I hope that you all enjoyed bringing in 2016! We went over to our neighbors house and had a nice time with good food, drinks and laughter. I love local parties in the neighborhood where you don't have to get out and drive!
With a brand new year upon us, I always enjoy finding out what the newest design trends are going to be. Now, of course, you can choose to incorporate these into your house or not. It's no big deal if you don't! Trends are just that......"trends". Some of these I KNOW I will not be doing because they don't fit with my lifestyle or location. But I thought you might enjoy seeing what they are and deciding for yourself. I also will give MY personal opinion about each one as well.
1. Black Stainless Steel in the Kitchen
My opinion: I still prefer the shiny stainless steel look and think it is classic since they are used in restaurants by professionals. I haven't really seen these in a kitchen yet, so I'm not sure if I love it or not. I am open to the suggestion though.
2. Re-using the Formal Dining Room as a Real Dining Room.
My opinion: I never knew this had ever gone away! I still have my dining room set up as a dining room, but apparently, many people have converted them into a study, office or even a media room! So, I guess I'm already trending with this one! Ha!
3. Mismatched Cabinets
My opinion: I feel like this has been around for a long time already. I don't see it as a new trend. Maybe it will be for building new homes though (that aren't custom).
4. Heated Entry Way Floors
My opinion: I've heard of heated floors in the bathroom but not in the entry way. This is probably best for cold climates, but since I live in the south, this wouldn't be something I would choose.
5. Stylish Bathroom Mirrors
My opinion: I have also seen this done already. I hope that builders are getting the hint though. The usual large piece of mirror glued to the wall above the vanity is not as pretty as a framed mirror.
My opinion: Hey, if you want this extra luxury and you can afford to add it to your bathroom, I say go for it! Everything is better if it's a little cleaner. I never would've thought that this would be a true "trend"!
7. Using a Living Room Without Electronics
My opinion: I guess this would work as an extra living room (like we all used to have) in addition to the family room. It seems like we're going backwards now with the formal dining room AND formal living room. ????? I would rather just have one large family room personally.
8. Making the Fireplace Center Stage Instead of the TV.
My opinion: I already do this because I think the fireplace is a natural focal point in a room. I would still need a TV in the family room though so I don't see anything wrong with placing it over the fireplace mantel. Then you have the best of both worlds. But, this trend sounds like they are "dissing" that idea.
9. Bathrooms that Feel More Like Living Spaces.
My opinion: I really like this idea! However, you have to have a large room to pull this off! Who doesn't want a larger master bathroom?! I would love to get ready everyday in a room like this.
10. Mixed Materials in a Kitchen
My opinion: I like this too! I love a mix of materials in a home, in general, as long as it still has a good flow to it.
I think most of these trends have been in the works in peoples homes already. I haven't seen the bidets or black stainless steel appliances yet though. So, to me, those were very interesting.
Do you have any favorites that were mentioned?
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kelly ~
(Note: These trends were found on Houzz.com)