Since I’ve been writing this blog for over 10 years, it’s interesting to go back and read what I said about the grey trend when it was still in it’s infancy. Back then people were still asking questions like “Is the grey trend here to stay?” and my response, ‘Why yes it is’.
When I suggested that ‘Grey is Out’ in March 2015, many of you got SUPER reactivated. But you had to read the post to get the full context of that headline.
I often get asked, “How do I keep up with the trends?” Well, one way is to follow this blog.
And why should we care about the trends?
You don’t want to be the designer (or the homeowner) who just installed an espresso brown kitchen with grey and white horizontal stacked tile all over the backsplash. That’s what we were doing 15-20 years ago.
Did you get that? I’m saying that a brand new espresso kitchen–installed today–will look like it’s been in your house ALREADY for 15 years.
Same thing if you were to paint the exterior of your house brown. It would also look instantly dated. I don’t know about you, but NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has asked me for a brown exterior in a very long time.
So before you chalk this up to another ‘trends post’ and tell me that ‘You don’t follow the trends’. Well what I just said (above) is exactly why understanding trends is critical and exactly why you definitely SHOULD follow the trends.
Okay, so since I’ve been doing this for 20 years, I have learned that there are two kinds of people who instantly say ‘I Don’t follow the trends’.
The first group is thinking ‘How can anyone possibly keep up? I can’t afford to re-do my house every 10 years?!?!” And and the second group are the non-conformists, “I’m still in the trend before the Tuscan trend, so I’m just going to stay here because I just don’t care enough about interior design and staying current.”
Fine, if that’s where you are, disregard this post. However, if you are about to make some changes and you simply throw every trendy finish into your old house unawares, that’s when you’ll get upset. It’s always smart to educate yourself on where the trends are and where they are going before you invest in a renovation or very expensive new build.
Okay back to this post, when I came across this lovely New York apartment Kate from Centsational Style posted on her weekend round up, I wanted to show it to you, because it checks all the boxes on where trends are right now.
The black marble continues up the backsplash
Also, notice that the balance of black is really well done. Black can look boring, masculine, harsh, flat, and predictable really fast once you hit the tipping point.
For example, they could have chosen black faucets in the above bathroom which would have been predictable. Instead they chose flat brass.
So there you have it! Art gallery white walls, a touch of rustic wood along with trendy black.
What do you like the most?
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