7 Interior Trends That Are “Out” For 2017

Whether you’re renovating to sell your home or just for your personal pleasure, you always want to make sure your place is in style. And as trends come and go, it’s important to pay attention to the features, finishes and items that will keep your house nicely updated. Not only will this keep you feeling like you have a modern space, but it will also be appealing to buyers should you choose to move.

So if you’ve currently got a few of these things that are “out” for 2017 in your home or were thinking about adding them, well, you might want reconsider.

Barn doors

Barn doors were born out of necessity, acting as a solution for those with limited space where a traditional door might not be so practical. They were an answer for those who wanted to squeeze a powder room into an inhospitable space or create better flow without a door swinging in the hallway from a laundry room, for example.

But we’ve reached maximum barnage, and, even when they’re not super rustic, the trendiness has outweighed the practicality for most spaces. If you have a real need for pocket doors because of the way your space functions (or not), by all means, go for it. For everyone else, it’s probably best to steer clear.

Marble

Is marble really out? Not exactly. The luxury material isn’t going anywhere permanently. But, it is starting to be surpassed by faux versions that look like Carrera marble, with all the elegant veining but without the maintenance horrors. Marble stains and scratches and burns and is completely impractical for a space that gets a lot of use, where there are children, and basically anywhere without a 24-7 kitchen staff cleaning and maintaining and making sure nothing touches the surface.


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The good news is that advancements in man-made materials, namely Quartz, have made it possible to deck out your kitchen and use it to actually cook, too. In some cases, it’s hard to tell what’s man-made and what’s the real deal today.

Chevron

We declared this out last year, but now, Elle Décor want to make really sure it’s gone from your home. “Designers are turning away from the zigzag pattern, they said, adding that this is especially true when only a few colors are involved.

So what should you look to instead? “Say goodbye to soft, gentle curves—funky geometric patterns will rule the roost in 2017,” said Realtor.com. “Embrace your memories of high school math with geometric throw pillows, wallpaper, and quirky planters.”

Shiplap

There was a time for paneled walls, and then that time was gone. Same with shiplap. While HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” has made the material a favorite of French Country aficionados, there is such a thing as too much.


Pinterest
“Sorry, Joanna Gaines: After four shiplap-crazy seasons, the trend has to go. If you’ve ever wondered what 2016’s version of tacky wood paneling would be, look no further than this trend that seems to have overtaken TV design shows,” said Realtor.com. “Slapped on every wall – regardless of the home’s style – shiplap has long passed ‘quirky and quaint’ and set down anchor at ‘overused.’

If your home is a real, live farmhouse, shiplap “is historically accurate and still attractive, if used in moderation,” they said. “But it makes no sense in a Colonial or Tudor – and it’s a pain to tear out.”

Subway tile

Like marble, subway tile may never be officially out. The classic material has been around for more than a century, but the last decade or so has seen such a preponderance of the material, especially in white, that if you add it to your home now, you risk it looking cookie-cutter. If you want your space to look modern and stand out from the crowd, consider something like Moroccan cement tiles or fish scales.

All one style

Is your house all mid-century modern? Did you go crazy with the industrial look? Whatever prevailing style you now find in your home, it might be time to change it up.


Decoist
Eclectic spaces done right have an interesting, collected look that allows you to mix and match different styles from different eras, layer pattern, texture, and color, and create a look that is elegant, inviting, and interesting. “Sticking to one style in your living room is one way to decorate. But for some, the ideal way to fill a room is with an eclectic mix of furnishings that fit together to create a space that’s wholly unique,” said Apartment Therapy.

Apartment Therapy has a few tips for accomplishing this look. Among them: Create a strong focal point and “commit to a vibe.”

Metal everything

If mixed metals, or metals in one strong hue, have overtaken your home, it’s time to tone it down. Mix in some wood accents to be on trend for 2017.

“We’re moving away from metal and back to an earthier feel,” Erika Dalager of home design startup roOomy told Realtor.com “Wood accents will be everywhere in 2017.”

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Whether you’re renovating to sell your home or just for your personal pleasure, you always want to make sure your place is in style. And as trends come and go, it’s important to pay attention to the features, finishes and items that will keep your house nicely updated. Not only will this keep you feeling like you have a modern space, but it will also be appealing to buyers should you choose to move.

So if you’ve currently got a few of these things that are “out” for 2017 in your home or were thinking about adding them, well, you might want reconsider.

Barn doors

Barn doors were born out of necessity, acting as a solution for those with limited space where a traditional door might not be so practical. They were an answer for those who wanted to squeeze a powder room into an inhospitable space or create better flow without a door swinging in the hallway from a laundry room, for example.

But we’ve reached maximum barnage, and, even when they’re not super rustic, the trendiness has outweighed the practicality for most spaces. If you have a real need for pocket doors because of the way your space functions (or not), by all means, go for it. For everyone else, it’s probably best to steer clear.

