When you start planning for your new home, everything seems exciting and unique. The best part about the early stages of planning is that your options seem endless, but every custom-home buyer eventually reaches a point where the decision window seems to narrow precipitously. Once you've made certain significant decisions about your new home, other choices seem to follow naturally, and it can be surprisingly easy to feel as though you are locked into one path. One of these broader paths that you will face while designing your interior is whether to take a modern, trendy approach or to choose a more classical design.
Why Your Decision Matters
Interior design isn't easy, but furniture and even flooring choices are relatively easy to change later on. While tearing up a hardwood floor isn't necessarily simple, rugs or carpeting can drastically alter a space and provide some room for later creativity. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your interior layout choices. Major structural decisions about the layout of your home are here to stay, so it is essential to make decisions that you can live with for the long term. This forward-thinking approach often means designing your home for flexibility and understanding how your tastes may change in the future.
Can Structure Be Trendy?
Interior design trends are often associated with decorating choices, but they are meaningful when designing your home's structure, as well. Flow is the buzzword commonly used when discussing floor plans, and it refers to how people can organically move through a space. When a floor plan flows, its occupants can seamlessly move between functional areas with only natural divisions. By contrast, a space that does not adhere to this principle will feature unnatural-feeling divisions such as walls that artificially divide an area into smaller spaces.
Aside from a heavy focus on flow, many trendy homes are featuring rooms designed for flexibility and open floor plans. These two features are prominent in many modern home designs, and they are high on the list for home buyers interested in spaces that adhere to the latest home fashions.
What's Right For You?
Of course, just because a floor plan design is trendy doesn't mean that it's right for your new home. As with most custom home decisions, it is essential to understand how you will use and enjoy your new home. Will you and your family appreciate the free-flowing nature of an open floor plan design, or is a traditional room layout more appealing? Open floor plans often offer only minimal sound insulation between interior spaces, so this may be another concern. As always, it is vital to work with your custom home construction service to arrive at a solution that works for you and that you can live with for the long term.