KATY MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2018
By Katrina Katsarelis
When Hurricane Harvey devastated thousands of Katy area homes last year, Katy homeowners were forced to roll up their sleeves and begin the arduous task of renovating their homes. Suddenly it seemed everyone was making quick decisions about flooring, paint, counter tops, finishes, and furniture. Local designers and realtors quickly noticed new home trends emerging as Katy went from our usual rich, traditional brown and beige color schemes into into light bright gray and white living spaces. Read about the top Home Trends in Katy this year and going forward into 2019.
1.Gray is the new beige
Katy Area Interior Designer Nathalie Lara says Katyites are loving the cool grays right now. Her clients seem especially partial to Sherwin Williams Essential Gray, Grayish and Silverstrand. “I think everyone is just tired of the dark rich colors such as chocolate and terracotta and were ready for something fresh and light.” And gray isn’t just for walls now, homeowners are also incorporating gray touches into floors, finishes, furniture, and accents. Local realtor Amy Lookabaugh agrees. Gray is neutral and it’s the new standard amongst home shoppers today.”
The benefit of gray is that it many believe it is super universal and works well with a lot of colors making a good canvas for wall paint, flooring or furniture. The drawbacks are it might actually clash with your beige-brown furniture and floors. Rebecca Fox and her family lost their Cinco Ranch home and went with a ‘greige’ over straight gray. “Because so many of the things we could salvage had warm tones, we chose a very popular “griege” to paint on our walls,” she says. “Now I am trying to decorate with furniture, bedding, rugs and finding it is harder to match than promised.”
Another drawback of gray is it can tend to appear slightly blue green or purple depending on where the light hits. Experts recommend buying a sample and testing your paint color in various shades of lighting in the home before choosing a gray to see its undertones. Some paint stores will come to your home for a paid consultation and the fee can be credited toward your paint purchase.
2. The Big Islands of Katy
Another major trend right now is incorporating a prominent island where all the family can gather. Katy homeowners are using a lot of white and high contrast accents in their kitchen designs such as dark counters with a contrasting white, gray or bold colored island. She’s seeing a lot of dark kitchen counter tops with a lighter island. Some islands are even butcher block or painted with a pop of color. “They are in gray blue or duck blue and have different hardware as well.” As a finishing touch, homeowners and designers are adding industrial or glam pendant lights to accent these gigantic masterpieces.
3. Farmhouse Inspired
HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have been a huge inspiration on Katy homes, according to local designers and realtors. Concrete counter tops, huge farmhouse sinks, shiplap accented walls, and sliding farm doors have made their way into Katy homes. Lara believes the farmhouse trend is evolving into more of an industrial and modern look at this point. Lara will use a one or two soft touches from the farmhouse style in her clients’ homes when requested, but recommends not getting too trendy. “When it came to the specs of the house, such as flooring, architectural details, and counter tops, I try to keep that more classic, staying in the realm of what’s happening now.” Lookabaugh agrees. “You don’t have to go full-on farmhouse chic for every space in your home and I don’t suggest it. Upgrade your sink to a big farm-house sink if you want it! The entire kitchen doesn’t have to follow the same theme to match the big beautiful sink.”