The most popular home features are stylishly practical! The most popular home features of 2015 were all about perks, additions, and special projects that were first and foremost stylish and functional! Americans are looking to create space to live well, with a place for everything. New tiling, walk in pantries, stove hoods, apron, and farmhouse sinks, luxe bathrooms with a shower stall and a tub, custom laundry rooms, wonderful barn doors, and more!

After all, home is where life happens.

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In addition to organized space, energy efficiency was considered a big plus, with energy star appliances making it to the top of homeowner’s lists, as well as features like ceiling fans and recycled barn doors, which in turn appeal to homeowners who want to achieve either the rustic look or a more Scandinavian style, with contrasting natural and industrial materials, and spare décor.

 Barn Doors Add Style and Unique Character

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Popular Kitchen Features: Upscale Stoves, Unique Sinks, Blue Cabinets, and Beautiful Tiles

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Gorgeous kitchens of all styles featured customized hoods over the stove top, in a variety of materials, colors, and finishes from white to stainless steel.

White and off-white kitchen cabinets continue to be a design staple, but there is a new competitor this year! Cabinets in shades of blue-gray are appearing in gorgeous kitchens across the nation. Appointed with the best of energy-efficient appliances, an important ever-popular feature, these are the new blues.

Apron and farmhouse sinks continue to hold strong and are an icon of 21st century style, these sharp features come in a range of materials such as stainless steel, cooper, porcelain, and stone. This year we have seen these generously proportioned sinks paired with butcher-block countertops, marble, granite, composite stone, and more.

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Tile work continued to gain in popularity; kitchen walls became expanses of tiles sometimes from the counter to the ceiling in a show of impeccable mosaic like craftsmanship. Another favorite was the octagon tile, artfully arranged in bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways. This shape, while certainly part of the neo-mid century modern emphasis on geometric forms, also holds a classical appeal, sure to remain timeless.

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 An Organizer’s Dream: Walk-in Kitchen Pantries

A top-rated wish list: the walk-in pantry is a modern practical luxury, these au courant spaces are like the storerooms of grand old homes.

Having this space allows your cooking workspace to be more uncluttered, and creates more room for family togetherness, perhaps homework at the table, games while one person is cooking. This visual storage feature is a great way to save money; one can sort by meals, and not waste. Often the pantry is also used to store special occasion dishes and some boast glass pane doors. There are different ways to approach adding this home feature, you can extend a closet into another room farther, or replace an off-kitchen bathroom or underused hallway.

Walk-in pantry with library ladder Photo: Hayburn and Company
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Laundry Rooms

Another popular feature is the styled, energy-efficient, self-contained laundry room. The new laundry room can double as a mudroom provided there is ample space for family traffic.

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Considering most of us spend a great deal of time in the laundry room, why not make it beautiful?

 Luxe Bathrooms: Shower, Tub, and Storage 

A gorgeous bathroom with luxury touches adds not only monetary value to a home but also provides a sense of relaxation and pampering. There is nothing like a tidy, updated bathroom with a touch of the opulent, such as marble accents. To meet this need, increasingly homeowners were selecting to install both a glass shower stall and a bathtub in their elegantly appointed master bath. To keep this space neat, the bathroom linen closet was a must.

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Beautiful, stylish, well-appointed, and functional, 2015 most popular home features are all about living in the moment, and finding a way to create space in your home, with superior organization and storage features, designated areas and a peace of mind, achieved by good design.

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