Light colors, as well as new finishes and details in furniture have become the trend for the modern look.
Casa Italia owner Ozzie Pancaro said although high-end Italian contemporary furniture utilizes linear, straight clean lines, the trend includes different finishes, accents and details to the furniture.
"It's not a particular bed or wall unit, those designs are always evolving, it's the finishes and details that confines the trend in furnishing," he said.
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Pancaro said for example a buffet now looks like it is floating due to it being positioned on acrylic legs. He said to add ambiance to the look, LED lighting is placed underneath the leg.
In addition, a solid walnut top with a free form base is also being used for furniture. Pancaro said it has the appearance of a piece of wood cut straight out of nature. The walnut top is then placed on different types of legs steel, chromed and glass.
"There are two glass legs underneath this large solid walnut top," Pancaro said. "It's a heavy beautiful sculpted piece of top floated on glass."
The finishes on wood have also changed throughout the years according to Pancaro. He said wenge, a very dark chocolate brown wood that was used for more than 10 years, has been replaced. The change occurred, Pancaro said because people became tired of the heavy look the color provided.
Now he said people are using a smoked oak wood while designing their space, which has a combination of a light and dark tone.
Quality over quantity is another trend, according to Designer Kira Krmm of Kira Krmm International Design. She said instead of individuals renovating their entire home, they are only renovating one room and doing it well.
She said less is more in terms of furniture that is now more streamline.
"People are paying attention to a very simply designed piece of furniture made out of quality material," Krmm said.
She said scale is very important in terms of furniture because what is going to work in a large single family home is going to be different than furnishing a condo.
The trend also includes the appreciation of nature through bringing the outdoors in, which Krmm believes is a sign of the times.
"I encourage my clients to draw inspiration from their surrounding physical environment when decorating their home, and incorporate elements of the outdoors such as colors, textures, and materials," she said. "My signature "Koastal" design aesthetic is a reflection of the natural elements found in Southwest Florida and other beautiful coastal destinations around the world."
Krmm said the core elements of her signature aesthetic of Florida Koastal Elegance design combines coastal feel and urban sophistication by focusing on duality between soft, textured, organic elements, as well as hard, clean lined architecture. In addition, she also uses natural hues like whites, off-whites, grays, as well as colors of the water and sky. Metallic's, like champagne, silver and bronze are used as well.
"It follows the combination of organic natural materials and manmade materials," Krmm said. "It's based on balance and more of a timeless transitional blend."
Pancaro said wall units are now featuring stone fronts instead of wood fronts. He said the stone, which is two millimeters, is applied directly to the front of the door.
"We have four different stones," he said that are utilized in the units. "It gives it a natural earthy look. It is an innovative finish that we are doing."
Pancaro said although colors are always changing from season to season, he has noticed the trend shift more towards a gray scheme. He said the contemporary look has always used a lot of whites in decorating, which has slowly but surely changed to grays. The new look can be achieved by mixing the walls, furniture, fabrics, leathers and area rugs with white or doing a full gray themed room.
"In color that is something that has a little bit of movement for a couple of years," Pancaro said of using gray.
Krmm said people are paying more attention to the environment and using lighter colors.
"More sensitivity from colors of outdoor environment," she said.
Krmm said she has noticed that the current trend is getting back to the basics by simplifying the interior.
"When you are happy in your home it aides to your quality of life," she said. "If it is well organized and meets your lifestyle and it is beautiful it will make you happy."
Krmm said although trends drive the market and affect the decision-making of decorating a home; she encourages individuals to follow what makes them happy. She said she recommends her clients to make decisions that are best for their life and lifestyle.
"Home should be a reflection of who you are," Krmm said.
For more information about Casa Italia call 239-390-0643 or visit their website at www.casaitaliaonline.com. They are located at the Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Suite 250 in Estero.
For more information about Kira Krmm International Design call 239-992-5586 or visit www.kirakrumm.com. They are located at the Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Suite 304 in Estero.