Popular Design Trends for Interior Spaces

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In 2016, industry experts agree that new home ownership and new home construction rates will continue to grow. Builders are excited by this forecast, and homeowners are taking advantage of continued lower mortgage rates. These same predictions hold true for the home remodeling industry. According to Leading Indicator for Remodeling Activity (LIRA), from Harvard University, in the first half of 2016 alone, homeowners will spend $301.4 billion on remodeling.

If you are going to spend that kind of money, it is important to know what to spend it on — or at least get some good ideas.  So we’ve consulted some industry experts for recent polling and insight into what will be popular for interior spaces in the months to come.

Rooms Consumers Will Want, Based on Builder Predictions

Homes today feature more conveniences, home automation, and enhanced design than ever before; but homeowners want to live in spaces that aren’t just functional but relaxing too. So the results of the National Association of Home Builders, Eye on Housing survey are no surprise. The survey finds that the three most popular rooms for a new home in 2016 are:

  • Walk-in closet in the master bedroom (avg. rating 4.9)
  • Laundry room (4.8)
  • Great room (4.7)

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Walk in closets and laundry rooms are an indication that customers want homes that are organized and spaces that help their homes function better.

The continued popularity of the family “Great Room” is a sign of a trend toward more casual living, gathering and entertaining, says Jerry Evans of Century 21 Real Estate in Washington, in a recent interview with Vail Stewart Rumley of the washingtondailynews.com:

“The formal way of sitting down at the dining room doesn’t seem to be happening anymore…a more casual lifestyle is literally changing the way homes are built…More casual dining experiences…more casual gatherings with friends and family, the end result is a need for more open space where many people can be at once without feeling crowded.”

Fill Your Rooms to Meet Your Needs

Next, we want to consider what to “fill” these rooms with, and when we say fill, we don’t mean clutter. We mean the products, architectural details, and colors that make the room function and look its best.

Creating a healthy home is important, this means investing in environmentally friendly products, energy saving appliances, and windows, high quality features that last, and have lower replacement and repair costs. Not only do these contribute to a healthier home, they can help homeowners save money too.

As pointed out earlier, consumers like to entertain today, to this end the trend toward wine rooms, cocktail bars and spaces for entertaining and socializing are being incorporated into the home, according to Michael Berens for ICON, from the American Society of Interior Designers. The caveat here is people want these spaces “out of sight, out of mind” when not in use.

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ICON, also predicts white, grey and neutrals remain popular color schemes for the year. Given that these are the most versatile colors from which to build an interior design palette, this is no surprise. This Manhattan loft uses White on white on the accents walls, neutral furniture, with just a hint of color, and subtle grey hues in the prefinished oak flooring. The look here is sleek, but you could modify the furniture pieces to make it even more contemporary, or rustic.

Distressed Wood Flooring in Farmhouse Kitchen from Carlisle Wide Plank FloorsKitchens remain the epicenter of the home, and if you are remodeling, the trend is to tear down walls and make these spaces larger, less defined, and more of a gathering area for the home.

Two things that are growing in popularity in these oversized kitchens are the “furniture look” for cabinets and islands; this gives kitchens more of a custom look.

Improve.net reports that apron, or farmhouse sinks, are also popular because they complement almost any style space while adding more functionality to the kitchen. Despite the desire for added functionality, consumers don’t want appliances cluttering up their kitchens, so kitchens will be designed with plenty of storage to keep them out of site.

Aside from kitchens and colors, energy efficiency and green construction, the floor covering options for homes today are more versatile than ever. You’ll find wide plank laminate and luxury vinyl plank flooring, competitively priced options which are perfect for a small remodel or first-time homeowner.

Tile, stone or marble are a good fit for entryways or mudrooms where you can add a decorative element and provide a resilient surface in a high traffic area.

Despite all the options available today, hardwood floors remain at the top of the list, according to fcnews.net. They are resilient and versatile and can be used everywhere in the home, from the kitchen to the master bathroom. You can also use a combination of flooring styles to create the right look for your home.

FC News has a few predictions for the most popular types of flooring, and luckily Carlisle has them all:

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No matter what trends you subscribe to, keep in mind that one thing all homeowners love is the ability to personalize their spaces, and luckily it is easier than ever to do that today, with countless furniture styles, colors, wood floors, and other architectural details that go into completing a home.
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