What Designers are Looking for in Trends

I'm not talking about color, shape, the room in which you're designing, or even the texture. I'm talking about buzzwords that are extremely important to today's designers. This may not be the same trend from just a couple of years ago but it is something that we should maintain going into the future. Adapted from a recent MSN article, these are the five biggest words in the housing design for next year.

#1. Sustainability.

Energy costs are increasing for many Americans so people are looking for ways to increase their energy by decreasing their bill. Americans are seeking sustainable housing which can include energy-efficient appliances, alternate energy sources, and local materials.

#2. Adaptability.

We are staying in our home longer than we use two and the mobility rate has dropped to just 11% in 2017, half of what it was in the 1980s. About 80% of Americans plan to stay in their existing home for the next 5 to 10 years and that's putting a premium on these long-lasting materials the people are looking to build with. Reputable home services are installing these sustainable and reliable materials for longer wear and tear.

#3. Automation and technology.

About 30% of homes currently have broadband access and by 2022, one in two households will have a smart speaker or some way to communicate with the Internet by voice. This smart home technology is changing the way we interact with our homes. Voice control is one of the tips of the icebergs but artificial intelligence will play a major role moving forward.

#4. Wellness.

Americans are living healthier lives up into their 70s and they need a home to support that wellness-based lifestyle. Small appliances are making a comeback and healthy appliances such as juicers and blenders are replacing deep fat fryers and expensive coffeemakers. The wellness trend will continue to rise in 2021 with new innovations offering health-enhancing light and materials.

#5. Livability.

We are getting older at the highest rate in history. By 2031 in four Americans will be over the age of 65 and 90% of seniors say they plan to stay in their homes as they grow old. This is an aging in place movement so we have to create livable environments and homes that sustain that livabilities such as curb-less showers, lever-style doorknobs, and slip-resistant flooring.

These trends are not going out of style anytime soon and with medical advancements, technology advancements, and energy-efficient appliances and homes, we're headed in the right direction.

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