NextGen Trend Report: Fall 2020
By Lexi Sullivan | Immerse | St. Louis, MO
Bringing natural elements indoors is a huge trend currently in the kitchen and bath industry. Wood heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, sensuality and fecundity. The wood element is one that seeks ways to grow and expand. It also is a way of bringing the outside in, and it really warms up a room. Wood boasts a tranquil feel and is especially popular industrial environments.
Wood blends well with the industrial style because it is very ying and yang, mixing hard with soft natural elements. The industrial look has been around since the mid 50’s. It is defined by raw steel, commercial looking fixtures and styles inspired by urban design. Unique wide-open spaces where professional and personal worlds meet. Many industrial fixtures are featured in matte black and stainless steel combinations.
Hardly a newcomer by any standard… matte black is the new unlacquered brass. Matte finishes do not reflect light and can add a touch of modern to any space. Consumers fall in love with the easy maintenance of this finish, as well as its subtle yet on-trend appearance.
Europe is known for small, practical spaces and Americans are seeing a trend towards more simple design as well. Sleek minimal hardware and finishes including “natural feel” laminate, natural stone tops, and metal shelving elements to name a few. We have started to incorporate smart, simple organizational options into the design process, for both simplicity and storage.
With technology ruling the world, it is no surprise that consumers are installing these elements into their kitchens and baths. Kitchen faucets, smart mirrors, and shower systems can all be controlled from our cell phones now and our toilets just keep getting smarter. While many design details are becoming more minimal and natural, technology is becoming more mainstream and homeowners are wanting to remain connected in their kitchens and baths.