Monday, October 23, 2017

What These Sacramento Interior Designers Want You To Know About The Latest Design Trends

There is no better source for understanding the latest in industry trends than a local professional working in that field day in and day out. That’s why we turned to some talented local interior designers to get the inside scoop on the heartbeat of home design at the moment. They shared with us some of their favorite interior design trends and how they personally have incorporated them into their projects.
Explore these inspiring spaces and find out how you can bring these looks into your own home, whether it’s by simply adding a throw pillow or completely re-tiling your shower wall! And if the latter occurs, you may want to keep these local experts in mind…

Concrete + Deco Tiles

Concrete and deco tiles can bring so much life into a space, through color, texture or a soothing repeated pattern. Kristen of Kristen Elizabeth Design particularly loves how technology influences 2017 design trends, especially when it comes to floor and wall tiles.
“We go gaga over concrete and deco tiles,” Kristen said. “[They] make a big impact in small spaces. Our favorites include globally inspired patterns with bold colors and wall tiles with three-dimensional surfaces.”
Kristin Elizabeth Designs
Photos courtesy of Kristen Elizabeth Design
Some of their favorite looks include this bright and refreshing blue tiling on a bathroom floor, and the three-dimensional wall they installed in a modern shower. It is reminiscent of the ebb and flow of tides, providing a true sanctuary in this luxurious bathroom.

Light + Bright Kitchens

Bright white kitchens are back on center stage, according to Anne Sacco Interiors.
“After the darker Tuscan colors, people are ready to brighten their space and create a more cheerful feel,” Anne said. “But avoid being outdated by using new materials and adding touches of color, like in select pieces of cabinetry, lighting, tiles or doors.”
Anne Sacco Interiors
Photos courtesy of Anne Sacco Interiors
In this light kitchen, Anne and her team added colorful antique tiles to grab attention next to white tiles that beautifully contrasts the black range and dark countertop below. The whimsical yet elegant tile patterns provide a tremendous amount of interest in this space.
The kitchen’s barn door adds a beautiful touch of blue that complements the white cabinets to the left and gray cabinets in the butler’s pantry to the right.

Reclaimed Materials

Anne Sacco Interiors is also prone to incorporate reclaimed materials into their designs.
“Consumers have become active in their quest for reclaimed products,” Anne said. “Some are looking for an eco-friendly option while others are looking for the warmth and patina that aged products can provide.”
Anne and her team incorporated reclaimed materials in the following projects…
Anne Sacco Interiors
The collection of tiles in front of this tub was scraped off old buildings in France and transported to create a beautiful and unique design in this warm Northern Californian master bathroom. Additionally, the interior of this gorgeous fireplace was made with reclaimed brick.
Anne Sacco Interiors
Photos courtesy of Anne Sacco Interiors
This all-walnut study is complemented by reclaimed wood flooring laid in an attractive herringbone pattern. This outdoor space is full of reclaimed materials, from the rustic wood between the beams to the weathered bricks on the ground.

High Contrast

“From a black and white color palette to bold patterns and metallic finishes, high-contrast design is making its way onto the scene in 2017,” shares Kerrie of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.
Kerrie Kelly Design Lab - High Contrast
Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
We are thrilled! This look is both bold yet simple to achieve. Contrasting colors, materials, and patterns add visual interest and dimension to otherwise flat room scenes. Kerrie Kelly recommends mixing organic prints with a solid stripe, or a high-shine material with something matte to keep the look interesting and balanced.

Brass in the Bathroom

The Kerrie Kelly Design Lab team also loves adding brass finishes to their bathroom designs. While metallic finishes like polished nickel and chrome have always been in the bathroom, brass has come to the forefront as of late.
Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
Photos courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
“This luxe-looking material offers high shine with a livable look, adding a hint of glamour wherever placed,” Kerrie explained. “Use it to frame mirrors, add a touch of glimmer to a vanity, or make your shower and bath combo feel more luxurious.”

