After 45 years of writing this column, this is my last submission. It focuses on new home design trends evolving this year.
Every year we see new design trends becoming dominant in housing. Here are key trends we will see during this year.
Velvet, jewel tones, white marble and built-in bars are forecasted to be the biggest home design trends for 2017, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a report combining data from a survey of interior design experts.
"Interior design in 2017 will be about bringing warmth and comfort into the home," says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow home design expert.
"Homeowners will start to shy away from overly industrial designs that feel stiff or cold. Instead, they will incorporate plush fabrics like velvet and rich jewel tones into their home to make it feel more approachable and welcoming."
The report pointed out why velvet is a growing trend in home designs.
"Velvet is expected to make a big splash in interior design this year. Look for velvet fabrics and textures to weave their way into anything from throw pillows to upholstered couches and curtains.
"Saturated colors like emerald green or sapphire blue will take center stage in 2017. From artwork to furniture, these vibrate hues will be popping up everywhere, bringing life and richness to homes."
Marble surfaces will also become more common in new home designs during 2017.
"Marble, especially in shades of white and light gray, will be one of 2017's biggest design trends. Experts predict marble to become an increasingly popular material for countertops, flooring and tabletops, as well as in everyday household items like serving platters or vases."
Dear readers: It's been a fascinating ride over the years. I started writing this column in 1971, focusing on real estate news and trends. All things seem to have a natural point of conclusion. This is my time.
There have been many changes in the real estate market during those decades. I've tried to update you with the changes that were most interesting and useful to you as a homeowner or prospective owner. Changes will continue, and I now wish you the very best in following those changes and acting on them when the time is right.
— Jim Woodard
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