You’ll Regret Buying a Home with an Open Floor Plan

Our minds are totally changed about the trendy home layout.

Our minds are totally changed about the trendy home layout.

Flip to any home renovation show on TV, and more often than not, at some point throughout the episode, you’ll see a realtor and clients oohing and ahhing over an open floor plan.

Many on the search for a new home also covet the open concept floor plan as a must-have feature when touring potential abodes. But are these layouts really that great, after all? In a recent article, Realtor.com addressed six things in your new home that will soon drive you nuts, citing an open floor plan among the offenders. Laura Mineff, a Cleveland-based interior designer and owner of Array Design Studio shares several reasons you may want to reconsider buying a home with an open floor plan.

The first reason? “Sounds are multiplied in an open floor plan; they don’t offer sound protection,” notes Mineff. Secondly, she points out the fact that you’ll likely need to buy rugs and  window panels to help with sound control. You’ll also probably have to think about buying extra furniture, artwork, and plants to fill the space. All of this, of course, cuts into your budget, and the dollars can add up faster than you think. And here’s another bummer to open floor plans: The lack of privacy can be a drawback, especially if somebody is watching a movie while another household member is trying to study for a school exam on a kitchen bar stool. Or what if you have a guest spending the night on the living room pull out bed but you need to turn the lights on in the kitchen to cook breakfast before they’re awake? So much we never thought about, everyone. You can check out Realtor.com‘s full list of features you’ll regret having in your new home here.

So, where do you fall on this debate? Do you see the benefits of an open floor plan, or do you agree it can become a headache in the home?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg

Source: Open Floor Plans Home Buying Advice | Southern Living

Top Home Decor Trends of 2022

(According to Zillow)

We’re all familiar with the saying, “New year, new me.” But for 2022, we’re ready to declare, “New year, new home” instead. Our homes have seen us through the ups and downs of the pandemic, providing us with safe havens to rest and retreat. Decor trends have also seen a shift, with invigorating color palettes rising in popularity over more neutral schemes. Zillow predicts that in 2022, homeowners will invest in projects and features to make our abodes feel like places where we can thrive. “The pandemic forced a lot of people to reevaluate what’s most important in their lives and in their homes,” said Zillow home trends expert Amanda Pendleton in a press release. “For many, 2022 is the moment to start living those values. That could be investing in sustainable home features, designing a space with well-being in mind, or leaning into comfort and function over high style.” From earthy palettes to pet-friendly features, one of Zillow’s seven predicted decor trends might be just the fix for your home. Read on for a few of our favorites from their list.

CREDIT: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; STYLING: ELLY POSTON COOPER

Earthy Tones and Natural Palettes

Taking a cue from the announced 2022 colors of the year from paint brands, it’s safe to say that shades of green are having a major moment. With Sherwin-William’s Evergreen Fog, Behr’s Breezeway, and PGG’s Olive Sprig (just to name a few), we’ll continue to see natural hues taking center stage in 2022. Zillow doesn’t expect the trend to stop with green—keep an eye out for earthy colors like blues, browns, and other soothing shades from Mother Nature that bring a sense of calm into our interiors.

Antiques & Vintage Finds

Start scouring the flea markets or pull hand-me-down pieces out of storage, because Zillow foresees secondhand furnishings and decor making a big comeback in the year ahead. There’s much comfort to be found in antique and vintage pieces that remind us of our mother or grandmother’s houses. Put your flair on these passed-down or salvaged pieces by giving them a fresh coat of paint or embrace the natural warm wood.  

Versatile Spaces

2022 will also see a continued interest among homeowners in carving out quiet, private spaces to escape—whether it’s a home office renovation or building a shed in the backyard. According to Zillow’s report, “Retreat features, such as a ‘she shed,’ can help a home sell for 2.2% more than expected, while a freestanding bathtub can contribute to a home selling for a 2.6% premium.” Creating cozy havens isn’t just for human dwellers—Zillow expects homeowners to invest in custom spaces for their pandemic pets. Consider adding a doghouse, a fenced-in run in the backyard, or a built-in bed in the laundry room for your four-legged family member.   

What home decor trends are you looking forward to in 2022?

By Grace Haynes for Southern Living©

Source: These Will Be the Top Home Decor Trends of 2022, According to Zillow | Southern Living