2016 proved to be a ground-breaking year for many trends in building and design, including a further merging of technology and our homes. But with the digital age also comes a yearning for quiet, contemplative, warm spaces where we can recharge in, well, a more analog way. With that in mind, here are the top 10 trends in home and design for 2017:
1. Mega Master Baths
Master baths are growing in size, from today’s 200 to 300 square feet to more like 600 to 700 square feet. Consumers want more space in their bath “getaways,” with separate soaking tubs, rainshower heads and interior body jets, seating areas, and even completely “double” master baths for him and her.
2. Home Spas
Along with larger Master baths, people are looking for completely separate spa rooms, within the main home or in an accessory building, complete with massage tables, lounge chairs, saunas, Egyptian baths, small refreshing rectangular pools, and mood lighting.
3. Wine Rooms
Wine cellars are an established luxury in many homes. But today’s homeowner wants more than just a climate-controlled closet, they want “tasting rooms” with wine fridges, wine cellars, table seating for 8 or more, and lots of cavernesque character!
4. Analog Spaces
People are plugged in 24-7 and are looking for small nooks and spaces where they can get a “digital detox.” Look for more reading nooks and small libraries with relaxed furniture, from deep sofas with linen slip covers, to oversized love seats, day beds, Icelandic sheepskins, chunky knit wool rugs and floor cushions.
5. Home Automation
Home owners want to control every system in their home from their phone, and not just when they walk through the door, but before they even get home. Music, lighting, security, mechanical systems, and even appliances are falling into the “internet of things” as the technology matures, along with self-controlling “artificial intelligence” systems.
6. Double the Appliances
People want two sets of appliances to make life easy, and to serve their needs regardless of where they find themselves in the home. Two sets of laundry machines (one up, one down) and two sets of kitchen appliances (one in the prep/butler kitchen, one in the regular kitchen) will become standard as part of the overall trend towards modern convenience.
7. Upholstered Beds
In 2017, expect the elegant upholstered bed heads you see in luxury hotels to make their way into mainstream bedroom selections, as people crave more warmth and comfort to hedge digital. Timber and minimalist bed frames will be out, as the glamour of upholstery moves in.
8. Natural Materials
Homeowners will return to their love of natural materials like cork and terra cotta, but will use them in different ways. Cork walls and table tops will offer earth tones and a natural accent to any room, while they absorb sound in open concept homes. Terra cotta will move from the floor to the fireplace surround as natural materials bring the outdoors in.
9. Jewel Tones
Homeowners want new color palettes in their homes that add a touch of romance and interest. Enter the jewel tones! Look for metallics, metals, raw-cut quartz, Lucite and opal to add a touch of sparkle, along with traditional jewel tone colors in softer shades.
10. Kit Kat Tile
With the proliferation of subway tile from homes to coffee houses, consumers are are looking for something new and different in 2017. Kit kat tile offers a fresh, modern twist to any bathroom or kitchen backsplash, and they look great laid in both vertical and horizontal rows.
And so the drama between digital and analog trends in home design will continue in 2017. As highlighted in our recent article on Top 5 Home Features Home Buyers Want, younger buyers will continue to shape these trends into the future.