Top De­sign Trends for 2017

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN SHOW - BY NWA HOME BUILDERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

Cu­ri­ous about the lat­est home de­sign trends? At the start of each year, the Best in Amer­i­can Liv­ing Awards (BALA) rec­og­nizes dozens of new projects from this past year that fea­tured the most in­no­va­tive lay­outs and eye-catch­ing de­sign ele­ments.

Among a wide va­ri­ety of award-win­ning homes, sev­eral de­sign trends are ev­i­dent and will be sure to gain the at­ten­tion of those who might soon be buy­ing, sell­ing or re­mod­el­ing a home. Some of these trends in­clude:

Modern farm­house. De­mand con­tin­ues to rise for farm­house sinks, re­pur­posed wood sid­ing for in­te­rior de­sign de­tails and barn doors cus­tom­ized for a more con­tem­po­rary feel that in­cor­po­rates glass, white tints and metal hard­ware.

Nat­u­ral wood beams. From re­mod­els to new homes, wood beams left in their orig­i­nal state add a nat­u­ral touch and cre­ate a fo­cal point in in­te­ri­ors. Also, this year’s BALA win­ners in­cluded sev­eral homes with nat­u­ral wood ceilings which add warmth and can be used in ei­ther tra­di­tional or more con­tem­po­rary de­signs.

Shiplap in­side and out. Hor­i­zon­tal shiplap – or long, over­lap­ping pan­els of wood – is an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar choice for ex­te­ri­ors and is also fea­tured in en­try­ways, stair­wells and liv­ing rooms.

Board and bat­ten. Many BALA win­ners used this type of wain­scot­ing ei­ther as ex­te­rior sid­ing or to add a clas­sic touch to to­day’s con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors. Some de­signs fea­tured a unique spin by ad­just­ing the width of the boards to cre­ate a more cus­tom­ized feel.

Re­pur­posed space. De­sign­ers are in­creas­ingly uti­liz­ing the space un­der stair­cases for more than just stor­age. These ar­eas are great for in­stalling book­shelves, dis­play­ing art or cre­at­ing a nook for pets. One BALA win­ner even in­cluded an en­tire bar un­der the liv­ing room stairs.

Prom­i­nent wine stor­age. Many new kitchens to­day in­clude floorto-ceil­ing wine stor­age with cus­tom­ized wine racks, glass doors and dis­play light­ing.

White on white. A long-stand­ing trend re­mains in­tact, as many BALA win­ners fea­tured a clean combo of white on white, most no­tably in kitchens.

Big show­ers and tubs. Show­ers keep get­ting big­ger and free-stand­ing tubs have be­come in­creas­ingly lux­u­ri­ous. Walk-in show­ers with wall-to-wall glass are the most sought af­ter.

Metal roofs. A large num­ber of new cus­tom homes in re­gions across the coun­try are fa­vor­ing metal roofs. The trend isn’t solely among modern homes, but tra­di­tional homes as well.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est de­signs that could be in­cor­po­rated within your home, or to find a builder in your area that can cre­ate the new home of your dreams, con­tact North­west Ar­kan­sas Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion at 479-751-6688 or www. nwahba.com.

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