Traditionalist, Trendsetter, or Somewhere in Between (It’s a Custom Home!)

When designing your custom home, you have the opportunity to create a perfect blend of needs, trends, and wishes. From the moment you begin to design your dream home, you decide how you want to live, what style and personality you would like your home to have, and the size of your budget. You may want to go for the current trends and styles, or you could choose to be conservative and traditional. Either way, one of the best benefits of building a new home with Colby Construction is the level of customization you’ll have.

If you’re looking into home design trends for 2019, here are some custom home favorites of home owners and professional designers alike:

  • Open floor plans – From great room kitchens to vaulted ceilings, modern houses have embraced the open floor plan for years.
  • Master-suite retreats – A modern master suite is not just a place to sleep but a fully-functional oasis of calmness – from the bedroom to spa-like bath.
  • Destination outdoor spaces – More than just a transition from indoors to yard or lake front, outdoor living has always been a part of a custom home design.
  • Sustainability – Using sustainable and green products is a way of life that makes a positive impact on homeowners and our planet.
  • Multigenerational appeal – Whether you’re interested in making guests of all ages feel at home or living with extended family of all ages and stages, modern home design has always embraced these on-trend techniques:
    • Single-level living
    • Stand-alone guest suites
    • Technology for aging in place
    • Wider doors and hallways

In order to incorporate these items, in any style of home – from traditional to minimalist modern, you need to take your personality into consideration.  How does your home express your lifestyle? Are you trendy, traditional, or somewhere in-between? Customization can become as personal as you’d like by exploring the details.


Traditional: Even classic styles like mission and colonial can be built with sustainability features and an open concept floor plan.

Trend: The modern farmhouse is still holding steady in the trend reports, but the minimalist look – less is more – is making a mark for the upcoming year.

Totally you: Go utterly minimalist, or wholly eclectic in your design. A blend of old and new allows homeowners to artfully mix the styles they like best. Overall, there’s an upswing in visually exciting and tactile design elements. A surge of new tiles, flooring and wallpaper choices can give you as much texture and pattern as you desire. Plus, many of these new products feature sustainability as a selling point. Be creative and let your personality shine through!



Traditional: A neutral palette.

Trend: Adding pops of color that complement a neutral palette like blues and golds, including a move back to natural and warm wood tones. In the kitchen, natural wood is replacing white and painted cabinets, and brightly colored appliances are taking over stainless steel.

Totally you: Go bold with a deep color palette on walls and large fixtures. Even kitchen appliances are showing up with fresh colorways. Jewel tones, mixed metals, and patterns can read as eclectic or edgy depending on your arrangement. Feel free to mix and play with colors and patterns!


Finishes & Fixtures


Traditional: In a word, white. It’s true, no matter the home’s style, white kitchens have become so common and have been around for so long that they might as well be called traditional.

Trend: Brass and gold are taking over brushed nickel and polished chrome. Why not mix finishes throughout the house? Rose gold and oil rubbed bronze can live in the same space.

Totally you: Embrace modern with industrial and mixed vintage-style fixtures. Bordering on industrial, a move toward concrete and copper in sinks, counters and other fixtures can bring texture to your kitchen.



Traditional: Traditional bathrooms are going out of style. Few homeowners want a traditional bathroom anymore.

Trend: Zen-like spa bathrooms are trending now, and it is a common theme in modern home design. The addition of steam showers and saunas complete the spa feel.

Totally you:  The most fashion-forward bathrooms are mixing rustic and vintage with geometric tile, claw-footed tubs, and printed wallpaper. Gold sinks and metallic finishes on bathtubs will let your creative flair come out in the bathroom.



Smart home tech is an ever-evolving and advancing field. When you build a custom home, you’re able to install a technology framework capable of supporting whatever level of convenience you want. Your lifestyle considerations primarily dictate security and entertainment system preferences. Environmental controls, smart lighting, and certain connectivity advances can be better for the environment, your safety, and your ability to age in place.



The bottom line is that this is your home. How exactly do you want to live in it? When you build a custom home, there’s no limit to how specific you can make that home serve your lifestyle needs. Perhaps you may even consider one of these trending rooms:

  • Wine bars and storage
  • Hobby and craft rooms
  • Home Gym
  • Entertainment and game rooms
  • Libraries
  • Home Office

Or, just maybe, you need a combination of a timeless, classic home that features a few of the best trends. No matter what your vision is, Colby Construction will help your dream home become a reality.