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The Ins and Outs of Modern Home Design

Home design is a matter of taste. Some people prefer clean, modern lines while others like rustic detailing. One way or another, you don’t want your house to be the white elephant on the street. Choosing a dated, out-of-style design can make your home just that. It’s also a good idea to reflect the character of the street your house is on, though you may add your own personal touches. To help steer you clear of making your home attention-grabbing for all the wrong reasons, here’s a rundown of what styles are “in” and “out” in home design right now.

Mid-Century Modern

When it comes to new-build homes, what really seems to be popular right now is a take on mid-century modern. It’s not the square, boxy modern home of, say, 2013. Think more Palm Springs—the California modern style. Inside and out, the best sellers on the current market have a lot of glass and glazing, but have minimalist features and fewer textures. Look to Frank Lloyd Wright for some of the most famous examples of mid-century modern architecture. A testament to this trend is the new Fallingwater subdivision  being built in Hamilton right now that takes its name from one of Wright’s projects.

Georgian

The classic redbrick Georgian is still trending in Toronto, albeit with a decidedly more modern spin. Distinguishing features of the Georgian style include limestone framing around the windows, generous entrances with pillars, and rounded or squared off dormer windows. You’ll see these types of homes around the Forest Hill neighbourhood, for example, but their understated design allows them to fit into many areas across the city. Inside, however, minimalism reins. People are getting rid of their antiques and opting for smaller furniture in open-concept spaces.

McMansion

This one is a little harder to pin down, but you’ll know it when you see it. Take a drive up to York Mills or Richmond Hill—a lot of the newer stone houses in those areas fit the bill. Some other out-of-style traits of the McMansion include coloured brick (beige or brown), faux antique details, and entire walls of stucco. It’s not a good look for the times.

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