Like the rest of the country, Nashville's design scene
follows trends—in 2017, that means lots of velvet, open shelving, succulents
galore—some are a welcome change, others not so much (enough with the Edison
lightbulbs already!). Case in point: The ubiquitous "whitewash" trend
has taken the city by storm—both inside the house and out.
"The biggest thing we've seen over the last couple
years is the painted brick on the exterior of homes. Mostly white paint, and it
seems that most new homes that do not have painted brick have been a little harder
to sell," weighs in Allen Huggins, broker at Neal Clayton Realtors
Huggins also notes that there's been a surge in reclaimed
wood, barn wood in particular, used "as an accent wall, or as the base to
an island to give contrast to a typically white kitchen," both of which he
considers to add a "wow" factor to a home.
"I'm also seeing a resurgence of brass. More on the
high-end homes, but I'm seeing some of your higher end builders utilize brass
fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens, which again, gives some contrast to the
white kitchens you see in a lot of homes," he explains. "In some of
the more modern homes, I am seeing a use of an almost gray wood finish on the
floors. It is very subtle, but it makes you look twice when you see it."
Based in the Nashville area and looking for a home makeover,
large or small? We put together a list of local resources to help make sure
your house is on trend.
Still need inspiration before you commit? The Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo
around the corner (March 10-12), and The Bold Experience Tour
presented by Kohler will demonstrate many ways you can lay out and install that
tricky bathroom space.
Image from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Nashville-based journalist Kristin Luna has penned more
than a dozen guidebooks for Frommer's, and contributed to countless magazines.
A lifelong globetrotter, Kristin shares her adventures and travel photography
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