Posted on: August 17, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

Last Updated on August 17, 2023

Beige is back, wood is in, and color is king. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, planning a new build or simply want to change up your paint colors, make sure you read this first.

Elegant farmhouse in the kitchen

The classic farmhouse trend that took over HGTV and, subsequently, homes and kitchens across America is now being replaced with a new, more refined look that designers are calling “elegant farmhouse.” While the classic shaker-style cabinet doors, apron-front sinks, and large islands aren’t going anywhere with this new design aesthetic, all white cabinets are being traded for bold color choices, and slab stone backsplashes and oversized range hoods are quickly rising in popularity.

Soft neutrals

Gray walls, couches, floors, rugs, and everything in between have dominated the color palette for nearly a decade, and as a result, homeowners are now seeking warmer neutrals. Think cognac-colored couches, soft browns, taupes, and warm whites.

In terms of paint colors, taupe is rising in popularity, as it’s warmer than gray but cooler than beige. Popular taupe colors include Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak and Fossil. Lighter beige paint colors are also becoming popular, with more and more homeowners selecting Benjamin Moore’s Maritime White, Muslin or Feather Down. Increasingly, homeowners are looking to warm up sterile white walls with off-white colors like Benjamin Moore’s White Dove or Simply White. Brown is even making some headway in the home decor world, with homeowners warming up spaces through the use of brown paint colors and/or decor and accessories.


If you’re tired of the all-white-everything look so many embraced right after gray seemed to fade, you’ll be happy that color is starting to creep in everywhere. Jewel tones like blue, plum, and raisin are showing up in furniture, on walls, in cabinetry, and in decor more and more as homeowners seek to inject more personality into their spaces.

And before anyone asks, no, gray as a color isn’t out; it’s the overuse of the color that is.

Timeless choices

As more homeowners look to remodel rather than sell, designers are noting a shift from trendy to timeless in terms of what clients are selecting for their hard finishes, furnishings, and cabinetry selection. In general, transitional and traditional design styles seem to be taking over, as modern design styles are now taking a backseat. Natural stone is making a comeback, with many opting to use granite, marble, and quartzite in their kitchens and bathrooms.

Instead of trendy or busy tile, more homeowners are thinking of longevity when they select a backsplash or bathroom tile, and as a result, subway tile continues to rise in popularity. In terms of hardware selection, the ultra-popular matte black faucets, pulls, and knobs, and lighting are being replaced with more classic options like polished nickel and unlacquered brass.

Butler’s pantries

Butler’s pantries are essentially secondary kitchen spaces that allow for food prep and also serve as a space to store countertop appliances, leaving your main kitchen clean and clutter-free. Coming in handy while entertaining, butler’s pantries, also known as sculleries or pantries, are requested more and more during large-scale kitchen renovations and seem to come standard nowadays in luxury new home construction.

Wood cabinets

While many undergoing a kitchen renovation today are desperate to get rid of their wood cabinets from yesteryear, updated and more neutral warm wooden tones are increasingly being requested during remodels and in new construction. Quite a departure from cherry-stained, espresso-colored, or even orange-toned wooden cabinets that dominated the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, today’s homeowners are opting for a softer, more classic wood stain. Walnut and white oak cabinets in both the bathroom and kitchen are heavily desired and will only continue to climb in popularity as the shift towards embracing warmth through materials, paint colors, and finishes continues.

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