With a whirlwind trip (or two!) to Vegas, the #KKDL team has discovered all the latest trends for the home and a couple of classics, too. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show shared new and innovative finishes and fixtures with its 131,000 attendees, while the Las Vegas Market revealed the 4000 manufacturers with the most up-to-the-moment furnishings from the Mississippi to the Pacific. Here are the trends we spotted and what to expect this year and beyond in interior design.
ALL ABOUT WELLNESS
Health and wellness is no longer a woo-woo concept or flash in the pan. As people become more educated about what they can do to improve their living spaces for its occupants and the environment, wellness products are more popular than ever. And the industry is listening—the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID, is in partnership with the International Well Building Institute bringing the 2020 WELL Conference to Scottsdale this March, targeting all industries, including healthcare and workplace.
There was $4.2 trillion spent on the global wellness economy in 2017, according to the most recent report from the Global Wellness Institute, and this will only increase. Clients want their homes to support their healthy lifestyles. Design elements like cold pantries, enclosed herb gardens and all in one range units that allow for multiple cooking styles are gaining traction. In the bathroom designers are incorporating spa like elements, including soaking tubs, steam showers and A/V systems to enhance relaxation and help with injury recovery.
Sherwin Williams’ Naval or Pantone’s Classic Blue, our industry’s color of the year, strikes a perfect balance between bold color and the calming and our inspiring power of nature, from the infinite night sky to the deep sea. While clients simultaneously embrace technology and a desire for calming elements in our fast-paced world, consumers are looking to infuse simplicity into their lives in an uplifting environment. It is because of this customer attitude that a longing for blue tones is apparent. Blue represents safety and comfort and is associated with calm.
As we cleanse the palette, while striving for wellness and security, consumers are also looking to 2020 as an excuse for a fresh start. They are boldly facing the future and that means more vibrant and personal colors will appear in design. Inspired by Instagram influencers, homeowners are feeling more confident about using colors in their home. From warm to cool, playful to sophisticated, all colors in the spectrum can be spotted in the home. The trend for personalization will continue to push homeowners toward exciting hues; these more individual colors will likely show up on accent pieces, like a statement wall or kitchen island. Colorful tones will appear in homes that once embraced the all-white kitchen and overall gray palette for a touch of character and warmth. Whether the consumer finds solstice in the nature inspired tones or more grounding, earthy neutrals, it is up to them. The end goal is still a happier and healthier homeowner. Someone with a sense of comfort in the traditional and predictable will draw from a more soothing color palette. For others who want to be more expressive, deep, rich and robust colors, such as green, gold and rust will be used. The result is a stunning design for every taste.
This Sigma Kappa sorority girl can’t resist a great snake motif – it’s our mascot for goodness sake! So when we saw this sleek reptile all over Las Vegas Market, we had to take note and include it in our special report. Snakes not only add interest but color and movement to fabrics and furnishings alike.
Keep It Natural
Knock on wood, natural finishes and caning are making a comeback in cabinetry for kitchens, bathrooms and furnishings, too. Brass, copper and earthy stone materials are pairing with finishes on surfaces like countertops, floors and walls. Meanwhile, fixtures like faucets and lighting are appearing in brushed gold and black. As an added bonus, brands like Brizo offer customization via inset wood and stone handle details that can be changed with your style whim.
The Makers Have It
Accessories with handmade authenticity serve as art in the home as we experience 2020. Makers using paper, yarn, wood and other organic materials create an approachable, lived in look for dwelling spaces. Wall tapestries provide a softer yet textural backdrop on walls and subtle statement for living areas.
Metallic finishes are being added for a punch of contrasting color and shine for spaces. In particular, matte black and gunmetal gray finishes are replacing traditional stainless steel appliances. These finishes can give any kitchen or bath room a sleek look while still maintaining functionality. We also found the look to be prevalent in plumbing, hardware and tiles.