One of the reasons that I love my career is keeping on top of all of the exciting new home trends that arrive each year. They vary from decor to technology to the impact of changing lifestyles of consumers. For good or bad we are living in a cycle of rapid changes.
Here are 3 notable 2017 Home trends from the most recent report from the National Associaltion of Realtors....
The Transforming Office
Why it’s happening: Regular work-from-home time among the non–self-employed population has grown by 103 percent since 2005, according to Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego–based research and consulting group focused on workplace change. Her organization estimates that number will continue to grow at between 10 percent and 20 percent a year.
How it will impact you: More of your clients are likely to need a work-from-home space, but due to the diminished size and highly transient nature of technology tools, there’s less need for a dedicated, separate office. Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor’s chief economist, says almost any area of a house can become a workplace, but the most functional ones incorporate built-ins and furnishings that serve a dual purpose. That same desire for flexibility may someday translate to layouts that can easily change to a homeowner’s whim, such as the KB Home ProjeKt movable wall concept in its “Home of 2050” at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo this past October.
The Walkable Suburb
Why it’s happening: Urban centers have long been a magnet for residents wanting to walk rather than drive to work, shopping, and entertainment. But the trend is now spreading to the suburbs where being close to a town center — and public transit into a larger city — offers similar appeal.
How it will impact you: A high walk score has become a recognized real estate marketing tool. This is partuclarly true in "North of Boston" Towns like Reading, Melrose, Andover, and Wakefield. Being able to leave the car at home and walk to parks, stores, public transportation, and eateries all figure prominently in the marleting that I do for my sellers. Websites like Zillow can be helpful when consumers are researching new communities, but your local professional and neighbors will have the excellent insights.
Taupe Is the New Gray!!
Why it’s happening: White remains the top paint color choice due to its flexibility and the fact that it comes in so many variations (PPG Paints has 80 in its inventory, according to Dee Schlotter, senior color expert). Though white has been upstaged by gray in recent years, this year many will be searching for a warmer neutral, which is why paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams named “Poised Taupe” as its 2017 Color of the Year. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of a weathered, woodsy neutral and a sense of coziness and harmony that people seek,” says Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing.
How it will impact you: Dallas-based designer Barbara Gilbert considers taupe a smart alternative since it still performs as a neutral with other colors, cool or warm. She expects to see taupe on more exteriors — blending well with roofs, doors, window frames, and surrounding landscape — but it also will turn up indoors on walls, ceilings, kitchen cabinets, furnishings, and molding. It might even work to help update a listing clad in gray, she says, as the two colors work well together. Locally I have always gotten excelent color advice from the staff at The Purple Door Paint Store in Reading. They carry the full Ben Moore line and can really "see" colors and save you time by finding you the "warm" or "cold" hues of a particular color.