This has been a year of striking changes when it comes to trends in contemporary homes. Today’s contemporary homes are rocking gorgeous new colors, becoming smarter, or letting the indoors outside.
Let’s take a look at five perky trends in contemporary homes
1. Jeweltone colors aren’t just for jewelry anymore.
That’s especially true for walls, according to House Beautiful. “Deep jewel tones like emerald green or amethyst, and pastel colors found in nature are popular, notes designer Heather Higgins. “Shadow,” Benjamin Moore’s Color of The Year, is neutral, heavily saturated and definitely bold, she notes. By the end of 2016, people in the design world were looking for something other than pale hues like beige, which had ruled the roost for a while.
Long enough, it seems, to become boring.
“After a year of looking at white, we were looking for something with more feeling,” said a spokesperson for the company earlier this year.
The company has also come up with a palette of colors which coordinate with this rich, dark color. The colors include other jewel tones like ruby and emerald, House Beautiful notes.
Take a look at this beautiful color and just how well it enhances a staircase:
2. Let the indoors outside
Have you ever wished for that outdoor oasis? Where your pizza oven, fire pit, or refreshing pool to relax in after a hard day at work are all in one place? Well, it’s entirely possible to open up your house to the outdoors. Doing so is also a great way to utilize all the square footage of your home, DMagazine reports. You can have all of these things, but keep in mind that this can be expensive.
An outdoor kitchen can cost more than an indoor one. Sure, outdoor oasis with enhanced lighting and lovely landscaping may look enticing, but that $250,000 price tag is less so. And yes, it can be this costly.
And while adding any of these features is a really cool way to open up your house to the outdoors, having a pool can be like having your own resort.
“A majority of houses are doing pools,” says Glenn Bonick, president of Bonick Landscaping. “It’s just a great place for the family to hang out and entertain. It’s resort living in the backyard.”
For decorative touches, Bonick recommended using raw or rusted steels for retainers and interest.
But maybe you’re seeking even bigger trends in contemporary homes, or should we say, smaller?
You can easily downsize to maximize your living space, or build an eco-friendly house, or even turn your house into a smart home (meaning technologically smart.) The information below will set you on the right path.
3. Thinking small? Think about tiny homes
If you want to live the tiny life, you’re in good company. The tiny home movement is gaining in popularity among millennials. Especially those victimized by economic ups and downs, or trying to break free of the student loan stranglehold. Estimates show there are about 10,000 of these cute and practical homes in the U.S. as of 2017, USA Today reports.
That may seem minuscule, but it’s up from only 200 homes five years ago. Blogger and author Ryan Mitchell lives in his very own tiny home, and he’s definitely a fan.
Here’s something to consider:
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“Millennials saw their parents and friends lose their homes,” says Mitchell. “Tiny homes still give them the option to retire, and they can live where they like. … It’s an elegant solution to a lot of problems that a lot of people are facing today. It’s not for everyone, but for some, it’s just right.”
Owning a tiny home means you leave a smaller environmental footprint and aren’t saddled with a mortgage to worry about.
“It’s definitely a lot of work, but the payoff is knowing you have a small environmental footprint, that you’re living a simple life, and I wake up in the woods every day, and it’s beautiful and peaceful,” says Brad Allain, who lives in a tiny home in Massachusetts. “Not to mention my house is paid off and I don’t have any mortgage.”
Here’s Brad Allain’s tiny home:
What constitutes a tiny home?
In general, these petite places are between 100 and 400 square feet, as opposed to 2,600 feet for the average American home. They come in all kinds of shapes and small sizes, and when you consider that a whopping 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, the tiny home way of life is definitely something to consider.
The video below offers ideas on what you might want in your own tiny home..
Other trends in contemporary homes are increasing in popularity. That’s especially true for those of us who are tired of paying escalating energy bills. And some of us just want to do our part for the environment. So these last two trends can definitely help.
4. It’s Easy Being Green
And the Zero Energy Project can help. The goal of this non-profit organization is simple: To educate and help home buyers, builders, designers and real estate agents to take steps to drastically reduce carbon emissions and energy bills by constructing zero net energy homes. Zero homes look like typical houses but they aren’t. They are grid-tied homes that are very air-tight and well-insulated. They are off the radar when it comes to energy efficiency and these three features mean that they produce as much renewable energy as they consume. And that means if you build or purchase one of these amazing homes, your energy bills will shrink. And yes, these homes come with solar panels, but they go beyond that, by using superior building technology and advanced design that ramps up energy efficiency. These “green” homes are comfy, healthy, tranquil and sustainable.
Best of all, zero net energy homes combat climate change
Unlike far too many politicians, an overwhelming majority of Americans realize that global climate change is occurring and they want real change..As it stands today, buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40 percent of all the energy used in the U.S. This means that zero energy homes are an excellent way to cut carbon emissions and greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. And you’re the boss here, because every time you flip a light switch means that you control where your home’s energy goes, every single day.
And just look at how beautiful these homes are:
Curious about the Zero Energy Project? The video below has more information.
5. The ‘Smart’ Home
Smart homes are another popular trend in contemporary homes and they can reduce your carbon footprint. Thanks to Fortune editor Stacey Higginbotham, we know there’s a variety of other ways to fight climate change. One way you can fight it is through the Curb Energy Monitoring Device. Pop this inside your circuit breaker panel and it will monitor how much energy your appliances use. It also monitors your solar power and shows how much power your home is producing. You can also control other smart devices by using a curb app. It’s also well-suited for IOS and android devices.
“It’s the smartest way to start because it gives you real-time energy consumption data for your entire home,” Higginbotham writes. “An instant money-saver.”
But the Curb Energy Monitoring Device isn’t the only gadget on Higginbotham’s radar. She also mentioned the:
The Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat, which is definitely a clever gadget at that. It knows when to activate your heating and cooling equipment based on your home’s energy profile, the weather outside, and a long list of other types of data-related criteria that help make sure you’re comfy all the time. The Ecobee even knows when you’re home. It detects whether you’re in the house and heats things up or cools things down in the room that you’re in. And it’s also a money-saver. On average, this smart thermostat saves homeowners about 23 percent on their energy bills each year.
Which is why Higginbotham recommends it.
“It’s another major system,” she says. “It’s programmable, and it saves money. And it cools down the room your in as opposed to where the device is installed.”
It’s recommended that you install the Ecobee (pictured below) in upstairs and downstairs hallways.
These trends in contemporary homes make the future look bright. They can color and expand (or shrink) your world, or even turn you into a warrior for green living and fight climate change all at the same time. That’s not a bad deal at all.
Featured image courtesy of Gregory Butler via Pixabay