Home Trends Archive

The ‘New’ Brass Edging Into More Home Design

Photo by Westborough Design Center, Inc. – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine It’s all about that brass. But don’t expect to see that 1980s super shine. Today’s trendy brass is more of...
September 26, 2016

Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Transitional, traditional, and contemporary styles remain the most popular in kitchen design but two new kitchen styles are popping up: industrial and farmhouse, according to the 2016 Design Trends Survey from the National...
May 2, 2016

10 Trends Driving the Next Decade of Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Over the next 10 years, expect functionality, accessibility, and sustainability to be major themes guiding the look of homes. That could include everything from embracing healthier building materials and furnishings to homes that...
March 28, 2016

Move Over Man Caves, the ‘She-Shed’ Is Gaining Popularity

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Men have their man caves, but how about a space just for females? Welcome, the “she shed.” These backyard retreats are becoming the latest buzzword in interior design — emerging as the perfectly...
September 7, 2015

‘Heavy Metal’ is Rocking Home Design Accessories

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Mixed metals are growing in popularity in home design, adding some bling and modernizing spaces. Warm metallic — such as in burnished gold, bronze, and copper – are among the most popular, but...
August 17, 2015

6 Trends Driving New-Home Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine What is luring home buyers to new homes? Technology, the outdoors, and “super kitchens” are among what Nick Lehnert, executive director at KTGY, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting,...
November 10, 2014

That ‘Special Function Room’ Is Back in Demand

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The special function room – like outdoor living rooms and home offices — had mostly vanished from new-homes and home remodels during the housing downturn. But now they’re reappearing. Also back in demand,...
October 6, 2014

5 Design Trends You May Want to Avoid in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Stagers are embracing some of the latest home design trends in freshening up homes for-sale (view this “Dressed to Sell” slideshow). But some trends, they’re thinking twice about incorporating. “If you’re too trendy,...

Contemporary, Spa-Like Bathrooms in Demand

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Bathroom styles are shifting to contemporary, spa-like styles that are accessible and easy to maintain, according to the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which surveyed 420 designers to...
April 7, 2014

Check Out These 7 Trends Spicing Up Kitchen Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Wood flooring and glass backsplashes are expected to show up in more kitchens this year. Those were among two findings from the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which...
March 31, 2014