Transitions that Bring New Life to Your Home

During our recent #decortrends chat, our participants shared transitional décor elements to complement the home, spring new life, and tie-in with the modern family.

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A popular décor trend is the transition from the outside to the inside. As our co-host @ncontours highlighted, “this open living and dining space is our DREAM!”  @JorgensonLocker added, “Color schemes can really bring a coastal vibe. Light blues, tans, whites, etc.” Another way to promote a sunny disposition can be promoted by enlarging the window size. “Large windows and a good view always help! If not, ocean blue tiles,” shared @DodbyBrownWood. @RaHomes added to the exterior to interior trend when they said, “Homeowners love to let the outdoors in.”

Image credit: @rahomes

Dark grey with a matte finish and white colors with a monochromatic color scheme were cited as interesting contrasting color combinations. A mix of materials also adds an extra layer of design to a room.  Added @greg_bbcleaning, “I definitely love bright colors, white accents, and a variety of textures like stones!” And @bestflooring mentioned, “Grey or blond hardwood (or vinyl) will definitely fit the coastal vibe.

Further, participants chatted about seamless ways to incorporate technology into the home without having a tech life style take over completely. Ideas included dedicating a specific non-tech room and  limiting tech usage within the home. @jorgensonlocker stated, “Keep some areas of your home tech-free (i.e. no TVs in bedrooms). Or designate certain times of day when you all unplug.” Also, @ncontours provided a link to an article on the topic. “Disconnect to connect” — Eat a family meal– no tech allowed!

As our population ages, providing a home that works with multiple age groups is also an important home need. “When possible, it is nice to design with universal design principals from the beginning,” mentioned @DodByBrownWood. Safety is a paramount issue with the aging population and having adequate safety features built-in or added can provide peace of mind. “If your lighting is good and you’ve accounted for stairs and level changes properly, it (aging in the home) can work.” Shared @sweetloretta.

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Living Large in a Small Space Part 3

As architect and author, Katie Hutchison indicates in her book The New Small House, micro-based living is a trend that is continuing to build momentum. Those looking to downsize are living large in a small space by combining smart, economical, and environmentally friendly living in elegantly designed homes.

Baby Boomers continue to age and they have increased the demand for downsizing and a migration to micro-based living.

Downsizing

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Baby Boomers are a burgeoning market. Many home builders have an increased interest in designing products that appeal to customers age 55 or older and the NAHB forecasts that the share of these households will grow every year through 2019 when the 55+ category is projected to account for nearly 45% of all U.S. households.

Home accessibility for an aging population and efficient and flexible use of space are primary design home considerations according to the American Institute of Architects.

Urban Living

Cities have sprawled further away from city centers causing commuters to spend an exorbitant amount of time in commute traffic. Surbanites are rethinking their living situation and trading in cars for subways. Moving back into the city, however, often means living in smaller spaces. Empty-nesters, however, need less space and moving back into the cities provides closer cultural and employment opportunities. Other new city dwellers are attracted to the social aspects of a thriving, pedestrian-friendly and diverse community.

Although Baby Boomer demands are currently a substantial reason for the increase in micro-based trending, millennial buyers will represent the largest group of homebuyers by year end and they also gravitate toward smaller units closer to the urban core.  Micro living seems to be midway between dorm life at one end of the spectrum and retirement home life at the other.

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Wherever you are in your home space life cycle, making the most use of tight spaces is a paramount goal. Popular space saving projects include ones that focus on enhanced organization, such as building new shelving units.

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References:

The New Small House book
Design Innovations for Modern Urban Dwellings
55+ Households are Nearly Everywhere
Turnaround in Home Sizes, In-Home Amenities, and Property Enhancements
What Real Estate Trends to Expect in 2015