As the weather cools down in much of the country, cozy interiors take center stage with home buyers. In addition to the temperature, design trends are changing, too.
BUILDER recently talked with Courtney Rogers, senior interior designer at Atlanta-based builder Edward Andrews Homes. Here’s what she had to say about the top interior and décor trends the firm’s design center has tracked this fall, and predictions for winter.
Painted, Colorful Ceilings
Ceilings are often an underutilized feature in homes, but much can be done to draw the eye up and emphasize ceiling height. Accent colors are great but if that’s too bold, buyers can consider adjusting the sheen of their ceiling paint to be more reflective—a small change that’s an easy way to instantly elevate a space. Those who want to go a step further could consider incorporating different trim details and textures like wood paneling, wallpaper, or brick overlay.
Warm Gray Cabinets
Gray is here to stay, and it’s just been refreshed with new life. When gray cabinetry first made a splash, we saw it paired with cool hues and chrome hardware. Now, we are seeing gray take on a warmer tone, paired with brass hardware in bathrooms and as accent cabinetry in kitchens.
Bold-Colored Fabrics and Accessories
The design world is moving away from the the monochromatic trend. Shades like Pantone’s Minion Yellow are the perfect accent color for any space. We are seeing it brighten up rooms by way of accessories like pillows, blankets, and window treatments. Limiting incorporation of these bold tones to accessories also gives homeowners the flexibility to switch things up down the road.
Entertainment is Evolving
In Georgia— where we can be outside year-round—we’re seeing many clients extend their living spaces to the exterior of their homes. Defined outdoor entertainment spaces with outdoor fireplaces and covered porches are in high demand.
Inside, buyers are increasingly stepping away from traditional bar spaces with cabinets in the corner of their rec room. Instead, buyers are interested in modern, unique features like open shelving and stone backsplashes that are designed for entertaining.
Brick Kitchen Backsplashes
Brick backsplashes have taken off like wildfire. We started installing it in our model homes and buyers instantly took a liking to it. The brick adds a sense of ambiance and can elongate the space by drawing your gaze up when installed from counter to ceiling.
Bold and Painted Built-in Shelving From Floor to Ceiling
Clients are moving away from painting their built-ins to match their trim, and instead opting for bold colors. Bright, painted built-ins also help draw focus to collectibles and objects on display.
Antique Brass Hardware
Antique brass hardware has been trending for some time, but we are starting to see it make its way into furniture, faucets and lighting. The antique texture of brass adds a sense of softness and bring a subtle warmth to any room.
Homebuyers with four-legged friends love having dog wash stations in their homes because it gives them a distinct space where they can conveniently care for their pets, separate from their personal showers and baths. We’re seeing many buyers incorporate these spaces for their pets in laundry rooms and mudrooms where they can keep all of their pet essentials in one place.