Kitchen cabinets and appliances are being refurbished with bold choices, such as high-gloss white appliances or appliances featuring “new neutrals” such as navy, she said.
“You can go online now and search for almost any color appliance you want — from tangerine orange to trumpet yellow,” Sherrod said.
She said homeowners are taking risks, such as matte black or rose gold appliances.
“That knocked me off my feet,” Sherrod said.
Her home show talk will focus on how homeowners can improve their homes for $500 and increase the property value by $5,000 or more.
“It’s really about following the wave of the future,” Sherrod said. “If we always stayed where we were, most of our homes would still have pea green shag rugs.”
Curb appeal at the forefront
Curb appeal can improve the property value and the neighborhood, said Gidding, an architect and designer who will be in TLC’s “Trading Spaces” reboot, which debuts April 7.
“I found that a lot of neighborhoods’ property values go up when one or two homes start to improve their curb appeal,” he said. “They certainly get every dollar they put in back once they sell the house when it comes to investing in curb appeal, and the entire neighborhood benefits.”
Homeowners are now more inclined to paint their facades bolder colors and feel emboldened to take risks, said Gidding, also the host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.” High-end materials, such as teak decks and bluestone pavers, go a long way in making a home feel touched by luxury, Gidding said.
“Also, people are starting to recognize these materials more,” he said. “You can use more of these exotic woods and people will actually recognize what you’ve done and give you credit for it.”
Spring Atlanta Home Show
10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 23-24, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25. Free-$10. Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.770-798-1997, Atlantahomeshow.com