26 Jan '16, 4am

Top 10 Home Design Trends

Technological integration will become more prevalent, with dedicated support for personal devices, along with automated controls for temperature, security and lighting. Increased consumer awareness about environmental health issues, leading to more widespread use of low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for paint and composite wood, natural fiber upholstery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing and air purification systems. Design strategies that strengthen homes against natural disasters, including elevating residences, windows with impact glazing, dedicated safe rooms and backup power generation. Increased use of energy-efficient and other sustainable design elements and products such as solar panels, water reclamation systems and tankless water heaters. Aging-in-place and universal design elements to accommodate an aging population, including wider hallways,...

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