As huge fans of Pinterest, we’re always eager to read the year-end wrap-up and predictions of what will be trending on the platform in the new year ahead.
The beauty of Pinterest is that so many of the projects on display are DIY-able, meaning huge savings over hiring someone to do the work for you.
In fact, searches for DIY projects on Pinterest made up 83 percent of all home searches in 2018. Remodeling and landscaping were popular as well.
So, what are Pinterest’s prognostications for 2019? Read on and find out.
Pantone is the undisputed leader when it comes to showing us the Color of the Year. In 2019, it’s “Living Coral,” so don’t be surprised if your neighbor paints her dining room a peachy orange.
Pinteresters, on the other hand, are opting for yellow. And, not just your standard sunny yellow, but “bold mustard yellow walls,” according to the platform’s “Pinterest 100-The Top Trends for 2019.
Searches for “mustard yellow” were up 45 percent.
But new wall covering doesn’t necessarily have to be of the latex variety. “People are wrapping up their walls – and themselves—in fabric for a textured, artsy aesthetic,” according to the report.
Consider geometric patterns for the kids’ rooms (searches on Pinterest for geometric décor are up a whopping 1,178 percent).
Once you’ve decided on wall covering, it’s time to turn your attention to what to hang on those walls. Naturally, Pinterest offers their 2019 obsession: textile art. Searches for the term have increased nearly 2,000 percent and you’ll find inspiration here.
Or, if you prefer green, consider a vertical indoor garden. There are lots of ways to approach this trend. Check out some of the ideas at Decoist.com.
There’s no need to rip out the old vinyl flooring; just paint right over it. Keep the colors bold (the theme for 2019, apparently) and consider mosaic patterns.
Succulents have been at the top of the must-have list for a couple of years now, but 2019 sees the trend moving more niche, to cacti. Searches for cactus arrangements have more than doubled at Pinterest and here’s a sample of what they find.
The great outdoors
Outdoor living spaces are popular with homebuyers and homeowners alike. The outdoor fireplace, as long as it’s “modern and sleek” is what they’ll be clamoring after in 2019, according to Pinterest.
This trend is, of course, useless to homeowners whose beloved garden is of the cottage or other less-modern style.
So, turn your attention instead to the aforementioned vertical garden. Whether you intend to cover an entire wall or create a privacy screen, you’ll find gorgeous inspiration on Pinterest.
We’ve saved the best trend (in our opinion) for last. If you’re considering the addition of a swimming pool, forget the chemicals and consider a natural swimming pool.
This trend has been simmering on the back burner for a year or so now and trend-watchers expect it to move front and center this year. Unless you are in the higher price category of the market in Northern Ohio a pool dramatically reduces the pool of potential buyers.
These low-tech alternatives offer not only that luxurious sensation of swimming in the wild but can be tailored to your particular landscaping style and the size of your yard. From huge ponds to plunge pools, we hope the natural swimming pool is a trend that’s here to stay.
Keep that in mind prior to making a big investment. Purchasing in a development with a shared pool, a community with a great pool or today even a mini-waterpark, or going with a hot tub may be financially a better option. Again – if you love pools then be happy and get a pool, but assume you will probably lose money when you sell. Our season is just too short for most home owners to want the expense.
I did a quick search this morning on the largest MLS in Ohio, and of the 11,419 active single family home listings in that MLS (we are in another smaller one as well), only 383 had inground pools.
Community also makes a difference, with a pool in Avon, Ohio’s higher end neighborhoods maybe working for you in resale, but in Lorain – probably not.
Keep in mind that “Hot” trends in other parts of the country are often “Luke Warm” at best in Northern Ohio, and can often be hard to sell features if you are planning on selling in the near future.
Enjoy your home and make it your space, but when it comes time to sell neutral is still better. Most home buyers can’t afford to purchase all new furnishings, so keep that in mind when updating your home.
Call me well in advance of selling and I’d be happy to walk through and give you suggestions. Sometimes inexpensive improvements can make a huge difference, and expensive improvements will be money losers when prepping to sell.