(BPT) - Home design trends come and go. In five years, the blue kitchen cabinets that are so trendy right now may well go the way of the avocado-hued appliances that graced many American kitchens in the '70s. However, certain home features are timeless, and those are the ones well worth investing in if you're ready to purchase a new home.
Timeless features are meant to look and function as well in 10 years as they do today. Here are six timeless home features that will look great and function well in any new home - now and for years to come.
1. Light, naturally!
Natural light never goes out of style. Rooms that receive ample sunlight can look and feel bigger, brighter and more welcoming. Plus, the positive effects of natural light on mood are well-documented. So, on your search for a new home, look for features such as large windows and skylights not only to improve home value, but also to improve your mood!
2. Plenty of kitchen work space
Probably the only thing worse than a kitchen with too few cabinets is one with a lack of work space. An ample amount of counter space and a kitchen island are features that perfectly marry function and desirability. Counters provide a place to prepare meals, and a kitchen island can also serve as an entertainment hub where you can serve family and guests while maintaining a conversation.
3. Spacious showers
Let's face it, soaking tubs are a luxury many people just don't have much time to enjoy. However, since you shower every day, it makes sense to go for a large, tiled shower where you can savor the experience. Tub trends come and go, but a spacious walk-in shower is timeless.
4. Open floor plans
Open floor plans may have started as a design trend in the 1980s, but by now they're a staple of home design. When you consider how practical and beautiful an open floor plan can be, it makes sense that the feature is here to stay. 'Some homes today are featuring 'gathering kitchens' versus a separate dining room,' says Andy Hutsell, Clayton home building group's designer. 'Open floor plans incorporating the kitchen, dining room and living room make spaces feel bigger and provide plenty of room for gathering with friends and family.'
5. White kitchens
Color trends come and go, especially in kitchens, and some end up looking very regrettable down the road (again, think avocado appliances). However, a white or neutral-colored kitchen will always be in good taste. The bright, clean lines of a white kitchen are the perfect backdrop for adding your own decorations and color accents.
6. Energy efficiency
The green movement has transformed virtually every aspect of American life, to the extent that energy efficiency is no longer a trend but an established requirement for modern homes. Features like energy-efficient windows and appliances, low-flow faucets, smart thermostats and insulation help save you money while preserving the environment - and that's something that will never go out of style!
When looking for that timeless new home, choosing a manufactured home can be a smart, affordable way to get all the timeless features you desire. Clayton home building group designers research the most innovative features and designs. Most home models provide customizable options so you can Have it made(R) by achieving the dream of homeownership. To learn more, visit www.claytonhomes.com.