5 Design Trends That Homebuyers Desire

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ShutterstockThe open concept kitchen appears to be here to stay, and quartz is replacing granite as a desired countertop material.
By AJ Smith

Early summer is often referred to as homebuying season. It is traditionally a time when more homes go on the market and more people are looking to buy a home. This means it can also be a competitive time to get the best price for sellers. But you have to be offering something that buyers want.

As the housing market's recovery continues, there are some trends in design for this year's high season.

1. Open: The biggest change in home design of the past quarter century is most likely the open concept kitchen. While traditionally the kitchen was hidden away and disconnected from the rest of the house, we now use kitchens as an opening to our living space. The focus on entertaining guests may be a source for this trend as open spaces maximize the ability to gather and relax with friends and family even while still preparing refreshments. It looks like this idea is here to stay and the walls will

Spaces are currently being designed for aging consumers.

continue to come down between rooms of different function.

2. Neutral: Neutral palettes are dominating in the home and replacing the use of bright colors. White, sandy and gray tones are popular among the main features while bold colors pop up in small details, like throw pillows, lighting or backsplash. Subtle glamour is also emphasized through small decor dazzling against the neutral background.

3. Universal: Spaces are currently being designed for aging consumers; more Americans want to age in place. Universal design elements like having the master bedroom on the first floor, low drawer appliances and showers that accommodate benches or bars are growing in popularity to accommodate people who anticipate having less mobility in the future.

4. Quartz: When it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, factory-engineered quartz is taking the market by storm. While granite was the most popular countertop material for more than a decade, it appears it is being replaced. With the same professional look and feel as granite, quartz resists cracking and chipping and is non-porous so it is easier to clean and rarely gets stains.

5. Green: Energy-efficient and water-saving appliances are now standard in new or renovated homes. Touchless faucets, smaller master bathtubs, high-efficiency light fixtures, toilets and dishwashers have become preferred options as energy and financial savings can be significant. These are not only green options, but savings that homeowners can clearly see in their bills.

Anticipating the trends will help you get the most money for your home sale and help position your property in the best light to attract a seller.

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gingersage08

Some granites look nice, but most of them look like a bad skin rash! And, so expensive! Will be glad to see more subtle designs with the quartz; hopefully more affordable, too.

July 11 2014 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TR by ML Neal...

It all depends on the sellers and the buyers....mostly women making the decisions. It all depends.

July 10 2014 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mclkarim

This is all pretty much true, especially the open concept and the downstairs master bedroom. However, some people, including myself, may argue that some of the really gorgeous granite available out there will beat quartz in the looks department any day. I have found that my granite does not require annual sealing and it is easy to maintain with Pledge Multi Surface polish. It literally polishes it to a gleam and adds a protective coating.

July 10 2014 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luxe Architectural

Ready to install door and wall moulding kits, available online, are a great way to give a custom feeling to your home. If you have plain slab doors, adding moulding instantly makes them look expensive! Buyers will like that! :)

July 08 2014 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply