Nancy Nelson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hello Everyone. This is Nancy Nelson-Embler with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Irmo. This is a first in a series of articles relating to real estate. If you have a topic you would like for me to explore in the future, just let me know.

Home design trends change year to year. So homeowners should be aware of what some of them are. Check out these findings from the latest Houzz report regarding the popular kitchen.

Organization and decluttering are top priorities. 75 percent of homeowners want clutter-free countertops and 63 percent said adequate storage was most important in the kitchen. Countertops are the most commonly upgraded feature and the one homeowners are willing to splurge on. Engineered quartz is gaining popularity in countertops.

Open layouts are still popular. Homeowners are leaning more toward contemporary and farmhouse styles with traditional homes becoming less desired. And they are opting for shaker-style and flat panel cabinets over raised panel. White is still a predominant color for cabinets and walls and wood floors are still in, according to the report.

Staging a home remains popular. It can help with vacant homes or ones that are poorly decorated. We have professional stagers who can help you. According to other sources, some decor’ that is on the rise in kitchens are succulents, terrariums, chalkboard walls and antique-style Edison bulbs. Some declining decor includes inspirational plaques, futons, Tiffany lamps and silk flowers.

In luxury homes across the nation, the Zen design is luring buyers. Homes are touting meditation courtyards with silken hammocks, open-air yoga studios and herbal gardens with calming plants, according to the National Association of Realtors.

On a local note, our real estate inventory is low and we have buyers waiting to buy.

If you are ready to sell, call or text me at 803-331-0635. Or you can email me at [email protected]

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