By Jessica Bowne | February 2, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
Whether you’re building, buying, selling, or renting, the home design market in Colorado right now feels hotter than ever. We spoke with 5 architecture and design specialists on what trends they’re seeing in the Aspen area right now.
“Miller Architects has found a trend towards light infused interiors, natural textural materials in combination with the sleekness of steel as the desired effect and materials of choice. A palette of muted colors, tone-on-tone, with texture and sumptuous materials are being used for a quieting effect. Reclaimed materials, which we use extensively for texture, patina, and its unique irregularity is in demand. Steel windows and door systems with their sleek profile, now available for our cold climates, is wonderful for blurring the definition between interior and exterior spaces. We’re seeing where structures in the past had a weighty, heavier feel with the current trend towards lighter structural elements as well as light infused spaces."
“We continue to see an emphasis on legacy properties, designed for discerning clients who seek high quality and a healthy lifestyle. Home designs that are functional and livable, yet timeless. Popular design features include interiors that flow seamlessly to outdoor living spaces, and exteriors that are low maintenance and long lasting. By integrating solar, geothermal, and other efficiencies, the homes have lower operating costs to enable future generations to continue to own and enjoy their family’s retreat.“
“Regardless of a particular style, textural finishes and fabrics in warm earth tones continue to be the trend in Aspen interior design. This is in large part due to the colors and hues found in our natural surroundings, which serve as a seamless transition between exterior and interior environments. There is also a renewed appreciation for craftsmanship in design, whether it is a completely custom or a one-of-a-kind vintage piece, clients understand that level of quality and its importance in contributing to a truly unique design.”
“It seems that the focus in Aspen and across the west are homes with simple forms, exquisite details and natural warm materials that hopefully are part of their site.”
“The current design trends in Aspen residential architecture are definitely more modern and less about the nostalgic traditional mountain architecture of years past. Our clients are looking for more of an openness, cleaner expression of design while maintaining the warmth in this type of mountain architecture with lots of glass and natural materials. There also seems to be a trend of planning for the extended family, and programming homes to function well with the entire family in mind.”
Photography by Mark Boisclair (Charles Cunnife project); David Marlow (Miller Architects); Pat Sudmeier (Poss Architects)