10 Home Design Trends on the Rise

What will homeowners be asking for in their homes in the near future? While a crystal ball wouldn’t be realistic, a reliable alternative is to look at what’s catching on now and assume those trends in color, function and style will only proliferate in the coming weeks, months and years. After combing through hundreds of popular Houzz photos and pulling from ongoing conversations with design professionals, we came away with 10 design trends we think will be filling up homeowners’ ideabooks.
Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops
1. Wood Cabinets Amid Painted Cabinets

It’s hard to say if white cabinets will ever fall from the top spot in homeowner choices. More than 40 percent of renovating homeowners choose white cabinets, according to recent Houzz research.

One way designers are keeping white kitchens interesting is by introducing other finishes to help break up the expanse of white cabinetry and add warmth, texture and interest. A great way to do that is by adding just a few beautiful wood drawers, as designer Jennifer Stuart has done in this Massachusetts kitchen.

Set The Stage
Here, vertical wood pullouts flanking the range help offset the white cabinets and complement the range hood.
Sarah Kahn Turner
Some wood pullout wine racks are just enough to add a bit of visual variety.
Katy Popple Design
2. Shower Ledges Instead of Niches

Everyone needs a place in a shower for soap and shampoo bottles, and a niche does an adequate job. But niches are somewhat difficult to handle from a design and construction perspective, because they have to be recessed between wall studs. This requires extra planning and preparation. Meanwhile, you have to consider what you will use to tile the interior of the niche and how you will finish off its edges. That’s a lot of work for a small area that sometimes isn’t even big enough to hold large bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

A shower ledge is much more straightforward and requires a build-out of only a few inches into the shower space. Run it along the length of your shower stall, as designer Katy Popple did here, and you’ve got tons of space for shower essentials. Cap it with a piece of your bathroom vanity countertop material and call it a day.

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Collective Designs
In this Singapore bathroom, the top of a Carrara-marble-wrapped build-out for a mounted toilet extends into the shower to act as a roomy shower ledge.
HDR Remodeling Inc.
The deep tub ledge here provides plenty of space for bathing necessities.
Ore Studios
And here, double ledges thoughtfully serve the bathtub and the shower.
Bennett Leifer Interiors
3. Dining Rooms With Personality

A few years ago, some people were warning of the end of the dining room. But that never happened. In fact, quite the opposite. While many family meals are had at informal spots near or in the kitchen, dining rooms are thriving for special occasions. And that specialness opens up opportunities to inject lots of personality through color, pattern, lighting and more that might not fit within the context of the style found elsewhere in the home.

In this New York dining room by Bennett Leifer Interiors, grasscloth wallpaper is a textural backdrop for playfully patterned chairs, a glossy saturated blue buffet, vibrant artwork and a statement-making light fixture.

Alison Kandler Interior Design
In the same home as the laundry room by Alison Kandler Interior Design in number seven above, the dining room has a similar caffeinated vibe with blues, greens and coral-reds. There’s even a small-scale-pattern wallpaper on the ceiling.
Treefrog Design
4. A Seat in the Bathroom That’s Not the Toilet

Designer Kristine Tyler of Treefrog Design recently remarked how nice it is to have a place in a bathroom for sitting that’s not the toilet. She designed a bench that runs from an armoire into the shower stall in the bathroom seen here, giving the homeowners a seat outside of the shower as well as in it.

Whether for brushing teeth, taking off house slippers or just idling away on the internet before work, almost every homeowner could benefit from having a place to relax in the bathroom.

Mitchell Parker

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