Interior Design Trends – Should you follow them?

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By Heather M. Johnston, C.O.O. & Realtor – The Spaniak Team, eXp Realty LLC

Spring is almost here and as the weather gets warmer and the grass starts to become green again, you may find yourself thinking about redoing your home decor, or maybe even a remodel or two. Along with Spring cleaning, many homeowners tend to redecorate and redesign their spaces in the earlier part of the year as the winter season winds down.

We are certainly fans of modernizing and updating interior living spaces, but we have a word or two of caution to share if you’re considering any upgrades to your home and are also thinking of selling in the near future.

See, the thing is that trends are just that – trends. And while some things become uber popular and have a long shelf life, others fizzle out faster than 80’s group Milli Vanilli did when they were caught lip-syncing.

For nearly 10 years now, the overarching trend in home design has been for gray and white paint schemes, painted (rather than wood) trim & molding, all-white kitchens, light colored stone countertops & vanities, and brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze drawer pulls. Gray-washed hardwood floors or dark stains like espresso have been very popular in North Shore homes as well.
Some of you may have observed that in the last few years, things have shifted a bit. Brass and gold drawer pulls and light fixtures are popping up, as are colored appliances, and lighter-stained wood floors. Marble is giving way to engineered quartz and other, more durable surfaces.

The “urban farmhouse” aesthetic is wildly popular and brings with it more elements of industrial finishings such as exposed brick, the ubiquitous shiplap, concrete, and exposed shelves with lots of raw wood and black accents tossed in. Go on any popular website like or Pinterest and you’ll be inundated with images of rooms worthy of Chip & Joanna Gaines’ ‘Fixer Upper’ series on tv.

Many of the popular design fixtures and features that have been around since 2012 or so are still going strong, with a few twists. For 2022, design experts are indicating that subway tile still reigns supreme for backsplash, but arranged in more creative patterns and designs. Shiplap is the be-all, end-all of wall covering accent material – it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

What’s new? The use of velvet in furniture and accessories like pillows and throws. Rich, jewel toned appliances in ruby red, sapphire blue, and emerald green. Appliances are being integrated right into those must-have kitchen islands like never before. In bathroom design, step-in and low curb showers bedecked with mosaic style tile are all the rage.

Alright, so we should get to the point, right? You want to know what any and all of this means for you, bottom line. Ok, got it.

Here’s the thing…Ultimately, it all depends on what you plan to do in the next 6 months to 3 years, approximately.

As real estate professionals, we advise you to design your home the way YOU want it to be. How you feel and what you like is 100% subjective. Don’t design your home because you think it’s going to make it more appealing to a buyer if you aren’t looking to sell in the next few years. Conversely, if you do think you’ll be putting your house on the market, please consult with a real estate professional before you make any upgrades or major changes in your home from a design perspective. It could literally save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of stress!

Your home is your castle, and you are the king or queen of it. Make it feel how you want it to feel! You deserve it!

The Spaniak Team – eXp Realty is one of the top real estate agents in the Chicagoland area. The Spaniak Team specializes in residential homes on the North Shore of Chicago and specifically Northbrook. They can be reached at (847) 318-3431, at [email protected], or on the web at

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