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Black is the new black
Add green, black or navy blue to the base cabinets for a contrasting look with white counters, walls and tops. Get a bigger dose of darkness with a full rack of ink cabinets, like in this kitchen from Hendel Houses. “White kitchens will always be in fashion, but I think consumers are fed up with the all-white look and want to do something different,” says Amy Hendel of Hendel Homes.
Baby got brass
“Seeing warm metallic accents in homes is nothing new,” says Emily Hagstrom of Manufacturer Hagström, “But we are seeing more and more people choosing these beautiful brass accents. Not only are they breathtaking on their own; they bring a bright but warm feeling to a space.
Be a little shelf
While open shelving isn’t a new trend, the elimination of top cabinets has taken off at “an insane rate,” Hagstrom says. “They were traditionally mounted on the walls, but people are now choosing more unique approaches, such as ceiling brackets or even hanging them in front of a window for a backlit look.”
Motifs in play
From stars to two-tone stripes to checkerboard patterns, geometric checks are gaining ground. “Many customers are looking for a design of their own,” says Hagstrom. White on white will always have its place, but Hagstrom sees the rise of geometric patterns continue with “more unique and distinctive colored tiles”.
Sherée Vincent of Fusion designed attributes the explosion of the model to an increasingly global society and global exchange through social media. “We see how [people of other cultures]live and the colors and patterns they use, ”she says. A recent bathroom remodel in her own home incorporated tile patterns echoing those of Mexico or Morocco. “It’s so much fun to walk in and pretend I’m in one of these places.”
Hendel says his clients are looking for texture and depth: “This type of design offers both; it’s a different approach to the grout lines which are the lines.
“This type of design gives both [texture and depth]; it’s a different approach to the grout lines which are the lines. ” —Amy Hendel, Hendel Houses
Paper + Toilet
Through wallpaper, the punchy patterns add spice to a room that can be utilitarian. “I feel like customers are ready to take a leap in bolder colors and patterns with a small amount of wallpaper,” says Becca Hall, interior designer at Ispiri. “Adding wallpaper to an accent wall can add a lot of personality to a space. And with the ease of peel and stick papers, that’s not a huge commitment. Let the seasonal style changes begin.
Who hasn’t locked themselves in the bathroom for a while? “The bath has gone from a necessity to a ritual experience,” says Vincent. Add essential R&R ingredients: bath salts, essential oils, candles, music and bevvy.
“A spa-like bathroom starts with the tub,” Hagstrom says. And a bathtub can create a luxurious focal point to found a lounging space. Plus, “you don’t need the decking space that a traditional drop-in tub needs,” says Barb Cross, interior design manager at. Ron Clark Construction and Design– which means you can get more impregnation for your square footage.
“I see black as a luxury, green as the new neutral – after all, what’s wrong with green? ” —Sheree Vincent, Fusion Designed
For a forest shade, try Sherwin-Williams’ Greenblack, Vincent says. “I love the depth and interest that deep colors provide …” she says. “I see black as luxury, green as the new neutral – after all, what’s wrong with green? And blue will always be a favorite here in the Midwest.
Power plant bathroom
With the wear and tear of the whole family at home, isn’t it time to give our toilets the upgrades we deserve? (It’s called the porcelain throne, after all.) “The toilet is the new fixture,” says Hendel. “All the gadgets and gadgets you can think of. From bidets that clean and dry to heated seats, toilet technology is the new frontier in the bathroom.
Bonus: no shortage of toilet paper here. Not only do bidet toilets bypass TP, they’re also more hygienic and better for the environment, Vincent says.
In the disinfection game, touchless faucets are taking off for their role in preventing the spread of germs, which means your whole family won’t have the same bug just by sharing a bathroom.
This article originally appeared in the October 2021 issue of Magazine Mpls.St. Paul.