are incorporating black into the all-white kitchens, baths and main interiors of the past…..a black island, black tub , black plumbing fixtures and geometric black and white patterns in flooring. I especially love it when the look is softened with wood and other natural elements and speaking of….
When I think of organic interior design, I think “Frank Lloyd Wright”. This trend incorporates clean lines, lots of light, natural materials (wood, stone, plants) and is fresh and modern. My husband and I attended an event at this home and it is organic design at it’s finest! Gerry Jones, the designer, is self-taught and revered in the world of architecture and master planning. He was also an instructor with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Talliesin West School of Architecture for over 17 years.
In 2018, the patterns have gone even bolder, more oversized and more dramatic. No one does this better than my friend Kristen Forgione, owner of The Lifestyled Company in Gilbert, AZ (see photo).
Thanks for hanging out with me. Feel free to comment and let me know what types of things you would like to know about in the building and design arenas. I’m interested in what you have to say!