Drawing on property management and real estate experience gained in Charlotte, NC, Richard Schwartz currently serves as the president and chief operating officer of Village Park Homes in Hilton Head Island, SC. In this position, Richard Schwartz oversees the construction of new homes on Hilton Head, just as he did working for D.R. Horton and other builders in Charlotte, NC.
Like any other aspect of design, home interiors reflect the needs and tastes of buyers in the current market. Today’s residential design trends are no different. They tell of the growing popularity of smart home technology, including the integration of charging docks into furniture and walls throughout the home.
Voice-activated assistants are also becoming increasingly prevalent in new home design. These systems are activated with a verbal cue from the homeowner, who can then instruct the assistant to dim the lights, report on the weather, or perform a number of other functions. Experts predict that this type of technology will become increasingly present in homes, thanks to the recent opening of Amazon’s Alexa platform to third-party developers and Google’s intention to do the same in the near future.
Home décor trends, by contrast, embrace the traditional and the natural, albeit with a modern flair. The classic vanity has made a comeback, though many such items today are repurposed from old cabinets, chests of drawers, and other pieces of reclaimed furniture. Meanwhile, subway tiles have found new homes as backsplash walls in kitchens, and marble has experienced an upswing in popularity as well.
From a color perspective, jewel tones seem to be in fashion. Green is particularly popular, and some designers suggest that this reflects consumers’ love of the outdoors. Whites and off-whites remain a classic choice, particularly when paired together.