Anyway, because I tend to ramble, I thought it wise to sit down before the interview and organize my thoughts. I started writing down some thoughts. Yes, I was literally writing down my thoughts using a pen and yellow legal paper…old school baby. As I was furiously writing on my yellow legal pad, I started to get really excited because it appeared that I actually have learned something over the past 20 years of being in the remodeling business and that I did have some interesting stuff to tell the reporter.
Fast forward a week or so and the day came for the interview. I was ready and sitting at my desk with my trusty legal pad in front of me. My iPhone rang and away I went with the interview. I think the article is great but after reading it I realized that I came up with some really great stuff that didn’t make it into the article.
So, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey here’s “the rest of the story” …
- Sustainability is becoming less of a trend and more of an expectation. One might even go so far as to say that it’s now a demand from clients. From low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint to cabinetry made from sustainable products this “trend” is here to stay. This is especially now because sustainable materials are becoming more and more affordable.
- Less is more. I know you hear people say that a lot but for 2020 it really seems to be the case. Since I’m no expert in the human condition I can’t say for sure, but I think it’s a response to all the chaos occurring in our world these days. It seems that more and more folks want a kind of calm and pared-back look in their homes. You know…refined but also comfortable and lived in.
- Spa-like master bathrooms. This may also be a result of the chaos in our world as homeowners look to create a sanctuary in their homes away from all the noise of life. Benches, window seats, shaped tile (no more rectangles or squares), framed mirrors, integrated lighting (built into mirrors, cabinetry, woodwork), freestanding tubs, and partially tiled walls are all ways of creating a more spa-like atmosphere.
- Less of the same. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “We don’t really know what we want but we do know that we want something different than everyone else”. Whether or not this is a trend it’s definitely something I’m hearing more of so I believe that within reason anything that is unique will shine in 2020.
- Excitement in other areas. Homeowners are definitely looking to spice up areas of their homes that may not have received attention in the past. The most popular right now is the laundry room. Cheerful colors, creative storage solutions, quartz countertops, chalkboard walls, fun patterns on the floor (tile) or walls (wallpaper) are all popular with laundry room remodel projects nowadays. Have fun in your laundry room and maybe try some things that you wouldn’t necessarily do in the more public areas of your home.
Finally, and this may come as a shock to some of you…
- Wallpaper. Yes, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Hell, I’ve even spec’d it out on some of our projects and not just as an accent but in whole rooms or areas. There are some great papers out there people so don’t be afraid to go that route. I have a whole thing here in my notes (yes, my paper notes) about what wallpaper colors, patterns, etc I think will be popular in 2020 but I won’t list it all here because, well, my fingers are getting sore from typing. So, if you want to hear more of my thoughts on wallpaper send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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