Six home trends worth con­sid­er­ing

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Home de­sign and real es­tate trends come and go, but once in awhile cer­tain con­cepts ex­hibit con­sid­er­able stay­ing power. Stay­ing abreast of what’s hot and what’s not can be a bit over­whelm­ing. This list breaks down some of the trends that have made a splash and fig­ure to be around for some time.

1. Open con­cept spa­ces – Watch the DIY Net­work or HGTV and you’ll quickly un­der­stand that open floor plans re­main highly cov­eted. Many mod­ern, newly built homes have a large multi-pur­pose area that blurs the bor­ders of the kitchen, din­ing area and fam­ily room. These homes make it easy to en­ter­tain and keep an eye on young­sters.

2. Pat­terned fab­rics and up­hol­stery – Solids will al­ways have their place in home decor, but pat­terned fur­nish­ings are mak­ing a name for them­selves as well. To­day’s home­own­ers are not afraid to ex­per­i­ment with geo­met­ric and flo­ral pat­terns along­side neu­tral colours to show­case their per­son­al­i­ties, ad­vises the real es­tate in­dus­try re­source The Lighter Side of Real Es­tate.

3. Farm­house chic– Many peo­ple want the am­biance of a rus­tic, an­tique farm­house even if they live miles away from the coun­try. Re­claimed wood on the walls, ex­posed beams, eclec­tic ac­ces­sories, and a big wood ta­ble in the din­ing room are hall­marks of farm­house style. This is a fun de­sign trend that can be per­son­al­ized for cozy ap­peal.

4. Hid­den ap­pli­ances– Mak­ing ap­pli­ances dis­ap­pear into the back­ground is a grow­ing trend. This is achieved with prod­ucts that blend in with or are hid­den be­hind cab­i­netry.

5. Row homes – Pop­u­lar­ized in the 19th cen­tury and then again in the 1960s and 1980s, town­houses are mak­ing an­other comeback. Town­homes made up about 12.4 per­cent of all new con­struc­tion in the sin­gle-fam­ily home mar­ket last year in the United States, ac­cord­ing to data from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau. Ac­cord­ing to a Re­al­tor. com sur­vey re­leased in Oc­to­ber 2017, town­houses were the most pop­u­lar form of hous­ing af­ter sin­gle-fam­ily homes. They were es­pe­cially pop­u­lar among mil­len­nial buy­ers, about one-third of whom planned to pur­chase a town­house in 2017.

6. Multi-gen­er­a­tional homes – Buy­ers be­tween the ages of 53 and 62 are in­creas­ingly look­ing at homes that can ac­com­mo­date chil­dren older than 18, with a room or apart­ment avail­able to care for an ag­ing par­ent, states the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors.

Home trends con­tinue to evolve, and some trends have ex­hib­ited more stay­ing power than oth­ers.

VIN­CENT BALL/Post­media Net­work

John Gignac has spent the past 10 years pro­mot­ing aware­ness of the dan­gers of car­bon monox­ide.

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