Marble

Is marble really out? Not exactly. The luxury material isn’t going anywhere permanently. But, it is starting to be surpassed by faux versions that look like Carrera marble, with all the elegant veining but without the maintenance horrors. Marble stains and scratches and burns and is completely impractical for a space that gets a lot of use, where there are children, and basically anywhere without a 24-7 kitchen staff cleaning and maintaining and making sure nothing touches the surface.


countertopspecialty.com
The good news is that advancements in man-made materials, namely Quartz, have made it possible to deck out your kitchen and use it to actually cook, too. In some cases, it’s hard to tell what’s man-made and what’s the real deal today.

Chevron

We declared this out last year, but now, Elle Décor want to make really sure it’s gone from your home. “Designers are turning away from the zigzag pattern, they said, adding that this is especially true when only a few colors are involved.

So what should you look to instead? “Say goodbye to soft, gentle curves—funky geometric patterns will rule the roost in 2017,” said Realtor.com. “Embrace your memories of high school math with geometric throw pillows, wallpaper, and quirky planters.”

Shiplap

There was a time for paneled walls, and then that time was gone. Same with shiplap. While HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” has made the material a favorite of French Country aficionados, there is such a thing as too much.


Pinterest
“Sorry, Joanna Gaines: After four shiplap-crazy seasons, the trend has to go. If you’ve ever wondered what 2016’s version of tacky wood paneling would be, look no further than this trend that seems to have overtaken TV design shows,” said Realtor.com. “Slapped on every wall – regardless of the home’s style – shiplap has long passed ‘quirky and quaint’ and set down anchor at ‘overused.’

If your home is a real, live farmhouse, shiplap “is historically accurate and still attractive, if used in moderation,” they said. “But it makes no sense in a Colonial or Tudor – and it’s a pain to tear out.”

Subway tile

Like marble, subway tile may never be officially out. The classic material has been around for more than a century, but the last decade or so has seen such a preponderance of the material, especially in white, that if you add it to your home now, you risk it looking cookie-cutter. If you want your space to look modern and stand out from the crowd, consider something like Moroccan cement tiles or fish scales.

All one style

Is your house all mid-century modern? Did you go crazy with the industrial look? Whatever prevailing style you now find in your home, it might be time to change it up.


Decoist
Eclectic spaces done right have an interesting, collected look that allows you to mix and match different styles from different eras, layer pattern, texture, and color, and create a look that is elegant, inviting, and interesting. “Sticking to one style in your living room is one way to decorate. But for some, the ideal way to fill a room is with an eclectic mix of furnishings that fit together to create a space that’s wholly unique,” said Apartment Therapy.

Apartment Therapy has a few tips for accomplishing this look. Among them: Create a strong focal point and “commit to a vibe.”

Metal everything

If mixed metals, or metals in one strong hue, have overtaken your home, it’s time to tone it down. Mix in some wood accents to be on trend for 2017.

“We’re moving away from metal and back to an earthier feel,” Erika Dalager of home design startup roOomy told Realtor.com “Wood accents will be everywhere in 2017.”

Written by:

Whether you’re renovating to sell your home or just for your personal pleasure, you always want to make sure your place is in style. And as trends come and go, it’s important to pay attention to the features, finishes and items that will keep your house nicely updated. Not only will this keep you feeling like you have a modern space, but it will also be appealing to buyers should you choose to move.

So if you’ve currently got a few of these things that are “out” for 2017 in your home or were thinking about adding them, well, you might want reconsider.

Barn doors

Barn doors were born out of necessity, acting as a solution for those with limited space where a traditional door might not be so practical. They were an answer for those who wanted to squeeze a powder room into an inhospitable space or create better flow without a door swinging in the hallway from a laundry room, for example.

But we’ve reached maximum barnage, and, even when they’re not super rustic, the trendiness has outweighed the practicality for most spaces. If you have a real need for pocket doors because of the way your space functions (or not), by all means, go for it. For everyone else, it’s probably best to steer clear.

Marble

Is marble really out? Not exactly. The luxury material isn’t going anywhere permanently. But, it is starting to be surpassed by faux versions that look like Carrera marble, with all the elegant veining but without the maintenance horrors. Marble stains and scratches and burns and is completely impractical for a space that gets a lot of use, where there are children, and basically anywhere without a 24-7 kitchen staff cleaning and maintaining and making sure nothing touches the surface.


countertopspecialty.com
The good news is that advancements in man-made materials, namely Quartz, have made it possible to deck out your kitchen and use it to actually cook, too. In some cases, it’s hard to tell what’s man-made and what’s the real deal today.

Chevron

We declared this out last year, but now, Elle Décor want to make really sure it’s gone from your home. “Designers are turning away from the zigzag pattern, they said, adding that this is especially true when only a few colors are involved.

So what should you look to instead? “Say goodbye to soft, gentle curves—funky geometric patterns will rule the roost in 2017,” said Realtor.com. “Embrace your memories of high school math with geometric throw pillows, wallpaper, and quirky planters.”

