Design features that outlast trends
Whether enduring style or problem-solving ability, these are long-term investments
Home design trends can be fast to come, faster to go. And once gone, they make homes feel dated.
But some have the power to endure, either because they strike the right balance of style and functionality, or they solve a real problem for homeowners.
Some trends that are here for the long haul:
1. Smart technology: Younger buyers are big on smart home features. The best technology adds safety, convenience and efficiency, and smart thermostats check all three boxes by controlling a home’s climate to make it more healthy, comfortable and energy-efficient. Other can’t-miss features include video doorbells, smart locks and automated lighting.
2. Outdoor living: Homeadvisor’s latest Homeowner Hap-
piness Index put decks and patios on the list of features that spark the most joy in homeowners — right up with modernized kitchens and bathrooms.
Manufacturers have responded with a slew of products to maximize the outdoor living experience, including weather-resistant countertops, backyard fire pits and
folding glass doors that create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors.
3. Wellness features: Steam ovens, a fast and healthy way to prepare meals, are being tapped by more designers, according to data from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Small appliance sales are also surging, and those include
blenders for smoothies and dips, and multi-cookers that can whip up a batch of quinoa, oatmeal or even yogurt. Wellness rooms are also on the rise for yoga, meditation, or a spin on the Internet-connected stationary bike. Durable materials and low-maintenance finishes: Read up on other suggestions at thestar.com/homes
Outdoor spaces have become a top draw, and manufacturers have stepped up with a range of products.
Smart technology, such as thermostat control and video doorbells, add safety and comfort.