As we approach the end of the year, and trend predictions for 2018 start to surface the internet, we want to take a second and look back at some of our favourite home trends from the past year.
We wouldn’t classify ourselves as ‘trend driven’ builders, as we firmly believe in classic elements when it comes to the homes we build for our clients (we’ll save that for another blog post), but we’re aware that trends in terms of colours, materials & styles affect our industry and our business from day-to-day and even year-to-year.
Here are a few of our favourite home trends of 2017:
Taking a breather from the AWK.
The AWK (all white kitchen) hit the industry hard a few years ago and to be honest, it isn’t going anywhere fast. There’s something to be said about that super clean, minimal feeling when you’re ready to tackle the night’s dinner mission, however, we’ve been noticing a trend of adding colour to the kitchen. This year, we saw people venture out with requests for coloured cabinetry & tilework. It makes us interested to see where our client’s will go in the future and makes colourful kitchens, one of our favourite home trends for sure.
Interesting tile options.
Meeting with our tile vendors has never been so exciting. In the past year, we’ve seen so much variety in tile trends, it gets us excited for the homes we get to create and build. From pennyround tiles in the bathroom to graphic tiles in the kitchen, there are so many ways to make your home truly unique to you. Costs can get high when working with detailed tilework, however there are plenty of affordable options available as well.
We could (and probably should) write an entire blog post just on this topic alone. Whether you’re wanting sleek mid-century modern kitchen pulls, ornate bathroom fixtures or antique, weathered door knobs—we’re seeing the preference of brass presenting itself just like it did in the 80s (scary flashbacks anyone?). Let’s just hope a few trends from the 80s stay there…
We’re not sure if this falls under a trend, because natural wood never goes out of style. But, it is great to see people embracing the true nature of a commonly used home building material. From natural beeswax finishes to hardwood floors or exposed wood shelving in the kitchen, we’ve installed some beautiful natural wood features into our client’s homes as of late, particularly walnut & pine.
Smart home features.
Let’s go back to the 80s, would we have ever imagined that we could control practically everything in our home by the touch of a finger? Integrating your lighting, thermostat, window shades & security into a digitally controlled system is becoming the norm. Now the question is, what will we be implementing 20 years from now?