Keep in Mind When Considering Trends

Laura of PepperJack Interiors shares several tips to keep in mind when considering interior design trends. She warns, “Be Aware of Trends, Beware of Trendy.”
“Knowing what’s hot and what’s not can be invaluable in designing your interiors,” she explained. “But you can also sabotage a space, and your finances, by jumping into something you constantly see on Pinterest, HGTV, or even all those home furnishings catalogs in your mailbox.”
White Table
DOs for Working Trends Into Your Home:
  • DO include current trendy throw pillows on sofas or beds; they are easy and relatively inexpensive to switch out as trends change.
  • DO freshen up your silk floral arrangements with trendy florals and foliage bringing in current colors and textures.
  • DO consider updating entry, kitchen and dining room decorative light fixtures with of-the-moment fixtures. You’ll be surprised how a change in light fixtures can change the tone of an entire room.
DON’Ts for Working Trends Into Your Home:
  • DON’T rush to paint your walls or cabinets with the latest color trends. That is unless you are prepared to evaluate and possibly change the hard finishes in your home. Hard and relatively permanent finishes like tile, stone, and hardwoods will set the proper color undertones for any fresh paint.
  • DON’T invest in trendy tile backsplash materials that will be outdated within a few years.
  • DON’T invest in of-the-moment hardwood/tile flooring, opting instead to stay with classic colors and finishes that transcend the trends. Do treat your flooring selection as a canvas on top of which trends can take place, such as area rugs and even the occasional trendy chair.


We would love to know all about your favorite look and how you’re incorporating it into your home!

Where to Take the Kids Trick-or-Treating in the Sacramento Area

If you didn't already know, I am a major fan of the Fall season — and by default, Halloween. With this exciting holiday comes the much-anticipated tradition of trick-or-treating. It seems as though the main goal for kids on Halloween is to collect as many sweet treats as possible! My own children are all grown up, but things don't seem to have changed much since they were younger, and now my Grandson, Robbie, seems to be just like every other kiddo out there - excited for candy and on the lookout for the best place to show off his costume this Halloween! With this list, I hope you can focus more time and energy on finding the best costumes, and less time figuring out where to go trick-or-treating.
The following neighborhoods possess an extra dose of Halloween spirit, and are quite easy to maneuver with little ones. Visit them for an ideal trick-or-treating experience! Or attend one of the many trick-or-treating events happening in the area leading up to Halloween.

Best Sacramento Area Neighborhoods + Towns for Trick-or-Treating
  • Curtis Park
  • Midtown
  • Elmhurst
  • Elk Grove
  • East Sacramento
  • Roseville
  • Auburn
  • El Dorado Hills
Sacramento Area Trick-or-Treating Events
  • Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween in Space
  • Safetyville Halloween Haunt
  • Trick-or-Treating in Historic Folsom
  • Dinger’s Drive-In Flick-or-Treat at Raley Field
  • Sacramento Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo
  • Spooktacular Halloween at Funderland
  • Davis Downtown Treat Trail
Please see below for a more detailed look at the above neighborhoods and events taking place this month!


Curtis Park

Curtis Park Sacramento, CA
The family-friendly atmosphere of Curtis Park is perfect for occasions such as this. Travel along tree-lined streets hosting historic properties decked out for the holiday, collecting treats and making friends as you go. The idyllic setting of this historic neighborhood makes it one of the best trick-or-treating destinations in the region.
Don’t miss the tiny enclave of Hollywood Park, located in the southern portion of Curtis Park. This neighborhood has a long-standing reputation of promoting a family-friendly environment and a top-notch Halloween experience for trick-or-treaters every year.


Midtown Sacramento, CA
Midtown is a wonderful place to go trick-or-treating, as the area has an exceptional Walk Score of 93 — the highest in the city. This hip, young neighborhood is filled with festive decorations on doorsteps, pretty tree-lined streets, and proximity to lots of local restaurants — perfect for a late-night snack after all that walking.
Don’t miss the area around Marshall School, a popular destination for trick-or-treaters. And the “Grand Old Gated Home” is another must-visit in Midtown. This home located on the corner of 25th and I Streets will be decked out for Halloween, accepting visitors from October 29 through 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.


Elmhurst Sacramento, CA
Elmhurst is a scenic neighborhood in East Sacramento with a strong sense of community. Elmhurst is well-known for its wide, grassy median along the main street, lined with gorgeous elk, oak, and ash trees. Trick-or-treat along this pedestrian-friendly street with bungalows, Craftsman homes, Tudors, and other historic properties. 

Elk Grove

Elk Grove, CA
Elk Grove is a community-oriented town just south of Sacramento. People are drawn to the small-town feel, hometown pride, and community camaraderie of Elk Grove, which is maximized during holidays and local events such as Halloween. Take the family to this enchanting town with historic and new homes alike for an unforgettable trick-or-treating experience!

East Sacramento

East Sacramento, CA
The Fab Forties in East Sacramento is a no-brainer when scouting out the best local trick-or-treating zones. Hundreds of little goblins, mermaids, and ghosts flock to this historic neighborhood for one of the best Halloween experiences around. The residents of the Fab Forties neighborhood are heavily involved in holidays — particularly Christmas — and Halloween is no exception. Explore the elaborate architecture and festive Halloween decor in this renowned neighborhood this Halloween!


