Top five home design trends for 2014

Last Updated Dec 31, 2013 7:00 AM EST

  • The open concept continues to grow

    Steve Bennett Builders

    Perhaps the most fundamental shift in home design over the past 25 years has been the open concept kitchen.

    In the past, kitchens were relegated to one, disconnected room, generally in the back of a home. Now, kitchens open up into the living space, a trend that isn’t going anywhere, according to John Petrie, the 2014 president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the owner of Mother Hubbard’s Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

    “Walls are going to continue to come down,” he said.

    The folks at the American Society of Interior Designers are seeing the same thing:

    “Lately we’ve seen a focus on entertaining from our clients,” said Jase Frederick, ASID Illinois' director of communications. “They are looking for spaces that maximize their ability to gather and relax with friends and family.”

    And as more Americans embrace this concept, appliance designers are taking the next step by creating appliances that can seamlessly blend into the kitchen, which can then blend seamlessly into the family room. Using different finishes, or different concepts entirely such as the microwave drawer, Americans are trying to hide the most obvious parts of the kitchen.

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