Real Estate Trends and Design Statements to Follow when Listing Denver Homes

Although boundary-pushing projected real estate trends get a buyer’s attention, making too bold of a design statement doesn’t always lead to a sale. If you’re thinking of selling a home in Metro Denver in Denver, Colorado, you can incorporate some of the trendy design features in small doses to appeal to buyers. If you want to buy Denver homes to live in long-term, don’t worry as much about what other people like or what’s trending as much as your personal preferences and needs. Real estate experts notice people today tend to want homes where they can kick off their feet at the end of the day as well as walk around with their laptops. High-tech homes that are comfortable yet show how unique you are as a person appeal to homeowners hurrying to buy before interest rates increase. Baby boomers in their 60s and early 70s as well as millennials in their late 20s and early 30s are creating a huge demand for Denver homes that make a design statement.

According to a recent piece by, some of the major game-changing trends this year include a move away from granite countertops as designers call an end to the “granite era.” Personal style and comfort as well as convenience is taking a lead over opulence and fashion this year, experts say. Instead of traditional style, homeowners tend to showcase their individualism and personality. An article by, points out the move away from traditional design means fewer antique pieces or “period” furniture from a certain era. After buying a home, show off your individualism and personal flair. But when selling, consider the aesthetically intriguing looks that attract sellers. Oversized furniture is an inefficient use of space, especially in an entry-level home with less square footage. When you list your home in Denver, oversized furniture also makes the space feel cramped. Other trends on the way out include the use of brushed metals. An alternative to stainless steel appliances is the matte look, which is warmer and reveals fewer fingerprints.

Using heavily textured woods

According to, one of the top design trends is the use of cerused wood or heavily textured woods. When you stain the wood furniture, it often brings out the texture. In addition to dressers, tables and other furniture pieces, you will likely see textured wood flooring.

Opting for marble or quartz

Experts say marble tables lend sophistication to a living space, but marble is also popular for countertops. When renovating a home to sell it, consider using marble for the ledges as opposed to painted wood. Marble patterns also show up in fabrics, wall covering and carpet. A recent report by the National Association of Realtors points out designers also favor quartz and quartzite over granite. At the same time, don’t remove expensive granite before listing a home. Rather, install quartz or marble if you need to replace outdated, cheap materials.

Bringing back the wallpaper

In the 1990’s home owners spent hours peeling and removing old wallpaper from the ’70s and ’80s that looked garish. Now designers say wallpaper adds personality to small rooms such as bathrooms. Dramatic patterns such as abstract prints and even paisley (an ’80s throwback) appeals to homebuyers. Other “retro” trends include the use of colors. For a few decades, real estate agents in Springfield recommended sellers paint their walls neutral shades. Now, bold shades such as emerald and amethyst create a dynamic look in large rooms. When you do opt for a neutral color, go for taupe. Experts say taupe is becoming the new gray because it’s a warmer neutral. When renovating, try taupe for exterior window frames, doors, walls, kitchen cabinets and furnishings.

At The Principal Team, we help our clients buy and sell luxury homes. For more tips on buying or selling an on-trend home in the Denver area, please contact us.