When making design choices in 2013, homeowners need to consider what future buyers’ tastes may be. RealtorMag.com recently put together a list of their hottest design trends for the upcoming year.
According to design professionals and manufacturers, these changes are going to be popular in homes across the country in 2013:
- Smarter, Less Costly Automated Controls: It’s become more affordable to control a home’s systems – such as the temperature, security, electronics, lighting, and more – through a single device, even from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Doing so can eliminate multiple controls and make it easy for home owners to manage things around their home, even when they aren’t there. One of my favorite new examples is the Nest Intelligent Thermostat, which can be controlled remotely, react intuitively to home owners’ habits, and adjust to conserve energy costs.
- Outdoor Living Rooms and Screened Porches: These spaces have more of the feeling and function of an indoor room, whether it’s better furnishings, fire pits, curtains, and even televisions and audio systems. Further helping to blur lines between outdoor and indoor spaces is the rise of screened porches, which are popular in Georgia. The outdoor living space is my favorite part of my house and where visitors love to gather and relax.
- Outdoor Kitchens, Vegetable Gardens, and More: Outdoor kitchens can be as elaborate as a built-in cook’s station with sink, storage, beer tap, pizza oven, refrigerator, and countertops. Hybrid grills permit cooking with both gas and wood or charcoal. Once the outdoor kitchen’s in place, many home owners move on to plant vegetable gardens that include tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and herbs.
- Media Frenzy: Home theaters have been popular for several years, but they are moving more towards a “home-y” feel than media rooms of the past. This includes comfortable seating, tables, and good lighting.
- New Neutrals and Color Pops: Neutrals still remain more popular than vibrant hues, but it’s no longer the off-white of yesteryear. Colors are trending more toward muted blues, yellows and greens that can work with a variety of colors. In contrast, bright new accents such as raspberry-pink may attract greater attention than a straightforward red. I prefer greens and browns and use them throughout my house.
- Lighter Looks: Smaller homes and spaces can benefit from scaled-back pieces and better illumination that makes rooms look larger. Swapping out large bookshelves for wall-mounted shelves, opting for tailored furniture over clunky items, and welcoming natural light are all ways to achieve this.
- Green Building Materials: Whether its paints, adhesives, countertops, or flooring, the green movement is a great way to get a buyer’s attention.
- Energy and Water Efficiency: Efforts to conserve energy and water throughout the home continue to be popular, including low-water toilets and sinks, better functioning furnaces, and improved insulation.
- Handcrafted Elements: Many home owners desire hand-crafted artisanal pieces for a greater personalized look. Great places to look include local art festivals and other small sellers. I personally love anything that is unique and can’t be found elsewhere. My favorite piece of furniture is a coffee table that was hand crafted from an old church door.
- Stylish Kitchens: Homebuyers prefer a middle ground between traditional and contemporary. Kitchens are more popular when they are open “live-in” spaces for cooking, eating, socializing, doing homework, or paying bills.
What are some trends that you’re seeing in home building and remodeling? What are some of the features you love about your own home? Post a comment below.
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