A large central skylight makes this kitchen a magnet for guests and is a boon for cooks with aging eyes.
Kathy Tarantola A large central skylight makes this kitchen a magnet for guests and is a boon for cooks with aging eyes.

Due to lifestyle changes and the changing American demographic, new trends have emerged in 2016. For color, the trend has leaned towards simplicity, which color experts say is here to stay.

As Slowey writes:
Homeowners are laying the groundwork for the interiors of their homes with neutral, subdued colors and then dressing them up with textures and pops of color — which are a way to make the space unique and avoid having to spend a fortune when it's time to change things up.

In short: neutrals are hot.

In order to live as close as possible to hip locations in a city, millennials and downsizing baby boomers are eager to find ways to do more with less space. This means maximizing the spaces they have such as using an open floor plan, which offers millennials the community feel that they often yearn for. They’re also doing this by getting rid of the master bathroom and bedrooms in order to create larger communal spaces to enjoy with friends and family, as director of architecture at FrontDoor Communities told Slowey.

Seamlessly incorporating indoor and outdoor space is also a top priority for Americans today. By creating better sliding glass and folding doors, it can “help create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors, in some cases doubling the space for entertaining,” writes Slowey.

Lastly, both universal design and walkability are important trends emerging out of 2016. Universal design is focused on making the home a place for every stage of life. This concept isn’t just for aging in place baby boomers, but also for millennials who are thinking about the future and added income through companies like Airbnb. Furthermore, walkability is becoming increasingly important as young home buyers and renters are looking for urban-like environments, even in the suburban neighborhoods of America.

To read Slowey’s full breakdown of these five trends, click the link below.

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