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Are You Following These 10 Design Trends in 2017?

National Association of Home Builders
January 26, 2017
last modified: January 26, 2017

The Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) is the residential building industry's premier awards program that spotlights the most creative and talented builders, remodelers, architects, residential and building designers, developers, land planners and interior designers who have redefined design excellence for homes and communities throughout the nation and Internationally.

Recently, industry leaders gathered at the
2016 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) ceremony at the NAHB International
Builders’ Show in Orlando to celebrate to honor this year's winners.

Besides handing out awards, BALA is also a showcase of top design trends that home buyers expect to see
over the next several years in your building and remodeling projects.

Here are the top ten design trends:

1. Benches and Nooks

Photo courtesy of Doug Petersen

In single-family
custom and production homes, architects and designers include benches and nooks
because they’re cozy, chic and practical, serving as places to snuggle up with
the kids or a good book.

2. Big showers and Tubs

Photo courtesy of Karl Moses

Showers continue to
get larger and free-standing tubs more luxurious. Walk-in showers feature wall-to-wall
glass and universal design features.

3. Board and Batten

Photo courtesy of Johnson Pictures, Inc.

You’ll see a lot of
this siding on the exteriors of this year’s winners, and they also add
a classic touch to today’s contemporary interiors. Some winners add a
unique spin by adjusting the width of the boards, giving homes a more
customized, one-of-a-kind feel.

4. Dark door and Window Frames

Photo courtesy of James Brady

On multifamily,
custom and production homes, architects and designers are choosing dark
brown or black frames around windows and doors instead of whites. Windows pop
on white or light siding, and dark frames add a striking effect from the
interior looking out.

5. Modern Farmhouse

Photo courtesy of Tim Burleson

We’re
seeing farmhouse sinks, reused wood siding in interior design details and
barn doors that are customized to have a more contemporary feel,
incorporating glass, white tints and metal hardware.

6. Metal Roofs

Photo courtesy of Jeff Garland

Metal roofs are
featured on custom homes across the country, from more traditional homes to
modern farmhouse and distinctively modern homes.

7. Natural Wood Beams

Photo courtesy of Blake Mistich

From remodels to new
homes, wood beams left in their original state add a natural touch and create a
focal point in interiors.

8. Natural Wood Ceilings

Photo courtesy of IBI Designs, Inc.

Hardwood floors have
always been popular with home owners, but this year’s winners included an
unusual number of homes with natural wood ceilings. These ceilings add warmth
and can be used in traditional and more contemporary designs.

9. Shiplap Inside and Out

Photo courtesy of Inspiro 8 Studios, LLC

Horizontal shiplap
is increasingly chosen for exteriors and is featured in entryways,
bathrooms, living rooms and more.

10. Under-Stair Storage

Photo courtesy of Peter Hanson, Jeff Caven and Eric Kerttula

Architects and
designers did not let spaces under the staircases go to waste. Often, these
spaces include shelves for books and works of art. One winner even included an
entire bar under the living room stairs.

What are your thoughts on these trends? Do you plan on including them in your projects? Please feel free to share your thoughts and images.

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