Posted by Matt Brooke on January 22, 2015
It’s the start of a new year and a new list of trends. What will be hot this year in renovation design, what is passé and what will stand the test of time?
Generally we recommend clients think about their renovation projects with an eye to current tastes but a nod to the classics. Tile and cabinetry can be expensive to replace if the style loses its luster. Because we have been designing and building in Atlanta for over 30 years, we’ve seen trends come and go and come around again.
Brass was the expensive fixture to put install in the eighties and early nineties. Brass was replaced with chrome and all variations of brushed, satin and polished. Oil rubbed bronze has been a leader in finishes that suggest an earthier quality and less “clinical” in feel. Now the trend is back to brass with a less polished finish and a duller sheen. Brass is the hot finish and shows up in plumbing, cabinet hardware, and lighting.
Cabinet finishes that seem to be everywhere now are stepping away from white and trending toward grey, blues and the very popular “greige”- a color somewhere between grey and beige. Weathered and pickled oaks are rising in popularity as well.
Subway tiles and glass tiles have been the standard for kitchen renovation and are classics. The latest trend seems to be cement tiles with detailed patterns that play to the bohemian seventies look so popular in clothing and interiors.
If you are thinking about a kitchen or bath renovation, give us a call and chat with one of our designers. They can give you ideas to stay current but practical-a great combination.