Housing trends come and go – some we’re happy to see sitting at the curb, others we decide to keep around longer. Many of our buyers consider new construction homes, so we spend a good amount of time in model homes. We are finding that builders, designers and architects see these trends well before the rest of us do – we thought we would compile some trends that we have seen since the beginning of 2018.
1. Great Kitchens – In my family the kitchen is considered “command center” This tends to be the place where everyone congregates. Spacious kitchen islands, wine bars, small office area are some options. The open floor plan where the kitchen opens up into the family room-dining room is still very popular and will more than likely stick around for many years to come. Great for entertaining!
2. Energy Efficiency is very trendy – Go Green or Go Home! Builders are wising up to the fact that the average consumer is paying attention to the cost of their electric bill before they buy. Energy efficient windows, smart thermostats, solar panels and energy efficient appliances are just a few ways to save you money. Sustainable materials is another way to save. That may include reusing materials, such as reclaimed wood, or revamping the structure of their homes to include better windows or improved heating/cooling systems.
3. Dark Colored Trim – White and wood once dominated when it came to trim, especially the pieces around windows. No more: Designers are embracing rich shades of black everywhere — from around windows and doors to shelves, walls, and more. What to look for: Seamless blankets of deep hues.
4. Statement Lighting – Colorful, one of a kind, eclectic are all descriptive words I think of of when thinking statement lighting. This is one home trend that is easy to implement and can be very affordable. Use it draw attention to an upper space, create an ambiance in a master bedroom, a contrast of color to give the room some POP! This can get really interesting depending on the material. Have fun with this!
5. Outdoor Space – Nature draws out families and friends, which is why home design experts have embraced outside spaces as an extension of indoor living space. Today’s patios, decks, and porches are less a transition space than a destination, and they include amenities typically found indoors — TVs, sound systems, comfortable furniture, decorative elements — an essential part of their makeup.
Most trends (even the ugly ones) tend to come full circle after a few years. Some we love more than others but it is always fun to watch new and exciting trends!
“Where we love is our home – home that our feet may leave but not our hearts.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes