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A peek into the future of home design

An excerpt from an original post by Elaine Markoutsas for The Kansas City Star

Style — great-looking materials, appliances and fixtures in magazine-worthy traditional or contemporary looks — is often the ultimate goal in remodeling as well as new construction.

“Over the last five years, design has been elevated,” says Michelle Lamb, editorial director of The Trend Curve, a trade newsletter that forecasts trends in color, pattern and design for manufacturers, interior designers and retailers. “Good design is an expectation, so we can go below the surface. There’s an option to a lot of things that we weren’t looking to in the past.”

That was especially evident in May at the annual Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas. There seems to be a bit more creativity, if not more thought, devoted to what consumers may love so much they won’t want to live without it, even if it’s a splurge.

An economy-related factor is that manufacturers for the last few years have pulled back on the number of new products. “With fewer introductions, more attention can be paid to details,” Lamb says.

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