Home / Style Guide / Inspirations / Latest Home Trends Home Decorating Trends That Add That "Wow Factor" To Your Home. Whether you like nesting at home or throwing big parties, you want your house to look its best and make everybody comfortable. Today’s decorating trends allow you to use your home as a blank canvas for self-expression, creating an atmosphere you and your guests will enjoy. Unexpected Twists Many homeowners are opting to use traditional home furnishings in unexpected ways. For instance, furniture is being incorporated into the kitchen as an island, the finish not necessarily the same as the surrounding cabinetry. In the bathroom, after living with pedestal sinks that were visually interesting, but provided not storage, vanities and medicine cabinets are back, but the look is nothing like your mother’s. These nouveau pieces are very chic and extremely functional. Lighting, too, is being used in new ways. For its part, the chandelier need not be limited to dining rooms and foyers. Designers are bringing the fixture into bathrooms, bedrooms and even closets. Live Green Green has become ingrained in our lives, and ecofriendly options abound for home decor. But savvy homeowners don’t just want to protect the environment; they want to look good doing it, and it’s a triple bonus if they can save money. “Growing in popularity are stylish LED lighting products that use up to 80% less electricity than traditional incandescent lighting and offer long-term energy and cost savings,” says Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and industry trends at Kichler, which offers a variety of ultra-efficient LED solutions. “Homeowners don’t just want energy savings, however. They want style and flexibility so they can light their spaces their way." Wallpaper Is Back Unlike grandma’s floral schemes and duck-patterned bathrooms, today’s wallpapers integrate modern textures and designs. Don’t be afraid to go bold, but make sure other elements in the room, such as lighting fixtures and furniture patterns, are more subtle. Casual Chic Today’s homeowners want relaxing spaces without compromising style and sophistication. Materials that were once deemed formal, such as crystal, are finding new life in casual applications. Even traditional Tiffany lighting fixtures are trending casual with art glass applications, integrating softer hues in relaxed designs. On the countertop front, quartz stone is now number one in popularity, but look also at the emerging trend of quartz with matte finished surfaces, as many consumers are rejecting the impracticality of the high gloss of polished stone. Molded glass countertops are finding appeal in higher-end homes. Reinvigorated Corian® and laminated products are appearing with greater frequency as consumers look for something different and cost-effective. When updating your home, decorating is about expressing yourself and incorporating your own personal style.