Dear Expert: What trends should we pay attention to when remodeling our home?
A: We always advise that you focus on your personal tastes and what works with your home rather than following decorating trends. When creating a new space, develop a color palette that showcases hard finishes in the space, like a fireplace surround or wood flooring. Use trendy colors as accents in rugs or painted furniture that can be updated easily over time. We do recommend following technological trends and advances in appliances, home theater equipment, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and paint. For instance, Benjamin Moore has made many advances in paint formulas that offer washable, durable, and low VOC wall finishes that weren’t previously available.
—LuAnne Silvia, ASID