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Some home features never go out of style: A big yard, a finished basement, a well-equipped kitchen. But other trends can come and go. If you’re planning to sell your home this year, or just want to update your current abode, keeping up with the latest home design trends can help ensure your space looks welcoming. And incorporating must-have features can help you score a higher resale value on your home down the road.

Here’s a preview of the looks and amenities that experts predict will be in high demand for 2017:

1. Accessible amenities

   A young boy and his grandma bake together

The population is aging rapidly and this shift is having serious implications on home design. More home builders are incorporating features that make houses more accessible. These additions are useful for homeowners of all ages, from older buyers looking to age in place to millennials who plan on moving in their aging parents.

According to The American Institute of Architects©, 64 percent of architects say that in-home accessibilityicon_new_blue is increasing in demand. The survey identified these popular accessible home features:

  • First-floor master bedroom
  • Ramps/elevators
  • On-grade entry


Another impact of the aging population is a potential increase in multi-generational households. To make sure all parties have their privacy, you may be seeing more homes with in-law suites or detached living spaces.

2. On-trend colors

A couch with multi-color pillows

Paint color is a simple fix that can make a huge impact in your home. The Pantone Color Institute®, a color research and information center, named “greenery” the color of the year for 2017icon_new_blue. The yellow-green shade creates a “refreshing and revitalizing” mood. It’s the perfect shade for adding an energizing accent to your home.

Pantone also released their predictions for popular home interior palettes. For 2017, think a combination of the unexpected with the familiar, like bold red accenting soft earth tones. Take a more in-depth look at the nine distinctive color palettesicon_new_blue.

3. Outdoor living spaces

A small outdoor living space on a patio

For many homes, it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Outdoor space has always been a must-have for homeowners, and that will only become more common this year. According to The American Institute of Architects, 69 percent of architects surveyed say that outdoor living spacesicon_new_blue are an increasingly popular trend.

And these outdoors areas have been taken to a whole new level in recent years. While in the past a patch of grass and a sandbox would suffice, now homeowners are investing in outdoor spaces that are both functional and luxurious.

This can mean a variety of things, depending on budget and location. Homeowners with bigger budgets might be on the hunt for homes with outdoor kitchen and dining areas that rival their indoor equivalents. But even those with lower budgets want in on the outdoor trend. If you have a small yard, a backyard fire pit or cushioned chairs can make it more cozy.

4. Energy efficient

A home with a smart thermostat

It looks like the eco-friendly home trend has some serious staying power. As the green movement has gathered steam in recent years, a wave of energy efficient products and amenities have entered the mainstream. These smart homes can be good for the environment and your utility bill, potentially making them a smart investment for years to come. 

Energy efficient featuresicon_new_blue that architects say are in demand:

  • Energy management systems
  • Smart thermostats
  • Electric car docking station
  • Solar panels

The bottom line

Your home buying and selling decisions shouldn’t be solely based on what’s hip right now. But understanding the current home trends can keep your living space looking fresh. If you’re selling, you might be able to impress buyers enough to net a higher price. Either way, looking for a home that blends top trends with your own personal wish list is the way to find a place that feels just right.

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