What Design Trends Will Gain Momentum in 2011?
Builder Magazine recently ran an article looking at 10 design trends for 2011. It suggests we can expect more homes that are simpler and smaller. Green remains strong, and is expected to become even more important when it comes to interior finishes (note Kolbe's new offering in Recent Introductions this week). One material that's predicted to see gains is glass–not in windows and doors–but in countertops and appliance surfaces.
What it all means for our industry is hard to tell. On the downside, smaller homes translate into fewer windows. And simpler may seem a little threatening, but the overview suggests that while homeowners are downsizing, they still want quality.
So what do you think will be the big "design" trends for our industry in 2011? I've suggested a few possibilities in our poll question of the week. Of course, you're not limited. If you think there's another trend we should be on the look out for, email me or post a comment below. And, if you think I'm wrong about any of the potential trends mentioned, I'd also like to hear from you about that.