Should you put in a black and white kitchen, paint your dining room radiant orchid and add a large, extravagant bath?
Staying abreast of the latest trends in home décor helps you extend the life span of your next remodeling project. Here are some of the top trends for 2014 in home remodeling and redecorating:
Kitchens featuring black countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets and darker paint tones are popular with homeowners, according to Zillow Digs’ Home Design Trend Report for 2014.
But Elle Décor predicts jewel tones and rich colors will dominate kitchen design in the year ahead.
If you can afford to update again in a few years, you can take the risk of putting in trendy countertops that look like malachite, agate or other stones.
But, if you’re going to have to live with your kitchen for many years or you plan to sell in a few years and don’t want to have to remodel again, stick with neutrals for countertops, walls, flooring and cabinetry. Save the bolder patterns for less expensive accents like curtains, rugs and pillows.
Sophisticated industrial revolution accents will remain strong next year, according to the Delta Faucet design team. This trend includes unique materials that look like they came from an architectural salvage yard.
To build this look on a budget, keep the accents in their simplest form. Light fixtures stripped down to nothing more than sockets and wires, open metal shelving stacked with cast iron cookware and reclaimed wood elements can easily reinforce this look with minimal cost.
Navy Blue Or Radiant Orchid?
House Beautiful says the most popular color for home décor in 2014 is blue. “From rich, saturated colors like navy and indigo to bright, vibrant shades like peacock blue and cobalt, blue will continue to reign supreme in the coming year,” design blogger Paloma Contreras told the magazine.
With so many devices to charge, homeowners are replacing a few of their home’s traditional electric outlets with outlets that pair one regular outlet and two USB ports to power cell phones, gaming devices and computers, say the design experts at Neil Kelly Remodeling in Portland.
Swapping a regular electric outlet for a USB outlet (get them at any hardware store) is simple for a do-it-yourselfer who understands home electric wiring. Neil Kelly recommends looking for a socket that has a smart sensor to shut off the power when your device is fully charged.
Small, Efficient Bathrooms
The downsizing trend isn’t just influencing homes, it’s also showing up in the bathrooms inside those homes, says Remodeling blogger Lauren Hunter.
Manufacturers have responded to the desire to right-size homes by coming out with smaller-scale bathroom fixtures.
Green living has inspired water-saving fixtures that don’t sacrifice performance. And an increasing number of multigenerational families are fueling a trend toward ageless bathroom design to ensure everyone can use a bathroom for years to come.
For good or ill, we live in a world of instant gratification.
Don’t want to wait for that online auction to end? Buy It Now!
Your favorite TV show doesn’t come on until later? Check to see if it’s On Demand!
Technology has allowed us to fulfill almost any wish we could possible have with the click of a button. I can order a pizza and have it delivered to my home in thirty minutes or less on this laptop just as easily as I can write this blog post.
Since I’m not the most talented of writers, the pizza’s probably easier.
We’ve even to the point in real estate where scheduling appointments can be that simple. Click a button in the MLS and BOOM!, you can instantly schedule appointments to see your buyer’s potential dream home. And the best part of it all? This technology is available for every single agent out there to take advantage of.
So why are there so many agents that don’t use it?
We live in the 21st Century, yet there are many agents out there (especially inside the city limits of Philadelphia) that hold onto 20th Century methods of conducting their real estate business. Instead of using a centralized showing service – who will schedule and confirm all appointments on behalf of the agent and you, the seller – the take a more analog approach.
For one, I clicked that magic link not to find a confirmation of my appointment, but a message to call the agent. Why even bother with the service if you aren’t going to use it? To know exactly when appointments are set? My scheduling department’s e-mails tell me that, and I can be doing other things.
Another told me I could pick up the key to the home in their office. Before they close at 5:00. For a 6:30 appointment. Oh, by the way, someone else was showing the property at 7:30. How did they expect me to get the key to them? I use professional lock boxes on all of my listings. You always know the key is in a safe, secure place, and no one has to drive to Conshohocken to pick anything up.
And please, don’t even get me started on the subject of photographs. It may just be me, but if you are going to ask someone to part with 200,000 of their hard-earned dollars, they should at least have a chance to see what they’re getting without having to hop in the car and cruise by the place.
You can’t change a leopard’s spots or teach an old dog new tricks. If you have any other clichés that would fit, by all means suggest them in the comments section below. I can always use new material.
However, the old tricks don’t necessarily get homes sold. We are living in a new age. Anyone who has vivid memories of the actual 20th Century will be the first to tell you that. While walking uphill. Both ways.
That is why you need a agent who can roll with the times and reach 21st Century buyers where they are. I constantly update my listings with fresh information. You’ll find quality digital photos to entice buyers to want to see more, up close and live in person. You don’t need to jump through hoops to visit the property. Sure, some appointment times need to be confirmed with the homeowners, but I have a centralized appointment center to handle all of that.
Wouldn’t you rather I be on the phone – on Twitter, Facebook and the hundreds of other places on- and off-line – actively marketing your home and trying to get your home sold?
I embrace the technologies that allow me to streamline my business to better serve you and allow me to get your home in front of the most people and achieve the end result we are all looking for: the quick, smooth and efficient sale of you home.
Just ask me how. Let’s get started today!