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  • Writer's pictureRon Lee

Residential Design Trends & Fads

There has been a lot of talk about trends and keeping current with design ideas. Knowing the difference between a trend and a fad can help you guide the design of your new home. The two terms, trend and fad are often used as synonyms, though their meanings are not the same at all.

A trend is something with staying power while a fad will quickly fade. It can be confusing because they both look the same in the beginning. A good way to determine the difference is understanding that a trend gives direction while a fad is simply a craze.

If you will look to design styles of the past and then compare them to the styles of 10 years ago, you will see the elements that stick and the ones that fade away. Now compare the styles of 10 years ago with the ones of today, and you'll see the difference between trends and fads.

Here are some trends that have staying power.

Inside and outside are brought together

Inside and outside are brought together, blurring the distinction between the two. Indoor / outdoor living space can include anything from living rooms to kitchens. Any place you spend time can be enhanced by bringing the outdoors in.

Kitchens are the heart of the home

Once tucked away, kitchens are now in the forefront of the home. The kitchen is more than a cook space, it's a gathering space. Dining rooms are still around, but an eat-in kitchen is a trend with lasting power.

Open spaces are welcoming spaces

Being able to move from one space to another without obstructions creates an open and inviting home. Today instead of walls, spaces have implied separations. This concept can be employed between stories also, creating spaces that feel open and airy.

In-home fitness

Mountain homes are often a destination. Designing in a fitness room is a trend that will be around for a long time. Spa tubs, whirlpools, steam rooms, dry saunas and spa-influenced bathrooms are spin-offs of this healthy trend.

Healthy design materials

Asbestos and lead paint are a thing of the past. We have learned to use organic materials. Sustainable design and green practices eliminate harmful fumes and chemicals.

Large windows

Today's windows and doors are efficient and easy to design. They are not only beautiful, bringing the outdoors in, but they also contribute to the passive home concept. This is a trend that will never go away.

Flexible spaces

Rooms that can be transformed and re-purposed are a growing trend that really works. Having the ability to add a room you need without adding on is a great idea.

Home design trends have evolved over hundreds of years. The trends come back around while the fads go away. Things once considered fads, like the art-deco movement are now considered timeless. While other styles, such as the stark plain concrete designs of the 1970's are now considered cold and uninspiring. Luckily, many of the timeless designs of our past are resurfacing. The trick is to use them as they were intended without making an architectural collage of everything "cool" mashed together. Different styles can be merged together, but be careful and remember; too much of a good thing is still too much.

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