GROWING EMPHASIS ON LIGHTING
Lighting and what the industry likes to call ‘statement lighting’ is becoming more and more of a central focus in home remodeling. It can have a huge impact on the room’s overall look and ambience. Size and scale is trending as well! Homeowners are getting away from small pendant lights and moving to larger fixtures and chandeliers.
STORAGE YOU CAN SEE
When it’s glass-fronted cabinets or open shelving, people are no longer afraid to show off their stuff. It adds an instant depth and texture to kitchens, especially, where it’s often hard to achieve that layered, live-in look otherwise. Use a discerning eye, though—not heavily editing what you choose to display can cause the space to look too busy and cluttered. You should also aim to account for small appliance storage in the design phase, so that you can tuck coffee makers, toasters, or blenders away and keep them off the counterspace.
ANTIQUE AND UN-LACQUERED FINISHES
Antique and un-lacquered brass finishes have made their comeback in the design world for a few years now, but it’s finally trickling down to the masses. The best part about brass in a home remodel is that these finishes are completely appropriate for older homes—even when it’s applied to a contemporary overhaul.
“PRO” LOOKS THROUGHOUT
Stainless steel appliances have been trendy for a while, but people prefer a professional look now more than ever—for example, that might include induction cooktops with built-in wall ovens and microwaves, as well as specialty appliances, like built-in espresso makers or wine dispensers.