Five Decor Trends with Resilience

September 09, 2018

1. Matte Black and Darker Finishes

Matte black is the newest and coolest trend in 2018-19 that has great promise of enduring for many years to come.  Why? There are several reasons.  Every space needs a little black to help ground it, so adding black hardware, fixtures, or other touches throughout a room will work beautifully.  Matte black initially seems very modern, but it works just as well in transitional homes as well.  Black is a color that never goes out of style, like the little black dress, so you will enjoy this selection for many years to come.

Where did the trend come from?  

Cars have made the switch to matte finishes, as has finger nail polish and even the laptop that you likely have sitting on your desk!

Matte Black in Home Decor

Honed quartz countertops for kitchen bath and laundry room have made an entrance onto the decor scene.

Fixtures have gone black.





Kitchen appliances and cabinets have gone to matte finishes:







2. Matte golds, Coppers, as well as Bronzes 

Shiny golds and bronzes have been “out,” for quite a long time but manufacturers have come out with amazingly beautiful and elegant matte versions of these favorite metallics.

Where did the trend come from?

Again, the car industry has been a leader in bringing matte finishes to the forefront of fashion, as has jewelry, which we've been loving for a number of years.






Matte Golds, Bronzes and Copper in Decor










3. Neutral tones as well as Pastels

Neutrals will always have staying power, as you can add splashes of color with them to give them some pazazz for a gathering, a holiday celebration, or a color that you just love today, but may not tomorrow.  Pastels have returned, particularly soft pink as a hue that both men and women are comfortable wearing or putting in their homes.

Where did the trend come from?

Mostly from the fashion industry, right down to your fingertips!






Neutrals and Pastels in Home Decor









4. Health and Wellness in Home Decor

Many of us have left Safeway and Albertsons behind, opting for organics and real food, rather than processed versions.  We all seem to want to go back to the basics and do it right this time, rather than the Industrial Revolution version of canned and processed food.  Fitbits, the self-monitoring devices that help us improve our fitness levels.  Home Depot is even carrying Himalayan salt lamps!  People are bringing terrariums, succulents and plants into our indoor environments to clean the air we breathe. (Check out two previous blog entries on flowers and on benefits of plants in your home.)  Essential oil diffusers can be found at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Meditation rooms have arisen from the rise in our awareness that our mental and emotional health play an important role in our overall wellness.

5. Technology in the Bath and Kitchen

Luxury bathroom fixtures give a spa-like feel to your daily experience:

  • Toilets that don’t require hands or paper. These toilets have temperature-controlled water, spritzing wands and automatic dryers (already in use and common in Asia)

  • Toilet seat warmers and LED lights.

  • Self-cleaning toilets and antimicrobial seats — a dream come true for germaphobes.

  • Monitor sensors to raise and lower toilet lids.

  • Reduced tap flow faucets and digital temperature-control settings, conserving money and water.

  • Touchless technology.

  • Infrared tap technology that “reads” the user and turns off when it senses that hands are not under the faucet.

  • Programmable features, such as a timed shower setting or a teeth-brushing option that runs for an allotted time frame.

  • Refrigerated bathroom cabinets that can keep medicines cool or store cold drinks.

  • LCD shower panels that let you control shower temperature, water flow, steam, music and chromotherapy.

  • Waterproof TVs eradicate the chances of dropping that iPad in the tub while streaming your favorite show.

Luxury appliances are the first to bring innovations that truly matter to your kitchen:

  •         Induction cooking that's fast and energy efficient.

  •         Intuitively activated ventilation hoods.

  •         Sensors in dishwashers and refrigerators. One refrigerator, for example, monitors and adjusts for optimal temperatures, humidity levels, and ideal freezer environment.

  •         Internal components—with features like air purification and a magnetic seal door that keeps the air locked in—designed to keep your food fresh and to help make your meals delicious.

  •         Money-saving energy efficiency. (A Sub-Zero refrigerator, for instance, uses less energy than a 100-watt light bulb.)









In conclusion

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