1. Mirrored Coffee Tables
Coffee tables are usually the centrepiece of the living room. But these new mirrored tables offer a more subtle option to blend into the room and give the illusion of taking up less space. Mirrors add more visual spaciousness to a room and brighten up the space by reflecting light. They are simple and require no colour coordination with surrounding furniture. The only problem you may encounter is the constant cleaning of fingerprints. You’ll want to have coasters ready for your guests to prevent coffee rings. But don’t worry, a little bit of windex and a paper tower will have your table shining like new.
2. Interrupted Floor
A relatively new trend for floor design is to blend materials together with a ‘broken’ look instead of the traditionally solid divide. When done right, it is an elegant and eye-catching design, but be careful not to over do it with this one. Usually used as a smooth transition between hardwood and tile floor, this technique connects rooms together seamlessly. Creative flooring transitions can be done between any two materials, even carpet. You’ll want to be sure to take the extra time and effort to make the transition smooth and even. Any bumps or imperfections will take away from the seamless feel of the design. The final product will look like one floor elegantly flowing into another.
3. Open Ended Islands
This idea takes the functionality of the kitchen island to the next level. Extending the island by adding extra shelf or cupboard space to the sides creates additional storage area for your kitchen. Some designs combine the island and the kitchen table into one unit to maximize space for smaller rooms. There are so many ways you can hide extra space into an island. Some come with stools that you can store under the table and out of the way. Others are fit with dishwashers, stoves and mini fridges so you can have more usable space for the rest of your kitchen.
4. Murals And Wall Deco
Murals are back in style! Where once they were seen as a tacky addition to a room, now they are the perfect compliment when used appropriately. Simplicity is key when it comes to wall paintings. They can add the perfect touch of artistic flair to a room without being overpowering. Some common types of wall deco are painted on clocks and calendars. A great idea for the kitchen, front entry, or kids rooms is to buy chalkboard paint, paint a square directly onto the wall, and use it for write-on-the-wall notes, lists, calendars, and more.
5. Country Home
This rustic theme is timeless, and isn’t going out of style any time soon. It puts the saying of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to good use, using old weathered barn wood textures to give a cozy, log cabin feel to your home. Some designers use exposed wooden beams in the ceiling and walls for a warmer and more natural look. A perfect compliment to this style is a proper wood burning stove (see number 6).
6. Wood Burning Stoves
Not only are wood burning stoves stylish, they are also huge energy savers. Unlike traditional open fireplaces, where most of the heat is sucked right out the chimney, wood stoves direct most of their heat into the room. They are designed to maximize efficiency by controlling the air supply to the fire. This allows wood to burn more slowly, and more efficiently, so you will get more heat energy with less fuel. Most modern designs are slim and easily fit in a room without taking up too much space.
While these have been around for a while, they are too good not to make the list. Sectional couches are the perfect way to squeeze more sitting area into a room. They work by utilizing corner spaces that would be wasted by two normal couches. They can divide a room without closing it off for a more open concept. Sectionals are also much better for social gatherings, allowing everyone to sit together instead of being awkwardly divided into different chairs and couches.
The perfect way to light up a room! Skylights allow a room to be light by three dimensions of natural light. As a bonus, you can lay on your back and watch the clouds drift by from the comfort of your own couch. Does that not sound like the perfect living room? They could also save you energy, as you get more natural light throughout the day you will reach for the light switch less often. Some Skylights can be opened, allowing heat to escape so you can cool off your house faster.
9. Open Glass Showers
Moving to the bathroom, this trend eliminates the need for a shower door and makes your bathroom look bigger by bringing the shower space into the bathroom instead of closing it off behind a door. With no ugly curtains to deal with, these showers are easy to clean and look almost invisible. For those who want a little more privacy, there are also semi-transparent glass options. This is the perfect example of minimalist design, once you try it, you’ll never want to fumble with a shower curtain again.
10. Eclipse Doors
If you want to really wow your guests. Throw your next dinner party both indoors and out by opening up an entire wall! Eclipse doors can work as either a single door, or fold back to reveal an entire panorama to the outside. They bring the outdoors in and vice versa. You no longer have to choose between enjoying the fresh air and staying inside. Even when it’s cold outside, you can still enjoy the scenery when the eclipse door is closed.