MYTH 1: Hardwood vs. Laminate vs. Engineered flooring
For a long time it’s been all about hardwood flooring for buyers and sellers of homes, but with the eco-living and green movements, has this changed, or no? Are buyers still looking for hardwood floors, or are laminate or engineered flooring starting to take over?
While engineered, laminate, and pre-finished floors are very popular right now, on-site finish hardwood flooring is still in the mix. There are pros and cons to all types of flooring, but at the end of the day it truly depends on what space you put it in, and how you live your life. Hardwood on-site finish flooring is a timeless option that is perfect for any home. This flooring can be fully refinished over the years, and withstands lifetimes. Engineered or Pre-finished flooring has some amazing finishes and color selections that you just can’t get in an on-site hardwood floor unless you’re willing to pay top-dollar. Tiles have become the ultimate masters of disguise. The look of wood in tiles is becoming a whole-house staple, including kitchens, bathroom, bar areas, living rooms, and more. Tile is a durable flooring option and combining that durability with the look of natural hardwood is a combination hard to beat.
Laminate Flooring in Lower Level Exercise Area
MYTH 2: Wallpaper is outdated
In earlier decades, you couldn’t find a room without at least some form of creative paper covering at least a portion of the wall. But in recent years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a new or remodeled home that has any at all. Is wallpaper truly dead, or is there a rebirth that’s happening now and it just isn’t widespread yet? Or do you see it returning in the future?
There has been a ton of new innovation in the design and creation of wallpaper, that the negative association has been lifted. Wallpaper is making a serious comeback and is proving to be a popular choice amongst homeowners and designers. Use full wall wallpaper sparingly – it looks best used as an accent wall or in a room you want to POP. Border wallpaper on the other hand, is a serious “no-no”.
MYTH 3: Shiplap is only for farmhouses
Using shiplap in homes has been increasing in popularity in recent years, but there is a belief that it should be reserved for farmhouses. In this true in your experience, or is it finding its way into all styles of homes?
Shiplap & Barn wood has become a favorite of Minnesotans. It brings touches of rustic to elegant spaces and can make your cozy space feel even cozier. While it goes great with farmhouse designs, it can be used to pop any area of the home – in any style. We see this trend sticking around in our area for quite a while.
Barnwood Wall Feature at Iverson Home’s Recent Model Home
MYTH 4: Gold is out of style
For a long time, brass and gold were the top dogs and metals of choice when it came to faucets, frames, fixtures, etc. In recent years, however, chrome, brushed nickel and other metals have dominated. So, is gold really dead? Did it ever leave? Or is it on the verge of a comeback?
Gold is back, but tread lightly when using it. While it’s back in trend, it may not be the best choice for everyone. With prices of Gold finish hardware and plumbing jumping over the now “standard” Brushed Nickel, Chrome, and Oil Rubbed Bronze, it may not fit in everyone’s budget. On trend now, doesn’t mean it will be on trend in 5 years, so if you’re going to take the leap, do so with caution and be ready to swap it out for the next “trend” in coming years.
MYTH 5: Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past
With the trend leaning toward open floor plans in recent years, formal dining rooms have sort of become a distant memory. Is this still the case, or are more and more home buyers wanting to return to the days of formal dining rooms?
Homebuyers are wanting to get back to their roots…the “Good Ole Days”, where you’d sit down every night with your family for a delicious home-made dinner, or host your seasonal family gatherings. With social media, cell phones, and television playing such a large part in our daily lives, people are looking for that space that brings them back to “reality”. While Formal Dining Rooms are making a comeback, they are still being incorporated into Open floorplan living. Using separation in space with architectural details to make the space feel formal, but still having an open-feel for optimal entertaining. Butlers pantries are also a high-end touch to the “new” formal dining room. Why not have a space to prep your meals before they make their big debut? Home price points have been dictating when formal dining rooms are present. Typically if people have the budget for the now considered “extra” or “bonus” square footage, they may incorporate a formal dining room (and butler’s pantry). Otherwise, they may be left out of the mix.
