The Denver metro area has long been on the vanguard of trends of all varieties – technology, recreational activities, the culinary scene, and, of course, design and architecture. When industry thought leaders make up such a large portion of your population, it’s no wonder we push boundaries in every facet of our lives.
2020 is not only the start of a new year; it’s the start of a new decade. We want to take this moment to look onward to home design and build trends we are seeing for 2020.
1. Colorful cabinets
Cabinets have long been the keepers of our secrets of many varieties…indulgent snacks, junk drawers, mismatched Tupperware. It seemed as though there was an unspoken rule that our cabinets were in a supporting role, but never the main act. Until now. We’re seeing homeowners and designer alike opting for energizing colors, patterns and features to transform these kitchen and laundry room staples into lively, cheerful, and quirky showstoppers.
2. Three-tone kitchens.
Speaking of playing with color…why not capitalize on that trend and take it to the next level. Literally. Two-tone kitchen cabinets have dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. For example, upper cabinets are one color and lower cabinets are another. This can be a fun and stunning way to play with color and space, so, naturally, designers are building on the trend rather than doing away with it.
In a three-tone kitchen, one more color or material is introduced to create an asymmetry in the palette that helps define zones or functions and keeps the eye moving.
Having trouble with creating your color palette? The Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue. Start there and work your way up!
3. Mix and match.
We have been giving a lot of focus to color, but a menagerie of color isn’t for everyone. The good news is that the three-tone trend doesn’t have to be out for our monochromatic friends. “Tone” can be about more than just color. Mix a matte backsplash with a glossy tile counter. Mix stainless steel plumbing fixtures with copper cabinet hardware.
Hey, it’s your house – you get to call the shots!
4. Deep utility sinks.
Long gone are the days where deep utility sinks belong solely in the garage. They are far too functional to be banished to the automobile slumber party.
If you use a sink to presoak lots of clothing items, such as dirty sports gear for your kids, a deep and wide sink with a wall-mounted faucet is perfect for getting the job done. Plus, the design adds a little charm.
5. Quartz Countertops
Quartz is non-porous, therefore resisting staining much better than granite, marble, and concrete and making this type of countertop the best choice for boisterous families and the clumsy among us that still love a chic, sleek-looking kitchen.
The benefits don’t stop there. Quartz countertops are engineered, so they can be made to match the color, pattern, and veining of other stones. Quartz countertops could be the perfect addition to your three-tone kitchen or mix and match aesthetic!
This trend may make you think of your grandmothers’ dining room, but when done right this trend is absolutely stunning. Whether you’re covering the wall or the ceiling (yes, the ceiling), bold is the way to go.
Everything from tropical florals to geometric shapes and art deco to metals is on the table. Wallpaper is a stunning way to make a statement and play with color.
7. Open and multipurpose spaces
The commitment to integrate different areas of the home to create a cohesive, flowing environment is becoming more and more popular and builders are coming up with more effective and creative solutions to make this happen.
Use building materials that serve as a link between the rooms and decorate the entire room in a consistent way, to gain space and light. The integration of the kitchen and the living room is definitely the most common. But don’t stop there. You can also choose to join the living room with the patio or the living room with the bedroom. Depending on your space and how you plan to use it – multi-functional rooms will be the wave of the future.
8. Green homes
The people of Denver are consistently looking for ways to lower their carbon footprint. From carpooling to the mountains to go skiing to installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes and beyond, builders and designers in Denver are always searching for eco-friendly trends to suit our ever-growing population.
Now, while this trend could be a blog topic itself, here a few green home trends we are excited for this year: bamboo flooring, water conservation features such as low-flow toilets, window treatments, and smart home technology.
9. Home automation and Smart Homes
Smart home technology is by no means a new trend but it is catching on at mainstream levels in 2020. Automated systems are increasingly in demand to control the temperature, light or security of homes.
As mentioned briefly when we discussed eco-friendly homes, smart building offers its users greater comfort and reduces consumption bills.
10. Enjoy the outdoors all year
Here in Colorado, we get to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Sure, we get snow that lingers for a little while but with 300 days of sunshine and an outdoor fireplace, you will have no excuse to not fire up that grill and invite the neighbors over to enjoy the fresh air in the middle of February.