Home design is different for everyone — what one home buyer loves may not necessarily resonate with another. This can of course make it difficult to know how to build and design homes that meet the ever-changing preferences of consumers.
While we may not be able to read the minds of today's home buyers, we can learn what they're searching for online. In a recent report, Houzz identified emerging home design trends based on the latest search insights from homeowners and home design enthusiasts.
In addition to a growing focus on outdoor spaces, statement lighting and barndominium homes, here are three other emerging trends that have significantly increased in online searches this year:
Midcentury Modern Design
While midcentury modern design is not new, it has certainly piqued buyer interest recently. In fact, searches for “midcentury modern kitchen ideas” increased by a tremendous 6x1 this year. But what exactly constitutes this style? It refers to designs that reimagine traditional pieces2 with new materials and methods, such as simple, functional wooden pieces3 and curved designs4. To create a space with this style, be sure to incorporate lots of natural light,5 wood cabinets6 and a mix of materials and finishes7.
Other elements of a midcentury modern kitchen capturing the attention of homeowners include:
Bold pops of color10 are also a major component of midcentury style, which can be achieved through backsplashes, cabinets and even appliances. For example, the KitchenAid® 30'' Smart Commercial-Style Dual Fuel Range with 4 Burners comes in nine different shades, such as Passion Red or Yellow Pepper, to create a striking, colorful statement in any space.
Stackable Washers & Dryers
Buyers continue to look for ways to maximize space in their homes. One simple way of creating more space is by utilizing vertical space11 whenever possible. For example, washers and dryers that stack can take up less space in the laundry room and allow for extra storage. And, searches for stackable washers and dryers were up 106%12. This can also be great for buyers looking to age in place since there’s less bending down involved when transferring a load of laundry or grabbing clothes out of the dryer.
The Whirlpool® 1.9 cu. ft. 24” Compact Washer with Detergent Dosing Aid option is a great small space solution but doesn’t skimp on versatility: the Quick Wash cycle cleans small, lightly soiled loads and the Handwash cycle cleans clothes gently. Its matching pair, the Whirlpool® 4.3 Cu. Ft. 24” Small Space Ventless Dryer, is energy-efficient and has helpful features like the Wrinkle Shield™ Option that keeps wrinkles from forming in freshly dried clothes.
Small Single-Wall Kitchen Ideas
Interest in small single-wall kitchen ideas has also grown, with searches up an impressive 108%13. This could be tied to the growth14 of multigenerational living, with more families adding accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to their property. ADUs provide a more affordable option for homeowners to increase livable space on a property without purchasing an entirely new home, especially in a hot real estate market.
When designing a single-wall kitchen, it’s important to make the most of every inch. That means incorporating lots of cabinetry15 for storage, using one color palette16 to make the space feel larger and adding space-saving, yet functional appliances. The Whirlpool® 2.9 Cu. Ft. 24 Inch Convection Wall Oven, for example, is compact while still providing the function of a larger oven, allowing users to bake multiple items at once with True Convection Cooking. When it comes to cooktops, an induction cooktop like the Whirlpool® 24” Adaptive Induction Cooktop directly transfers heat to cookware, meaning dinner is on the table faster and can even function as an extension of countertop space.