Formal Dining Room with Open Concept by Iverson Homes
MYTH 6: All metal and wood tones should match
Everything should match, right? Maybe not. In your experience, are you still seeing a lot of color matching, or are homeowners taking more chances with pops of color than they used to? How do people touring a home react when they see everything that matches, and how do they react to pops of color and mismatching in areas you wouldn’t expect?
“Matchy-matchy” is a thing of the past. Done in moderation and in consideration of home style and design as a whole – mixing metals and woods is completely ok! Make sure to keep a cohesive feel with other items in the home, or use similar wood color tones throughout. The goal is to have it look seamless, and not have certain items stick out like a sore thumb. If done thoughtfully, mixing metals and colors tones can make your space YOU-nique!
Myth 7: Stainless steel appliances are a must
Stainless steel has long been the king when it comes to appliances. But are other finishes such as copper ready to knock them off the No. 1 spot? Or is stainless steel still thriving as the champion in the world of appliances in your experience?
Stainless continues to be the leading appliance finish, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Because it is the most popular (massed produced), it’s the most affordable finish on the market! Copper, black stainless, and slate colors are great features to add into your kitchen if you want to make a statement. But, keep in mind these are trends (which come and go). If one appliance breaks after the trendy color is discontinued, you’ll be replacing your entire kitchen vs. one appliance ($$). We see Stainless staying in that #1 spot for a long time – and why shouldn’t it? It goes with everything!
Iverson Homes, Inc.
Myth 8: Living room vs. a great room
Sectioned rooms were a mainstay in the homes of yesteryear. There was a designated living room, family room, “den,” etc. And then came along the open floor plan, and a lot of people loved the idea of every room of the house flowing together seamlessly. Is this still the case? In your experience, are great rooms still favored over a traditional living room?
Open floorplans are here to stay. While people want to keep the open-flow, they are also looking for more separation of space. Builders are incorporating architectural details & paint colors/accents to help define spaces. This helps keep the open-floorplan, but feel a sense of “space” in a home.
Myth 9: Subway tile backsplash
Using subway tiles for a backsplash is as much of a classic as homemade apple pie, right? It is the go-to material. Is this true? Or are you seeing more and more people opting for other materials and patterns such as tin, glass or marble?
Subway tiles are a design staple and we see them sticking around. They work with most styles whether it be contemporary or traditional. While classic subway tiles are being used frequently, we’re also seeing different materials and patterns coming into the industry – such as; marble, copper, glass tiles, hexagon shapes, smaller subway tiles, fleur de lis, & matte finishes . Taking a classic 3×6 subway tile on a kitchen backsplash, and adding a fleur de lis detail above the stove is one way to incorporate the trend without going over-the-top. Subway tiles are here to stay.
White Gloss Subway Tile with Herringbone feature over Range Top by Iverson Homes, Inc.
Myth 10: Granite countertops are the must-have
“Granite, granite, granite, there is no other choice when it comes to materials for countertops.” This is a sentiment that has been—and still is—felt by a large number of people. But is it still true? Or are people opting for different materials such as quartz and even cement in your experience?
Granite has been a popular countertop surface for YEARS, and has become very affordable depending on what selection you go with. Granite will always be in the running, but Quartz products & Marble are moving up the popularity ladder. Each product has their pros-and-cons depending on how you live in your space, but each product does have affordable options. We don’t suggest Cement countertops (sorry Fixer Upper fans) – because they are difficult to install, incredibly heavy (you need to make sure your cabinets and floor joists can support the weight), and are very hard to remove if you ever wanted to change. Cement (just like your driveways or patios) will crack over time – so if this is the route you want to go, make sure you do ALL of your research before taking the plunge.
Whether we’re watching HGTV, reading a magazine, or chatting with friends- we’re constantly bombarded with design trends. Rather than focusing on current trends, we suggest investing in classic details, quality finishes, and most importantly things you love. This combination will withstand the test of time. “TRENDS SCHMENDS”. Live with what you love.
– Iverson Homes & Iverson Real Estate Group Team –
Written By: Megan Schwartz & Amanda Doub (questions from Kyle Smelter with Greenspring Media)
Megan Schwartz, Iverson Homes, Inc.
Amanda Doub, RE/MAX Results