Is White the New Black? The future of finishes.

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Change is an inevitable part of design, and nowhere is that more obvious than when looking at TRENDS! While a good designer tries to design beyond the trends, we are in some ways slaves to them. The reason is that, unless we have an unlimited budget to design custom pieces (snorting laugh), we are dependent on the PRODUCTS we use. And products are designed by companies who follow trends!

It has always been interesting for me to look ahead to what might come next though. One spoke on the rotating wheel of design is finishes. The Oil Rubbed Bronze craze gave way to the widespread love of brass and matte black but we all know that won't last forever either. So what's on the horizon? Would you believe me if I said it might be MATTE WHITE?!!

Check out this stunning faucet by Jason Wu for Brizo! While matte white for a faucet sounds strange, even to my ears, in practice it's really beautiful. Considering the OTHER current trend for dark, moody spaces, white actually seems a natural complement. It really pops against a darker background. If there's one thing I love it's contrast!

Let's see some more.