Author: Melissa Tracey

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish. This pattern is popping up on everything from hardwood floors, kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. It may be subtle or bold. […]

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors. Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. […]

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Granite no longer reigns. The most popular countertop material remodelers say they’re using is quartz, then followed by granite. In 2015, 89 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used quartz in their kitchen remodeling projects. Meanwhile, granites popularity has been declining over the last four […]

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an interior designer with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas. Richard Hoey, president and CEO of Active […]

Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners are increasingly investing to create luxurious, modernized master baths, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Survey of more than 2,100 home owners who are planning or recently completed a bathroom renovation project. Of those surveyed, 20 percent say they are updating the toilet; 12 percent […]

5 Kitchen Design Trends to Take From Model Homes

5 Kitchen Design Trends to Take From Model Homes

The model homes of builders are known for showcasing the latest interior design trends in trying to appeal to home shoppers. So what’s trending when it comes to the kitchen? PulteGroup’s Interior Designs Team is merchandising about 425 model homes in 2016. The kitchen is a big area that gets a lot of the design […]

A Trendy Solution for Home Interiors: The Barn Door

A Trendy Solution for Home Interiors: The Barn Door

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Sliding barn doors can add a modern twist to an interior space. Malte Strauss, broker and owner of Trust International Real Estate LLC in Deltona, Fla., says the barn door trend has caught on in central Florida. “They are great for locations where a swinging door would infringe on […]

A Trendy Solution for Home Interiors: The Barn Door

A Trendy Solution for Home Interiors: The Barn Door

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Sliding barn doors can add a modern twist to an interior space. Malte Strauss, broker and owner of Trust International Real Estate LLC in Deltona, Fla., says the barn door trend has caught on in central Florida. “They are great for locations where a swinging door would infringe on […]

Kitchen Design Is Getting Mixed Up

Kitchen Design Is Getting Mixed Up

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Get two-toned in the kitchen. There’s no need to get too match-y, if you want to be on trend. Kitchen cabinets are popping up in more than one shade to add an eye-catching contrast. Indeed, 42 percent of remodelers surveyed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association say they […]

Today’s Go-To Interior Color Choices: Pastels and Whites

Today’s Go-To Interior Color Choices: Pastels and Whites

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Move over gray. Pastels and whites are softening up the color palette of more homes in 2016. On-trend colors of pastels are entering more household décor, like in accessories from decorative bowls and vases to florals and throw pillows. The major paint companies all agree: Lighter colors and whites […]