1. New finishes
Matte finishes will slowly replace stainless steel in 2016 and 2017. Don’t worry, they will still blend in with existing appliances such as stainless or black and white, but it will help the homeowner save money by transitioning their appliances over time instead of having to buy everything all at once.
The matte finishes have a bonus, too. They hide fingerprints, smudges and dirt, and they are easier to clean than typical stainless steel finishes.
2. Cushioned flooring
The days of cement flooring are out. It’s too cold and hard on the feet. Cork flooring is making a comeback. It now comes in a variety of colors and is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional wood flooring and ceramic tile.
3. Circadian lighting
This year, GE is expected to release its new smart LED bulb that can change the color of the light that’s emitted to sync with the body’s circadian rhythm.
“C by GE” uses Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with your smartphone so you can personalize your color temperature settings throughout the day.
It’s designed to sync with your sleep cycle. You’ll be able to set it to change from energizing white light during the day to a warmer, more relaxing orange glow in the evening.
4. Better water quality
The National Association of Homebuilders’ 2016 New American Home will feature a whole-home water filtration system, and I think that this will be an ongoing trend in new homes.
5. Simplicity and tech
Efficient, family-friendly layouts and open floor plans with smart home technology are going to be more popular than ever in 2016.
Today’s buyers are looking for homes that are well-designed with more space in central living areas, great flow and clever, built-in storage. And a large percentage of buyers won’t be looking for the huge, 3,000-square-foot properties anymore.
Smaller, smart homes are what tech-savvy buyers want — especially millennial buyers. They are all about respect for the environment, conserving energy and high-tech homes.
6. Less grout surfaces and a clean aesthetic
Luxury vinyl flooring and larger tile will be a huge trend in 2016.
We’ll also see more of the larger tiles in shower surrounds and walls in bathrooms. These larger, smooth surfaces not only have a simple, clean design aesthetic, but they also use less grout, which is difficult to clean and susceptible to mold and mildew.
7. Lower pile rugs
Fewer shags and more patterned carpets will replace the standard plush. Cut and loop will be popular in 2016 and beyond. Carpet pattern and texture increase the perception of quality and value in carpet and can contrast beautifully with smoother elements such as walls, counters and furniture surfaces.
8. Enhancing health with clean design homes
Your home is your personal ecosystem. With all of the healthy home products available to consumers right now, it’s possible to live in an environment that is beautiful, sustainable, energy efficient and safe with no sneezing or off-gassing.
Top trends will be fabrics that don’t hold dust, Quartz stone countertops that are lower maintenance with antibacterial properties and durability, mudrooms with benches where people can leave their shoes to prevent toxins from entering the home and under-mounted sinks, which keep things cleaner by not trapping bacteria in the lip of the sink.
9. Luxury home amenities
The luxury market will also include new high-end amenities such as outdoor showers, procedure rooms and private museums. Some luxury buyers are even scooping up the house next door to use for separate guest spaces.
10. Multi-family construction
Millennial and Generation Xers are likely to make up the largest portion of homebuyers in 2016. New developments are now thinking outside of the box by offering a wide variety of amenities such as pet-friendly facilities, observatories, luxury spa services, valet parking and on-site workspaces to appeal to this demographic.
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