2016 homebuilding trends

“Barnitecture” is one of the big 2016 homebuilding trends, with elements like rough-hewn ceiling beams mixed with more contemporary elements. This home is by LRO Residential. Photo: Shoot2Sell Photography

The 2015 real estate market in Dallas-Fort Worth went down in the books as the best in three decades, and year-end housing construction numbers placed Dallas as one of the country’s top building markets.

North Texas is headquarters to some enormously talented (and busy!) builders. We’ve asked the best and brightest among them to tell us their predictions for 2016 homebuilding trends. They’ve also given us some gorgeous photos that illustrate how those trends are showing up in their work. You won’t want to miss this!


Pinterest is a cruel mistress to the person planning a remodel. That person is me, and my current source of indecision is lighting.

I’m planning on pretty much gutting our hall bath, opting for a more transitional style with a modern double-bowl vanity sink, wainscotting, a rustic wooden mirror, apothecary-style cabinetry, and gooseneck barn lighting above the vanity.

Of course, the lighting is what is causing the most indecision, thanks to the recent boon in American-made light fixtures modeled after old-time gas station lights. They’re built to stand up to the toughest conditions, and often come in a wide array of colors with a decidedly industrial feel.

Here are a few of my most recent favorites:

1) Restoration Hardware’s warm white 10-inch Vintage Barn Sconce — $209

Vintage Barn Light Resto Hardware

2) Barn Wall Urban Outdoor Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus of Dallas — $79.99 (Bargain!!!)

Barn Wall Light Lamps Plus

3) Wheeler Dino Wall Sconce from Barn Light Electric — $208 (Comes in a host of bright colors!)

Barn Light Electric Wheeler Dino Yellow

4) Mini Derby Warehouse Shade Wall Light from Barn Light Originals — $168 (Also comes in tons of great colors!)

The Derby Mini Wall Light Red

5) Barnard Solid Brass Indoor/Outdoor Sconce — $189 each, $339 for two (Has adorable seeded glass cover!)

Barnard Rustic Sconce Potterybarn

Which one is your favorite?

Ridglea Front

Almost every listing I fall in love with has a really fabulous mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces, and maybe a few quirky flea market finds. I had no idea that this is what basically makes up transitional style. It’s a great decor style that makes almost every home look like a supermodel, and it’s not hard at all to attain.

I think that 5446 Ridgedale, a gorgeous M Streets Tudor, really evokes transitional style. Dallas stager Karen Eubank agrees.

Ridglea Entrance

“Look at the entryway. It has a simple wood-topped table with straight crome legs. There’s a glass-base lamp on top and pale grey walls. When I walk into that home, and I see that table and I can tell that it’s been updated. It’s on-trend,” Eubank said.

Ridglea Living

In the living room there’s a fantastic vintage mirror above the fireplace, a great juxtaposition with the oval cocktail table. It all has a very timeless look, doesn’t it? The seating feels clean and modern with a more traditional shape. All of these pieces mix well to produce a great example of transitional style.

What’s the easiest way to update a home that merges contemporary and traditional? “Lighting fixtures are a great way to update a house quickly,” Eubank said. Head to Lowes or Home Depot and find modern-feeling fixtures that blend well with traditional furniture.

Ridglea Dining

The dining room, with the drum light centered over the dining table, is a great example of that philosophy, says Eubank. “The dining room is wonderful. The paint is a little darker than in the living room, but with the white trim, it works. The chairs are a more traditional shape, but are covered with a more modern fabric.”

Ridglea Kitchen

Getting ready to sell your home? The easiest way to achieve transitional style is through accessories, Eubank said. Start with a coat of pale gray, green, or blue on the walls and go from there.

“Most people are not going to have the resources to go out and buy and updated living room suite,” she added. “But if you’re planning on buying a few new pieces when you move into your new home, give yourself permission to go ahead and buy a couple of new pieces, maybe a sofa or armchair that works.”

Ridgedale Master

On an even stiffer budget? Head to HomeGoods or Target.

“You can update your house for in the neighborhood of $500 if you’re smart about it,” Eubank said.

Ridgedale Master Bath