For the past several years, gray has been the most cutting edge color in interior paint. It accents well against white trim and provides a modern twist on the dominant khaki colors of past. However, consumers have started to long for a connection to a warmer, more nature oriented design (more on that later), so in response Sherwin-Williams has named Poisted Taupe their color of the year.
“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of a weathered, woodsy neutral and a sense of coziness and harmony that people seek,”
-Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams' director of color marketing.
2) Less Work, More Play at Home
Studies find that Americans work more now than ever, and are often delaying retirement. So to combat this increased in stress, we are beginning to see more "fun" places incorporated into a home design. Bocce ball courts, putting greens, frisbee golf goals, are all some of the most popular! They don't take up a lot of space and can provide hours of entertainment (plus are a fun conversational piece!). For those that may not have the backyard space, we've also seen an increase in indoor simulators, especially golf. These work well in a media room and allow for the space to be flexible, depending on your mood!
3) More Renewable Surfaces
As I indicated earlier, the plethora of technology in our lives has pushed home owners to search out more tactile materials and surfaces that convey a sense of naturalness and warmth. A huge favorite right now is natural cork, since its resistant to mold, mildew, water, termites, fire, cracking...the list goes on! It can also be stained with water based polyurethane, so don't be surprised to see it on walls and floors, but also seating surfaces!
4) Quartzite is out, Laminate is (back) in!
Quartzite has long been the favorite alternative to granite, since it was cheaper. While quartzite and quartz are still popular and great options, great laminate options that mimic concrete, wood, metal, and stone make great alternatives. They can often be installed in 1 day, since the old countertops don't have to be removed, and their pricing is comparable to quartzite/quartz. Another bonus: they're not as porous and resist stains and scratches much better!