Interior Design Trends

The look and feel of your home have a significant impact on how well it sells. Old styles, lack of lighting, and small, unorganized spaces are all turn-offs for potential buyers. Before selling, focus on making updates based on the newest trends of the year. These updates will give you the most bang for your buck, impress potential buyers, and add value to your home.

We’ve broken down four popular interior design trends, including expert opinions and cost analysis. These details will help you decide what to focus on before selling your home.

Closet Expansion.

The trend: Investing in the closets will always pay off. Any opportunity to create more storage within your current space will add value.

Everyone wants more space, especially when it doesn’t require a zoning permit or major construction. While only 4 percent of realtors suggest that sellers re-do their closet before selling, according to the impact report, it’s an easy way to please the buyer without spending a lot of money.

When planning, look for closet systems that can be customized after the buyer moves in. Features like moveable shelves and coat racks allow the potential buyer to see how they can make the space their own.

Bathroom: Lighting to Storage.

Expert opinion: Bathrooms are finally getting the attention they deserve. Clients are tired of cramming into cookie cutter bathrooms; they’re looking for an oasis, a place to get away and relax for a moment.

Renovating your bathroom is a huge feat, and one that will pay in spades when finished. Almost half of consumers, 49 percent, suggest their reason for redoing the bathroom is to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials, according to the remodeling impact report.

If you aren’t financially or mentally prepared for a complete renovation, focus on the features that are on-trend right now. This includes updated lighting, modern counter surfaces and an elegant tub, which is the center of the “oasis.” Lighting is especially popular right now as well.

Kitchen: Tuxedo Style.

Expert Opinion: Elegant, simple and balanced, tuxedo kitchens offer homeowners a classic look with striking, contemporary contrast. The classic combo also compliments another rising trend in kitchen and bath—mixed metals. From lighting to plumbing to hardware, designers and homeowners alike are experimenting with finish combinations such as the popular matte black and brass.

The kitchen is one of the most popular places in the home, and every year, there’s a different interior design trend dictating upgrades and remodels. This year, it’s all about contrasting dark with white—think: Black stainless-steel appliances with white and gray subway tiling.

While a kitchen upgrade can still be pricey, you’ll recoup 67 percent, making it a worthy pre-sale project. Focus on the small touches that make a big difference in color and style contrast. Haskell Interiors suggests a few kitchen trends to focus on, including graphic tiling, docking/charging stations and induction tops.

Hardwood Floor Refinish

Expert opinion: Whether it’s new hardwood or refinishing existing hardwood floors, it’s all about wood. Tons of customers are ripping up their carpet and refinishing the wood floors underneath. Almost everyone seems to want hardwood.

Hardwood floors drastically enhance the look of your home, adding a rich feel that’s hard to capture with carpet. If you already have hardwood floor, don’t replace it. Refinish it for that same “new” look and feel, for a lot less money (think: $3K less!). Not to mention, the estimated recovered value is 100 percent.

When your upgrades are done, and you’re ready to work with a realtor, approach them with the current value of your home (use this Home Value Estimator tool to get that number), along with all the updates you’ve made. This information will help them prepare you for selling and get an up-to-date estimate based on the changes you’ve made.