Welcome to the first post of five in Powell Construction’s design trend series! Our design staff spends a lot of time learning about the newest and up-and-coming trends in home design, and to kick off 2019, we wanted to share some of those with you.
The trend in bathrooms is toward the creation of a personal sanctuary or spa – a place to get away and relax. Specific features can range from floating vanities and luxury finishes to walk-in showers and heated flooring. However, refreshing your bathroom doesn’t have to mean a total overhaul. Simply swapping out your light fixtures or adding your favorite flowers or art as decor can be an inexpensive update that makes your bathroom feel more like a serene getaway.
Technology has entered kitchens in full force. Nearly every kitchen appliance or fixture homeowners use on a daily basis is now available with integrated technology. Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design, but new kitchens tend to be built smart from the ground up. However, smart gadgets and other devices can provide convenience to older kitchens as well. Touch-activated kitchen faucets, refrigerators with built-in apps, and remotes to control lighting are relatively easy ways to integrate technology into your kitchen.
Kitchen islands have become a focal point and hub of many new kitchens. No longer an afterthought, they are frequently the backbone of kitchen design, serving many important functions at once. They provide additional counter and work space, easy storage, and a home for under-counter appliances like microwaves or wine coolers, as well as seating for guests or casual dining. Islands can also extend from the kitchen into the living room, creating a more integrated, open-concept design. Today’s islands are truly multi-functional.
Coming in 2019: Minimalism
Now to be fair, minimalism isn’t exactly new, but it is a design style that more and more people are adopting. And as that happens, more and more people are asking, “Is it for me?” Having spaces with simple lines and fixtures designated for one purpose, bell and whistle free, creates a clean, relaxing environment. Many people swear by minimalism as a way to increase happiness and health. Less “stuff” equals less money spent, and a calm color palette creates serenity. But still others find themselves distancing from the minimalism trend, believing that their interior spaces are theirs to showcase their personal style with, and minimalism doesn’t best support that vision. Many people appreciate multi-functional furniture and rooms, especially those with limited space overall. If you’re the kind of person who thinks the best design is based on functionality, and don’t like lots of ornamentation or overlapping colors, minimalist design may be the direction you want to take your home.