What’s In, What’s Out for 2016? Share Your Insights!

Are brass finishes back in or out? Is granite fading in popularity to quartz? We want to hear from you!

Tell us about some of the latest trends you are noticing in home design for 2016, as well as which ones appear to be fading fast. Share your input on this blog or e-mail Realtor Magazine writer Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org. We’re compiling some of your submissions — as well as any photos showcasing the latest trends — for an upcoming feature in Realtor Magazine.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I see basements being finished to a much higher level. High quantity, pet resistant laminate flooring. And glass doors, on a pantry, or basement entry, fully or partially frosted ie to show a wine rack.

  2. As a Interior Designer and Real Estate Broker I see a lot of homes and am grateful for the opportunity to help with some design decisions for buyers and sellers.

    This year I’ve seen some new exciting materials. Quartz and quartzite are certain becoming the go to materials for countertops. I see granite fading out. Quartzite is replacing granite because of the color variations. Especially when you can get quartzite that looks like marble. Marble is not very durable in the kitchen but quartzite is just as durable if not stronger than granite.

    Antique brass fixtures are also becoming popular and look great on white cabinets with a light quartzite countertop.

    Im also noticing a come back with wallpaper especially anything with a metallic sheen in it. There are great options now with peel and stick. It’s easy to remove if you get tired of the pattern.

    I’m also in love with the new tiles for flooring that look like rustic hardwood floors. Especially when used in a herringbone pattern.

    I look forward to using these design elements this year!

    Thank you,

    Mandie Maguire
    Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty
    Interior Designer and Broker Associate