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Top 5 Interior Design Trends

by Caroline Lewis, brought to you by Breckenridge Building Center

In just about every Rocky Mountain town log cabin style homes are still very popular. However, builders and designers are noticing that contemporary style is growing in popularity. Homeowners building custom homes and those remodeling current homes are choosing contemporary styles, such as sleek lines and neutral color palettes, like off-whites, beiges and grays. To gain direct insight into trends that are happening right now, we chatted with Jennifer Levasseur from Breckenridge Building Center, along with Linda Miller, owner of Aspen Grove Kitchen and Bath.

1. Simplistic Cabinetry

Nude colors such as grays, charcoal black, tinted beiges and off-whites are widely being used right now, as they have a clean appearance. Neutral paint color decisions have more than just an aesthetic purpose; they also prevent the homeowner from frequent cleaning. These muted colors on cabinets are low maintenance and have to be dusted less than standard paint colors. Currently designers are seeing a trend in simple cabinetry designs, such as flat slab styles. Mission style pieces, which are more rustic and contain straighter lines and flat facades, are making their debut in local kitchens, too.

2. Bigger Window Panes

This trend is making a wide appearance, yet is even more present in Summit County homes, to appreciate fabulous mountain views. Windows are typically showing smaller mullions, which are the vertical bars between panes of glass. With narrower mullions, the lines of the window compliment the clean, plain lines we are seeing in kitchens and living spaces. The large expanse of glass allows for plenty of natural light to fill the home, and helps integrate indoor and outdoor elements. With advances in window design, large glass panes can still be energy efficient.

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3. Darker Appliances

Interior designers are moving away from stainless steel large kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators and microwaves. Stainless steel appliances show fingerprints, smudges and scratches. Darker appliances, with slight finishes, are becoming more popular, and seem to follow the overall home design trend of sleek and modern. Black stainless steel is another option that won't show as many smudges or dirt.

4. Larger Tile Sizes

Designers are straying from small tiles, and are using tiles with around 12 by 14-inch dimensions. Larger tiles make a room look more spacious, and there is much less grout to clean as well. There is a huge range of tile patterns and textures to choose from, such as wood-like, brick-like, cement looking and reinterpretations of the classic marble tile. This year wall tile is deviating from the old mosaic pattern and onto unique arrangements.

5. Custom Countertops

In the kitchen, granite and matte finishes that are leathered or honed are very popular. These finishes are not shiny, and have an almost satin like or soft look. Honed pieces do not have the mirror-like appearance like granite countertops, yet are equally as durable. Black finishes are very popular, yet show smudges and stains more easily. Countertops in the bathroom are starting to feature custom pieces, such as driftwood, as apposed to the traditional, large vanities or built-in pieces.

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