2017 has already seen some significant shifts in custom home design. Houses are being designed with different uses, purposes, and individuality in mind today. Here are some of the top of home trends for 2017.
Space designed to entertain
It’s not entirely clear why, but many people are using their homes more to gather with close friends and family. For apartment and condominium buildings, examples of this trend are group fitness centers and large decks. Private homes can reflect this as well through outdoor fireplaces or even TV sets. People are using their homes more to be with the people close to them, so common areas such as family rooms should reflect this.
Darker woods have had their moment, but now brighter color and even engineered wood is the big thing. Light wood can give your home a warm and comfortable feeling. Engineered wood has grown in popularity due to the different patterns they can create, adding texture to the various rooms. A key aspect of this trend is that it doesn’t just go for flooring, but also cabinets.
The homes of the past used to close the different areas of the house off with walls: the living room was a clear space as was the dining room, office, etc. Today, people are putting up fewer walls in their home, allowing each room to flow into the other. An example of this is using a great room, encompassing a kitchen, dining room, and family room all together instead of each being distinct. Opting out of the big bulky furniture and finding more creative storage solutions reinforce the trend by using space as efficiently as possible. Many homeowners are seeking to keep the spaces in their homes as wide open as possible.
In addition to trying to create more space, people are getting more use out of the same room. Many homeowners are using their living room areas for more than just formal events by adding bookshelves to make a home library. Adding more to the living room beyond furniture creates a more casual feel to the space, allowing more frequent use for fun purposes. Many people are using one room for many purposes.