7 hot home de­sign trends

From lux­ury show­ers to space-sav­ing stor­age so­lu­tions, to­day’s cus­tom homes of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one.

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One of the big­gest draws of tim­ber homes is their timeless, clas­sic look and feel. But that doesn’t mean a tim­ber frame can’t be decked out with to­day’s hottest styles and ameni­ties. Look­ing for a few unique, on-trend ideas for your new tim­ber home? We’ve got you cov­ered.

1. HIGH-END LAUN­DRY ROOMS

Ev­ery­one knows that kitchen and bath­rooms are typ­i­cally high-ticket items in

a new home, but many home­own­ers are now see­ing the ben­e­fits of ded­i­cat­ing more of their bud­get to spe­cialty spa­ces, specif­i­cally laun­dry rooms. De­sign tricks to bring in more light (think win­dows and sky lights); fancier fin­ishes from tile to back­splashes to cus­tom cab­i­netry and shelv­ing; and smart strate­gies for stor­age and func­tion (ie. built-in ham­pers and counter space to fold clothes) all res­onate with home­own­ers who want a util­ity space that fits in with the rest of their home’s style.

2. BLACK DOOR AND WIN­DOW TRIM

Black trim has seen a rise in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years — and it stands to rea­son. Opt­ing for dark win­dows or doors or paint­ing an ex­ist­ing trim black cre­ates vis­ual in­ter­est in a home

and hides scuffs and im­per­fec­tions. In a tim­ber home, how­ever, the big­gest ben­e­fit might be high­light­ing an amaz­ing view since fram­ing a win­dow in black can draw the eye in to­ward a spe­cific fo­cal point.

3. STATE­MENT SINKS

An up­dated sink is an easy way to take a bath­room from good to great with­out breaking the bank. When choos­ing a bath­room sink, con­sider op­tions like trough, farm­house and pedestal styles, as well as ves­sel sinks that work par­tic­u­larly well in smaller spa­ces like pow­der rooms.

4. COF­FEE STA­TIONS

It’s no sur­prise that peo­ple are pumped for ameni­ties ded­i­cated to cof­fee — and lots of it. With 10 per­cent of home­own­ers adding built-in cof­fee sta­tions to their kitchens, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Houzz.com, there are a num­ber of up­grades be­ing of­fered. From ded­i­cated warm­ing draw­ers to keep your cof­fee mugs cozy to stor­age spa­ces de­signed specif­i­cally for pods and hous­ing your cof­fee maker, cof­fee sta­tion op­tions are get­ting hot­ter all the time.

5. KITCHEN STOR­AGE WALLS

No mat­ter the size of the home, we’re all in search of more space, which of­ten means more hid­den stor­age. En­ter kitchen stor­age walls. That’s right; home­own­ers and de­sign­ers alike are do­ing away with ex­panses of up­per cab­i­nets and push­ing all that stor­age onto a sin­gle hard­work­ing wall. Cre­at­ing this kind of one-stop hub frees up the rest of your kitchen for an open, airy feel.

6. IN­DOOR/OUT­DOOR SHOW­ERS

There’s noth­ing more re­lax­ing than the idea of a shower sur­rounded by the great out­doors. But, de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion of your tim­ber home, an out­door shower might not make the most sense for year-round use. To get around the cli­mate chal­lenge, many de­sign­ers are look­ing to in­ti­mate court­yards and strate­gic site place­ment to cre­ate bath­rooms that con­nect to the out­doors while still pro­vid­ing plenty of pri­vacy.

7. DUTCH DOORS

Dutch doors let in breezes and light while keep­ing pets and chil­dren in­doors. We’re see­ing these doors pop up ev­ery­where from kitchens to en­try­ways to mud­rooms, adding a touch of coun­try charm to any space.

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