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What’s New For Spring? Top Trends 2016

What’s New For Spring? Top Trends 2016

Jan. 13/16

Spring is upon us! In the ever changing, rapid evoloving design world it's pretty tough to keep up with what's new and what trends are leading the way into the new year. We've gone ahead and selected a few new trends as a good starting point to what's leading the way into this season.

We think it's always a win/win to keep up with what's trending, as it shapes an overall vision of not only what's current but also where things are headed. This will ultimately help you maximize the longevity of your home design, as well as the return on investment if you decide to sell. 

1. Black Stainless Steel. The most popular appliance color seems to change every few years. Houzz predicts that sleek black stainless steel is the trend of the future.

2. Heated Entry Floors. Bathrooms are usually the first thing to come to mind when thinking about heated floors. With cold Canadian winters people are looking for a warm toasty floor for those cold mornings or stepping out of your snowy boots.

3. Large Format Tiles. Remember when 12"x24" tiles first made there appearance? Keep an eye out for ultra large format tiles,  36"x36" are becoming plenty visible now ranging all the way up to 31" x71"

4. Tech-Less Living Rooms. As technology becomes more integrated into our homes, more families are opting to keep their family rooms unplugged in order to facilitate more quailty family time.

5.  Formal Dining Rooms. Just like above, we are seeing a revival of family time.  Sit-down family meals are thankfully making a comeback.

6. Mixed Material Kitchens. Many kitchens have a single, consistent design thats runs throughout. Think of trying to incorporate more than one or two elements to truly customize your space. Blends or rustic wood ceilings, open shelves, mixed metals... It can be a bit daunting if you aren't design savy, so consider using a designers services to elevate your kitchen to that next level.

7. Ktichen Backsplash and Countertop Pairings. Sure, you could play it safe and opt for subway tile backsplash and granite countertops, but sometimes safe is boring. Instead consider a differnet blend, like a rustic brick veneer backsplash with polished concrete countertops.

8. Fireplaces and features. New advances mean you can have all the ambience without the smell or hassle of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, fireplaces are making a comeback as living room focal points in lieu of the dark void of a TV screen. 

9. Punched-up white kitchens. White kitchen walls and cabinets — and even countertops in many cases — is a trend that will continue for years to come. To avoid a too-sterile look however, many designers and homeowners are learning to punch up an all-white space with smart, colorful details through tile, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, raw materials and more. 

10. Attention-seeking bedrooms. A can of paint will certainly transform the look and feel of a bedroom, but to take the sanctuary to the next level, you’re going to need bolder ideas. A rustic wood wall and ceiling feature warms up the otherwise contemporary room.