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3 emerging design trends for today’s lifestyles
Events from the past year have all of us re- considering what we
want and need out of our homes. From work and play to wellness, our homes have become the epicenter of, well, everything — leading to an emergence of design trends focused on adapt- ing to a new normal. The design experts at Wilsonart, a world-leading provider of engineered surfaces, have identified three new lifestyle trends that are affecting last- ing design changes.
It’s no secret that nature has the power to inspire, in- vigorate, restore and refresh.
Whether as a room’s can- vasorapopofcoloronan accent wall, paint is an easy and affordable way to bring nature’s beauty into the
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home with colors that evoke a sense of calm and serenity. “Dark blue hues reminis- cent of water and the sky are trending, along with lush greens that infuse spaces with the fresh essence of grass and foliage,” says de- signer Gwen Petter. “Earthy neutrals, such as tans and beiges, are also in high de- mand for their ability to ground us and surround us with soothing natural tones.” Beyond color, 40% of peo- ple report that they want a connection to nature, par- ticularly in their kitchens, according to a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Homeowners are choosing nature-inspired materials for focal areas like countertops, cabinets and islands. Wilsonart® Home offers beautiful, on-trend options for virtually every
surface in the home with per- formance features and price points to suit any lifestyle and budget. The expertly curated collection includes environmentally sustainable materials such as high-pres- sure laminates and perfor- mance veneers that deliver the authentic looks of exotic woods, stone-inspired solid surface options and non- porous engineered quartz.
Fueled by the drastic de- cline in domestic and interna- tional travel during the pan- demic, homeowner interest in replicating the sophisticated style and comforts of an up- scale hotel or luxury resort in their home has continued to grow. From plush towels and perfectly plumped pillows to spa-worthy bathrooms and
chef-quality kitchens, com- mercially inspired designs are increasingly crossing over into the residential arena.
Carrara marble contin- ues to be one of the most sought-after surfaces to achieve this clean, sophisti- cated, “resi-mercial” look, but not everyone desires the cost and maintenance that comes with the natural stone. The Wilsonart® Solid Surface Crafted Collection combines nature’s beauty with cutting- edge design innovation to deliver the look of authentic marble in an ultra-durable acrylic solid surface.
Scandi Noir is another “re- si-mercial” design approach that is gaining traction, par- ticularly in kitchens. This style features looser rules and is characterized by the use of dark cabinets com- bined with dark countertops
or contrasting dark and light surfaces.
As our lives become in- creasingly home centric, our homes need to perform on a level they may never have before, and this includes in- corporating materials that work as hard as we do.
“Today’s homeowners are seeking surfaces that will live up to the rigors of everyday life,” explains Petter. “There also is growing interest in sustainable alternatives to natural products, which can contribute to deforestation and degraded air quality from sourcing and mining operations. Human-made composite materials offer appealing options that often outperform natural materi- als, delivering greater du- rability, less ongoing main-
tenance and fewer harmful
environmental impacts.” Alternative materials like laminate, solid surface and quartz mimic the best of Mother Nature without im- pacting the environment, offering appealing options for eco-conscious con- sumers. Many of these en- gineered surfaces are UL GREENGUARD Gold Certi- fied to meet low chemical emissions limits for bet- ter air quality. Additionally, many laminate products are made with a combination of fibers from FSC-certified, fast-growing, sustainably managed woods and post- consumer recycled content. For more information and inspiration, visit wilsonart.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.
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