A recent article from HOUZZ.com indicates 5 design trends that they expect will start going across the country. This article discusses these trends and whether I expect to see them in Portland, OR housing or not based on my experience as a REALTOR in this area:
The first trend is “Performance Fabrics” like the outdoor fabrics that are stain resistant and durable now being used indoors for upholstery. This is one trend that will definitely be seen here in Portland — with all the rain, having upholstery that won’t show dirt when a dog fresh from the rain jumps up on the couch is essential! Portlanders LOVE their pets — the Portland based Oregon Humane Society actually imports hundreds of pets from Southern California each week to help them get adopted and they are usually all gone within days. So having fabrics that can cope with both pet messes and the sometimes muddy weather is a huge plus for us here.
Second on the trend list is customization, especially in kitchens. I have already been seeing this trend in the addition of “dog wash stations” to higher end homes — see previous comments about how much Portlanders love dogs! Having built-in smoothie drawers and specialty appliances is probably going to be seen more at the high end, but I doubt this will become a huge trend in the middle to lower price points just due to space constraints. Our many older homes don’t typically have kitchens big enough to hold this extra stuff!
Next on the list is designing for calm and wellness. I think this trend is already here in Portland, OR housing. We are seeing VERY neutral color palettes on the newer builds these days, as well as homes incorporating things like spa tubs and saunas.
At number four is black cabinetry especially in the kitchen. I will be curious to see if this takes off. On one hand, it is an easy update to older battered cabinets to paint them black, so I can see this working well here. On the other hand, since rooms appearing light and bright is so important here, this may not be a trend that gets fully embraced. Portland, OR also loves their wood, so I can see possibly a mix of wood colored cabinets with black islands. This will be an interesting trend to watch to see if it becomes popular here.
Last on the Houzz list was sustainability. This has already been huge in Portland as many people here are concerned with the environment and conservation. I can see these innovations such as sophisticated grey water collection, sustainable leather, renewable hardwoods, etc, really becoming big here in Portland housing.