Design trends were honored at IBS 2014 when nearly ninety-two single family homes, apartments, condos, and remodeling projects were honored at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Gala. The winners demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the innovative design trends homebuyers will see over the next several years.
“The BALA winners always redefine excellence for the home building industry,” said 2013 BALA Judge Chairman Victor Mirontschuk, president of EDI International in New York City. “We are proud to recognize these companies and individuals for their creative and distinctive approaches to their work.”
Some of the new trends that homebuyers can expect to see in 2014 include:
White on White
Layering white on top of white is a new approach in many kitchens and bathrooms. Everything from flooring, backsplashes, counters, fixtures, and appliances are all going white. The result is a fresh and light feeling. To add some clean lines and a modern feel European cabinetry and shiny surfaces are also making their presence known with this trend.
Bold Exterior Colors
Bold exterior colors are making a comeback in exterior painting and design. Whether it is through the color of paint or through a mix of cladding materials, doors, windows, porches, shutters, and trim, a dynamic exterior is making a comeback.
Single and multi-family communities are now being designed to be fully loaded with over-the-top amenities that appeal to homebuyers. It is a growing trend that today’s homebuyers want to feel as though they are living in a 4-star hotel, so builder and developers are offering features such as a lazy river, a pool for dogs, electric car charging stations, spas, dog parks, concierge services, and great outdoor spaces.
Specialty lighting pendants are fixtures are another design trend this year. Whether it involves a custom or a stock fixture, designers are finding ways to showcase lights as pieces of art rather than a functional element.
Blending Inside and Out
Outdoor living spaces have been gaining some appeal for a while now, and the lines are continuing to blur. Outdoor living trends are no longer limited to areas with warmer climates, but are instead being seen across the country. We are currently seeing many homes being built with movable glass walls, gourmet outdoor kitchens, and interior courtyard pools.
These are a few of the design trends emerging for 2014. Some are growing out of old trends and some are new but one thing is for sure, we are excited to see where they go. Take a look through some of our collections and see how you can incorporate these trends into a fabulous kitchen house plan or a great outdoor living house plan.