Which ones will stand the test of time?
Trends come and go, so which design trends in housing will last into the next century? According to top interior designers, topping the list are open floor plans, big windows, fireplaces, hardwood floors, kitchen islands and porches.
While colours may change like the seasons, many of the features seen in today's new homes are likely to endure the test of time.
People want openness, and rooms that flow instead of being chopped up by walls. They also want more livable space, and they want their homes to be maintenance free.
Many of the new features, in addition to being attractive, are also practical. They serve as, or reflect, contemporary lifestyles.
In some older homes, it's not uncommon to find rooms separated by walls. Someone cooking in the kitchen can barely hear -let alone see -someone talking in the living room.
All of that has changed in the home today.
Now, it is common to see a kitchen, dining room and living room opened up, with no walls between them. Some partitioning may still occur but not to the point of closing off each room.
Also feeding a need for openness is the trend toward large windows. The increased use of glass, in a variety of shapes and sizes, helps create an open feeling, and it lets more natural light in.
Natural light is always more inviting than artificial light. This is why lower levels have windows and doors leading to a patio or yard. The use of transoms, oval or circular windows and side lights add interest and light to the homes.
While many floor plans show a traditional dining room, it is recommended that potential homeowners ask themselves how much they'll really use that space and whether it could be better used for something else. Instead, the same space is being dedicated as a computer room or home office.
Other features that are likely to stick around are hardwood floors, centre kitchen islands and porches.
And fireplaces are always popular - gas direct vent fireplaces are today's most popular choice. They're self contained and there's no heat lost through the fireplace, as with the traditional wood-burning fireplace.