New home trends

New home trends are directed to minimizing home maintenance, energy usage and to integrate technological advances.

According to Sherwin Williams, coral shades are the new paint colors to bring optimism. It is suggested for use as an accent wall or for the exterior of a home; and can be coupled with gray or white or similar representations of lilac, green and violet.

An open-floor plan is not new but it is increasingly being seen in condominiums and single-family homes. People want to be around the kitchen, the hearth of a home. Windows are being used to have a more seamless flow between indoors and outdoors.

Some buyers are leaning towards using house-plan companies in the design of their homes. Many builders are willing to accept these plans, but charge to adapt them.

In the bathrooms, free-standing tubs are being seen as the standard. Although they date back to the Victorian era, they now have a smoother, sculptured appearance. The understandable issues are they are difficult to enter and exit and do not have counter space around them for bath items.

Although granite is still appealing, quartzite is becoming a new trend. It is a natural stone that is “virtually indestructible”. It looks similar to marble without easily staining. People are seeming to prefer quartzite over quartz as it is a natural stone and not man made.

As far as flooring, porcelain floors are taking the lead over imitation wood floors. It is less costly and wears equally or better. It comes in small tiles or long, linear planks. Porcelain comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is good material to use in high-traffic areas and areas exposed to moisture.

Homes are becoming more enabled to allow multiple smart devices to communicate with each other. Charging stations for devices are appearing in kitchens and mud rooms.

Multiple master-bedroom suites are being seen in homes for parents, older children or guests to visit or stay. A main-floor master affords owners to stay in the home as they age.

The lead color for kitchens remains shades of white. Seventy percent of kitchens have white cabinets. There are variations in white to add depth and visual interest. White cabinets can hold larger, bolder hardware as well.

During the era of the McMansions, kitchens were huge. This year expect to see a more comfortable size for kitchens – one set of appliances, less counter tops and smaller islands. Living and family rooms will be the size allowing one set of a conversation grouping of furniture.

Garages are becoming larger and more comfortable with temperature and audiovisual controls and pet bath facilities.

The demand for outdoor living and cooking facilities is expected to increase as well. Pool areas will have showers and hot tubs. There will also be pet runs and wash stations.

Trends in residential spaces should adapt to the needs of changing lifestyles. Changes should also consider needs and budgets.


Mary Ann Clark is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker at 189-191 Mason Street in Greenwich. Questions or comments may be emailed to [email protected]

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