Keeping Up With The Best Trends
Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year: Aegean Teal
A blend of blue-green and gray, Aegean Teal 2136-40 is an intriguing mid-tone that creates a natural harmony.
Top 2021 Kitchen Trends with Long-Lasting Style
For the better part of 2020, many of us spent more time at home than ever before, and the ways in which we cook, entertain, work and relax in our homes changed significantly. Now, the look and function of kitchens are changing, too. We asked industry experts to share what’s on the horizon for this hardworking space in 2021. Hygiene and cleanliness will be a top priority in kitchen designs while flexibility for multiple tasks and users remains important. See which finishes, fixtures, colors, and appliances will be popular in 2021 kitchen trends.
1. Warm Colors
While white remains the favorite kitchen color scheme, warmer shades will soon supersede the cool tones of recent years. For its 2021 palette of the year, PPG released a trio of colors grounded with a warm beige and accented by shades of orange and aqua. “Our global color stylists were drawn toward warm colors that evoke feelings of compassion and comfort,” says Amy Donato, senior color marketing manager at PPG Paints.
Six Key Residential Wellness Design Trends For 2021
Wellness design was a strong and growing trend before Covid-19 reached our shores early last year, but it has exploded in popularity as the virus increased awareness of the links between home and health. It’s likely that the trend will long outlive the pandemic.
That’s partly because so many Americans have spent so many more hours at home considering what works for them and what doesn’t in their living spaces, have had to start working in existing or improvised home offices, set up distance learning stations for their children, possibly started doing bulk shopping online and needing more storage, inexplicably couldn’t find toilet paper in stores last Spring, and wished they had bidet functionality in their toilets; sequestered ill family members in spare rooms, or moved an older relative out of a nursing home or assisted living facility.
New Home Designs Reflect Needs The Pandemic Created
Bill Lewis Special to The Tennessean
Remember going to the grocery last spring and finding empty shelves where the bathroom tissue was supposed to be? Stores unexpectedly rationed sales because COVID-19 disrupted the supply chain.
The toilet paper shortage of 2020, like everything else about the pandemic, is having an effect on home designs as they change to keep up with the way we live today.
Peek behind the master bathroom door of some new houses in Williamson County and instead of an ordinary toilet you’ll find a combination potty-bidet. It’s an ordinary fixture in many European countries but something new in Tennessee.
“We’re pricing them for all of our houses and installing them in about 50 percent of the homes we build,” said Stacey Wessner, director of design and product development for Legend Homes, a Williamson County-based builder active in the new Hardeman Springs neighborhood in Arrington
The reason, she said, is “the toilet paper shortage, and so many people have traveled” to places where bidets are commonplace.
They aren’t inexpensive. The cost is around $3,500, said Wessner.
These Pandemic-Related Housing and Design Trends Aren’t Going Away
By Ana Durrani
Home trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home have ushered in a new way of life—and some of those changes have spurred home trends that are likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era.
“The idea of what is necessary is changing,” says Camille Thomas, a real estate matchmaker and lifestyle expert in Jackson Hole, WY. “The home has become more than a living space.”
This means a lot of people have started to evaluate how they live in their home and what matters most to them when buying. Here are some of the real estate and design trends people have latched on to during the pandemic that will likely have staying power for years to come.
Petite & Pro-Style
Small-footprint kitchens can be challenging to design because of their limited size. However, these designers don’t shy away from the task of creating functional, luxurious spaces.
The hub of the home, a well-designed mudroom keeps everyone organized for a smooth start (or finish) to their day.
- Open storage provides quick access to items used daily
- Designated cubbies help minimize clutter and misplaced items
- Custom cabinets and decorative molding offer the look of a built-in
- Integrated seating provides a place for putting on or taking off shoes, as well as additional storage
White Quartz Countertop Ideas
White countertops are one of the hottest trends in kitchen and bathroom design today. With the rise in popularity of all-white kitchens and chic, minimalist style, white counters give your space a sleek, light, bright and airy look. Coupled with the durable, low-maintenance nature of quartz, you can’t go wrong with white quartz countertops in your kitchen or bathroom.