What are some trends we have seen lately that buyers, designers and builders like?
Lighter kitchens – People are opting more for the fresh look of cabinets with a brighter feel, including lighter maple shades, white or antique white cabinets or even some gray. Most cabinets go with a great quality tile. Most home owners are opting to avoid hardwood in the kitchen for many reasons. When it is white and hardwood, like below, it looks better but homeowners are forgetting the hardwood for tile for more style and function and so it doesn’t all blend (when you try to match the floor with the cabinets) or clash (when the floors are a different color than the cabinets)…like it does more with hardwood.
Neutral, neutral paint and decor – We went into a staged builder’s model a few years ago and we were all shocked at how the designer staged way. too. much. One room had basketball themed everything, the other room was pink, the other room was a different color. A different color in every room does not make the home flow or appealing to largest amount of buyers. Most new construction now is very neutral – a blank slate that buyers can work from. If you have rooms that don’t match and you are thinking of selling, consider neutralizing your home. You can never go wrong with a cream, beige, a light taupe or a light gray.
Coffered ceilings – seeing these more and more throughout the U.S. and in some new construction homes. They are classy, give the room dimension and create visual interest.
These are just some of the various home design trends I’ve noticed and those that buyers take a liking to.