If 2016 was the year of embracing minimalism, sources—NAHB, online residential design platform Houzz, and design firms—indicate 2017 is taking the contemporary trend a step further by incorporating individualism, comfort, and health.


“Clean lines, minimal but impactful accessorization, healthy lifestyle, and technology are driving merchandising right now,” says Joe Duffus, CEO of Maryland-based interior design group Builders Design. “Manufacturers are focusing on ways to accommodate healthy-at-home concepts such as air purification and indoor herb gardens.”


Looking to the winners of this year’s  NAHB Best in American Living Awards, the projects showcase myriad prominent design trends that NAHB predicts will appear in homes and communities over the next several years.


Many of the winning homes and communities incorporated metal roofing and repurposed wood beams as interior design details, which is evidence that the modern farmhouse style is here to stay. Oversized farmhouse sinks and barn doors—evolving to suit a more contemporary aesthetic with glass, white tints, and mixed-metal hardware—were other popular features. Many architects and designers opted for dark brown or black frames around windows and doors to make them pop against light siding, and well-placed benches and nooks within small spaces appeared in many plans.