Sep 03, 2014 Custom Home Design

Trend Watch: Most Popular Interior Features for New Homes

The exciting world of interior design is always evolving. As a leader in custom home design, we like to stay on top of the latest trends and pass that valuable information onto our homebuyers. Here are some of the most popular interior features and trends in today’s homes. You can use these trends as inspiration when building your new home with everything on your wish list.

A Spa-Like Master Bathroom

Modern bathrooms feel more like a day at the spa than a place to brush your teeth. Showers are growing with increased square footage and spa-like shower heads to make getting ready for the day feel like you’re at a world-class resort. Wayne Homes offers custom tile showers and deluxe spa shower systems that deliver this level of everyday luxury. Deep Jacuzzi or soaking tubs are another option that makes your home feel like a zen retreat. Another way to elevate your bathroom layout is to tuck the toilet away, so it isn’t a focal point. Instead, choose a furniture-style vanity and vessel sinks as the focus of the bathroom, so it feels like an extension of your home’s design. The icing on the cake? Lighting that perfectly accents your new, tranquil space. Add dimmers, so you can control the strength of the light, making it darker for soothing soaks in the bath and brighter when applying makeup or shaving.

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Thoughtful Lighting Design

Well-planned lighting shouldn’t stop at the bathroom. Instead of task lighting above the kitchen island, homeowners are opting for ornate chandeliers to add a sense of grandeur. A sculptural-style light fixture becomes a piece of art in a minimal space. Using a balance of under-cabinet lighting, pendant lighting and recessed lighting in a kitchen allows you to use the light as you need it. Lighting concepts can work just as a sprinkler system would with zones that you can turn on or off independently of one another, allowing you to have a more custom look. Highlight areas of your home or kitchen that you especially love, such as glass cabinetry showcasing your finest crystal or china. Design your own custom lighting as you design your home for maximum efficiency and impact.

A Statement Kitchen

We all spend so much time in the kitchen, why not have one that wows? From efficient cabinetry to colorful seating, there’s a lot you can do with this high-traffic space. Your kitchen cabinets convey your style instantly. From French country to sleek and modern, the look you’re going for begins with this all-important storage. For a rustic look, opt for bottom cabinets only and open shelving up top. Want a kitchen that will be stylish for years to come? Choose a classic black and white palette with colorful accessories or barstools that are easy to change out. Sinks have also come a long way, with large farmhouse-style sinks regaining popularity and even colorful sinks and fixtures. Storage and efficiency should be considered, with specialized compartments in drawers, water-saving faucets and even smart-home features, like automated and self-regulating appliances and lighting.

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Flexible Living Space

The living room is no longer one size fits all. Although main living spaces are often still the hub of family life, modern homes are designed to allow multiple living areas. When looking at home designs, you might see a loft or “bonus room” as an option. These extra spaces can add valuable storage, room for a den, an additional bedroom, or even a game room. The basement is no longer a dark room best served for holiday decorations and hand-me-downs—a finished basement is a valuable addition to any home, allowing for another floor of room to breathe. For families, this can be of even greater value as children mature and need more room. From movie nights to study sessions, extra living space is a feature that is on many homebuyers’ wish lists. We offer the flexibility to add space where you need it, so your new home is a perfect fit.

Grand Fireplaces

Whether it’s traditional or modern, the fireplace is often a focal point of your home, where people naturally gravitate. Understated, box-like fireplaces are perfect when close to large windows, so you don’t compete with the view. Wayne Homes offers wood-burning or gas fireplace options. If you are planning to have a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to add a place to put firewood. Beyond function, fireplaces provide a wide range of styles to choose from. We offer stone surrounds with a mantle, fireplaces with an art niche, traditional colonial-style wood surrounds or rustic brick options. Fireplaces don’t have to be in the great room only—get cozy in the kitchen or in your master suite. The sky (or ceiling) is the limit these days—try a floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround for a look with huge impact. Whatever direction you go, we can create the right fireplace to highlight your space.

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A Truly Customized Interior

No matter which trend you want to incorporate in your new home, Wayne Homes can make it happen. With 40 different floorplans, we have the look you’re going for, and if we don’t…we will create it! With all the choices you have with Wayne custom home design, you can create a kitchen from the floor up, move walls, add storage or even change the entire style from classic to contemporary. When we say custom, we mean it. View our floorplans and the wide range of options available to you, and begin crafting the home of your dreams.

About Wayne Homes

Wayne Homes is a custom homebuilder in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia (see all Model Home Centers). We offer 40 fully customizable floorplans and a team dedicated to providing the best experience in the home building industry. For more information, Ask Julie by Live Chat or call us at (866) 253-6807.

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