Color. Material. Structure. Which direction is architectural home design heading? While home design trends tend to move slowly, new technologies, materials and details are emerging.
Today, homeowners prefer to remain neutral — in color, that is. Cool grays and true browns are so yesterday. Many shades of warm gray will top the charts for neutrals in living spaces — from soft gray to charcoal and hematite to metallic and pearlescent accents — with caramels and cinnamons making appearances in more private areas, such as master bedrooms, dens, and keeping rooms. Says Denise Turner, founder of Color Turners and a color forecaster, "Neutrals continue to flourish, as companions for brighter hues or as standalone, monochromatic color schemes."
Bright pops of color for front doors and accent walls, and vivid accent hues of royal blue, purple, magenta, green, orange, and yellow will make their way home in 2014. Green will gain strength from its association with eco-consciousness, in everything from fabrics and accessories to countertops. But don’t count black out. According to Houzz.com, black will make a strong appearance in kitchens, on interior doors and exterior siding, and even on the outside of houses to give a more modern façade.
Houzz.com editor, Sheila Schmitz, also predicts that tiles will continue to be the most popular backsplash material, with metal tiles and other sheet material such as stainless steel, glass and stone slab, fast becoming a homeowner favorite for its sleek look and easy cleaning.
Hickory, oak, and birch are big in 2014. In a recent Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, hardwood was the most popular flooring. Natural wood floors in traditional widths of 2.25” to 3.25” are still popular, but wider widths of up to 5” as well as random widths in darker colors, will be in demand.
Open floor plans will continue to dominate, as will the kitchen that opens into the living space — a trend that isn’t going anywhere, according to John Petrie, the 2014 president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “Walls are going to continue to come down,” says Petrie. Jase Frederick of the American Society of Interior couldn’t agree more. “Lately we’ve seen a focus on entertaining from clients. They are looking for spaces that maximize their ability to gather and relax with friends and family.” Appliance designers are on board with this new trend, creating appliances that are virtually invisible, seamlessly blending into the kitchen, which then seamlessly blends into the family room.
Technology is keeping the kitchen as the central meeting place, the Mission Control, the Hub of the home.
Today, the man cave is coming out of hiding. Often behind closed doors, this room is now a multipurpose space, out in the open for the rest of the household to enjoy — but make no mistake, it is still very much Dad’s domain.
Technologically speaking, one of the newest offerings is the Nest Thermostat, a product that learns the homeowner’s living habits and adjusts their indoor temperatures, saving them up to 20% annually on heating and cooling bills. Once installed, they set it at the temperatures in which they’re most comfortable for a few days. Within a week, it starts setting those temps on its own. When away from home, the thermostat can be programmed to an energy-efficient temperature with their Smartphone or tablet remotely, preparing their home for the right temperature when they return.
Overall, the home is losing its “edge,” taking on a more classic look, with more curves and rounded corners, and fewer sharp lines. Expect to see graceful yet simple cove moldings where walls and ceilings meet.
The top trends in architectural home design are simply beautiful, with more color, more open flex spaces and more technology.