Top Luxury Home Trends for 2017: Part 1

As we enter a new year, the latest luxury home trends are emerging. There are trends that withstand the test of time while others lose their luster and still others that reemerge. Residential décor and design tend to be influenced primarily by the economy, the environment and demographics but in 2017, a desire for a sense of community as well as homes that embrace health and wellbeing are also proving to be significant inspirations. Homeowners in Los GatosPalo AltoCapitola and beyond are redefining their living spaces to encompass new facets of health and socializing.

In this three-part blog series, we will explore the latest home design trends of 2017.

1. Warm, renewable surfaces

With all of the smart home devices and technology that we incorporate in our homes to make them more efficient and effective, there is a need to counterbalance this with natural materials. Incorporating organic touches adds warmth and a tactile sensation that technology lacks. Cork is rising to the occasion, thanks to its low maintenance, durability, attractive appearance and sustainability. Cork is ideal for flooring, walls, countertops and furnishings. It is a natural insulator, increasing your home’s energy efficiency, and serves as an excellent sound barrier. It is incredibly durable, lasting up to 50 years, and resists just about everything, including water, fire, mold, mildew and general wear-and-tear.


2. Playfulness Inside & Out

Home tends to be the principal respite for many people, the place where we unwind and relax. Rather than go elsewhere to play, many homeowners are creating spaces that invite playfulness in their yards and homes. From putting greens to bocce ball courts, pizza ovens to game rooms, areas that encourage interactive recreation are a home design trend on the rise.


3. Community Gathering Spaces

Technology has undoubtedly made our lives easier in many ways yet it has also had an impact on how we interact collectively. Social media allows us to stay in touch without direct personal contact. Again, as a countermeasure to this alteration in our social behavior, many people are seeking to reestablish a sense of community. This is resulting in a need for community spaces both in single-family homes as well as multi-unit developments. Any area that allows social engagement, entertainment and connection is on the upswing. Spacious rooms with kitchens, large decks and outdoor spaces are all designed to meet the increasing need for community engagement.


4. Taupe Overtaking Gray

In line with the growing preference for living spaces that are warm, cozy and harmonious, the many shades of gray that have been popular over the past five years are giving way to the more earthen tones of taupe. Sherwin Williams has designated Poised Taupe as the color of 2017, citing its neutrality, versatility and warmth for its appeal. Not only does it play well with grays, it can be used with both warm and cool hues and with every type of décor. On the exterior, taupe is perfect for roofs, doors and window frames while inside homes it can be used for walls, molding, furnishings and cabinetry.


In February, we will continue to explore the next four home design trends of 2017.