When looking for a new home, buyers want to walk in and easily picture themselves living in it. Keeping up with home trends should be priority for sellers so that they can further guide buyers along in the process of imagining themselves in their up-to-date home. Even simple changes like fresh paint in the kitchen or replacing a piece of furniture can make a huge difference in the buyer's attitudes.
Now more than ever, home owners are using spaces differently than before. A standalone barn may be used as a yoga or meditation studio. Formal living room spaces are becoming almost obsolete as homeowners are refiguring their use of space to create open floor plans that offer immediate gratification. Although some formal spaces, like sit-down dining rooms are still strong in-home trends, having a few areas in your home with more of a relaxed, open feel is becoming more popular. Homeowners want to be comfortable, but also have entertainment options right at their fingertips.
In 2017, we saw a focus on neutral tones, stainless steel, and minimalist atmospheres in home design. Traditionally, this simple style has always been the way to go when it comes to helping buyers visualize how they could put their own personal touch on each room. However, given the change in the way homeowners are using their space, the design platform for 2018 is expected to change. Although buyers are still looking for that simple feel, they also want to see a warmer color palette and textured patterns that make the house feel more inviting.
To keep up with the evolving attitudes of homeowners, there are a few key trends for sellers to consider and buyers to look out for as we enter 2018:
Geometric patterns add texture to your home design and can easily be incorporated in any room. You may see these shapes in wall art, wallpaper, and even in intricate tile designs that could be used as a backsplash in bathrooms or a kitchen. A simple way to add this textured look to a space is with decorative pillows and throw blankets.
Florals are back and serve as a great accent to any room. You may see them incorporated with contrasting colors to really make a room stand out and create a welcoming atmosphere
A pop of color, especially in the kitchen can make all the difference in adding more warmth to a house. Although clean, white and grey tones have been consistently popular in kitchen design, strong neutral color additions accentuate warm color palettes. The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the house, and adding a touch of color can brighten up the space and make the area feel more personal. Step out of your comfort zone, try a blue tone for cabinets.
Natural wood additions are perfect to tie in the warm colors homeowners are moving towards in 2018. Wood accents give off a rustic touch that lightens up a contemporary-styled space. You may see it in lamps, kitchen chairs, floors, or even as an accent wall. Think barn doors, which you may see made with other materials like glass and metal, as well!
Trough sinks are another style component that's been popping up this year and is expected to remain a strong trend in 2018. These can dress up any bathroom and minimize messes! Another new idea we're seeing in urban areas is the "tub in a shower" – that saves space and adds a retro look.
Concrete, stone, brass, and copper are starting to replace stainless-steel cookware, making for a less harsh look and a nice accent with warm tones. These finishes are popular not only in kitchen and bathroom sinks, but also for countertops and other decorative pieces throughout the home.
Inexpensive renovations before selling your home: If you're looking to renovate on a dime, you may want to consider doing the work yourself. One fun tip to consider: sanding your cabinets and using "porcelain patch" to re-glaze your kitchen cabinets, bathroom tile, and more.
This coming year is all about utilizing space in inventive ways and adding textured, warm colors that open a room. If you're selling, listening to the changing needs of buyers will show them that you're willing to go the extra mile to help them find the perfect home. If you're looking to buy a home, keeping these trends in mind will allow you to take note of sellers who have made the effort to update their homes. Whether you are a seller or a buyer, consult a seasoned real estate professional on what's hot and what's not – he or she will be sure to help you find just what you're looking for!
Source : https://patch.com/massachusetts/weston/trends-look-out-2018-what-s-staying-what-s-going814