Don’t let these stress you out. You don’t have to completely change your Tampa Bay home to be “in.” Pick the design elements that you like and are in your budget if you decide it’s time to update your home this year.


White is still a top paint color choice for many homeowners, but taupe is becoming much more popular. Taupe is both neutral and warm. It’s a versatile color and works well with home interiors and exteriors. With all of those reasons in mind, it’s no wonder Sherwin-Williams named Poised Taupe the 2017 Color of the Year.


Younger home buyers are looking for energy-efficient, eco-friendly homes. At the same time, owners want more warmth in their lives as technology takes over. Enter cork - a renewable material from the bark of cork oak trees. It’s resistant to mold, mildew, water, termites, fire, cracking, and abrasions. Cork can be stained and finished and is often used in flooring and walls.

Matte Appliances

Brushed metal on appliances is losing popularity and matte finishes are gaining. The look is bold but unobtrusive. It doesn’t call attention to itself but it also offers a unique and interesting look to your kitchen.


You’re probably familiar with marble as an option for your kitchen or bathroom counters. As the material and look gains popularity, it’s being offered in flooring, tabletops, home accessories as well as contributing to the “look” in wall coverings, carpet, and fabric. Don’t be surprised if you see it paired with wood or metal, too.

White and Wood Kitchens

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As kitchens are being remodeled, people are going one of two ways - dramatic, bold colors or warm, neutrals. The white and wood kitchen is the latter of these options. It combines the country and modern look while making your kitchen look clean and open.

Contrasting Islands

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If you love the idea of added color in your kitchen, especially if you’re keeping things neutral, try the contrasting islands look. The finish and color of your island could be a bright spot in your otherwise simple kitchen decor. For warm kitchens, go with a cool color, and if your kitchen is filled with color, consider a neutral tone that complements the other colors.

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