Mirrored walls and tech-smart features are hot trends, according to former Brother vs. Brother champ Melissa Amos.
Melissa Amos is busy with a handful of ultramodern, luxury projects and another HGTV design show.
Las Vegas-based designer Melissa Amos can read the signs of a healthy housing market just by listening to the demands of her clients. “When the market is good, they want to do kitchens,” she says. “When it’s bad, they want to do kids rooms.” In Amos’ world right now, kitchens are king. “White kitchens are still super hot,” explains Amos, owner of Las Vegas’ Parlor 430 design firm. “For an edgier look, I suggest a black kitchen.” Right now everyone wants modern: “Clean lines, less detail and flat-panel cabinets.” A luxury kitchen remodel typically runs between $100,000 and $200,000, Amos says, slightly less expensive than a master bathroom upgrade, another hot trend she’s seeing. “A bathroom runs between $70,000 and $100,000, and must have ‘his and her’ water closets,” she says. Outside of the kitchen and bathroom, Amos predicts the return of mirrored walls. “Mirror is a trend that is coming back,” she insists. “I love black or smoked mirror!” Amos also stresses the importance of smart homes. “Smart homes are expected in the luxury market,” she says. “Scene lighting, drapery, security, fireplaces... all controlled with the push of a button on your phone. This is the biggest cost you will not see until it’s time to show it off.”