People have a gift of finding out what is wrong about one trend or another. This is the reason why trends keep changing. In this light, it is not surprising to note that though home renovations are turning into a worthy industry by the day, the tilt is more towards ‘soothing’ than ‘flashy’.
Learning from old mistakes
Clearly, lessons have been learnt. When kitchen turned from just another addition to a major room of the house, most of us tilted towards giving it ornate descriptions, say, 10-20 years ago. Emphasis was much less on functionality than the outlook. As a result, most of these ornate frills; cuts and decorations soured before time. Stylish floor tiles and custom cabinets are prominent examples of this.
Benefits of neutral colours and materials
This year, the focus is going to be more on functionality. Neutral colours are in; carried with aplomb by marbles, typical forms of granite and quartz. They live long and fresh and are not easily stained. Also, muted tones are more in keeping with the sanctity of kitchen.
Kitchen as a social hub
What should not change is the recent trend of treating the kitchen as a social hub. Gone are the days of the kitchen being a separate entity, with just the cooking going on. Now it plays host to children reading story books and women gossiping over cups of coffee and snacks. Modular or open kitchen is the end result of many home renovations.
Different treatment for walls
Even in other rooms, wallpapers should take the place of paint on quite a few walls. This would preclude allergy towards paint fumes and the fear of paint scraping off. Old classics such as old wood should come into business. Stainless steel should however stay on, considering the versatility of the alloy.
This year home renovations in most homes are not likely to go the opulent and grand way. The aims have changed; refer to practical and elegant.
When it comes to home renovations, which school of thought are you from; neutral colours or flash – and why?