People Prefer Comfort to Extravagance when it comes to Homes

By, Special for   USDR

Long-gone are the days of the Hollywood-inspired homes exuding sophistication and “look, but don’t touch elegance,” according to® visitors, who selected Inviting, Rustic and Beachside Charm as three favorite home designs for 2015. The top design preferences, announced today by®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., indicate a shift in home design trends that mirror today’s  lifestyle.

The consumer insight was gathered as part of the® “Get This Look” promotion, which invited visitors to vote for their favorite look as part of an opportunity to win a $45,000 home makeover by television host and lifestyle expert Jennifer  Farrell.

“We are seeing a shift in home design trends – leaving behind the glitz and glam for a more natural look – whether that may be a rugged barn with many textures or a serene beach-like feel,” said Farrell. “Today’s style reflects today’s lifestyle and we’ve found that having a space for entertaining family and friends all year round is the number one  trend.”

The Inviting living space, which is described as a welcoming atmosphere that includes fun barware, plenty of seating and a gather-worthy kitchen that can serve as the life of the party, received 23 percent of the more than 100,000 votes cast by® visitors. This was followed by Rustic at 22 percent and Beachside Charm, at 21  percent.

Those who prefer a Rustic look favor natural elements: wood, stone, water and light. This style takes traditionally organic materials from the outside inside for a perfect balance. Also taking on a relaxed and casual feel, the Beachside Charm look is airy and breezy, incorporating terracotta tile, patio umbrellas, sundecks and scattered shells to make home owners and their visitors kick back and feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of life’s daily  pressures.

Regal, a grand look with fine fabrics and antiques, was selected fourth among® visitors, followed by concrete jungle Urban, eclectic Mid-Century Modern, and slinky and engaging Earthy. The soft satin and candlelight ambiance found in glamour designs finished last in  place.

Follow the® “Get This Look” sweepstakes, sponsored in part by Bankrate, by visiting the® News & Advice page to watch Grand Prize winner, Lillian Lightner’s home makeover. It is one of many resources available to home buyers and sellers to help them make their dream home become a  reality.


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