What Makes A House A Home?

 

Trend 1: A Home’s Curb Appeal Still Increases Property Value: Curb appeal as always was at the top of the list as an important consideration for homebuyers, regardless of the price range. Curb appeal ensures your home will make a great first impression about who you are and where you are in life.  At Speas Interior Design, we love helping our clients create beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces that enhance lifestyle and curb appeal.

 

Trend 2: Kitchens and Bathrooms Never Go Out of Style: Kitchens and bathrooms are always a selling point for homeowners. If you’re going to upgrade, consider doing it in your kitchen and master bathroom.  Personalize with unique tiles, wall finishes, flooring, and paint. Even small changes such as a shower upgrade or upgraded appliances can be a nice touch.

Traditional Kitchens and Bathrooms Take the Style Lead: Although contemporary designs are in demand, traditional styles are at the height of popularity for Colorado Springs. Naturals like brown, off white and bone are common and the Shaker style cabinets appear to be gaining popularity.

Lose the Standard Kitchen Faucet: Flexible pullout faucets and pot-filler faucets in nickel are extremely popular. In additional to making life easier, cool kitchen faucets let you express yourself without breaking the bank!

Personalize Fixtures and Sinks Add Style to the Bath: According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, simple white bathroom fixtures (tubs and toilets) continue to be the most popular color.  But there’s a growing trend to personalize your bathroom with designer sinks, cabinetry and countertops.  As a design/build team, we love incorporating Andy’s custom ironwork for countertops and copper vessel sinks for a touch of artistic elegance.

Bathroom Floors in Natural Tile and Vanity Tops in Natural Stone: As an interior designer in Colorado Springs, I love the look and feel of Travertine tile. Natural stone such as granite, quartz and marble, remain the top choices for kitchen counters and bathroom vanities.

Cherry on Top: Cherry remains the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets, medium natural, dark natural and glazed are the most desired choices among interior designers.  To add a touch of interest, consider a different finish and furniture like style on island cabinetry.

Undercounter Refrigeration:  French door and freezer-bottom are the most popular styles of refrigerators.  A surprising trend is the extent to which wine refrigerators are specified by half of all kitchen designers.

A Range of Cooking Options: 
The combination cooktop and wall oven is continuing to overtake the tried-and-true workhorse of the kitchen, the range! Gas is growing in popularity for cooking method and energy efficiency, particularly in western states like Colorado.

Trend 3: Open floor plans. Homes with kitchens that open up to the dining room, that open to the family room are very popular. Such layouts, which have come into vogue in the last decade, are trendy with homebuyers who enjoy entertaining at home; another trend impacted by the economy. Instead of expensive dinners out, more homeowners are inviting friends and family in, creating demand for open living spaces.

Trend 4:  Dual home offices. Thanks to two-income couples in which both individuals work from home, there has been a rise in demand for extra office space. In many cases, Home offices for two.couples with no children still require three bedrooms because they require additional office space.

Trend 5: Extending the indoors outside. According to the AIA’s, buyers want to make full use of their living space, including outdoor areas. That means outdoor living options such as fire pits, kitchens and, in some cases, sleeping accommodations are especially desirable, allowing buyers to enjoy as much of their property as possible.

 

Do these great ideas for personalizing your home sound like more than the average do-it-yourself projects?  You’re right – they are!  But with an experienced and talented design build team; you can dramatically change your 20-year-old home from an outdated, dysfunctional space to a more livable, more stylish, and more comfortable living environment.  
 
At Speas Interior Design and Sikora Creations, we’re passionate about what we do! If you would like a design consultation to get you started on repurposing, remodeling, or redecorating your existing home, contact Katherine Speas, Speas Interior Design. An award winning Colorado Springs Interior Designer, Kathy Speas is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an expert on incorporating style, comfort, and livability into your home and lifestyle.

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