With the positive albeit small rise in the economy, design trends are beginning to change with the times. Brighter colors like emerald green and cobalt blue are showing up in kitchens and bedrooms. Even those homeowners who have postponed additions and major make-overs are choosing to upgrade and makeover with simple changes to color and lighting.
Kitchen lighting has seen the most dramatic changes with the focus on energy efficiency and ambiance. Under the cabinet and base board lighting has become popular. And, the old track lighting with clunky cans has been replaced with smaller, techie-looking lighting that can accommodate an array of choices- including pendant and spot- and it is easily adjusted to fit the space you want to light. Pendant lighting in kitchens over islands, or breakfast and dining tables is very popular and comes in a vast array of styles: iron, glass, metal, painted metal, brass or brushed chrome. Even the bulbs are different!
Where homeowners used to want “historic” they are now learning toward “industrial” or “vintage” to get their fix on the past. And, vintage and industrial looks are easily mixed. No more matchy-matchy styles that have to run consistently throughout a house. It’s ok to changing it all up, in fact, it’s preferred. Cracked tiles or muted soapstone in the kitchen have replaced the smooth, shiny look of granite counter tops. Stainless appliances still appear to be the finish of choice.