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It's hard to think of real estate as a trend-following asset, but buyers' tastes in bricks and mortar change almost as frequently as their taste in clothes. While classic styling will always be in, home sellers should think about introducing a few buzz features that will really make their homes pop. Here are the top five trending finishes for 2015.
Bright colors made a minor splash in 2014, but neutrals are now firmly back in vogue. Think white and gray instead of beige and taupe for a pared down, ultra-modern feel. Limit color to small pops, but you may want to go beyond brightly colored throw pillows. Novel ways of introducing color, such as unique lighting features or a kitchen backsplash make a dramatic statement. Ochre yellow, mauve and purple are trending in 2015.
2. Fusion styling
Combining old and new design ideas is a great way to achieve the fusion look that's hot in 2015. If your furniture is traditional, introduce some sharp edges―glass, chrome or graphic wallpaper modernize a traditional scheme. Conversely, soften an industrial design with soft rugs, pillows and organic shapes. Salvaged wood adds punch to sleek, monochrome styling.
3. Go green
Energy-efficient and water-saving appliances are big hits with homebuyers trying to save money on their utility bills. If you are remodeling before a sale, don't be afraid of introducing a water-saving shower head or high-efficiency light fixtures.
4. Open-concept living
As a design concept, the open floor plan keeps growing and growing. Buyers are looking for spaces that allow them to mingle, socialize and chat with friends. If you remodel and only remove one wall in the house, make it the kitchen―the bigger you can make your casual entertaining space, the better.
5. Versatile design
Nothing has buyers pulling out their check books faster than a forever home. Any feature that is going to have functional value for many years to come will always have buyer appeal. Think kitchen islands, built-in closets and lots of storage. If your home is lacking these items, create the illusion by adding simple shelving units and racks that you can take with you when you move.