Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home Design Trends for 2013

The hottest 2013 home trends were of topic in a recent article published in Realtor Mag. Homeowners needs and style preferences are constantly changing with the times, but here is what you can expect to see this year:

1. Outdoor Living Rooms and Screened Porches: A common trend has lead homeowners to get more use out of their porches and decks. These spaces have grown to be more functional and are furnished with fire pits, curtains, and multimedia systems.  Further lessening the gap between outdoor and indoor spaces is the rise of screened porches, which with fireplaces make them livable nearly year-round.

2. More Media: More families are settling at home and taking "staycations."  With that in mind, rooms are being devoted to multimedia entertainment and comfortable seating. They are being designed to have a more comfortable homey feel than the stuffy living room of the past.

3. Multi-functional Furnishings: With many baby boomers downsizing, furnishings need to double duty in smaller spaces.  Ottomans are being used for storage, there is more use of couches that convert to beds, and they even now make coffee tables that rise to be used as dining tables!

4. Custom kitchens and bathrooms:  Remaining at the top of the home owner's wish list are the customization and style of kitchens and bathrooms.  They reflect the trend of remodeling, rather than adding on. Kitchens have become even more open “live-in” spaces for cooking, eating, socializing, doing homework, or paying bills. Likewise, master suites serve multiple functions, including unwinding, sleeping, and bathing.

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