Fun will return to home design in the form of bold prints, lively wallpaper and brightly hued walls. After a decade of Scandinavian modern design that dominated retail and social media feeds as Americans embraced neutrals, minimalism and clutter-free living, expect a shift toward playful, creative design. Look for color to be injected in unexpected ways in kitchen cabinetry and appliances, in lighting fixtures and on interior doors and moldings.
Sherwin-Williams agrees! Naval was their color of the year, and now Black Bean:
With prices so high now, everyone knows that it’s smart to fully upgrade your house before selling – at least when possible. But not many sellers do, so buyers get as close as they can and then deal with the rest. My general rule-of-thumb still applies – expect to spend another $25,000 to $50,000 for upgrading any house you buy!
We are happy to assist our buyers with those upgrades too!
Here are photos of a newer but normal tract house that our buyer thought needed some pizzazz, so Donna coordinated the work before our buyer moved to town.
The TV was on a large, barren wall, and adding an electric fireplace gave it a traditional feel. But instead of installing it flush, let’s build it out to add some dimension:
This electric appliance kicks out steady heat and has 50+ color combinations!
The kitchen had an off-white antique finish to the cabinets, which looks dirty after a few years. Let’s paint those light gray, change the cabinet pulls, add some modern stools, class up those pendant lights, and install a built-in fridge too:
The master bathroom was base grade:
Let’s ditch the basic wall mirror/medicine cabinet and combo them up instead – with lighting!
How about this new closet by Top Shelf Pull Outs for about $6,500!
Note to self – always take two photos in case someone has their eyes closed!
My friends and clients who bought a La Jolla fixer and did a phenomenal remodel are featured in the latest edition of San Diego Home & Garden Magazine. It’s not online, but I found a copy at Barnes & Noble!
Shag carpet was all the rage in the 1970s. Wallpaper borders and glass bricks were beloved in the 1980s. Along came the blonde wood in the 1990s. And now, these features are some of the first things to go when planning a home remodel.
Wondering which current home design trends are heading to join the others in extinction? We posed that question to real estate agents. Here’s what they think is becoming totally overdone:
They started as an interesting accent, but now barn doors are everywhere, says James McGrath, a licensed real estate broker and the co-founder of New York City real estate brokerage Yoreevo.
“Not only have they become overdone, they never really made any sense,” he says. “They are terrible at blocking sound since they just hang over the doorway.” Plus, barn doors feel mismatched in more modern or contemporary homes, McGrath says.
All gray everything
Gray floors, gray walls, gray kitchen cabinets! Treating gray as a neutral is something that’s starting to feel predictable, says Samira Tapia, a Los Angeles-based Realtor with Compass: “I specifically have buyers asking me not to send them any all-gray listings.”
Remember black stone countertops—the ones that were trendy at the turn of the century but now look dated now? The all-white kitchen could be headed in that direction, too, says New York City agent Steven Gottlieb of Warburg Realty.
“We are seeing earthier colors now, including dark wood paneling on the cabinetry and stone countertops,” he says. He doubts the all-white kitchen will pull down sales, but any trend that has a big moment eventually dates itself.
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