This Thanksgiving, we offer thanks for family and friends—and also good home design. After all, the right style and an organized appearance goes a long way to helping sell houses.
After years of normalizing neutral color palettes, for example, designers are embracing more colorful trends to showcase personality in homes. REALTOR® Magazine's Styled, Staged & Sold blog asked designers and stagers what home interior trends they're most grateful for this year. Here are their top picks.
1. More colorful spaces
Goodbye, white kitchens and gray walls. More color is moving in. Homeowners favor bolder hues inside the home, not just for pops of color but also as a base color for an entire room. Paint companies have chosen variations of blues, pinks, and greens as their picks for 2020 Color of the Year. These colors also are being splashed on kitchen cabinets, exterior doors, and home accessories.
The paint firm PPG selected Chinese Porcelain, a blend of cobalt and muted navy tones, as its 2020 Color of the Year. Sherwin Williams followed suit with Naval, a deep navy blue.
Behr's top 2020 pick is a meadow-inspired, yellowish green called Back to Nature.
Pinks also are catching on. HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams, the company's offshoot brand, chose a blush hue called Romance, while Benjamin Moore chose a soft, rosy hue called First Light.
2. Luxury vinyl flooring
A design trend that's stylish but low maintenance, more homeowners are embracing luxury vinyl as an alternative to hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. Vinyl is touted as being cheaper, warmer, and softer on your feet; it also requires less upkeep than traditional hardwood or tile.
Today's luxury vinyl shouldn't be mistaken for linoleum and other varieties of sheet flooring. Luxury vinyl can be laid out in planks, tiles, and sheets, and it comes in trendy finishes. Luxury vinyl planks can resemble the look of hardwood and are offered in handscraped and wide plank varieties. The planks can be installed diagonally or in a trendy herringbone pattern, and they also can resemble tile and marble.
The lower maintenance of luxury vinyl is appealing to families with young children and pets. It's a water-resistant material that works easily in kitchens and bathrooms.
3. Voice-controlled smart appliances
Alexa, Google Home, and Siri are ushering in a new and advanced era of smart-home technology. The choices are growing too: Smart plugs, for example, cost as little as $10 and enable you to say: "Alexa, turn on the lights." Add smart light bulbs that can be controlled via voice assistants, as well as other appliances such as the thermostat, door locks, and security cameras. Suddenly, smart homes have become more attainable and cost-effective.