Great Ideas at Home-A-Rama

One of my favorite events of the year is Home-A-Rama. I love inviting my clients to spend an afternoon with me touring gorgeous custom homes that showcase all the latest design trends.  This year at Lakes at Grassy Branch in Westfield did not disappoint!

Let’s talk about what’s hot this year:

Mixing metals – OK, time to break out of the brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze rut! You see chrome, black, nickel, brushed brass (aka GOLD) all in the same room.  No more matchy-matching your metals! Look at this powder room with nickel, brass and bronze together.

Shiplap is all the rage, thanks to Chip and Joanna (who are not getting divorced). Make it modern or traditional. I saw it in bathrooms (above), hallways, great rooms (below), basements, etc. No room or style is immune.

Big lighting and lots of it!

Wallpaper – Don’t cringe!  It’s not on every wall, but instead just used to create an accent wall in a room with otherwise white-washed walls. Very fun, easy way to add personality.

Doors in dark colors – Interior doors typically match the trim throughout the house.  Try using a darker color on the doors to add drama. Dark gray, black, or dark bronze are fantastic on doors.  Pair this color with a light trim. 

Kitchen trends – Double chandeliers or pendants over islands and open shelving replaces upper kitchen cabinets

Wood on Ceilings – Big stained beams have been popular for a few years now, but this year I saw more paneling on ceilings.  It works especially well on high ceilings as it really warms up a room.

Formal dining rooms still declining, but kitchen dining gets more dramatic.

Master bathroom showers seem to get bigger every year, while the tub gets smaller (free-standing, of course). Also, “floating” vanities are popular as well as brushed brass faucets (but cabinet hardware metal doesn’t match faucets).  Check this out – the tub is actually IN the shower!

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