The fall is coming and there is plenty of exciting design trends to look forward to. The local new construction market has been booming and you’ll likely have more new homes to scope out than you can handle. The landscape of home design is evolving at the moment, and our local builders are not holding back! Here are some of the latest design trends to watch out for in our area.

Contrasting Islands

Kitchens have always been the center of the home so it seemed like an appropriate place to start. When you’re touring new homes this fall, keep an eye out for contrasting islands. Mixing up cabinet colors and finishes in the kitchen creates added dimension and gives the space more balance. Most often you’ll see a kitchen full of white uppers and lowers, with a darker stained or painted center island finish.

It doesn’t stop at the cabinets either. Watch for builders to mix and match counter tops to bring more texture and interest to an already very popular communal space.

Tile, Tile, Tile

As you’re perusing through kitchens, watch for geometric tile patterns and classic colors and shapes laid in new patterns.

There’s an interesting design trend that helps create added height to the kitchen and it involves an entire wall of tile. Think of it like a painted accent wall, but covered entirely in tile. It’s a fantastic and functional way to add lots of character and style to an otherwise lackluster wall.

Unique Vanities

Watch for floating and minimalist vanities with sleek sinks and plumbing fixtures. On the other end of the spectrum, the farmhouse trend is alive and well in this area, so you may see refurbished furniture being repurposed into a bathroom vanity or storage cabinet.

Secondary Spaces

With the television on less and attention turning to mobile devices, new construction clients are focusing on creating communal spaces where socializing is easier. More design elements are being added to laundry rooms than ever before. Builders are now incorporating cubbies, open shelving, accent walls, and other creative storage solutions to laundry rooms.

Pantries are getting bigger and housing more than just a few wooden shelves. Barn doors, full countertops, and even small appliances are making their way into walk-in pantries.

Bonus rooms in general have been reserved for extravagant homes over the years, but new construction homes are catering to consumer requests and including more elaborate spaces for entertaining and communing. Common bonus room concepts you’ll find this fall are home theaters, fitness rooms, play rooms complete with bunk beds, and master suites with sitting rooms.

Smart Features

Builders are embracing smart home technology in the form of security systems, wireless thermostat controls, and everything in between.

The Nest Learning Thermostat allows homeowners to control their homes temperature from anywhere they have cell phone service. This type of technology is convenient, (and cool) no doubt, but it also saves homeowners an average of 20% on their heating and cooling bills.

The Lutron Caseta Wireless system and Google is an automated way to control the lighting in your home. You can turn lights on and off from anywhere. This system even controls your window treatments and the temperature of your home.

If home security is your focus then you may want to check out the iSmart Alarm system. It’s synced up to your wireless devices, allowing you to keep an eye on your home from anywhere. It comes with window and door sensors, motion detectors, and cameras. This system is a bit of a one-stop shop because it also lets you control lighting, smoke detectors, and your thermostat from your phone.