We asked our team to reflect upon the year and choose some of their favorite design trends. Here’s what we came up with:

  1. Concrete Floors: “Concrete floors are the perfect solution for a mountain-modern home. They provide clean lines and an industrial feel paired with the beauty of nature. I love concrete floors because they are stylish and functional. I don’t have to worry about my kids and pets ruining the finishes. They create a really livable and functional space.
    – Jeff, Merle Inc. Owner
  2. Open Kitchen Shelving: The open shelves create distinct, modern lines and add visual interest to kitchens. Personally, I love my dishes and glassware and enjoy showcasing them as works of art. It adds another dimension of personality that is not available with traditional cabinets.
    – Amanda, Marketing Coordinator
  3. Wall Paper Accents: Gone are the days were wallpaper is strictly reserved for your grandma’s basement. Designs are no longer limited to rose buds and country farm animals. I’m obsessed with the big, geometric patterns of modern wall paper. It’s a great way to add a pop of color and texture to an accent all or small space. It’s cool to see how the different patterns reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle and personality.
    – Heather, Project Coordinator
  4. Mixing Metals: For years, all metal finishes in a house had to match. The cabinet hardware, appliances and light fixtures were expected to be identical. My current favorite trend is utilizing multiple metal finishes in one space. You can easily turn a faucet or light fixture into a statement piece by selecting something unique like a matte black finish. It still looks great with stainless steel or brushed nickel, but serves as an interesting integration of texture.
    – Helen, Accounts Manager
Wallpaper Accent

Wallpaper Accent

Designer Faucet and Sink with Merle Inc.

Mixing Metals

5. Connection to the Outdoors: We are lucky to live in a place that boasts the beauty of four distinct seasons. It used to be the sentiment that outdoor living was reserved for warm and sunny days. With the use of discrete radiant heaters, large glass sliders and partially covered patios, it’s becoming easier to enjoy outdoor spaces, regardless of the weather. Nothing beats coming home after a long day, snuggling up in a blanked and unwinding with a cold beer next to my outdoor firepit.
– Joey, Senior Project Manager