Bold colors, expanded Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, textured surfaces, thin and compact sizing, and water-consciousness were the five major product design trends JBREC highlighted from the show that builders should be conscious of, and may indicate the trajectory of building product trends into the future. JBREC's list is backed by consumer research including survey data, and behavior analysis on sites like Houzz and Pinterest.
Thin and compact design is modern and efficient. We know from our survey of over 23,000 homebuyers that younger consumers prefer a modern aesthetic and smaller, better-designed homes. It was no surprise to see many manufacturers relaunch product lines in sleeker, more compact formats to appeal to the growing cohort of sharers and connectors that will soon own more homes than all other generations combined.