While the word trend suggests a fleeting fancy, statistics indicate that a lot of these home innovations are here to stay. They will continue to grow and evolve, influencing future home trends. Here’s a review of some of the most-popular home trends consumers were willing to spend their money on this year.
Smarter Technology – With busier lifestyles and the cost of technology decreasing, it’s becoming more common to control a home system from one single device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Systems such as security, temperature, and lighting can be controlled from a central location in the home or from the palm of your hand while you are on the go. Giving homeowners more control, more efficiency, and more peace of mind!
Going Green – This trend appears to be here to stay. We will definitely continue to see an increase in all things green, environmentally friendly, and sustainable including building materials, paint, flooring options, countertops, plumbing and electrical; even home furnishings and accessories. Efforts to conserve water and energy have also skyrocketed through the use of lower water sinks and toilets, more efficient furnaces, and improved insulation.
Outdoor Living – This trend began a few years ago and continues to inspire homeowners to think beyond terraces and decks. With better furnishings, fire pits, curtains, and even televisions, many outdoor spaces now have the same feel and functionality as indoor rooms. They have become the perfect spot for family time and entertaining guests. Screened in porches have also risen in popularity; many with fireplaces, that allow this space to be used nearly year-round.
Outdoor kitchens – Partnering with the desire to spend more time outdoors is the increased interest in outdoor cooking. This has created a need for some very elaborate outdoor food prep areas. Some of the most popular amenities include sinks, storage, beer taps, refrigerators, countertops, even pizza ovens. Many homeowners have carried it even further by starting gardens and growing some of the food they eat. Gardens are great family-friendly projects and reflect our society’s growing interest in health.
Media Fever – Seems like more and more families are choosing to stay at home these days rather than travel. This has increased the appearance and comfort level of in-home media rooms. Designs now include more comfortable seating, tables, enhanced lighting, better televisions / projectors, and sound equipment.
Streamlining – Many consumers are opting for smaller homes with more of the high-tech, trendy features mentioned here, instead of larger homes that are harder to maintain. Furnishings are trending along the same scaled-back lines, less bulk and fluff; many even serve multi-purposes. Couches that convert to beds, ottomans that provide seating and storage, and coffee tables that can rise for dining purposes.
Stylish, Functional Kitchens – Renovations appear to be more popular than additions, with kitchens as the most popular room to re-do. Kitchens are not just for eating any more. They are being used for cooking, socializing, doing homework, and paying bills. Design features include upscale appliances, top-notch lighting, handcrafted cabinets, expensive countertops, and closer attention is being paid to every little detail. Bath renovations and master suites with more functionality are also top renovation choices.
Newer Neutrals – Neutrals still remain more popular than vibrant hues. However, neutrals are no longer restricted to white, cream, or beige. Any warm, subdued color that offers a fresh background can be considered a neutral, blue-gray is quite popular! And little “pops of color” are still used to bring neutral decors to life. Accent pieces and accessories in colors such as raspberry, varying shades of yellow, even orange and purple are showing up everywhere.