• Smaller rooms (5x5 or 6x8) off of the kitchen for computer rooms/home offices or as flex space is becoming more prevalent.
• Flex spaces are important options or design features no matter where they’re located in the home.
• In multifamily rentals, flex space is called “surf” rooms.
The ‘Blue Decade'
• This first decade of the new century is being referred to as “The Blue Decade.” The blues in residential and interior design are softer and graying out.
• “Nature” colors are gaining popularity and include everything from kiwi and sage to “oxygen.”
• Very bright colors are evident in retail and can be used in residential…but be cautious and judicious when using them. Bright pinks and greens appear to be making a comeback, but be advised to use them very carefully.
• Durability is the watchword in interior design. Texture and natural materials are in — wallpaper and faux painting are dead.
• Buyers no longer want to deal with cleaning and fixing wallpaper.
• More color: Instead of wallpaper, designers are seeing homes with as much as 17 different paint colors on walls, trim, accents, finishing options and cabinetry.
Upgrading to Match Home Owner's Style
• Buyers are willing to spend more money on making their homes individualistic.
• Granite kitchen countertops are a popular upgrade.
Not Just for Walls Anymore
• Flooring materials are being used on walls and ceilings as an option or upgrade.
To read, "Design Trends to Watch: 'Friends' Entries, More Courtyards," Part 1 of this series, published on June 14, click here.
For more information about the NAHB Design Committee, click here, or e-mail Michelle Persinger Matuga.
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