2016 Design Trends in Review

One of the many perks of being in the real estate business is that I get a front row seat when it comes to new trends in home design.  It is exciting to see what home owners are doing in terms of remodeling and updating and it is just as interesting to see what trends buyers are paying a premium for.  

There is no question that the open floor plan is in and that the formal dining room is out.  Home owners are sacrificing the separate formal dining space to create more open spaces even if this means that the only dining space is incorporated into the kitchen.  Buyers like more informal dining areas as long as they feel there is plenty of room for guests and family to dine during holidays and special occasions.

The oversized island has also dominated kitchen design.  Room to sit around the island is key for buyers and when it comes to countertops, manufactured surfaces are increasingly popular.  The newest product is called Neolith and it has many wonderful characteristics such as: resistant to high and low temperatures, scratch resistant, easy to clean, hygienic, waterproof and 100% recyclable. There are many styles and finishes to choose from.  Keep a look out for this new material.  

When it comes to flooring I am partial to solid wood but engineered wide plank floors are everywhere.  A range of colors are popular from very light to very dark.  Often these products are prefinished so the installation is quicker and leaves less of a mess behind.  

Mixing of styles is also en vogue.  For example, while many homes may look very traditional on the outside the interior has a more modern feel or a mixture of both.   An example of this is the Modern farmhouse.  It is a perfect mixture of rustic and new.  Modern materials are used like metal roofing, prefabricated wood flooring and stainless steel appliances. These modern features are juxtaposed to sliding barn doors, large farm tables and reclaimed wood accents.

White is the new grey when it comes to exterior and interior paint.  Picking the right shade of grey that is not too blue or too green has led homeowners to go with white.  Different shades of white – and there are many – make rooms appear bigger, cleaner and lighter.

If you are thinking about making changes to your home, it is important to keep in mind what buyers like if you think you will be selling in the near future.  It is better to go with more neutral colors and styles than go to the extreme when it comes to trends. If you are interested in checking out what is new in home and kitchen design and at the same time support local charities, the Lafayette Kitchen Tour, organized by the Lafayette Juniors, is scheduled for May 20th 2017.  

I wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday season.  Please feel free to call or email me your real estate questions or for a free home evaluation.  I can be reached at (925) 951-3817 or by email at erin@erinmartinhomes.com.