Home style trends often begin with cutting-edge architects, builders and designers. Sometimes these trends will gain traction and become widespread and mainstream. The economy and demographics can also play a role in trends, but this year there are two added triggers: a yearning for healthfulness and sense of community.
Taupe is the New Gray
White is still the top color choice as it comes in many shades and is neutral. White has been threatened by gray in recent years with an increased popularity. But today, taupe is making progress as people are searching for a warmer color for their home that is still neutral. In fact, Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its Color of the Year for 2017.
Community Gathering Space
With more people spending time on social media and the fact that fewer people are living closer to family members has left many craving face-to-face gatherings. As a result, common gathering space has been a desired amenity to address this concern. Larger buildings and communities are offering popular options including clubhouses, community/function rooms or large common outdoor spaces.
Granite was popular for years, but quartz and quartzite are estimated to be favorites until another material take their place. Other green laminate options are gaining strength as they are not just for the lower end while their designs are mimicking stone, wood, metal and concrete.
According to Global Workplace Analytics, the average work from home time for those who are not self-employed has grown by 103% since 2005. As a result, there is a need for a designated space for work in homes. Many areas in a home can work for this when considering creativity meshed with dual purpose concepts.
Walkable Suburb Location
Urban locations have forever been popular for their walkability. Nowadays, this demand is extending to the suburbs where being close to a town center has become very appealing. Homes that are positioned close to public transport and have higher walk scores are becoming of high interest.
With everyone’s schedule becoming busier and with longer working days people want their homes to offer a place to relax and recharge. Homes with spaces that foster play are trending higher up on buyers’ lists. This could include a backyard bocce court, putting green or even an outdoor kitchen.
Renewable and Warmer Surfaces
With homeowners searching for green and natural options, natural cork has been on the list of materials that reflect this sentiment and benefits of being low-maintenance. The cork material is resistant to mold, mildew, water, fire, cracking and termites.