Let me show you some trends that I have seen around lately that I just have to bring home this year.
1– Light walls with high contrast floors and accents such as the black backing of the shelving area in the picture above.
I have loved dark walls with white trim for so long but I am ready for a fresh change of scenery. Simpler but with some contrast.
2 – Darker wood with white cabinets in the kitchen look super crisp and fresh without looking too sterile. That bit of darkness helps the space look more livable, in my opinion.
This particular cabinet color combination is what I chose for our new home under construction. The difference is all of our bottom cabinets are the dark stain like the island.
See how this kitchen has darker bottoms with white uppers? I like it a lot!
See the granite tops here? That is the same granite we will have with dark bottom cabs and white uppers. It will help blend the two drastic colors…I hope.
3 – Although I love black counter tops, the light tops I see around are fresh and different from what I have lived with before. I am excited to try them out!
The granite is white with black running through it…I think that is a safe and timeless color combo that I can live with for a very long time.
Not white but a white background with black swirls.
4 – In keeping with the high contrast theme – the inside of our front door will be stained dark with white trim. The interior doors will be white but the front door looks more ornamental with a striking dark color.
When you pay extra money for beautiful doors? Show them off! Like in this dining room – let’s say WOW! Aren’t those sliding glass wood doors a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!
I don’t have that fancy of doors in my future home but I do have a couple sets of french doors that I plan to paint a charcoal or bronze color.
5 – That tub! Actually….no, I am not taking that tub trend home with me but in this photo I love the mirrors. I will be keeping my eye out for some funky mirrors to go above all of our vanities in the house.
I like vintage gold ones in particular. The round shape is beautiful too.
I also love the “he” and “she” signs for bathrooms like the ones above the toilet.
6 – A raised hearth at the fireplace. YES! I am taking home that feature for sure. I don’t know that it’s a trend, necessarily, or if it’s out dated but after living with one – I love it and want it again!
I love a fireplace that makes a statement and how better to do that than raise it high and give it a prominent place in a room. The raised hearth even provides casual seating and a sort of “stage” for little ones to play.
When I was pregnant with my twins I had nightmares of cracked heads on the raised hearth so if you have littles – you may want to get pads that hug the edges for the toddler stage. I am way past that now – no safety pads this time.
8 – A mudroom. Yes, I am going to have a mudroom. How necessary for a family to have a drop spot for shoes, coats and backpacks. This is one thing I have never had. I hope to keep our clutter away from the front door this go around.
I chose not to do pretty white built-ins in our future mudroom because I plan to decorate that space very rustic and more for function than beauty. But I love the one shown.
9 – No microwave above the cook top. I am putting our microwave out of sight in the pantry opting for a staggered decorative cabinet that includes a blower and light above our cook top.
I don’t want to see every appliance we use in our main living area. The microwave is the first to go in the closet.