Whether you’re looking to buy, build or remodel, the real estate market and home improvement season is just starting to heat up.
We love to read about home design trends even if Americans don’t live by them. Each year a number of experts treat us to their predictions anyway. And, this year is no exception. Here are a few trends that may have you rethinking your surroundings.
- All-white kitchens remain popular; however, Houzz predicts that in 2018 more homeowners will be adding color, with grays and blues expected to gain in popularity and warm wood tones replacing painted cabinets. In fact, more color throughout the home may be on tap as well with large florals not limited to traditional or tropical decorating.
- Stainless and/or white sinks are giving way to dark-colored vessels of concrete, stone, and copper. Trough and bucket sinks grace the new “modern farmhouse” look. In fact, Houzz predicts that concrete will be used in decorative accents, furniture, and tile throughout the home as well.
- That fusion of glass, metal, concrete and stone once reserved for only high-end custom homes is also gaining ground.
- There is no place we deserve a more relaxing space than our master bedrooms, which are increasingly taking on that relaxing luxury hotel vibe.
- Neutrals and borderline minimalist furnishings are now the ticket instead of the more ornate designs of the past.
- As for floor plan and exterior design trends, America seems to be in love with what is now being called the “transitional farmhouse” with light-colored vertical siding, metal roofs, and main-floor master suites. The 21st century version has simple, clean lines without sacrificing a homey atmosphere.
- Along with craftsman styles, mid-century modern never really went out of style. Both feature exposed beams, columns, and lots of windows.
- Vaulted ceilings are still in demand, making a room feel breezier, bigger and allowing more natural light to filter in.
- Especially in areas where the four seasons take their toll, “drop zones” will never go out of style. Instead of a general utility space that combines the laundry and mudrooms, families are more interested in a dedicated mud hall with cabinets, shelves, sinks, storage, benches, and lockers where they can dump their backpacks, coats, boots, shoes, and sports equipment.
- For those of you who have come to appreciate the fruit of the vine, both pantry and wet bar wine storage is growing as America’s wine culture continues to evolve. Wine chillers are popular appliances these days, and more newly built homes come with them in butler’s pantries (also increasing in popularity).
As 2018 unfolds, we can expect more innovations in-house plan design trends to emerge – all aimed at meeting the needs of homebuyers and ensuring that these features bring homeowners the best in practical comfort.
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