With 2016 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to let go of the old and ring in the new. Wondering what’s in vogue for 2017? Christine Ramaekers, CKD, VP of Birmingham’s MainStreet Design Build, offers some expert insight into the latest home remodel design trends in Southeast, MI, so you can plan ahead with confidence.
There are definitely some popular trends that died recently. “For one,” Christine says, “the heavy turnings, corbels and carved mouldings of the early twenty-first century are really beginning to wane.” For finishes, bright brass is still out, but we are also seeing less use of oil rubbed bronze. “While many people love their formal dining rooms, we’re not seeing a strong demand to add them into floor plans either. People still love big, versatile spaces with room to seat a crowd.” Lastly, Christine points out that the black stainless appliance trend never really caught on in Michigan, so best let sleeping dogs lie on that one – for now.
Clean designs, urban lofty looks, contemporary elements in classic settings – they’re all here to stay. “Our clients seem to love an updated, streamlined look within their more traditional homes – especially in main living areas,” says Christine, “Think metals, stone, raw, reclaimed wood, and bright white mouldings and doors.”
As for color palettes, shades of gray or colors with gray undertones, such as taupe, plum, and Shadow (Benjamin Moore’s color of the year) continue to be popular for interiors. “Silver tones are very trendy too, and have a ton of options available, whether you’re going for a patina, lamiae, or an antiqued look. We are also seeing an uptick in unique gold tone finishes.”
This year, as the gold finishes make a comeback, the stronger blues, blacks, and color combinations like blue-gray with versions of white are also on the rise. For kitchen cabinets, Christine confirms that light and bright colors are still on point, as are very dark espresso stains. “Blue-gray painted cabinets are continuing in popularity as an accent in the kitchen, bath or bar. The more edgy clients are even opting for more color on all of the cabinetry.”
Designs are going high-tech, too, and it’s a hit with younger generations. Advanced refrigerators, for example, now have built-in tablets and video feeds, making it easy to check in remotely and see what ingredients you have available. Christine is also seeing huge increase in requests for designs that include smart wine and bar refrigeration. “Manufacturers are still perfecting these products,” she says, “but sleek integration of refrigerators with French doors and multi access surging is in the very near future.”
When it comes to appliances and tech, Christine notes that multi-use ovens are in high demand in the kitchen “as they combine speed, convection, and microwave technology for increased functionality.”
Unsurprisingly, USB outlets and built-in charging stations are so universal these days that Christine recommends incorporating them into every home update. The home with complete remote access is getting closer by the day.
In the dining area, versatility is paramount. “Most people prefer large, informal dining spaces with an oversized table for everyday use. It fits the trend: In general, people continue to prioritize large living spaces for eating, entertaining, and gathering.”
In the bathroom, however, clients still crave luxury. “Recently, clients have been abandoning the whirlpool bathtub in favor of free-standing soaking tubs in the master bath. That said, there will always be a strong need for opulent shower-only master bathroom designs as well. Her clientele is located in Michigan and they want to keep warm. More and more of Christine’s clients are keen on steam in master bathroom showers and show great interest in deluxe heated floors. “Although the price point for these amenities can sometimes be prohibitive, enthusiasm for them is definitely on the rise. Clients will pick and choose which most suits their needs.”
“Not too much has changed in exterior trends,” Christine muses. “We’re still loving outdoor living spaces – like porches, patios and outdoor cooking areas that match the look and feel of the home’s interior living spaces.”
Ready to grab the latest trends for your next home remodeling project? Contact MainStreet Design Build to request a consultation. We can’t wait to explore your ideas!