Just as things
are heating up outside, the trends in local design are heating up for 2005.
Here in Reno, the Tuscan-inspired influence still is popular, but so are cleaner, more modern lines, vivid colors, and warm, inviting spaces for the entire family to share.
Cocooning is out, and instead of nesting inside
the home, more people are hiving, or creating multi-purpose spaces
where they can work, entertain, cook, and enjoy relaxing. They also are migrating
handy appliances to other parts of the home, such as a morning kitchen
with microwave, coffee maker, and sink in the master suite. Opulence with bright
colors and grand accessories, and bringing
the indoors outside are some of the many design trends with a big following
in the Reno area.
KITCHEN & BATH:
Kitchens and bathrooms are taking
on lives of their own, and there are more choices in cabinets, fixtures, and
luxurious extras than ever before. Todays baths are bigger and have more
special features; and kitchens serve as gathering and entertainment spaces as
well as food prep areas.
The trend in stainless-steel appliances continues,
but so does the movement toward commercial-style appliances. From professional
gas stoves to range hoods that become a focal point of the decor, kitchen design
is practical and usable. Apron-front, farm-style sinks, sophisticated faucets
and hardware, pot-fillers near a stove or cooktop, low-voltage track lighting,
and Tuscan-inspired cabinetry all combine in todays stylish and sensible
In baths, the trend is toward bigger rooms that
bring a spa atmosphere to the home. Vessel sinks that sit on top
of cabinets are extremely popular, and so is combining different materials such
as glass, chrome, and china. Beautiful fixtures are important, and so are such
pampering extras as body showers.
TILE & FLOORING:
Floors are becoming a focal point in rooms, and
there are so many choices in flooring and tile its hard to make just one
or two decisions. Whatever floor you choose, from wood to cork, bamboo, travertine,
or marble, radiant floor heating is becoming much more common in homes. In Reno,
it just makes sense for those cold winter mornings.
There are plenty of new trends in the very soul
of our homes the furnishings. Colors in upholstery fabric are warming
toward buttery yellows, rusts, and rich, soft champagnes. Leather still is extremely
popular, but so are imitation suede, chenille, and other soft, cozy fabrics.
Accessories, such as accent pillows and throws in these supple fabrics, also
are popular. Functional fabrics that will stand up to wear are extremely popular
with families and frequent entertainers.
When it comes to dressers, desks, end tables,
and coffee tables, functionality is the word. The newest trend is to include
small, trinket or what-not drawers in many tables and dressers. They are much
more useful than large drawers, and help homeowners organize as they decorate.
Period furniture, such as art deco, glamorous 40s
Hollywood, and 50s and 60s retro plastic also are popular, as is
the sleek Scandinavian or Asian look that eschews clutter and disorganization.
LANDSCAPE & OUTDOOR LIVING:
Plenty of Reno designers say the biggest continuing
trend in outdoor living and landscaping is outdoor rooms for entertaining. These
functional living spaces are even decorated
like interior rooms, with comfortable seating areas, coffee tables, and eating
areas created in special outdoor materials including teak, wrought iron, and
Landscaping is getting lusher, too, with water features
and lighting topping the list of favorites. Focal points, such as statuary,
lighted features, or tranquility gardens are popular; and so are patios and
driveways made of natural paving stones, slate, or stamped concrete.
Finishing touches really add the final punch to
an already outstanding room. This year, think opulence or old Hollywood style
when considering accessories for a room. Local designers say accessories, rugs,
even plants, are getting grander, with more vibrant colors. Designers are layering
textures and colors to bring warmth and style to just about any room. Homeowners
are seeking rich, bold pillows, area rugs, and table toppers, paired with deeper,
richer colors on the walls, and accessories that complete the style of a room.
Custom touches also can add pizzazz to rooms, and
they come in a variety of shapes and colors. Custom builders say closets are
much more than shelves and a pole today. Organization is the key
word, and it is common these days for closets and garages to receive a customized
Game and media rooms still are popular, and so is track lighting. Lighting
consultants in the area note lighting design for the entire home is becoming
much more popular, and so are lighting controls that allow you to control a
single light or the entire home with a remote control or wall-mounted system