‘What Renters Want’ with Jessica Fiur: Are These 5 Apartment Design Trends Wearing Out Their Welcome?

It seems like a lot of apartments have similar design elements. Are these elements here to stay, or are they wearing out their welcome?

By Jessica Fiur, News Editor

Who knows why things suddenly grow in popularity. For a while, everyone wore bell bottoms. Today, everyone from toddlers to seniors wear skinny jeans.

Luckily, trends come and go.

And guess what, there are trends when it comes to apartments as well. Currently, there seem to be several elements that are included in today’s apartments that everyone has. And if you don’t feature them in your community, good luck attracting new residents, because they’re what everyone wants.

Or are they?

Here are some current trends for apartments. Do you think they’re here to stay for the long run, or are they going to go the way of frosted glass bricks in bathrooms, avocado-colored refrigerators and shag carpeting?

Stainless steel appliances

These are all the rage, and have been for several years now. They’re easy to clean, and they’re attractive. Stainless steel appliances make kitchens look more professional, even if all you use your refrigerator for is storing batteries.

Why they should go: Top Chef, Chopped, Iron Chef, are to blame. Now everyone thinks they need a professional-grade kitchen to heat up their spaghetti. Plus, what’s the point of a refrigerator if magnets won’t stick to it?

But will they go? My prediction: Probably not for a while. They are pretty striking, and stainless steel is gender neutral, so it appeals to all kinds of renters. Maybe the colors will change slightly though, with darker shades of silver or something.

Read on for the rest of the list.

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