A key component of a home's value is ensuring the home is kept updated. Selling your home with 1990's carpeting, paint colors and appliances will significantly diminish the potential value of your home. When updating, consider current trends in paint colors, flooring types and other general decor styles.

Home Decor Painting Trends

The current and popular interior home color trend for walls is a light gray. Behr has a popular color called Silver City. Eggshell and satin paints are good for interior walls. Ceilings should be painted white with a flat paint. The on trend color for doors, cabinets and trim is white as well. Use a semi gloss paint for doors, cabinets and trim.

The Mixed Wood Look

If you're updating the wood surfaces in your home, don't be afraid to mix wood types and colors. It used to be that if you had oak doors and trim, the stair rails and wood floors had to be the same oak stain. Currently, white doors, cabinets and trim shows nicely with darker stained stair rails and wood floors. DuraSeal brand's Silvered Gray or Rustic Beige are a few popular stain colors for stair rails and wood floors.

Current Trends in Stairways

A popular trend is staining your stair rails a dark wood stain and installing wrought iron spindles. If you have wood stairs, stain them with the same dark wood stain. Showing off hardwood stairs is popular nowadays. If you don't have hardwood stairs, carpeting is an acceptable alternative.

Flooring Trends

Hardwood or "wood looking" flooring are at the top of the list. Darker stained hardwood flooring or wood laminate flooring are all the rage, depending on your budget. It's no uncommon for home-owners to install "wood looking" vinyl or porcelain tiles as well. Carpeting in rooms needing a cozy look and feel, such as bedrooms or family rooms are always a good choice. It's not advised to put hardwood floors in bathrooms or the laundry room. Always use a tile for those rooms so you don't risk water damage.

Carpet Texture and Color Trends

For a modern, cozy carpet texture, use a frieze carpeting. It's like a throwback to the 1970's shag rugs. Another popular carpeting texture is a patterned texture with unique cut and loop carpets mixed and matched to create a pattern. The most popular carpet color at the moment is gray.

Current Kitchen Trends

Today's kitchens have white cabinets with light granite or quartz countertops. Subway tile backsplashes are very popular. Stainless steel appliances are still the current trend. Many are going with French door refrigerators.

Bathroom Trends

Bathrooms are getting makeovers as well. The current trend is similar to the kitchen, white cabinets with granite or quartz vanity tops. Gone is the large soaking tubs as folks are now opting for larger, walk-in showers with subway or mosaic tile surround.

Light Fixture Trends

Brushed nickel light fixtures and pendant lights are a common direction. For a more formal room, such as a dining room, use a brushed nickel crystal pendant light or chandelier.

Maintaining your home and keeping it updated with current trends is a great way to ensure your home value remains at or near the top of the market.