New home trends hit the market with each new calendar year that make buyers excited or leave them scratching their heads. If you’re considering building a home or buying a pre-owned home, you may want to look at the trends in the market today. Here’s what’s hot and what’s not for 2021.

What’s Hot? Energy Efficiency

Going green is nothing new, and this trend continues in 2021. Builders are using energy-efficient designs to give a home’s eventual owner more efficiency. Homes with many windows to let natural light in during the day are quite popular. Eco-friendly construction materials are gaining in popularity, as are alternative energy sources, like solar panels.

What’s Not? Tile Counters

Tile countertops were still popping up in homes in 2020, but this trend is out for 2021. It instantly dates the look of the kitchen or bath and can be very difficult to repair. Instead, opt for a more neutral design for these areas.

What’s Hot? Natural Form in Design

Natural form means the creation of a home that blends into the natural landscaping of the area. Cottages that seem to be part of the local landscape are an example of this. Using natural materials from the region to build the home can also fall under this category. In 2021, this trend is expected to increase substantially.

What’s Not? Tuscan-Style Kitchens

The Tuscan kitchen is dark and very Italian in its style. It was a popular design trend in the early 2000s, but today’s homebuyers are straying away from it. Instead, they are opening for open and airy kitchen designs or modern designs with deep colors. The kitchen should feel like a warm gathering place for the family, and the dark style of the Tuscan kitchen just doesn’t catch this vibe.

What’s Hot? Combining Building Materials

Combining wood and stone, brick and metal, and similar mixed materials is a pleasing design trend for 2021. These are aesthetically pleasing combinations that make homes visually impressive from the curb. They also allow you to save a little money if you’re looking for upscale building material because you don’t have to use it for the full design.

What’s Not? Wood Paneling

Once considered a warm, rich touch, wood paneling on walls is out. Homeowners are painting over it, and builders of new homes are ignoring it altogether. Even if you like the look of wood, this is a design trend to forgo for 2021.

Building your own home gives you a blank canvas that you can use to create what you want. Yet you want the home to be something you’ll be proud to own. By paying attention to these design trends, you can craft a space that feels perfect for you and matches what current designers recommend.

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