Home Trends for 2014 May Not Be What You Expect

2014 is moving quickly and so are interior design trends.  Since 2009, Houzz.com has become the go to place for homeowners to browse through over 2 million photos to gain inspiration for their next home improvement.   According to Houzz.com, the website gives viewers the chance to get a jump start on reviewing design trends from prominent designers, architects, and decorators.

8 Biggest Trend for 2014

Houzz.com’s site editor Sheila Schmitz shared the top 8 design trends for 2014, some of which you may find interesting. 

#1 Black is Back

Photo by Details.com

Photo by Details.com

Designers are gracing the interior walls of the finest luxury homes with shades of black.  In a Houzz poll, 74 percent of homeowners admitted to being a fan of black rooms, from bathrooms and kitchens (with crisp white fixtures) to interior doors and exterior siding.  According to Schitz “We're even seeing people paint the outside of their house black as a way to modernize an older home.”

#2 Making a Splash with Metal

Photo provided by HGTV

Photo provided by HGTV

For a number of years glass tile back splashes have been the hot multicolor kitchen accent.  Today, many homeowners are replacing the glass with beautiful back splashes crafted from a variety of metal sheet material.  Metal tiles and sheet metal complimented with stone slabs and stainless steel give today’s kitchen a sleek modern feel while being easy to clean and highly functional.

#3 Homes Are Getting Smarter

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Photo Provided by Tech Economy

With the majority of our consumer become ever so reliant on their phones, today’s homes are now smarter than ever.  Smartphones with built in docking stations now control individual systems throughout the entire home. From lighting to irrigation to heating systems, each system is now controlled individually making it easier to upgrade and replace.

#4 Man Cave Craze

No longer are the man caves isolated to the garage or the most undesirable area of the home.  Today architects, designers, and interior decorators are making “Man Caves’ into a desirable home feature.  Now this unique area of the home may be found open to the rest of the house. 

#5 High End Urinals

Photo by New York Times

Photo by New York Times

Who ever thought that urinals would make a come back, but today’s designers are making these a must have high end feature.  A recent Houzz poll showed that nearly two thirds of respondents would include a urinal in their home.

#6 Green Lawns, a Feature of The Past

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Photo by Details.com

Here in Hawaii keeping your lawn green and weed free is not only challenging but if you live in a private community with private water, a green lawn can cost thousands of water to keep alive.  Creative landscapes featuring rock, stones, textured cements abundant with native ground covers are becoming the new alternative to the age old lawn. 

#7 Wood is Everywhere  

Photo by Lava Flow 7 Architecture

Photo by Lava Flow 7 Architecture

A new trend towards natural wood finishes through out the home is making a comeback.  Many homeowners are opting to skip the paint or perhaps restoring walls to their natural wood state. According to a Houzz Kitchen Remodel Survey, butcher block was the third most popular choice for counters, and hardwood was most popular flooring

#8 Virtual Reality

Photo by Details.com

Photo by Details.com

The tech industry is rapidly changing and so are our living rooms.  According to Houzz virtual reality centers are a key factor with when designing homes in 2014.  Media rooms are taking on a whole new meaning.  Not just for gaming, media rooms of the future will  “enable consumers in their homes to be immersed in virtual stores, take part in virtual events and take virtual tours of faraway buildings.”