Design Trends | 2017 Trends to Watch.

If you’re building a new home in 2017, chances are that you can’t wait to decorate it! One of the most satisfying things about moving into a new home, after all, is making it feel like yours! Consider adding one or more of the following 2017 design trends, forecast by the interior design gurus at Houzz to your “wish list” to make your new home totally au courant:

Kitchen Trends for the New Year

  • White and Wood – White alone can look clinical, but add in the warmth of wood, and suddenly it’s fresh and balanced!
  • Contrasting Islands – Make an island look like the centerpiece it actually is by making it contrast with the cabinets. White cabinets are the latest fashion, and adding the contrast of a black island keeps an all-white kitchen from looking cold and sterile.
  • Coffee “Hubs” – According to Houzz, 10% of new homeowners are adding coffee stations with features like warming drawers for mugs, storage made specifically for “K” cups or Nespresso Pods, or even a coffee hub with an adjacent sink for filling the coffee carafe.

Color Trends to Watch For

  • According to a recent Houzz survey, people prefer not only calm, peaceful blues and grays for their bedrooms, but also romantic hues like caramel, raspberry pink and even dark ruby.
  • Pantone has already announced its “Color of the Year” for 2017, and it’s a surprisingly vibrant green that they call “Greenery“. According to the Houzz editors, it’s “zesty”, but still works well with warm wood tones as seen in this lively kitchen setting.

Bathroom “Newbies”

  • Statement Sinks – New homeowners as well as renovators are making a “splash” in bathrooms and powder rooms with statement sinks, like this fanciful copper example.
  • Space Age Toilets – Not all have to look this unconventional, but people will be looking for at least one high-tech feature on toilets for new or remodeled bathrooms — things like a self-cleaning feature, anti-overflow protection, a heated seat or “hands-free” flushing.
  • Wainscoting – This is a big new trend for bathrooms in 2017, and according to Houzz, 20% of homeowners will choose it for either a new home’s bathroom or a remodeled one. It can be traditional or just tile half-way up the wall with a chair rail to break up the walls and add interest.

Tricked-Out Laundry Rooms

Let’s face it, we all spend more time in the laundry room than we’d like, so it might as well be pleasant and efficient, right? Look for features like

  • Improved function (shelving, cabinetry and folding tables)
  • More light
  • More attention to charm and good looks

Doors and Entries

A Quirky Living Room Trend

Hanging chairs are showing up in living rooms from coast to coast as the newest fun and eye-catching living room accessory!

Building your own home is an exciting and rewarding undertaking! It’s fun to watch the progress, plan and design the details! If you’re looking in to the possibility of building in the Miami Valley region, contact us at Oberer Homes. We’ve got new designs and move-in-ready homes to make buying a newly built home a reality for everyone!


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