Jennifer Egbert, milehimodern

Jennifer Egbert, milehimodern

Each decade brings distinctive home design trends, and 2020 is set to usher in a new era of desirable features. If you’re planning to list your home, it’s helpful to be aware of the latest must-haves that buyers are after. For those thinking about buying, you’ll want to invest in a modern property that will hold its value. Interested in learning more about up-and-coming home trends?

Here, I share insight on what to expect from the luxury market:

Smart technology
Programmable thermostats have been on the rise for several years, and highly sophisticated options are now available. Rather than simply controlling the temperature, new smart thermostats offer humidity control and help create the ideal balance for each room. It’s not just smart thermostats adding value to new homes – USB outlets (rather than traditional three-prong versions) are introducing user-friendly technology to households.
T-shaped kitchen islands

Kitchen islands have long been a staple in luxury homes, but t-shaped kitchen islands provide enhanced opportunities for conversation and connectedness. For those who love to entertain, a curved or t-shaped island offers the perfect setting for gathering around the bar.

The melding of indoors and outdoors
The “back to nature” trend has staying power and is expected to continue its reign in 2020 and beyond. Many buyers are on the search for homes that offer the feeling of the yard as an extension of the great room. A glass wall that lets in plenty of sunshine or meets with an outdoor space is a welcome refuge into nature and creates a daily opportunity to spend time outside.

An upgrade to mid-century modern design
Open floor plans remain an attractive choice, but 2020 will usher in a resurgence of mid-century modern architectural design blended with eye-catching rooflines, an abundance of natural light, and ultra-modern finishes. In addition to large skylights that flood the room with sunlight, you can expect new homes in 2020 to feature materials that feel and look natural. Be on the lookout for terrazzo tile in high-traffic areas or as a backsplash to enhance the kitchen.

The housing market is ever-evolving. It can be difficult to stay on top of the latest trends, but the features mentioned here are expected to make their mark and define the new decade. Boulder is home to some of the most modern properties in the country, and our exceptional market is likely to reflect the amenities mentioned here (and set a few trends of our own).

By Jennifer Egbert. Jennifer is the founding Realtor of the Boulder branch of milehimodern. She specializes in Luxury neighborhoods, home builders and current market conditions. Visit, e-mail [email protected] or call 303.619.3373.