April 6, 2016

One of the benefits of building a custom home is getting exactly what you want in terms of style and design. Custom home building means that all of those beautiful home design trends out there can easily be made into a reality!

Here are some of our favourite home design trends for 2016.

1. Light, white kitchens

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, so you want to make it inviting. One of the biggest trends for 2016 is white kitchens: white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and lightly coloured countertops. This aesthetic makes your kitchen bright, airy and spacious, and the best part is it won’t ever go out of style. White kitchens (or even light-coloured kitchens incorporating creams and light greys) are classic, and kitchen accessories can easily be switched out to change up the look without having to make any drastic changes.

2. Hardwood tile

Yes, you read that correctly – hardwood tile is set to be one of the biggest trends in flooring this year. This flooring is made out of porcelain tile and is designed to look like real wood to the naked eye. And with advances in technology over the past couple of years, this trend is really taking off because of its high levels of detail and wide range of colour choices. Because it’s made out of porcelain, this flooring material can be used in kitchens, bathrooms and other high-moisture areas that aren’t usually great spaces for traditional hardwood flooring.

3. Light colours throughout the home

Light colours are one of the best ways to make a space feel bigger than it is. That’s why white, greys, and toned down blues, yellows and lavenders are making a big splash this year. While white is the biggest colour trend for home design in 2016, there is plenty of room to be creative with these other choices. Try carrying these kinds of colours through to your furniture, floors, and exterior as well, to maintain a light-coloured aesthetic in your home’s overall design.

4. Open concept isn’t going anywhere

One of the biggest home design trends over the past century has been the movement away from separate kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms and into open concept layouts. And the open concept layout is here to stay. This home design trend encourages entertaining and allows everyone in the home to spend time with each other, without necessarily having to be doing the same thing. It’s also a great way to maintain bright, airy feel and sense of a large space.

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