January 17th, 2019
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2019 AKD Design Trends

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Post Tulum: My Recap

Hola! After a week of complete relaxation, restoration, and margaritas in Tulum, Mexico, I am back and ready to take on the new year. Since it was my family and my first time there, here is a brief recap of all that I loved about this coastal town.

We have actually been to Mexico about 15 times, but Tulum felt like a completely different world all together. The town is rich in natural beauty, history, and culture—all of which we fully embraced. One of the things I truly respect about Tulum, is there is no commercial “hype” associated with it. It has remained deliberately low-key, which gives it that bohemian beach culture. Actually, most of the vacationers were European, which made me feel super hip. The things I will miss the most: the amazing beaches, the incredible food, and the cool vibe.


2019 AKD Design Trends

1. Color and Pattern

AKD clients are growing weary of the usual cool gray walls and dark hardwood floors. They are starting to embrace thinking more outside of the box and are finding their colorful side. People want their homes to be a reflection of who they are, not just a page out of a catalog. Be prepared to see more individuality, warmth, and personality expressed in homes this year.


2. Custom Everything

Speaking of catalogs, AKD clients are yearning for more custom, unique finds rather than the easily accessible furnishings presented at retail stores and e-commerce sites. Just to be clear: custom does not necessarily mean more expensive, it means getting the special look you want that is layered, textured, and full of personality. (By the way, the AKD Pop Up Shops can do just the trick to meet your need for unique finds, just saying).


3. Painted Cabinets

I have an announcement to make: dark and cherry wood cabinets are officially over and the white kitchen look is becoming quite tiresome to most. That leaves painted cabinets! With the amazing array of colors to choose from, you should really consider giving it a try. It will truly elevate your interiors.


4. Statement Hoods

I foresee range hoods becoming the centerpiece of the modern kitchen. Yes, they are a necessity for a kitchen, but with different metals, shapes and details, they can be a beautiful feature as well.


5. Statement Ceilings

The ceiling, or “6th wall” of any room can be expressively treated. Anything from lacquer paint, to wallpaper, to molding covered can make a room appear larger and brighter. We promise that it will be more memorable than any accent wall could.

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