2018 Design Trends
This issue of Home Update is all about trends. You may not have the biggest or the best house in the neighborhood, but if you put these design insights to good use you can be the proud owner of a super stylish abode. According to the interior design experts, the work they’re doing, and the industry shows they’re attending, minimalism will continue to be a strong trend in 2018, cosy comfort will be combined with cold technology, and vibrant colors will be splashed across the walls.
Interior designs that pare a room to only the most essential items will continue to be a leading style. The same is true for open layouts with few walls. But experts say the look is also becoming a bit more relaxed and less structured. In other words, it’s okay to flaunt a few more possessions these days, and even be a little careless in how they’re arranged.
Adding to the more relaxed minimalist look is a complementary trend to incorporate more coziness – especially around all those cold, metallic objects of technology (big screen TV’s, computers, surround-sound speakers and more). For example, consider using a freestanding room divider to create a cozy nook in one corner of the living room.
WOOD, CORK AND BRIGHT LIGHTS
Natural wood floors will also continue to be very popular, as will wood cabinets and trim. But wood ceilings, accent walls and furnishings are also becoming trendy – as is cork flooring. To keep all that wood and cork from making a space too dark, use it sparingly and make a plan for bright lighting, as well.
The color experts at the Pantone Color Institute say metallic colors have outgrown their role as accents and are now being painted on walls and incorporated into primary pieces of furniture. Another trend they’re highlighting for 2018: fewer pastels and more intense colors.
PLUS, YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH
If you’re a creative or crafty person, you’ll be glad to learn that personal statements are another growing trend. The idea is to make your home truly unique by incorporating homemade art (including framed paintings created by your children), mementos from your travels, collectables and other items that bring your personality to life. Frugality and originality are encouraged.
FEEL FREE TO MIX AND MATCH
If the above trends seems a bit random and at times conflicting, that’s by design: 2018 is expected to be a year of rapid transition and transformation, and designers feel our homes should reflect that mix of ideas and progress.
And finally, if you’re thinking this may be the year you make the move to a new home, I would be happy to share the trends reshaping our local real estate market, as well. All you have to do is ask.
Source: Windermere Real Estate Home Update January 2018.
How Home Staging Sells
If you’re planning to sell your home anytime soon, give some serious thought to hiring a professional stager for an interior makeover.
After assessing your home, neighborhood and the most likely buyer, a home stager will physically arrange furnishings throughout your house and recommend other changes – which often include inventive ways to tackle clutter, high-impact painting suggestions, quick fixes for long-overdue repair issues, plus much more.
The process and underlying principles involved are akin to interior decorating, but are also very focused on the ever-changing desires of today’s home buyers and how best to appeal to them.
Here are some reasons why home staging can be well worth the investment:
Your Home Will Feel Bigger
Over the years, many homes fill with furnishings that make rooms feel awkward, cramped and crowded. A professional stage knows what to remove and how to rearrange what’s left to make these areas feel more spacious and useful.
Problem Areas Can Ben Downplayed
Some homes have rooms that are too small, too big or oddly shaped; interior payouts that make it difficult to get from room to room; fireplace mantels that overwhelm the living room; closetless bedrooms; misplaced windows; and other problems. Home staging can make those weaknesses seem insignificant, even unnoticeable; at the very least, it will demonstrate for prospective buyers how they can overcome the challenges.
Marketing Photos Look Better
Today, buyers begin their search for a new home online, where photos of the property will largely determine how many people will take the time to tour your home in person. When the walls are hung with neutral artwork, the interior decor is balanced, and the lighting is uplifting, it’s far easier for the photographer to make your house a standout.
Buyers Will Feel At Home
It’s difficult for many prospective buyers to see someone else’s home and envision living there themselves – especially if the current owner has outgrown the space, is using rooms in unusual ways, has out-of-date design ideas, or just hasn’t maintained the property well. The goal of home staging is to make every space in the house appeal to either the largest pool of prospective buyers or a very specific type of targeted buyers.
You’ll Sell Faster
A recent study performed by a team of real estate professors showed that most prospective buyers are not willing to pay significantly more for a house simply because it’s expertly furnished. However, another marquee study has demonstrated that staged homes sell far more quickly – which also has a direct impact on the seller’s bottom-lined profit:
- Homes that sell quickly usually garner the highest asking price
- Sought-after homes often attract multiple bidders
- A fast sale means the homeowner can cut their expenses and move on more quickly
According to the most recent RECA study, professionally staged properties valued between 4300,000 and $499,000 sell in 22 days on average, while comparable unstaged homes were found to typically languish on the market for an average of 125 days.
For more information about staging, as well as referrals to professional stagers, contact me anytime.
Source: Windermere Home Update February 2017.