Residential-design.jpgCustom residential design is focused on reflecting who you are. Check out 5 ideas to make a home that is truly your space and place.

 In 2016, 550,000 homes were sold in the United States. If you recently bought a home, but Pinterest taught you everything you know about design, you may need some help. Especially if you want your home to reflect your personality.

Luckily, we've got some great residential design ideas to make sure your house feels like a home. Ready? Let's get started.

1. Keep It Natural

It's time to move away from super-dark floors. Instead, look for lighter woods with a more natural finish. This is good news if you like a more laid-back look, since washed-wood, gray, and white finishes are finally making a comeback.

Consider fumed, limed, or bleached woods, and feel free to consider engineered products, which can make your home look a little more exotic. For something a little different, you can even choose porcelain tiles- some of which look like wood.

2. Focus on Open Spaces

For the most part, construction is currently going more contemporary. If you're the traditional type, don't worry. This doesn't mean that everyone will be living in glass houses.

But we can expect houses to have clean lines, with more standing-seam roofs and use of stone.

Even if you love a traditional exterior, you can still go with a modern, open space inside. This is good news since it means fewer small, wasted rooms and hallways. You'll have more usable space, making your home look bigger and creating an indoor-outdoor flow.

3. Embrace Risk

Residential design is about creating a home you want to live in. You should take some risks and have fun when it's time to design your living space.

Sure, you may not be quite ready to think about wallpapered ceilings, but there's no reason why you can't consider the current metal and glass trends and employ them elsewhere in your home.

The best part of designing your own home? You can take as little or as much of each trend as you like. Sure, you may not be ready for a steel floating staircase, but an intricate wood design could soften it up for a pleasing mix of the old and new.

4. Think About Your Kitchen

You probably spend more time in your kitchen that you think. There's a reason why kitchens are known as the heart of the home.

Kitchens also sell houses, so if you're considering selling in the future, here's where you may want to consider future sale ability.

Granite and stainless steel are no longer a sign of taste- now they're everywhere. Instead, consider other counter top options like engineered stone. And while stainless steal goes hand-in-hand with the kitchen, there are now some gorgeous appliances available in all white, black, or chocolate.

5. Bring the Outdoors in

Elements like rusted or raw steels are now being used for decorative touches, and you should also consider interesting concrete finishes or stone flooring.

2017 is all about a natural look. You can go full-rustic with wood, stone, and greenery throughout your home, or simply open your indoor space directly out to your backyard.

What Do You Think of These Residential Design Tips?

One of the best things about designing your own home? You can choose to completely embrace the latest trends, or ignore all advice and create that dream home you've had in mind since you were 16.

If you're not sure where to get started, we'd love to help! Get in touch today and let's chat.

 

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