Home architecture trends keep changing. What was totally cool a couple of years ago may look old today. Here are some designs and concepts that may trend in 2017.
1. Voice-activated assistants
The experts at OpenAgent feel that they could be the next big thing in home trends. Many smart home devices now have voice-activated interfaces. Amazon’s Alexa is a good example. Google also launched a new home technology recently. In order to activate these devices, you only have to use the phrase ‘OK Google’ or ‘Alexa’. You can place them throughout the house and they are always listening to you, waiting for the activation phrase and your command. You can ask the assistant to play a song or dim the light or adjust the thermostat. It can do very many things.
2. Satin brass
Brass finishes are slowly making a comeback. They are inexpensive and yet add shiny golden sparkle to your place. The current trend favours brushed or satin brass that is not reflective. It looks muted and yet warm. The satin brass finish can complement a variety of styles and decors. And it looks great against almost all colours. You may also want to use a mix of glossy and satin finishes to create an eclectic look.
3. Vanity conversions
Convert old file cabinets, chests of drawer, and vintage consoles into vanities. They can add an old world charm to your space. It’s a great idea to add glamour to your home.
4. Kitchen storage walls
Upper cabinets are becoming less fashionable. Instead of having a vast expanse of upper cabinets, many space conscious homeowners are pushing the storage to a single wall. This way they can free up the rest of the space and achieve a breezy look.
5. Pair white with off-whites
Rooms look refreshed when they are bathed in white, but too much white can make your space look clinical. The key is to balance the white palette with natural linen hues and off-whites. They will create a breathtaking look that is rich with character.
6. Bring home greenery
Green has been voted the verdant colour of the year. It is a hit with everyone who wants to bring nature to their space. Greenery brings zest and revitalises your home. At the same time, it works well with warm wooden tones.
7. Laundry room makeovers
Earlier most homeowners would spend their remodelling dollars only on bathrooms and kitchens. Now they want to make every space look great. Not surprisingly, laundry rooms are getting a lot of love these days. This trend may continue in 2017. Some of the laundry room upgrades include smarter storage systems and design tricks that bring more sunlight in. It is not surprising though. Homeowners spend a great deal of time doing laundry. It is quite normal for them to want to do their laundry in good looking spaces. You will have to shell about 2700 dollars to remodel a laundry room that measures 150 square feet. It is a huge amount, especially since it does not include appliances.
8. Splurging on entryways
Entryway makeovers are also becoming more popular. By spending about 2500 dollars, you can give your entryway a nice makeover. Sometimes you only have to add a nice wallpaper or a statement mirror to give a new look to your entryway. Or you may want to add a narrow table with some storage space for shoes. First impressions count.
9. Bring outdoor showers indoors
An outdoor shower is a lovely idea but in most parts of the country, it is not practical all year round. If the weather is preventing you from realising this dream, try creating bathrooms that are connected to the indoors while maintaining privacy.
10. Counter-depth fridges
Counter-depth refrigerators suit small spaces. They sit well with adjacent countertops and cabinetry. Thus they free up some more space and still create a streamlined look.
11. Energy efficient homes
Energy efficient homes have lighter carbon footprints. They are also more cost effective. The ecological design has been gaining more and more popularity. In 2017, this trend is going to be more popular with builders looking to create homes that use less energy and emit less carbon.