Home Design Industry Changers From 2016
At Republic West Remodeling, we have seen a lot more personalization within the home over the last year – especially in areas that traditionally were not custom made.
Below we highlight a few of the biggest industry
design changers we’ve observed in 2016:
- Natural Selections. Many homeowners are now considering engineered woods with a lighter, more natural finish. And white, gray and washed-wood finishes have been making a comeback. Consider bleached, limed or even fumed woods with matte finishes, or sealed-only floors. And don’t count out engineered products. They are not always cheaper, but you can achieve a more exotic look.
- Clean Lines, More Open Spaces. Our experts say that, overall, new construction is leaning toward contemporary. This doesn’t mean that everyone is moving into glass houses. However, on the whole, houses today have cleaner lines, with less focus on turrets and more use of stone and standing-seam roofs. And even those who are sticking with more traditional exteriors are going with modern, open concepts on the inside. This translates into fewer hallways and small, wasted rooms. Open floor plans provide more useable space — the kitchen that opens to the den and possibly dining areas. The bottom line: today’s homeowners are better understanding that 100 percent of their spaces should be completely usable.
- Take Risks. Everyone should have some fun when building his or her dream home. Consider getting on board with glass and metal trends. Or, think about patterned woods, intricate wood designs or an iron-and-steel combination for your staircase. The guest bath is a great place to try a bold wallpaper, daring paint color or adventurous tile.
- The Great Outdoors. More and more people are recognizing that the backyard has long been under-utilized square footage. In the desire to make every inch of property useful and livable, indoor spaces are opening directly to the backyard, complete with pizza ovens and fire pits.