Manhattan Beach Design Trends 2016

Manhattan Beach Design Trends 2016

Interior design, floor plans, and finish work seems to be in a constant state of evolution and what looked great when your house was built 10 years ago (or longer) may just look dated today. Really.

Here's eight design trends I see that can affect the resale value of your Manhattan Beach home in 2016. These are my opinions and primarily based on observations of how my clients (and my wife and I) are remodeling their homes, new construction, and some of my favorite websites and magazines such as Houzz and Dwell.

Here goes.

Farmhouse Style replacing more formal decor. Look for the Farmhouse or Apron sink which is making a big comeback. Typically a white ceramic, deep, single bowl. You'll also see sliding sliding wood barn style doors inside often used in front of a washer dryer previously covered with a bi-fold door or other closet space. Very cool. And expect to see white, lots of white. Another part of this look is more "rustic" wood floors. These could be the gray or distressed wide plank white oak or close variations. Another similar style I also see in Manhattan Beach is "Plantation Style" which a lot of builders are going with.

Mixed and Match finish materials instead of let's say the same wood cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchens. This expresses itself in many ways such as two tone kitchen cabinets, ie upper cabinets being white and the lower cabinets being a darker tone such as gray or brown.This can also be expressed as unique combinations of backsplash and counters instead of let's say having granite for both. Another expression of this is lets say the blending of styles in the photo above where we see a traditional great room combined with more contemporary doors.

Living Space Bathrooms. This trend started with statement mirrors replacing medicine cabinets and flat mirrors fastened to the wall and has continued to include lighting fixtures including chandeliers and furniture like pieces.


Niche Kitchen Appliances. Think steam ovens, warming drawers, induction cooktops, Kimchi refrigerators and more. What I haven't seen catch on, yet, in Manhattan Beach is the Black Stainless Steel. Seems like everyone still likes the traditional shinier version.

Open Kitchen Shelving. Simple enough - fewer cabinet doors.

Free Standing Bathtubs. These really seem to have replaced the jetted variety over the past couple of years.

Open Spaces and High Ceilings. Both Manhattan Beach buyers and home owners today are looking for more volume (in addition to SqFt). By that I am referring to the fact that a 3,000 SqFt house with fewer walls and higher ceilings can feel larger than a 3,500 SqFt house cut up into small rooms. The picture at the beginning of this blog post is a good example.

Indoor Outdoor Living. I'm seeing more pocket, bi-fold and walls of glass replacing traditional sliding or even French doors.

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