Young couples use the second bedroom as a nursery. Middle-age couples use it to keep aging parents close by, and older couples like the design because their differing sleep patterns make sharing a bedroom difficult, Salant says.
Here are other trends Salant points to:
- The newest variation on the home office is a completely separate office space, connected to the house by a hallway or a breezeway.
- Kitchens are getting smaller, but they are connected to much larger dining areas, often with a center island where family members can sit while they have an informal meal.
- Oversized family rooms with high ceilings are giving way to smaller, cozier rooms with lower ceilings.
- Home theaters have lost much appeal because people don't want to watch television in a separate area of the home. TV viewing is a more informal activity that people engage in while they're doing other things like cooking or getting ready for work.