Author: Melissa Tracey

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over traditional styles. Contemporary and transitional-styled bathrooms are overtaking traditional in design preferences, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The member survey reveals some of the following bathroom trends this year: Most popular color schemes: Whites, off/whites, […]

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

It’s Now Cool to Have Mismatched Fixtures

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A home with a mix of chrome, nickel, brass, and bronze fixtures may prompt some home buyers to pause. But such mismatches are actually on trend. (Good news to those remodelers who may not have gotten around quite yet to updating all of those fixtures to the same color!) […]

Go 3D With Your Wall Designs

Go 3D With Your Wall Designs

Add a third-dimension to your walls: 3D wall panels can offer a unique, eye-catching look. One company called WallArt offers chic, environmentally friendly wall coverings. The three-dimensional effect can help add the “wow” factor to a room, whether styled as ultra-modern or country chic. You can choose from several geometric designs, like minimalist Tetris or […]

Do a Foundation Check: 5 Things to Watch For

Do a Foundation Check: 5 Things to Watch For

Take a closer look at the home’s foundation before buying, says Matt Stock, president of U.S. Waterproofing, based in the Chicago area. An undisclosed structural foundation repair could leave a new buyer facing a price tag of $20,000 or more. “We’ve seen foundations sink 8 inches,” says Stock. “That was a $150,000 repair for the […]

The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Modern Farmhouse is on trend in home design this year, according to a newly released survey by Next Day Blinds. We may have Joanna and Chip Gaines from the HGTV hit show “Fixer Upper” to thank for the surge in popularity of this rustic style. Photo by Gardner […]

Best of CES 2017 for the Home

Best of CES 2017 for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine CES 2017 – the annual international consumer electronics tradeshow — kicks off this week in Las Vegas. In this year’s show, home product debuts are taking up even more of the spotlight with smart home technology and household robots taking center stage. Here are a few of the product […]

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Beige is pushing out gray as the hottest neutral color tone in homes heading into 2017, according to several color forecasters. Beige had once been cast aside in home design as too boring. But the beiges gaining popularity again and some of the newest shades are far from boring, […]

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to tackle prior to a home sale that can make a big difference. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger for Dunn-Edwards Paints, offers some of the following tips on how to choose interior colors that will appeal to the biggest […]

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there are two sides to this: Some staging and real estate professionals assert that you shouldn’t decorate […]

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of nature in a bolder way in the new year. Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of […]