Work Smarter, Not Harder
We’ve already leveraged smart doorbells that track the comings and goings of visitors to our home, smart thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature of our spaces, and smart appliances that give us the ability to preheat the oven en route from the office. So it only makes sense that our windows offer this intelli-tech, too. Enter the Marvin Awaken Skylight
. Controlled by smart home systems like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, these skylights—which vent on all four sides for faster and more efficient air circulation—feature tunable lighting that adjusts based on the natural light filtering in, and sensors that automatically shut the unit when rain is detected, and alert you to changes in indoor air quality.
An Eye Toward the Environment
Sustainability is always in style, but the focus on sustainable solutions continues to grow. To help offset the estimated 8,000 pounds of waste generated when building a 2,000-square-foot home, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeowners are increasingly conscious about choosing high-quality materials that will last for years to come in lieu of less durable, mass-produced options.
Energy efficiency is also top of mind. In the NAHB’s “What Home Buyers Really Want” report for 2021
, 83 percent rated ENERGY STAR
windows as the number-one desirable or must-have green feature for their home.
Accessories That Shine
A strong foundation and well-designed floor plan are important, but it’s the fixtures and finishes that give a home personality. Rather than relying on standard-issue lighting, homeowners are tapping architectural lighting designers to thoughtfully layer light in their spaces. The right mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting can promote relaxation, reduce eye strain, and bring balance to a room.
Brushed brass continues to be a popular finish choice for lighting, furniture, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures, including hardware, but two-tone options—think brass and matte black faucets and drawer handles—are offering a fresh take on the trend for 2023. Big statements can also be made in subtle design choices, such as “disappearing hardware” that seamlessly blends into its surroundings, such as matte black hardware on black-painted windows and doors.
A Rise of Soft Neutrals
may be Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year, but within home design we have seen the rise of soft earthy neutrals such as our Stone White and Gunmetal as well as natural wood tones as the hues and textures provide a sense of grounding and calm. “Not only do these colors help to bring the peace of the outdoors inside, but they also provide a soothing interior color foundation that is easy to build upon,” said Christine Marvin, chief marketing + experience officer.