Over many years as an interior designer, what would be the 3 major changes in consumer preferences during this period?
One thing that immediately comes to mind is the passage of stain-resistant cabinets to painted shelves. The white kitchens are back! Customers are getting lighter and lighter compared to the red / orange tones of the last decade. Flooring has changed a lot, with more and more customers opting for LVP (luxury vinyl planks) throughout their home. LVP has arrived right here and it is now super resistant, easy to maintain and looks completely crazy. Third, quartz countertops are becoming the norm. I rarely specify granite anymore. Quartz is so easy to maintain that granite and the colors and patterns available now mimic everything from natural marble to exotic granite.
What are the ideas and future forecasts? Could new trends emerge in 2018-2019 and beyond?
Natural woods are very popular right now: floors of barn floors with wide planks and scraped by hand, as well as furniture in great difficulty. What is also starting to appear in the design is again a traditional style. The details on everything and the use of rich gemstone tones are hot right now, as well as warm-toned metal (yes, brass is back, but updated!).
What are some of the challenges to help customers achieve the renovation of their dreams?
Many customers are afraid to trust their intuition of style. They often fight between their heart and their brain to get what they want. They often try to force themselves to change the color palettes or styles of their last home and sometimes get out of their comfort zone. I always tell customers to listen to their guts. Their home is their sanctuary and they need to feel comfortable, relaxed and enjoy being at home.
Are there certain types of renovations that tend to bring the greatest value to the selling price of a home?
Kitchens, ensuites and basements are still the most popular spaces. Therefore, increase the value of your home. These are the rooms that potential buyers are looking for primarily because they know they are the areas in which they will spend the most time.
How can one find ideas or inspiration to guide them in reviewing renovation options?
I often propose to clients to send me pictures of houses, rooms, styles and products found on interior decoration sites. Often, customers do not know what their style is. Therefore, if they can show me pictures of what they like, I can usually better understand them. Visiting showhomes is also a great way to find inspiration and new ideas.