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2019 Home Design Do’s and Don’ts

March 18, 2019

Metro Detroit home design experts advise what to add and what to avoid when updating your home this year.

By Hannah Owen
Featured image courtesy of Birmingham Design Studio

Do: Go dark

Home bar featuring blackPhoto via Petrucci Johnson Facebook

Several experts say they’re seeing black used throughout homes. Mike Petrucci, president of Petrucci Johnson Homes, says non-shiny, black countertops with honed or leather finishes are great in kitchens. Another dark trend: “Staining window sashes only in dark black to mimic old steel framed windows.”

Sue Upton of Dillman and Upton also says black window frames are popular, both inside and out, in a contemporary style. Upton adds dark colored flooring with wide planks and dark outdoor decks are trending.

Don’t: Shy away from bold colors

Owners of Le Shoppe Too in Keego Harbor, say colors like green and coral are trendy in home design this year. Also noteworthy is the transition from minimalism to maximalism, owners say.

Bedroom with pops of coralCourtesy Rowan Expressions Interiors

Liz Prokopuk, CEO of Rowan Expressions Interiors in Detroit, says coral is a strong color in design, and it can be complemented by tropical colors such as moss, gold, creamy sand, sea green and beiges touched by orange.

Do: Travel back to the age of Art Deco

Le Shoppe Too owners say the visual drama of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency are making a comeback all the way from the 1930s. Statement pieces like this pair of leopard print armchairs define the bold nature of Art Deco.

Leopard print Art Deco chairsCourtesy Le Shoppe Too

“Art Deco antique furnishings and light fixtures follow the inspirations for 2019,” Prokopuk says. “They add elegance to a comfortable and inviting room.”

Don’t: Use all traditional hinged doors

Get experimental with doors in your home, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Upton says pocket doors — ones that slide into a compartment within the wall — are popular for inside and bi-fold doors for patios and decks. Rethink the way you enter a room and let your imagination open the door!

Do: Feature white prominently in kitchens

White kitchenCourtesy Petrucci Johnson Homes

Upton says white continues to be the most popular color used throughout the kitchen — no surprise there.

Using different color accents — a stained walnut hutch, for example — adds interest, Petrucci says. He says giving “acrylic finishes in bold paint colors to cabinetry with chunky hardware,” can also give a boost to an all-white kitchen.

Don’t: Underestimate classic trends

“Timeless selections never go out of style,” Petrucci says. He emphasizes trends like subway tiles, marble or faux marble floors, and marble countertops that feature Calacatta gold will always be great options.

Kitchen with classic marble countertopsPhoto via Petrucci Johnson Homes Facebook

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