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Home beer taps and bidets: 2016 interior design and remodeling trends (photos)
on January 01, 2016 at 8:50 AM, updated January 01, 2016 at 10:56 AM
No one can really predict the future. But design experts and others who spend their days focused on updating, remodeling and refining houses can spot trends. Here's a compilation of some of their expectations for 2016.
The designers at Neil Kelly Co., a residential design-build remodeling firm with offices in Portland, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Bend and Seattle, announced their Top 10 Interior Design and Home Remodeling trends for 2016:
Choreographed simplicity: People will opt for more clean lines and simplicity, a modern concepts that requires a higher degree of design and high quality of construction (there is no crown molding to hide alignment flaws).
"Homeowners want to feel inspired by their surroundings when they are at home, but also want to feel relaxed," says Kristine Levernois, who is based at the Lake Oswego office. "The focus on simplicity and a clean integrated space creates a style which inspires homeowners toward natural sense of harmony and a sense of nature."
Playing with texture vs color: Distractions and demands caused by technology at our finger tips 24/7 means more people are turning to their homes for a calm, soothing atmosphere, says Janel Campbell of the Lake Oswego office.
"We are calming the noise, creating an environment with soothing colors, simplicity and refined elegance," she says. "Instead of vibrant or contrasting colors, we are seeing more subdued colors. We are enjoying and playing with texture, repetition, and pattern."
Therese Dubravac of the Portland office appreciates this trend as well. She says products like natural stone tiles and metals are interesting and fun to use alone or layer and blend.
"This trend of playing with texture and color will last because homeowners are asking us for higher quality remodeling projects," says Dubravac. "This means instead of remodeling every five to 15 years, we are designing for 15-50 years. Homeowners are selecting more timeless designs."
Gold is back: Homeowners have shown restraint over the last decade, says Barbara Miller of the Portland office. But there is a trend toward luxury.
"Gold is rich and beautiful, especially the newer brushed and patina gold finishes," says Miller.
She doesn't include dated brass accents and advises that people be strategic in what you change and maybe what you leave in place. Adding a beautiful brushed gold light fixture could make your brass door hardware blend into the background if it is a classic shape, she says.
Elicia Pyle of the Bend office was looking for something new other than chrome, brushed nickel, or oil rubbed bronze. She found it in gold.
Gold finishes include brushed bronze, antique/aged brass and French gold, and come in contemporary, rustic and traditional designs. "Gold brings a 'richness' that was lacking before," says Pyle, who adds, "Don't go overboard with gold, but use it in small doses like plumbing fixtures, lighting, and accessories to bring the most impact to your space."
Beer taps in kitchens: Can the popularity of craft brewing influence your kitchen design? Yes, says Paul Haigh of the Bend office who says the fastest growing beer segment in the U.S. has more people wanting to pour a cold, frothy brew from their own beer tap. He relates it to oenophiles wanting a wine cellar. "This trend is here to stay," says Haigh.
Kristine Levernois of the Lake Oswego office agrees: "Homeowner's who like to entertain often ask us to design a beverage center or wet bar so everything is organized and easy to access."
When it's not party time, a beverage center can act as a multi-use space for an office or computer area, she adds.
Geometric designs in tile: Karen Richmond of the Portland office has been seeing natural stones installed in classic and innovative patterns. "The technology to accomplish exquisite cuts and finely fitted stones into gorgeous patterns will not likely be gone soon," she says. "Age-old patterns such as arabesque, herringbone and chevron patterns are experiencing a resurgence."
Bringing the outdoors in: Miller cites the continuing interest in linking indoor spaces to the outdoors. "A desire for new beginnings and a more peaceful mindset led to this trend," she says. "How we incorporate nature in our homes will change over time but wood and stone are staples. If we introduce these elements in a well-considered way, they can become part of timeless designs." -
Levernois says her clients want a clean, contemporary feel and the connection with natural elements. She helps them accomplish this by bringing in living plants, more sunlight, and natural rock and wood materials arranged in a wabi sabi style, that is Japanese approach to accepting imperfect objects.
She says this trend also supports the biophilia theory that health and well-being benefit with nature. "Many biophilic strategies reduce energy use, so more natural light means less power needed for artificial light," she says.
Softened geometry and soothing interiors: Miller has seen that an architectural and design shift from severe simplicity to a soft and soothing aesthetic. "Balancing and building geometry into lasting objects like furniture and cabinetry will offer curving lines that will open up so many great design options," she says.
Suzie Atkin of the Lake Oswego office advises her clients to pay attention to how a physical space affects moods. "Our instinctual wiring is drawn to softened geometry and spaces with curves and soft edges," she says. "On the other hand, sharp angles and straight lines, while they have their value, can often create a subconscious discomfort or disconnect with a space."
An example of this trend, says Diane Foreman of the Seattle office, is a kitchen with contrasting circular charcoal gray quartz countertop. This approach creates the illusion of a separate bistro table while still connected to the white quartz buffet countertop. She calls it "a beautiful, unexpected and ergonomically functional space saving solution."
Surface charging station: No one wants to display cables, cords and other high-tech clutter. Neil Kelly designers use the LG Hausys' TechTop embedded surface technology for wireless charging.
Quality vs quantity: Kathleen Donohue of the Bend office is taking the adage that "less is more" into the new year, with a focus on buying custom made objects by local artisans.
"Homeowners want to personalize their space with that one 'bespoke' feature," she says. Examples include a custom tile accent, an artisan created accessory, or a one-of-a-kind light fixture.
Creative uses for LED lighting: Energy efficient LED lighting is helping to set moods in different rooms. Randi Reed of the Portland office says, "Baths are taking on a new sense of relaxation. Showers are being designed with a flair for luxury versus utilitarian use and LED lights are popular and environmentally friendly adding ambiance to the showering experience."
Experts with Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, predict these trends for the new year:
Colored stainless steel appliances: In a Houzz poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider black stainless steel, the dark alternative to shiny metal. Another suggestion is Whirlpool's Sunset Bronze finish.
Bathrooms that feel more like living spaces: Graphic wallpaper, ornate chandeliers and furniture-like pieces turn sterile spaces into feeling more like grand living spaces.
Statement mirrors in bathrooms: Medicine cabinets are being replaced with statement mirrors such as ones in large wood, ornate or back-lighted frames.
The rise of the bidet: Manufacturers are creating bidets more catered to American markets. According to Houzz data, bidets are included in 5 percent of renovated master bathrooms.
Fireplaces and fire features: New advances deliver the ambiance without the smell, pollution or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen, say design experts.
Modern material mix in the kitchen: The usual white cabinets and granite countertops combo is being replaced by a mix of modern materials, finishes and colors. An example is stainless steel perimeter countertops with creamy white quartz island countertops, and painted blue glass fronted perimeter cabinets with painted white glass island cabinets, says Houzz experts. "Toss in some reclaimed wood shelves or ceiling beams and you're on your way to an eclectic, upbeat space," they say.
Outdoor fabric used inside: Outdoor fabrics are becoming increasingly harder to distinguish from traditional indoor fabrics, and many Houzzers are bringing them indoors, where their durability make them perfect for high-traffic living room and dining furniture.
If you're looking for new paint colors, here's a few suggestions from Colorhouse of Portland, which makes low-odor paints with no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), reproductive toxins, chemical solvents or toxic fumes/HAPs-free. The company released its 2016 color trends described as "quiet colors that whisper welcome to the new year." The colors include Air .07, which is between pink and purple, Glass .02, a gentle gray/green, and neutral Bisque .02
-- Homes & Gardens of the Northwest staff
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