by Kimberly Blackford
Homebuilders, interior decorators, house designers and others all want to know what the “next big thing” will be. But, what are some of the things that won’t be sticking with us trend-wise when it comes to your home? Are there certain styles and design concepts that have worn out their welcome?
The answer is yes. There are some trends from the past that certainly won’t be popular as we move into the future.
Gone are the days of the oversized rooms full of wasted space. For example, two-story entry halls and foyers will be seen less and less. Homeowners are looking for more affordable, energy efficient designs. Homes with towering ceilings are not as energy efficient and now homeowners want functional space rather than “trophy space.”
It is the era of the practical, cash-strapped buyer, so anything fancy or overdone just won’t mix. Lavish kitchen appliances or oversized master bathtubs that are often mostly for show will not be popular choices with homebuyers. The kitchen will once again become a fully functional place and not a showcase. Sure, technology will be important, but home buyers will be looking for everyday function, storage and convenience and not the luxury kitchen filled with every imaginable gadget.
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While the interior of a home is important, buyers are caring more and more about the location and curb appeal of their home. Because of the recent economy, homeowners are spending more time at home and in their communities and they want their homes to be right in the middle of all of their activities. Whether they like going to the park, enjoy the shops and restaurants nearby or even the shopping, current homeowners want to be where they enjoy spending their relaxation time and they are willing to have less of a home in order to do that.
Say goodbye to the idea of flipping a home. Buyers are not buying for short-term anymore. They are looking for homes they will want to spend many years in. So, they will be pickier about the floor plans and the design of the home they are interested in. Sadly, the idea of a home being a short-term money maker is a thing of the past, so it has definitely changed the way people feel about homes in general.
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