Which home design trends break the thermometer and which ones are losing steam?
Tailored Cabinets: HOT
The need for organization and efficiency in the home is crucial. Cabinet manufacturers have taken the lead by offering custom vanities tailored to your specifications. Power outlets, hair styling tool holders, makeup niches, and even charging stations and TVs can be installed inside your vanity or medicine cabinet.
New Technology: HOT
Smart devices for the home are on the rise. Everything from thermostats to sprinkler systems can be synced to your smart phone, creating conveniences you never thought you needed. You can even digitally customize your showering experience. Charging stations are also becoming a necessity. Plus, there’s Amazon Alexa and Google Home that can do pretty much everything. The future is certainly bright for smart homes.
Separate Faucet Spray: NOT
Once considered a standard feature in the kitchen, a separate spray at your kitchen sink is becoming obsolete with the ever-growing presence of pull-down faucets. Nixing the spray will clean up your counter space and make room for more useful necessities like an instant hot water dispenser.
Bar/Wine Storage: HOT
Entertaining in your home provides comfort and convenience, especially if you have a bar or wine cellar. The usual spots in the house are in the basement, man cave, or near the kitchen/dining room. Be the host with the most and install a beer tap – your guests will be impressed.
Distressed Wood: HOT
Homeowners are opting for more natural-looking distressed wood, driftwood, or beachwood. This texture isn’t just limited to cabinets – flooring and countertops have also rocked the rustic style.
Be honest, when’s the last time you took a bath? Unless you have young children, bathtubs aren’t as much of a necessity anymore. Not to mention, they take up a lot of space and you feel cramped when you shower. Instead, homeowners are ditching the tub for the next hot trend…
Large Showers: HOT
Bring that hotel resort and spa experience into your own home by removing that bathtub and extending your shower space! Homeowners are loving the possibilities a big shower brings, adding body sprays and rain shower heads, seating, and steam therapy systems. Torn between keeping the tub and enlarging your shower? Conquer both by getting a freestanding tub (if you have the room and the budget).
Apron-Front Sinks: HOT
Stainless steel and cast iron farmhouse sinks are all the rage. With so much room to pile up the dishes, pots, and pans, it’s no wonder why people are lining up to install this sturdy sink in their kitchen. They come in many sizes, styles, and colors. Not to mention, it’s also got many great uses, like bathing puppies or mini humans.
Any HGTV junkie knows that hardwood floors throughout the home are a huge selling point. This is mostly due to durability as carpeting can be costly to clean (especially if you have pets and/or children). Although soft to the touch, the fibers do retain bacteria awfully well which leads to mold and mildew buildup. Unless you have the funds and/or efforts to thoroughly wash your carpets often, it’s best to stick to hardwood or tile and install the next hot trend underneath to warm up your little piggies…
Heated Flooring: HOT
Radiant heated flooring is becoming popular, especially in the bathroom; nobody likes to step out of the shower onto a cold floor. Other possible areas are the basement, underneath the driveway to melt snow and ice, or any room that doesn’t heat up quick enough (which will reduce heating costs).
Wall-Hung Toilets: HOT
Space-saving design hits a home run with the advent of wall-hung toilets. Not only are they compact but they are incredibly water efficient and easier to clean than traditional non-skirted thrones. The tank is concealed behind the wall making this up-and-coming bathroom fixture exceptionally exquisite.
Formica Countertops: NOT
Granite, quartz, and marble continue to be chosen over more cheaper-looking materials like laminate, Corian, and Formica. These man-made countertops are more easily damaged by hot pans and sharp knives (and they’re not easily repaired). Also, if you’re planning to move at some point, a laminate countertop doesn’t add much resale value to a house compared to other more durable materials. Learn more about countertops and other tips from our kitchen designers.
Always Timeless: White Cabinets
If there’s one home design trend that will never go out of style, it’s white cabinetry. Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, white creates the illusion of larger space and the feeling of cleanliness. Check out more photos from this beautiful Manhasset, NY kitchen.
Beyond Retired: Pastels
It’s like you’ve stepped out of a time machine into 1975. Unless you go new-age nostalgia, pastel fixtures are a relic from a bygone era. If you still have these dinosaurs lurking around your home, we urge you to visit Green Art as soon as possible so we can help you update to more energy-efficient, water-efficient, and eye-pleasing kitchen & bath products.
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What other home products are HOT or NOT?