Leave Behind the Glitz and Glam for a More Natural Custom Home Design
Gone are the days of the Hollywood-inspired home exuding “look, but don’t touch elegance.” Design preferences lean toward “inviting,” “rustic” and “beachside charm,” according to a recent realtor.com® assessment of its visitors.
“We are seeing a shift in home design trends – leaving behind the glitz and glam for a more natural look, whether that may be a rugged barn with many textures or a serene beach-like feel,” says Jennifer Farrell, television host and lifestyle expert. “Today’s style reflects today’s lifestyle and we’ve found that having a space for entertaining family and friends all year round is the number one trend.”
An “inviting” living space, which is described as a welcoming atmosphere that includes fun barware, plenty of seating and a gather-worthy kitchen that can serve as the life of the party, received 23 percent of the more than 100,000 votes cast by realtor.com® visitors. This was followed closely by “rustic” at 22 percent and “beachside charm” at 21 percent.
Those who prefer a “rustic” look favor natural elements: wood, stone, water and light. This style takes traditionally organic materials from the outside inside for a perfect balance. Also taking on a relaxed and casual feel, the “beachside charm” look is airy and breezy, incorporating terracotta tile, patio umbrellas, sundecks and scattered shells to make homeowners and their visitors kick back and feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of life’s daily pressures.
“Regal,” a grand look with fine fabrics and antiques, was selected fourth among realtor.com® visitors, followed by concrete jungle “urban,” eclectic “mid-century modern” and slinky and engaging “earthy.”