June 2017 Features in the Spotlight for Interior Home Design
Architects, builders and interior designers typically first introduce trend spotting in residential home design. The factors that play into the rise of a trend vary greatly and often include the state of the economy, demographics and the overall environment. For interior home design, flexibility and usability of the space in a home and comfort with regard to everything that is put in the space play a big role in the design choices. Some of the most notable home design choices trending right now include:
- A warmer neutral is taking the place of gray as one of the most selected color choices for the home. Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its 2017 Color of the Year as taupe offers the neutrality that gray offers, while offering an additional warmth. Taupe is a popular choice for indoor walls, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, furnishings and moldings, as well as the outdoor walls of homes.
- Warmer surfaces made of renewable materials are also highly coveted. Natural cork, which is a renewable material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, is being used for cool modern pieces, walls, and floors. Aside from the attractive appearance, cork is desirable, because it is resistant to mold, mildew, water, termites, fire, and cracking. Cork can also be stained and finished in a variety of ways.
- The importance of the health factor in designing from scratch or remodeling homes has increased dramatically. Consumers are continuing to become increasingly aware of unhealthy indoor environments and the effects that these types of environments can have on the health of those who live in the home. Homeowners are actively seeking healthy water supplies, purifiers, nontoxic paints and adhesives. The consumer demand for these types of “healthy features” is influencing the interior design industry as more buyers are hiring health experts to examine their homes and guide them through some of their decision-making with regard to home design.
- Options for counters have shifted to quartz and quartzite, while green laminate options are also quickly gaining popularity. Laminate options that mimic stone, wood, distressed metal, and concrete lessen the time and cost of installation and some also remove the need to discard the old countertop by offering the ability to install over the old countertop. Recycled materials, such as granite, glass, and seashells are being worked into surface options and installed over existing countertops, and some of these materials are less porous as well as more resistant to stains and scratches.
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