21 Hot Housing Trends for 2015!

Below are the hottest trends coming in 2015 according to Realtor.com.

1. Coral Shades. The easiest change a seller can make is adding new color, whether it be paint or accessories. Coral is said to be the color of 2015 by showing the country's optimism as we continue to come out of the recession. When thinking of pairing colors, try white, grey, or lighter shades of green, purple or blues.

2. Open spaces. Open floor plans are becoming then trend amond young home buyers. With the kitchen being the heart of any home, it only makes sense to open this area of the home up by removing any walls to better represent togetherness.

3. Off-the-shelf floor plans. There are house plan companies that offer many options for buyers who don't want to spend the time or money on a custom home. While builders may accept an outside plan, an additional charge may be added to accommodate for the new plan.

4. Freestanding tubs. Among the newest bathroom trends, freestanding tubs may cause limitations due to the inability to climb in and out. This new trend is being accompanied by open wall niches and single vanities.

5. Quartzite. This natural stone may be replacing granite due to its durability and similarity to marble.

6. Porcelain floors. When thinking about flooring, keep porcelain in mind instead of going for imitation wood. It is available in different colors and textures and is less expensive as well. Porcelain holds up against high traffic and moisture.

7. Almost Jetson-ready. Newer models of security cameras and invisible fences/monitors for pets are less expensive and easier to install and operate. There newer models do not require rewiring or having a professional come in to install, which saves time and money!

8. Charging stations. With technology these days and how much we are using cell phones, tablets and the like, every home should be set up with a charging station. Choose a room or area that can be a central location for everyone.

9. Multiple Master Suites. There are advantages to having multiple master bedrooms, especially if they are both on the main level. This arrangement caters to adult children and their parents to allow for long term or short term stays. It also is great when out of town guests come to visit.

10. Fireplaces/Fire pits. A sign of warmth and romance, new versions are making them more attainable, whether real or fake.

11. Wellness Systems. New heat recoverly ventilation systems are being put in new homes to help with air circulation and are energy efficient. In being more health conscious, use lights that make use of sunlight or if you have a pool that does not use chlorine and salt, design a section to use to house plants and gravel to clean the water.

12. Storage. Storage has always been an issue for homeowners. This year's new trend in the kitchen is a super pantry, designed to open counter space of appliances that are not used on an every day basis, allows for more surface area for prep and nice open storage area, clearing away clutter.

13. Grander Garages. Garages are being resigned and are including features such as glass doors, heat and air conditioning, larger utility sinks and for those that can afford such an ammenity, car lifts are now being installed in residential garages for addition parking.

14. Keyless entry. Long gone is the key and lock. Homeowners are now using digital keyless entry doors, comboxes and there is even a fingerprint lock that is available!

15. Water Conservation. More than ever, homeowners are using rainwater bins, especially in areas that experience droughts, in order to save on water. Other water conservation ideas being used are weather controlled watering stations, plants that are able to survive a drough and low maintenance lawns.

16. Salon-Style walls. While this type of design can seem overwhelming, floor to ceiling, wall to wall decor, making sure there is central theme. To help with placement, lay out your design on the floor to get a better idea of where items should go.

17. Cool Copper. Copper is making its comeback in 2015 due to its industrial feel!

18. Return to human scale. Over the past decade, rooms have continued to grow in size, accommodating for large families or those who love to entertain. This year, trends show a more comfortable space may not always mean bigger. Keep things more intimate in your smaller kitchen or living room!

19. Luxury. To function properly in today's world, you must get your rest! This year, concentrate on making your bedroom your own private getaway. New pillows and some lavender candles are a great start.

20. White on white kitchen. White cabinetry has a big advantage this year. Accenting the white cabinetry with more white is the way to go, as there are a multitude of different shades to choose from.

21. Outdoor Living - Everyone loves the outdoors! Improve your outdoor space with a hot tub, a new patio with a fire pit or add a private dog run.



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