1. Master Laundry
Laundry, on its own, is already an unpleasant task…why make it more difficult by having to walk across the house to do it. Several of our clients are already requesting laundry rooms near the master bedroom, or even off of the master closet.
2. Outdoor Showers
Today, people seem to have much more casual and open lifestyles. We have recently designed several homes with showers that are outside.
3. Outdoor Living Spaces
To add to the ‘casual and open lifestyles’, many people are doing away with the traditional formal dining rooms. Instead we are seeing a trend in outdoor rooms with comfortable seating areas.
Heavy, old world and Tuscan design seem to be losing prevalence. Today several of our clients are going for a more simple, clean design.
As stated in Wall Street Journal online “‘soft modern’ trends [will] drive home design in 2014”. Read more at http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140113-906188.html.
While ‘greige’—a gray and beige color mixture—is a trend that was started in the past season, it is still in. Soft, neutral wall colors trump bright and colorful accent walls. It’s the accessories that will bring color and personality into the home.
We like the “Top Five Home Design Trends in 2014” article on the CBS News website: http://www.cbsnews.com/media/top-five-home-design-trends-in-2014/3/.
6. Color of the Year
Here’s an interesting trend that we’re not sure about. Pantone’s color of the year, “Radiant Orchid”. Check it out and let us know what you think! http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129.
7. Efficient products
Although ‘going green’ is a thing of the past, there are now more ‘green’ products available making it easier to live more environmentally friendly. Not only do products like touchless faucets save water, they also save money. Homeowners are buying more efficient appliances because they save money, they save electricity, and they are generally more convenient.
Check out more about the “energy efficient appliance” trend at http://www.cbsnews.com/media/top-five-home-design-trends-in-2014/6/.
8. Tech Savvy Homes
To add to the money, electricity, and environment savings, we have several clients requesting to have electric car chargers installed into their garages. We predict a great increase in this trend in 2014 as the market for electric cars continues to increase.
9. User friendly spaces
With the increase in ‘blended families’, there is now a greater demand for housing that is ‘multi-generational’. In a recent home remodel we did, the clients—a newly blended family with children ranging in age—explained that they wanted a place where they could raise their children, but also be able to entertain and have parties. People want homes where they (and their guests) can live comfortably. They want to be able to have their parents come and stay. They want their kids to be happy.
Read more about multi-generational housing in this article http://www.neilkelly.com/about-us/news-and-reviews/press-releases/top-ten-home-remodeling-trends-2014/.
Ultimately it is all about personal taste. There may be ‘trends’, popular styles and fashions, but in the end it’s about your personality. It’s about what you like and what you feel that your house needs to feel like ‘home’. Your home should be as unique as you are!
It looks like the people at ABC News agree with this…‘”The idea of personalization is becoming stronger and stronger,” Schuneman says. “People are wanting their homes to reflect a more unique perspective.”’Read more at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/designer-2014-decor-trends-21447037?page=2.
Our fearless leader has been all over lately! Erik recently attended a CMAA Convention in San Fran, visited San Antonio to participate in the Pella Design Council, and visited Los Angeles to pop in to our new office and to check out the Pacific Design Center’s WestWeek events. First, Erik
PHX’s Maurita Harris attended the first meeting of the inaugural chapter of NOMA, National Organization of Minority Architects. Maurita is one of 18 founding members to the Arizona Chapter which looks to inspire and empower under-served communities. To kick-off the chapter, the first meeting included a March Madness job search