Interior design trends come and go. If you’re too anxious to go with the latest and greatest trend, you’ll end up with a home that looks dated just a few years down the road. But some trends are meant to last for decades. How can you tell the difference? Just take our word for it. Here are five home design trends that won’t go out of style any time soon.
Automation and integration
This is a trend you’re probably noticing everywhere, not just with home design. Our smartphones sync automatically when we get behind the wheel and plays our favorite music. It also allows us to make and take hands-free phone calls while we drive. You can scan an energy bar’s wrapper into your fitness app to find out how many calories it has. You can watch shows you’ve recorded on your DVR on your phone or tablet wherever you are. So it’s not surprising that automation and integration trends are spilling over into home design.
There are now ovens that you can control with your smartphone and electrical outlets that include USB ports to charge your mobile devices. You can now automate everything from home security, to temperature, lighting, and shade.
We’ve known about germs and how easily they can spread since the 1800s but we’re only just now starting to see hands-free faucets and toilets that flush automatically. These have been around for a while in many businesses but they’re starting to become more popular for residential use. Though these could be categorized under the automation trend, this seems to be part of a larger movement to make our lives healthier.
Americans are more conscious of their impact on the environment than ever before. So it’s not surprising that many homeowners are making changes to their homes to make them more sustainable. Solar roofing, energy-efficient windows, doors, lightbulbs, and appliances, and water-saving toilets are all examples of the ways homeowners are doing their part to conserve energy and natural resources.
In today’s mobile technology-driven world, we want everything to be personalized and user friendly, and that extends to home design as well. Control pads in the home, whether on appliances or in the shower, are customizable and programmable. Many of them you can control from a smartphone or tablet. As the baby boomer generation ages, accessibility features like handrails, wider walkways, and walk-in showers that make it easier to age in place are going to become the standard. User-focused design is all about comfort and convenience and isn’t very concerned about resale value.
Clean and contemporary
Today’s homeowner’s like things that look sleek and contemporary. They also value things that are easy to keep clean such as stainless steel for appliances and simple cabinet fronts without elaborate molding where spills can get stuck on.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune