Home Design Trends
Some say that home fixtures and finishes go in and out of vogue so quickly that you should ignore the trends and just choose what you like. But if you are most concerned about making design choices that will serve you well when you go to sell your home, there are some points to consider.
Every market has different trends, from the outside to the inside of a home. Brick is considered a high-end exterior in the south, but out west, where the material is more widely used, it is not viewed as an upgrade. Hardiplank cement board siding is what is most popular in our area. Vinyl is not considered an acceptable material once you reach the $300,000 price point.
A trend in flooring is ceramic tile that looks like hardwoods. These are often found in coastal climates where wet conditions can be dangerous for wood floors. This is a way to get the look of wood with the durability of tile. The grout is done in a toothpick style, meaning the lines are very thin and barely noticeable. Negatives to this selection? Tile doesn’t muffle noise as well as wood so it tends to be louder. It’s unforgiving if you drop something fragile. Tile is colder than wood, which could be considered a benefit in our hot climate! If the trend fades and the look becomes dated, it would be very expensive to remove. Lowe’s and Home Depot are carrying the wood-look tiles, and the volume builders are offering it as a design selection, so it’s looking like the material is around to stay. The trend will be in the size of the tile and the shade of the wood grain.
What about paint? The hot hue for interior walls has been “greige” – which translates to a warm gray. Two of the most popular choices are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray. Painting your porch ceiling Haint Blue is still very popular, especially Benjamin Moore Birds Egg. A widely considered best red for your front door is Sherwin Williams Snapdragon, from their Historic Charleston line, in a semi-gloss finish. For re-sale, it’s best to pick one interior paint color and stick with it throughout the entire home. You may consider going a shade darker in your formal dining room or powder room, but consistency of color will promote flow and make your home feel larger.
What about cabinets? Super dark cabinets show dust and are proving impractical. White is timeless and presently everything is white shaker. Cabinet makers are beyond ready for a new trend to take shape and add variety to their projects. The clean, swedish design is showing up more & more in local design magazines. Navy cabinets with champagne or gold hardware is increasingly popular.
We want to personalize our homes with our own finishing touches. Paint and accessories are the best way to do that so you don’t invest too much in a trend that a future buyer will consider an objection. Happy pinteresting!