Top Home Design Trends For 2013 Favor Simplicity

               Top Home Design Trends For 2013 Favor Simplicity

Consumer Research Shows Pulte Homes Buyers Want Understated Decor and Open
Floor Plans

PR Newswire

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., June 27, 2013

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic, natural
colors, simple prints, rustic finishes and open spaces are proving to be the
top home design trends of 2013, according to newly released information by
Pulte Homes, a national brand of homebuilder PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM).

To view a collection of top home design trends, view the Pulte Homes Pinterest
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"In years past, bold colors, ornate designs and expansive floor plans ruled
the day. But today's homeowners are more focused on creating a soft modern
feeling with a comfortable, casual and unfussy experience," said Janice Jones,
vice president of merchandising for PulteGroup, Inc.

"Overwhelmingly, our homebuyers prefer spaces that can easily transition from
family game nights to dinner parties with friends. To achieve that
functionality, our 20-person design team is creating open, interworking spaces
with a design and aesthetic that easily transitions from day to night, weekday
to weekend."

Gleaned through dozens of focus groups, frequent customer surveys and direct
experience decorating and interior designing more than one million square feet
of model homes across the country in 2013 alone, Pulte Homes has identified
the following as being the most predominant trends in home design this year.

Color: Moody, masculine
While Pantone has deemed emerald green as the 2013 color of the year, Pulte
Homes is seeing more movement towards natural, moody tones. One example is
the Sherwin Williams color of the year, Aloe SW6464, a soothing green tone.
Additionally, masculine tones in cool shades like gray continue to be very
popular. Complementing these colors with raw, organic neutrals, such as
linen, creates a clean, natural look that induces a calming effect on the

Prints & Textures: Adding a pop
Prints and accents are vital when styling rooms, but it's important to keep it
simple. Geometric shapes and stripes are popular, but should be used
sparingly. An easy way to introduce them into rooms is through accents such
as pillows, artwork or throws. However, adding contrast to a room isn't
relegated to just accessories. There is a growing trend to blend contrasting
wood finishes in furniture, adding perhaps a crisper white or one of the many
rich gray tones available to complement a natural or stained wood finish.
This helps create a reclaimed, rustic look that complements today's color

Creating space
Gone are the days of formal sitting rooms, dining rooms and studies. Instead
Pulte Homes' buyers are drawn to open, flowing layouts that eliminate formal
spaces, offer more storage solutions and functionality, and create open areas
for easy entertaining. Some ways to make the most of living space is adding
an island to the kitchen. It can serve as the "anchor" and provide additional
storage space. Rooms that are often thought of as dens or formal living rooms
can be turned into home offices, craft rooms or sunrooms. There's also a
trend toward creating a "loft" feel through simple linear lines and tucking
away master bedrooms and bathrooms to create a "retreat" for homeowners.

Taking the inside outside
Whether just for the summer or year-round, today's homeowners are moving their
entertainment space outdoors. While not always practical for every climate,
the ultimate outdoor entertainment space includes an outdoor kitchen and
fireplace. Homeowners also can enjoy their outdoor spaces with paved patios
and comfortable seating that can be created with outdoor cushions, pillows and
patio umbrellas. Some homes are creating a seamless transition from indoors
to outdoors through accordion glass doors that fold into the wall. For buyers
interested in investing in a luxury outdoor space, this offers a smooth
transition from the main indoor living space to the outdoors.

"Our sales, design and development teams are working with homebuyers across
the country on delivering homes that incorporate what matters most to them,"
said Jones. "While trends in colors, accessories and furniture evolve over
time, homeowners' preference for livable, life-tested spaces is a trend that's
here to stay."

About Pulte Homes
Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM). Pulte Homes
builds consumer inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer
the best quality of life. Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of
innovative Life Testedâ„¢ home designs with an unwavering commitment to quality
and attention to detail. For more information about Pulte Homes, visit

SOURCE Pulte Homes

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