You bought your house and turned it into a home. But now you're finally ready to sell it. Whether you're moving to a new city or simply need an upgrade, your home should look its best when you decide to put it on the market.
The best way to appeal to potential buyers is to make sure your house is up to date with current trends. Buyers are naturally drawn to the fresh new design trends that they see online.
To help you sell your home, we've put together a few of the most interior design trends of 2019. If you're a first-time homeowner who's new to the process of selling your home, these design ideas will make your place stand out and impress potential buyers.
Lots of Plants
Plants improve the air quality in your home significantly. That's because plants absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and they put fresh oxygen out into the air we breathe. Through that process, plants can remove up to 87% of the toxins in your home's air in just one day.
Plants can also improve our breathing by regulating the humidity in the air. This is especially helpful in drier climates.
More importantly, plants are mood-boosters. Keeping lots of houseplants is a trend for 2019 because it makes people feel happier and less stressed in their homes. A plant-filled house gives potential buyers a sense for how happy they'll feel living in the space.
It doesn't hurt that they're a pretty source of color, too! Plants are an inexpensive way to add color, texture, and liveliness to any room.
Which Plants to Get
You can still enjoy this trend even if you don't have a green thumb. There are plenty of houseplants that require very little maintenance.
A Devil's Ivy Plant sprouts new leaves all the time and looks beautiful in a hanging planter. Keep these away from any pets since their leaves are harmful to cats and dogs.
If you're looking for an easy potted plant to spruce up a shelf, try a succulent. Place them near a window for plenty of sun. Be careful not to give them too much water.
The Chinese Money Plant (also known as the Pancake Plant) has quirky flat leaves that are associated with good fortune. Luckily for you, this plant thrives in shady areas.
For a cool dose of color, try the Calathea Plant. Their leaves are a combination of purple, pink, green, and red. They just need you to keep their soil moist and away from bright light.
If you're looking for a small tree to add some drama to a room, start with a Rubber Plant. Just make sure they get a good amount of sunlight, and water them about once a week.
Pantone Color of the Year
Every year, the Pantone Color of the Year is an immediate interior design trend. This year's winning color is called Living Coral.
Pantone describes the color as:
It will remind potential buyers of the vibrant colors and liveliness of coral reefs. By creating an association between your house and the beauty of nature, Living Coral is the perfect way to insert color into your home.
Ways to Use Living Coral
There are plenty of ways to incorporate the pink and orange tones of Living Coral in your home. No matter how you do it, your home will radiate with warmth.
- Go All the Way
Paint an entire wall in your home with this color to grab people's attention when they walk into a room. An accent wall like this pairs well with neutral colors in the rest of the room, making it very easy to add to an existing design.
- Use Pops of Coral Here and There
An accent-colored pillow or throw blanket is an easy way to add fun to a room without much commitment. As the seasons or years change, you can switch up your accent colors easily.
- Paint Your Doors
This one is not for the faint of heart since we are all so used to plain, white doors in our home. Coral-painted doors are an exciting way to bring color into your home in a nontraditional way.
- Buy a Coral Rug
When you buy a coral rug, you're adding a bright color to a large surface area in the house. However, the color isn't at eye level, so it won't overpower an otherwise neutral room.
This year, interior design focuses on comfortable designs. No more couches that are only good to look at or itchy throw pillows and blankets.
One of the easiest (and toastiest) ways to achieve a cozy living room is by installing an electric fireplace. It's a simple way to elevate the first impression your house makes on potential buyers.
Opting for an electric fireplace over a traditional one is ideal for a few reasons:
- No smoke
No smoke means cleaner air for you and your family, fur babies included. There's no harmful chemicals emitted. Plus, you can breathe easy with an electric fireplace, even if you have asthma or other respiratory issues.
- Easy and Cost-Effective
They're easier and cheaper to install than a regular fireplace. All you've got to do is plug them in and they'll keep the room warm the entire time they're on. They're a great investment because they'll make your place appealing to buyers when you decide to sell your home.
Safety first! Electric fireplaces have automatic shut-off timers. You can set it and forget it without having to worry about starting a fire in your home.
Experiment with Textures
Looking to appeal to buyers, but not willing to paint with new colors? Playing with different textures is a great way to add visual interest without changing the color palette of your home. Texture keeps a room from looking flat.
What does texture even mean? In interior design, texture has to do with surface qualities. Interior design elements can be smooth, rough, dull, or shiny. The best designs use elements with different textures.
2019's interior design trends highlight velvet and acrylic textures.
Velvet is a soft and plushy material that adds a unique feeling to your home. In the living room, you can start small with a velvet pillow or jump in headfirst with a velvet sofa. This texture matches the feel of furniture with funky shapes, but it can also modernize the look of more traditional, rectangular furniture.
Velvet makes a great upholstery fabric for dining room chairs, too. That's because it can be treated so that it's stain-resistant. It also pairs well with the typically hard, flat surface of a dining table, creating an interesting combination of furniture.
For the bedroom, consider a velvet headboard to soften your bed's look. You can even try velvet curtains if you've got a flair for the dramatic. Velvet curtains are great if you like sleeping in because they can completely block out that early morning sun.
No matter where you include velvet in your home, you can keep it modern by using blush pink or jewel-toned colors. Avoid neutrals like grey and beige. Those colors fit better with more traditional textures like leather and canvas upholstery.
A lot of people think of light reflection when they think of textures for their home. Yes, it's nice to have pieces of furniture that reflect light throughout your home. But what about materials that light can move through instead of just bouncing off?
Acrylic is a huge 2019 trend because it's clear material allows light to move through the furniture. This makes any room look bigger than it is. It also reduces the clutter in the room because it's almost invisible!
Placing acrylic seats around a table or counter allows the eating surface to stand out. A great combo would be a stand-out, impressive dining table surrounded by dainty clear chairs.
A clear coffee table adds an important function to a living room by giving you a surface for any random stuff. But it doesn't take away from your more exciting furniture like a colorful couch or geometric rug.
Finally, tables or chairs that only have acrylic legs have a really cool effect. Because the legs are clear, they almost look like they're floating mid-air.
Why You Should Follow Interior Design Trends
Selling a house can be intimidating, especially if you're selling a home for the first time. These interior design trends are a great way to make your home feel happy and inviting right away without having to think too hard.
The goal is to make your house as beautiful and trendy as possible. For guidance on the process of selling your home, check out our homepage today to connect with a realtor.