I love learning about new trends. They’re fascinating! I’m always reading the style blogs during New York Fashion Week to see which trends are emerging. And actually, interior design trends closely follow fashion trends so it’s neat to see how those translate. I talked with Jenny Entler, Design Center Manager at M/I Homes, to see which trends are the hottest right now in home decor and here’s her list:
1) Industrial-Style Light Fixtures (Edison Bulbs, Metals, Open Framework, “Caged” lights) The industrial trend is growing as more homes incorporate vintage electric design elements. Pair industrial designs with rustic-inspired interiors as a way to warm up this popular trend.
2) “Farmhouse” Style Exterior Elevation Features (White Siding, Board & Batten Siding, Stone foundations, Metal Roofs, Rough-Raw Timber accents) This is a shabby chic way to freshen up your look in a lived-in way without it looking overly-polished. It’s also an opportunity to go green and use reclaimed wood if you go with the timber accents.
3) Black Windows (interior and exterior frame color black) I love this trend because it makes the windows pop and frames the view outside turning the windows into works of art. The black window trim and windows makes the space look more custom and helps anchor the room. Black trim is beautiful and can be so classy when done right. Inside and outside, adding black trim adds a dramatic custom touch that adds so much character that can be as affordable as a can of black paint.
4) “Modern Farmhouse” Décor. This trend takes traditional elements found in old farmhouses and giving them a modern update. Examples: An Apron-front sink “farmhouse sink” in Stainless Steel in lieu of Cast-Iron; Open shelves in the Kitchen in lieu of cabinets; Rustic Hardwood flooring in a trendy Gray tone.
5) Barn Doors on Hanging Rails (Interior) Remember, sliding doors are not just limited to traditional doorways in your home. Use them as a room divider, closet doors or for pantry doors. You can use them to cover openings of rooms such as Mud Room, Laundry Rooms, Pantries, Den/Offices.
6) Pet “Centers.” Many stylish people are letting their houses go to the dogs …and the cats and the birds… without sacrificing style or comfort. Easily add a Pet Center to your home with food storage/beds/showers/feeding bowls, built-in, in a location such as a Mud Room.
7) Spa Showers. Bathrooms with no tub at all — just a large “spa” shower with multiple shower heads, hand-held showers, body sprays, etc. Jetted tubs, whether whirlpool or air, are decreasing in popularity, according to National Kitchen & Bath Association’s latest trend report on what’s driving bathroom design this year.
8) Charging Stations. USB ports built-in to the electrical outlets in key locations “Charging Stations” (Master Bedroom, Kitchen, Drop Zones, Office/Den/Study) By adding one or two USB ports alongside your standard plugs, you can plug your phone, tablet, camera, or other electronic device straight into the wall, eliminating the need for bulky USB adapters that typically hog valuable space.
9) Going Neutral. White/gray/neutral color palettes for Cabinets/Countertops/Hardwood Flooring and Tile (think Restoration Hardware) Decorating with neutral colors offers a multitude of ways to add personality to your rooms, proving that neutral decor is anything but dull. Soft hues, such as beige, khaki, and rain-cloud gray, create a calming atmosphere that’s perfect for the place you call home.
10) Large-Format Tiles. Large format tile, or LFT, is one of the hottest flooring trends. The traditional 12in. x12in. size has been doubled and even tripled …trending sizes are 12” x 24”; 24” x 24”; 7” x 20”; 3” x 36” in tons of materials and finishes from polished porcelain tiles to sleek, modern glass, and wood-look tiles, the best looks have been expanded to stunning proportions. Because each tile covers more square feet, fewer grout lines are required during installation resulting in a more streamlined design.
11) Warm Metals (copper, gold, “antique gold”, rose gold) Warm-tone metals have risen in popularity again, this time certainly as a reaction to the past few decades of technical and austere-looking white and silver tones that seem to be everywhere in architecture and industrial design. However, this new wave of warm metals is more refined and has more breadth than its predecessors, with nuances of finish options being seen in everything from building façades down to appliances, flatware, decorative objects, lighting, accessories, frames and wall art and plumbing fixtures.
12) Quartz Replacing Granite. Granite and marble have long been the reigning high-end countertop material of choice — but if you’ve browsed a kitchen showroom recently, you may have noticed that these swanky stones are being usurped by quartz. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, manufactured quartz is now the leading countertop material — and with good reason: Quartz doesn’t need to be sealed like Granite does…and comes in a variety of controllable colors and styles (you can’t control the color or pattern of granite — what you see is what you get.)
Click here to view more pics of the Keating model and click here to view more of the Nicholas models which both showcase a great variety of these new trends! If you’re interested in talking with someone at M/I Homes or seeing one of these models in person, call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at email@example.com.