Top 10 Design Trends for the Next 10 Years

Here is what some of the top architects who specialize in residential design predict will be the prevailing trends in home design over the next 10 years.   Functionality and accessibility along with sustainability have been important for the last ten year.  Going forward, there will be more and more demand for healthier building materials and furniture along with materials that are resistant to weather extremes.

More than 500 residential architects offered their insights into what will be the most significant home design elements over the next 10 years. From the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey, here are the 10 residential design trends to watch for over the next decade:

  1. Technological integration becoming more prevalent, with both dedicated support for personal devices, along with automated controls for temperature, security and lighting
  2. Increased consumer awareness about environmental health issues leading to more widespread use of low or no volatile organic compounds for paint and composite wood, natural fiber upholstery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing and air purification systems
  3. Growing demand for design strategies that strengthen homes against natural disasters including elevating residences, windows with impact glazing, dedicated safe rooms and backup power generation
  4. Increasing use of energy-efficient and other sustainable design elements and products such as solar panels, water reclamation systems and tankless water heaters
  5. Aging-in-place and universal design elements to accommodate an aging population including wider hallways, added handrails and one-level living spaces
  6. Kitchens serving as focal point of the home highlighted by open design concepts
  7. Heavy emphasis and investment in outdoor living spaces
  8. Need for space devoted to home offices reflecting changing work patterns
  9. Infill development promoting smaller, better designed homes
  10. Strong preference for urban lifestyle characteristics resulting in higher-density development that provide additional amenities to residents