As a new year begins, interior decorators, residential builders, and other professionals involved in the real estate industry are quick to announce their predictions for the latest home design trends. If your home is on the market, incorporating some of these styles may help create an up-to-date look that appeals to savvy, design-conscious buyers.
However, home sellers often feel that they are too busy with the prospect of an upcoming move or purchasing a new home to worry about changing the style of their current one. Can you relate? If so, consider incorporating some of the top home design trends that experts have predicted for 2018—and that don’t require major changes to your home while it is on the market:
- Colorful kitchens. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and today’s homeowners are reflecting that with the use of warmer colors, such as deep blues and grays along with richly hued cabinets. While cool neutrals will always offer a versatile base, a recent report by Houzz, a popular home design website, proclaimed that the white and stainless steel sinks that have been favored in years past are now declining in popularity. Instead, homeowners are opting for more colorful and textured materials like copper and granite. If you do not want to undertake a more extensive renovation, this look can easily be replicated by painting an accent piece—like your kitchen’s island—with trendy shades, or adding minor fixtures, such as brass faucets or cabinet pulls, that bring in a warmer color palate.
- Warm, earthy accent colors throughout the home. This year, the preference for richer colors is extending beyond the kitchen. In many rooms, homeowners are incorporating small pieces, such as blankets and throw pillows, to make even the most minimalist design schemes feel less stark and more welcoming. Popular hues include earth tones like rust, camel, and burnt yellow.
- Bold floral prints. Florals have earned somewhat of a negative reputation in the context of home décor—they often include drab colors and uninspiring patterns. However, today’s designers and homeowners are favoring prints with large, dramatic botanicals and sharp, contrasting colors, such as black and white or yellow and teal. To add this eye-catching style to your home, consider purchasing comforters or pillows or covering one wall of a room with wallpaper that showcases boldly colored floral patterns.
- Trough sinks. Trough or bucket sinks are not only stylish, but also practical. They create a trendy industrial vibe, and tend to be deep, durable, and wide—making them a particularly useful choice for kids’ bathrooms or laundry rooms.
- Relaxing, modern bedrooms. Even as homeowners are favoring more vibrant colors and patterns throughout the home, they are transforming their bedrooms into serene retreats. To adopt this trend in your home, remove bright colors, elaborate décor, and busy patterns from your bedroom. Instead, err on the side of minimalism, with calming neutral colors and simple, functional décor. In addition to reflecting one of the latest home design trends, incorporating soothing styles in the bedroom will create an inviting vibe for buyers.