Author: Melissa Tracey

What’s In, What’s Out for 2016? Share Your Insights!

What’s In, What’s Out for 2016? Share Your Insights!

Is brass out or in? Is granite fading in popularity to quartz? We want to hear from you! Tell us about some of the latest trends you are noticing in home design for 2016, and which ones appear to be fading fast. Share your input on this blog or e-mail Realtor Magazine writer Melissa Dittmann Tracey at […]

10 Trends Driving the Next Decade of Home Design

10 Trends Driving the Next Decade of Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Over the next 10 years, expect functionality, accessibility, and sustainability to be major themes guiding the look of homes. That could include everything from embracing healthier building materials and furnishings to homes that are designed to be more resilient to bad weather. More than 500 residential architects offered their […]

3 Surprising Paint Colors Home Owners Hate

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Home owners say they like color in their homes but they definitely have some hesitations in using it to decorate their spaces, according to a new survey by Better Homes and Gardens of nearly 400 home owners. The survey found a general consensus that these three colors, in particular, […]

Design Trends to Watch in 2016

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design? Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design 1. Two shades of kitchen […]

2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Think pink for 2016. Pantone voted two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as this year’s colors of the year, a nod to softer color tones that are expected to gain popularity all yearlong. It’s the first time Pantone has voted two colors of the year. “Joined together, […]

The New Kitchen Finish: Black Stainless

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine Among all the tech hype at CES 2016 this week, appliance manufacturers are showing off their latest high-tech, super energy efficient models. But they’re also doing it under a new finish: Black stainless. KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung are among the appliance makers showing the black satiny finish. It’s the […]