The Future of Residential Architecture
Whether it is clothing, art, or architecture, we recognise historical periods by their choices and innovations in these areas, and 2016 is no different. There is no question that our personal space does, to a large extent, impact on our personal lifestyles. When we talk about trends in architecture, rather than fads, it is because a trend often has a lasting influence, while a fad is of the moment.
If television programmes about houses and architecture tell us anything, it is that there’s a trend in 2016 towards a more individualist style. Home buyers and owners are more interested in making something their own, rather than settling for the ubiquitous terrace. Whether you opt for a new house or a renovation, most people want to put their own, individual stamp on their new home.
The Multi-Purpose Room
An increasing number of people now opt for open plan living, where a room has more than one function. There is a definite move towards flexible living and designing homes to fit our lifestyle, rather than adapting our lifestyle to fit with where we live. In this sense, there is no single, outstanding architectural trend for 2016.
Fit for an Ageing Population
Now, there are more people over the age of 55 than there are under it; consequently, architects and homeowners are designing / modernizing homes that can adapt to the needs of an ageing population.
New builds often have more, and larger windows than has been the case. Bigger windows are popular because they let in more natural light, something that is said to increase our sense of wellbeing. In tandem with more and larger windows is the idea of bringing the outside in.
Design trends for 2016 tend to carry the colours and trends from inside the home to the outside. Designers seem to spend as much time creating new garden furniture as they do furnishings for the dining room and sitting room. Colour schemes from inside the home are often carried over to the outside space, making the garden or terrace an extension to the flexible interior.
This new century has ushered in an age of ecological care and responsibility, which is mirrored in the architectural trend of using sustainable materials when erecting new properties. The move towards sustainability can be seen inside the home, as well as in the construction of the building itself. The auction houses benefit from a population with an ecological conscience, as the sale of previously owned and antique items is growing. An increasing number of homeowners will update old furnishings or purchase second hand, rather than moving towards new sofas and dining room tables.