Shiplap

There was a time for paneled walls, and then that time was gone. Same with shiplap. While HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” has made the material a favorite of French Country aficionados, there is such a thing as too much.


Pinterest
“Sorry, Joanna Gaines: After four shiplap-crazy seasons, the trend has to go. If you’ve ever wondered what 2016’s version of tacky wood paneling would be, look no further than this trend that seems to have overtaken TV design shows,” said Realtor.com. “Slapped on every wall – regardless of the home’s style – shiplap has long passed ‘quirky and quaint’ and set down anchor at ‘overused.’

If your home is a real, live farmhouse, shiplap “is historically accurate and still attractive, if used in moderation,” they said. “But it makes no sense in a Colonial or Tudor – and it’s a pain to tear out.”

Subway tile

Like marble, subway tile may never be officially out. The classic material has been around for more than a century, but the last decade or so has seen such a preponderance of the material, especially in white, that if you add it to your home now, you risk it looking cookie-cutter. If you want your space to look modern and stand out from the crowd, consider something like Moroccan cement tiles or fish scales.

All one style

Is your house all mid-century modern? Did you go crazy with the industrial look? Whatever prevailing style you now find in your home, it might be time to change it up.


Decoist
Eclectic spaces done right have an interesting, collected look that allows you to mix and match different styles from different eras, layer pattern, texture, and color, and create a look that is elegant, inviting, and interesting. “Sticking to one style in your living room is one way to decorate. But for some, the ideal way to fill a room is with an eclectic mix of furnishings that fit together to create a space that’s wholly unique,” said Apartment Therapy.

Apartment Therapy has a few tips for accomplishing this look. Among them: Create a strong focal point and “commit to a vibe.”

Metal everything

If mixed metals, or metals in one strong hue, have overtaken your home, it’s time to tone it down. Mix in some wood accents to be on trend for 2017.

“We’re moving away from metal and back to an earthier feel,” Erika Dalager of home design startup roOomy told Realtor.com “Wood accents will be everywhere in 2017.”

Written by: Jaymi Naciri

Source: http://realtytimes.com

 

 

 

January 18, 2017   No Comments

Staging vs. Decorating: What’s the Difference?

Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their own if they purchase it.

This is the distinction between decorating your home and staging it to sell. It can be hard to understand at first, but if you don’t know the difference, you might not sell your house as quickly as you like.

Although everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, most people want a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your house so that buyers will describe it in those terms rather than by your style of decorating. Getting rid of clutter and having fewer but larger accessories is a great place to start.

Making sure your home isn’t taste specific doesn’t mean your rooms should be devoid of color. Instead, keep color schemes simple and dose them with an on-trend neutral, like a clean tan, a soft gray or a warm white.

 

Fresh & Neutral Brentwood Home

If you have a distinctive decorating style — whether it’s Tuscan, shabby chic or modern — you’re going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don’t, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decorating and personalizing.

 

Gustavian Bedroom

Dated is dreary. Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful — one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to.

 

Bauman Photographers

This guest bedroom is full of great staging ideas. It has lots of on-trend design details, but it’s sparse on accessories and other distractions. The color palette is simple, easy on the eyes and would be attractive to both men and women. Most potential buyers would remember this appealing room long after leaving the house.

 

Interior Repaint by Warline Painting

This clever arrangement draws attention to the unique architecture in the space and illustrates a smart use for the area under the stairs: an office nook. This area is nicely decorated, not staged.

If I were staging this area, I would keep the desk, chair and lamp, remove overly personal items such as family photos, and leave a few pieces of art and an attractive notebook and pen. Simple accessories can help draw attention to a functional space.

If you are updating a kitchen or bath before putting your home on the market, keep the finishes neutral and classic. This is not the time to show off your personal style. You want to broaden your buying audience by appealing to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This bathroom would definitely appeal to buyers with either traditional or contemporary taste, and could later be personalized with the new homeowner’s preferences for color and accessories.

 

Refined Rustic Master Bath Remodel: Ambler, PA

Sure, this may not be what normally sits on your countertop, but doesn’t it look better than the usual bills and coupons? Remember, you are selling an idealized lifestyle, not your reality.

The bottom line is that you have to get outside your head and inside the mind of a potential home buyer. It’s very difficult to be objective about your own home, but it’s crucial if you want to sell it.

 

Cottage and Vine

 

 

Written by: Kristie Barnett, Houzz

Source: http://realtytimes.com

January 18, 2017   No Comments

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step

Why Pre-Approval Should Be Your First Step | Keeping Current Matters

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach. 

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the My Home section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.” 

Freddie Mac describes the 4 Cs that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so as well.

 

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Source: http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2017/01/16/why-pre-approval-should-be-your-first-step/

January 18, 2017   No Comments

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January 11, 2017   No Comments

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January 9, 2017   No Comments