Home planning

Choosing the right elements can be key to feeling at home.

Whether you’re looking to buy or have already settled into the home of your dreams, choosing the right design elements can go a long way – especially when it comes to helping you and your family feel right at home.

But selecting the correct balance of colors, textures and finishes that reflect your tastes can prove to be more difficult than it seems. And there’s a lot on the line, particularly if you plan on selling your home in the future. Incorporating design elements that reflect the latest industry trends can considerably increase your home’s value and appeal, making it much easier to find a buyer.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here’s a look at a few new-home design trends that you may be able to incorporate into your own living space:

Textured Walls: Three-dimensional wall treatments are showing up everywhere, from the living room to the bedroom. From geometric designs to rippling waves, the options are endless.  

Polished Nickel Finishes: This silver-toned finish has rich, deep polish, providing a high-end and distinguished look to fixtures throughout the home. Its popularity can be credited to its versatility and ability to stand the test of time. 

Raised Pools: This hot trend in swimming pools is expected to become a timeless classic. Raised decks not only offer additional poolside seating but also give your pool a more contemporary, eye-popping look, whether made of natural stone pavers or poured concrete.

Quartzite Countertops: Manufactured quartz is now the leading countertop material, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, surpassing granite and marble. It’s prized for its durability, style and affordability.

Gray Cabinets: Gray cabinets are emerging as one of the industry’s most popular trends because of their versatile look and ability to bridge the line in a transitional space.

Universal Design: As the population ages, home features are becoming more accommodating of individuals with differing height and mobility needs – a concept known as universal design. In the kitchen, universal design is expressed in counters with varying heights and double wall ovens that can be used from either a sitting or standing position. Wider hallways and single-story layouts are also examples of universal design.

Spa Experience: Homebuyers are increasingly looking to recreate a spa-like experience in their bathrooms with options like freestanding tubs, benches and rain showers.


Andy Warren is president of Arizona homebuilder Maracay Homes, a member of the TRI Pointe Group (NYSE:TPH). He serves on the Board of Directors and as an Executive Committee member with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and is a past board member of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Warren is also a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and an active member of the Urban Land Institute. For more information about Maracay Homes, please visit www.maracayhomes.com.

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