Roseville, CA
While Roseville hosts a myriad of attractions in its quaint downtown, such as restaurants, cafes, shops, arts centers and more, the residential side of this town is thriving as well. After an afternoon spent perusing the downtown area, head to the neighborhoods of Roseville for an enjoyable evening collecting treats from house to house!


Auburn, CA
In addition to the quaint downtown area of Old Town Auburn, this town situated northeast of Sacramento has an exceptional residential community, providing the perfect environment for trick-or-treaters. Head to Old Town to visit small boutiques, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant, and experience the charming atmosphere of this historic area. Then hit the neighborhoods lined with beautiful homes shaded by lush canopies of trees for a fun Halloween experience! This well-connected and friendly community will welcome trick-or-treaters with open arms.

El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills, CA
Head to the hills this Halloween! The upscale city of El Dorado Hills is nestled in the Sierra Foothills, providing exceptional views of the mountains, Sacramento Valley, and Folsom Lake. The city is filled with well-maintained neighborhoods in a beautiful, natural surrounding away from it all. Travel through the pristine neighborhoods in El Dorado Hills, where you’ll find stunning properties, lush foliage, and spectacular views. The popular El Dorado Hills Town Center, hosting a variety of shops and restaurants, will provide the perfect pitstop before or after your trick-or-treating adventure!


Fairytale Town’s Safe & Super Halloween in Space

Fairytale Town Halloween
Photos Courtesy of Fairytale Town
Head to Fairytale Town for three nights of trick-or-treating and family fun in space at the 31st Annual Safe & Super Halloween! Embark on a space adventure as you meet legendary intergalactic characters, take part in Jedi training, and even travel to Dagobah, Endor, and Tatooine. Enjoy 15 treat stations, a nightly costume parade, hands-on activities, and more. Each night, Sevilla Magic FX will perform a magic show in the Children’s Theater. If purchased before October 20, tickets cost $10 for non-members and $7 for members. Day-of tickets purchased after October 20 cost $12 for members and non-members. Tickets for children 1 and under are free!

Safetyville Halloween Haunt

Safetyville’s Annual Halloween Haunt is back for another year of family-friendly fun! Head to Safetyville, the unique miniature city, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations and activities, a harvest maze, face painting, raffles, live entertainment, and of course — trick-or-treat stations. Admission is $5 per person for those 3 years and older.

Trick-or-Treating in Historic Folsom

Folsom, CA
Trick-or-treat in historic Folsom this year from 1–4 p.m. on October 28! Dress up in your Halloween finest and take a stroll along the beautiful historic district, keeping an eye of for signs that read “Participating Merchant” to pick up your special treats at local shops.

Dinger’s Drive-In Flick-or-Treat at Raley Field

Dinger’s Drive-In presents a special Flick-or-Treat movie experience at Raley Field on Halloween weekend! Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the big screen, and go trick-or-treating before the movie with themed games and prizes. Doors open at 4:30 and the movie starts at 6 p.m.! Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for kids, and parking is free.

Sacramento Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo | Sacramento, CA
Photo Courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo
Slip on your costumes, grab a trick-or-treat bag, and head to the Sacramento Zoo for a unique Halloween experience. Boo at the Zoo offers trick-or-treating throughout the entire zoo at 15 different candy stations, face painting for kids, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows, keeper chats, and animal enrichment activities. Ride the spooky zoo train or take a ride on the creepy carousel for an additional fee. Ticketspurchased before October 22 cost $13 for non-members and $10 for members. Tickets purchased after October 23 cost $16 for non-members and $13 for members. Children under 2 are free.

Spooktacular Halloween at Funderland

Spooktacular Halloween at Funderland Amusement Park
Photo Courtesy of Funderland
Funderland is the ultimate paradise for kids throughout the year, and Halloween is no exception! Their annual Spooktacular Halloween features trick-or-treating, a hay maze (all month), a magical musician, superhero encounters, costume contests, free crafts, vendors and more. Trick-or-treating costs $3.50 per person. Spooktacular Halloween is happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Davis Downtown Treat Trail

Davis, CA
Davis Downtown is continuing a long-lasting community tradition with their famous Treat Trail event! Head to downtown Davis to trick-or-treat at participating local businesses on Halloween from 2–4:30 p.m. This event occurs rain or shine and is recommended for children ages 10 and under.

Happy Halloween!

And good luck on your trick-or-treating adventures!

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