Touring model homes and attending local builder “home tour” events has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Who doesn’t love ogling at the eye candy that is a luxurious, custom-built home complete with all of the latest and greatest amenities? Aside from the pure entertainment value of these outings, there’s a lot of great information to be gained about new home construction design trends if you are aspiring to build your own new home. They are a great resource for learning about the latest in home technologies, new building products, and of course, the latest in interior design trends.
Over the weekend, I toured several of the homes featured in the Akron HBA’s Parade of Homes. I thought it would be fun to share a few noteworthy finds that I uncovered in my new construction interior design trend-spotting mission.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION DESIGN TREND #1: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has so much as glanced at a home décor magazine over the past year or two that grey was EVERYWHERE in these amazing homes…on the walls, the cabinetry, the fabrics, and the flooring…you name it. The Grey Trend is alive and well here in Northeast Ohio, as it is across the country.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION DESIGN TREND #2: MIX & MATCH CABINETRY
Gone are the days of “Matchy Matchy” cabinetry within the home. Today, Contrast is the name of the game. Most often this plays out in the kitchen, with one of two scenarios: wall cabinets contrasting with island cabinetry, or contrasting upper and lower wall cabinets. You can see some examples of this in the pictures below.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION DESIGN TREND #3: COPPER ELEMENTS ABOUND
Copper has been all the rage in the kitchen during the past few years, with copper tables and kitchen sinks increasing in popularity. Over the weekend, I noticed that builders are beginning to incorporate this beautiful element into other areas of the home. For example, check out the ornamental copper hood on the fireplace below, as well as the copper sink in the powder room. It adds such a beautiful warmth to a space, don’t you agree?
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION DESIGN TREND #4: WOOD GRAIN TILE
While perusing the bathrooms in these homes, I couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming use of wood grain ceramic tile. This new building product was inspired by those of us who love the look of hardwood, but understand that it is impractical to use in bathrooms. It has the look of hardwood with the great properties of ceramic tile that make it a favorite choice for bathrooms (i.e., the ability to withstand water and humidity). Without actually touching the floor, it’s almost impossible to discern whether its wood or tile. I love this flooring because of it’s chameleon-like ability to work in either a formal, elegant master bath or a casual kids bathroom.
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION DESIGN TREND #5: MUDROOMS ON STEROIDS
It’s so interesting how new home construction design evolves over time. The space that was once allocated for formal (rarely used) sitting rooms is currently allocated for more functional spaces in today’s home, particularly the Mud Room. Today’s busy families are looking for a “Drop Zone” area…a place to hang backpacks and store coat/shoes as they arrive and depart from home. The mudrooms in these show homes are a Mother’s Dream (and a professional organizer’s!), with amazing built-in lockers, cubbies, hooks galore, and even a bench with built-in storage.