Designer Trends for Your Renovation Project

by | May 30, 2024

Color Drenching

Designers are challenging the traditional belief that dark walls make a space feel smaller by embracing the use of even the darkest shades and employing a technique known as Color Drenching. This technique involves painting the walls, ceilings, and trim in the same color, creating a cohesive and immersive visual experience. Painting everything in one color can create the illusion of increased height in a room, as the eye is drawn seamlessly from the walls to the ceiling, rather than being interrupted by contrasting trim colors. By drenching a room in a single color, statement pieces such as furniture, lighting fixtures, or even a book collection can take center stage, becoming the focal points of the space. This approach allows for a bold and unified design aesthetic that can enhance the overall ambiance of a room.

photo: abigail ahern

Lime Washing

Lime Washing is a versatile technique that can add texture and character to interior walls, transforming a standard room into a visually striking space reminiscent of European castles or Mexican haciendas. The rich and organic finish of lime washing allows it to complement a wide range of styles and aesthetics. Whether you prefer a bold coastal look with beige tones or a high-end, dark and moody dining room, lime washing offers flexibility in achieving your desired ambiance. Its ability to enhance the visual appeal of a room makes it a popular choice among designers seeking to elevate the overall look and feel of a space.

photo: A Guide to Lime Wash Paint

Bold Tile

Bold tile can indeed make a unique statement in your home, adding a “wow-factor” that can elevate your home renovation to Instagram-worthy status. When used effectively, bold tile can transform a room from merely functional to a visually striking piece of art, particularly when applied to a single wall. While bold tile designs have been around for centuries, contemporary trends such as stripes or playful patterns combined with classic subway tile are gaining popularity, especially in bathroom renovations. Incorporating bold tile into your home design can create a focal point that showcases your personal style and adds a touch of creativity to your living space.

photo: Popix Designs

Upgrading Your Light Fixtures

Upgrading light fixtures can indeed have a transformative effect on a room, instantly elevating its ambiance from ordinary to impressive. By selecting the right light fixtures, you can enhance the visual appeal of different spaces within your home. For example, adding 2 or 3 semi-flush chandeliers can make a simple hallway look stunning, while opting for a large, chunky dining room table light fixture can create a welcoming atmosphere for family gatherings. In the kitchen, oversized pendants can add a touch of style and functionality, making it a space where friends will want to spend time. Additionally, incorporating dimmer switches allows you to adjust the lighting to suit different moods and occasions, creating a warm and inviting environment that encourages relaxation and socializing. The right lighting choices can truly transform a room and make it a place where you and your guests will want to stay awhile.


About Stephanie: With over 20 years of experience in the design world, Stephanie brings a fresh perspective, a splash of color, and a whole lot of energy to the BEC team. Born and raised in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Stephanie isn’t your average designer. Her journey has been colored by her love for music, her adventures across Europe, Africa, and the US. Her mantra? No white walls! 🌈

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