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2016 Design Trends, Home Staging, Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Oakville, Burlington, Royal LePage Burloak, Ryan & Vicky Urban, Urban Group

Exciting Housing Trends For 2016

Current housing trends are leaning toward energy-efficient construction, open concept layouts and tranquil outdoor living spaces that invite residents to enjoy pleasant weather in natural surroundings. If you are a seller about to take advantage of the spring real estate market, it pays to make renovation decisions based on residential housing trends to attract buyers. A good agent can tell you which changes will give you the greatest return on your investment, such as incorporating an updated kitchen into an open concept design and enlarging a bath to give it a spa-like ambiance. If you are a homebuyer, you can learn whether bringing a property up to date will require a significant investment or a just a simple, less costly make-over.


2016 Design Trends, Home Staging, Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Oakville, Burlington, Royal LePage Burloak, Ryan & Vicky Urban, Urban Group

Sustainable Living

New industry standards encourage architects, engineers and construction professionals to create homes that can withstand severe weather conditions with resiliency and durability. 


Environmentally correct, eco-friendly and sustainable construction makes good use of natural resources and conserves energy, contributing to Net-Zero living that has become important to homebuyers. Water-saving fixtures and other initiatives such as rooftop rainwater harvesting systems have become popular to decrease water consumption.


2016 Design Trends, Home Staging, Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Oakville, Burlington, Royal LePage Burloak, Ryan & Vicky Urban, Urban Group

Open Concept Layouts

As people continue to enjoy a more casual lifestyle, open plan designs that enhance this way of life are appreciated by buyers. Large great rooms and open spaces can offer defined living areas through the ingenious use of area rugs and furniture groupings. These open concept living spaces are visually connected to one another, giving the interior an expansive look. Some homes are being built with flex rooms that have a loosely defined purpose, affording residents the opportunity to transform the space without tackling a total renovation.


Kitchens are now incorporated into the open concept design. They often feature large windows for natural light and architectural detailing like decorative molding, beams and lighting. Breakfast bars have become common, walk-in pantries are popular with seniors and families with young children. Homeowners with larger budgets and more space may opt for an additional “back kitchen” to prepare meals and store small appliances.


2016 Design Trends, Home Staging, Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Oakville, Burlington, Royal LePage Burloak, Ryan & Vicky Urban, Urban Group

Personalized Lifestyle Options

Interior trends for 2016 incorporate the concept of amenities that reflect the personal interests of residents. Renovations and new homes feature elements that improve the homeowner’s lifestyle, such as convenient home offices, relaxing media rooms, cozy cocktail bars, opulent walk-in closets, libraries and charming breakfast rooms. Homeowners can now use more affordable stone or terra-cotta veneers in place of facades to achieve the look of luxury. WiFi-enabled smart technology provides a choice of automated options, like using your smartphone to control your lighting, sprinkler system and thermostat remotely.


Expect the sharp angles of contemporary décor to be softened with stone, art deco patterns and artisan products that reduce the carbon footprint and personalize the space. Reclaimed wood flooring is in high demand for its attractive look and the benefits of using natural and sustainable materials. Decorative metals combined with soft, layered colour palettes are also trending. In the kitchen, easy to clean copper sinks, appliance fronts, light switches and door handles add a decorative touch.  

2016 Design Trends, Home Staging, Real Estate, Real Estate Agents, Oakville, Burlington, Royal LePage Burloak, Ryan & Vicky Urban, Urban Group

Indoor Outdoor Living

Integrating outdoor areas with indoor living space is a trend that promises to continue in 2016. Homebuyers are looking for rooms that blend indoor with outdoor living areas like courtyards, balconies, decks and patios. Accessibility is key to extending the living room, dining room and entertainment space into outdoor areas. Homeowners enjoy outdoor features like full kitchens, bars, TV’s, cushioned furniture and rugs that make outdoor space inviting for entertaining friends and relaxing with family.


Architectural elements like floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass walls that provide outdoor views add to an indoor/outdoor ambiance. Today’s advanced energy-efficient windows keep energy bills to a minimum. Large scale door panels that fold up or disappear into pocket doors are increasingly available at affordable price points. This blurring of the line between interior space and the outdoors has sparked renewed interest in landscape designs that integrate outdoor space with the home, as opposed to viewing the backyard as a separate entity.

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