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As the weather warms up, this spring is an excellent time to review 2016’s hottest home design trends. In real estate, buyers’ preferences are constantly evolving, and sellers can benefit from incorporating some of the latest styles into their homes. As a seller, even if you do not have the time or budget for a full renovation, minor adjustments that pay homage to these new trends could help to optimize your sales price and reduce your time on the market.
Here are seven 2016 design trends to serve as inspiration as you prepare your home for a quick and lucrative sale:
- Sustainable features. As concerns about climate change and dwindling natural resources become more commonly discussed, homeowners are seeking to add sustainable features to their homes. These features may include energy and water-efficient appliances and fixtures, the use of recycled materials, systems for harvesting rainwater, solar panels, and LED lighting. In addition to providing homeowners with the satisfaction of minimizing their impact on the environment, these “green” features are highly effective ways to reduce utility expenses.
- Sleek kitchen designs with clean lines and neutral colors. Although they were popular only a few years ago, mosaic backsplashes and granite countertops with busy patterns are no longer in style. The kitchen is the focal point of many homes, and when assessing this important room, today’s buyers are drawn to the simplicity of attributes like white subway tiles, quartz countertops, and white cabinets.
- Permeability between the indoors and outdoors. Homeowners are increasingly seeking to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out. This trend translates to a heightened interest in large-scale pocket doors that can easily be opened to eliminate the barrier between the home and the yard, as well as outdoor living spaces that incorporate the comforts of the home. Such comforts include full outdoor kitchens and patio heating and cooling systems, including fire pits, heat lamps, and misters. With the addition of these features, homeowners can enjoy the tranquility that comes with fresh air and nature regardless of the season.
- Copper accents. Usually found in sinks, faucets, and doorknobs, these features provide a richer alternative to the stainless steel that has been popular for the past several years. Today’s buyers are also turning their attention to copper’s bacteria-resistant properties as part of the quest to create healthy homes.
- Calming colors. Typically, the international color authority Pantone names only one “color of the year.” In 2016, however, its experts bestowed that title on both Rose Quartz and Serenity, the latter of which is described as a cool blue. These colors allegedly reflect a widespread desire for order and tranquility, so incorporating them and similar hues into your home should appeal to current buyers.
- Incorporation of craftsmanship into modern design. Homeowners are opting to add materials such as aged wood to soften the sterility of otherwise modern rooms and create an appealing contrast of styles.
- Spa-like master bathrooms. Many homeowners are expressing an interest in master baths that serve as at-home retreats. Popular fixtures include high-tech showers with features such as LED lights or showerheads that can play music, as well as freestanding tubs, the styles of which range from vintage clawfoot to modern and minimalist.