On the Walls 

Gray walls lasted a lot longer than I expected! What’s in now? All white walls, which can be crisp and cool or warm and soft depending on the undertone. Two of my favorites – Sherwin Williams Extra White for a true crisp white and Sherwin William Alabaster for a softer feel. I also like SW Eider White for a little warmth on interior walls, but it does have a bit of warm gray or pale lavender hue depending on the lighting. Be sure to test the paint color because depending on exposure to northern or southern daylight, it will look different.

Design Trends

On-trend and opposite from white walls, are rich, deep paint colors on interior walls for some drama. Think bathrooms with black or dark inky blue walls or even black wall tile. Also, deep green tile options are popping up at home design stores.

Use of Space 

Outdoor living spaces are where it’s at especially if your indoor space is a little tight. The possibilities are endless with outdoor fabrics, furniture, and lighting.

Open floor plans are still the way to go. In all the new construction that I have seen, a majority of the main floor communal spaces are wide open. Open spaces make it easier to entertain and easier for families with young children.

New … Again 

Hardwood floors are going lighter again. As people want more open and airy spaces, lighter hardwood floors are popping up more and more.

Wallpaper is back! But this isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper. Geometric shapes, textured papers, metallics, large prints and florals are some top choices.

Thanks to Joanna Gaines, patterned cement tiles are in big time! We are seeing the patterned tiles with a nod to the past in terms of their designs but in fresh colors such as black and white, green and white, muted earth tones, or all-out provincial tones.

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  • Lorraine Beato

    Lorraine Beato is the CEO of Atlanta’s Residences powered by eXp Realty. She is the author of Flip the Switch, a practical guide for real estate agents and professionals ready to take their experience in real estate to the next level by investing in real estate and real estate-related assets in order to build wealth and secure their retirement. Beato has been a full-time, successful REALTOR® and investor for over 25 years and specializes in thinking outside the box to get clients to the closing table fast. Combined with her personal experience in MBS trading with Merrill Lynch and building her own retirement portfolio using creative strategies to acquire properties and improve their cashflow, Beato’s ability to negotiate and navigate her clients’ way to winning investments has made her a favorite with investors nationwide who trust her to acquire, improve, list, and sell their properties when they are not able to personally manage projects in the Atlanta area.

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