Bring back the Butler’s Pantry, Gas Lanterns, and Natural Materials
No downstairs staff required—this trend from the Edwardian era hides prep work from guests. “The butler’s pantry and butler’s kitchen are all becoming one,” says Mark Molthan of Platinum Homes by Mark Molthan.
Before electricity, gas lanterns were a requirement. Now they add a romantic aesthetic. “People look to make the outdoor living space more inviting with features like gas lanterns,” says Lauren Grasso of Ellen Grasso & Sons.
Though technology may abound inside, go au naturel with materials. “We love working with natural accents and authentic texture in every space of our clients’ homes,” says Ben Coats of Coats Homes. “Incorporating natural materials isn’t just a trend—it’s a way to connect a home’s space and the family that abides to their natural surroundings.”
Before central heat and air, homes were cozier out of necessity. Today, it’s an indulgence. “We’re seeing luxury amenities in the entire master areas, like fireplaces in the changing or dressing area,” says Susan Newell of Susan Newell Custom Homes.
Snug, delineated spaces harken back to postwar prefab houses. “Our floor plans are now being designed with a bit more compartmentalization of each living space to create a cozier feel in everyday living and when entertaining,” says David Leite of David Leite Custom Homes.
The Return of the smaller home
Nuclear families—like the fictional Cleavers—knew how to live small. “We’re building more two-bedroom homes,” says Don Ferrier of Ferrier Custom Homes.
Wallpaper isn’t for your grandmother anymore
“Wallpaper is a trend we love in bathrooms,” says Kelly Ongena of Hawkins-Welwood Homes. “Patterns can be bold or subtle, but they give a unique splash to a bathroom.” (Paisley optional.)
Clean lines aren’t so outdated anymore
We’re nostalgic for the clean lines of the ’90s—especially in the bathroom. “Frameless mirrors are becoming the norm,” says Jeff Dworkin of JLD Custom Homes.
Don’t be afraid to show off that book collection. “Built-ins are an owner’s feel-good item,” says Kim Swanner of Britton Homes.