Welcome to the last post of our design trend series! We’d like to thank everyone who’s been following our posts. Happy 2019!
Wood Counter Tops
Wood counters are a great option if you want the feel of nature and richness in your home. They work well in spaces that already feature wood, or they can provide a beautiful accent counter, contrasting with nearby stone or solid-surface counters. When mixing wood counters with other finishes, it’s generally best to choose either warm tones or cool tones and then stick with that palette throughout the space. Adding wood to your home can make it feel more welcoming and intimate, along with adding a dash of rustic charm.
Following an increase in environmental awareness, many homeowners are taking extra steps to reduce their environmental footprint. Fortunately, incorporating green building into your home design is easier than ever. For example, choosing more energy-efficient light bulbs rather than traditional incandescent bulbs is a simple step in the right direction. Using locally-sourced materials is another eco-friendly trend that supports local businesses while reducing the trucking of materials.
Coming in 2019: Local Design
More and more designers and decorators are shifting to purchasing fixtures from local artists and manufacturers. Consumers are stepping into this boat as well – buying local is good for your community and economy, and often leads to finding pieces that are much more unique and exciting than those you’d find at a big box store. Things like artisan light fixtures personalize your home and can give the same calm, natural feeling as greenery. Shopping at a local antique store can bring finds of lamps, chairs, rugs, and anything else you can imagine in every style you can think of. In addition to artistic pieces, sourcing cabinetry locally reduces your environmental footprint and supports your local economy. When considering a remodel, ask your contractor where they buy their cabinets – they are the single largest item in a kitchen, and to save small amounts of money, many people buy them from out of state and have them shipped. Custom, local cabinets are by far the higher quality product, and help save the environment and support your community.