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Want to sell your home in 2008 — or simply want to keep its décor fresh so that it doesn’t begin the slow slide toward avocado-toilet and lava-lamp oblivion? You’re in luck: MSN Real  Estate asked several top experts who keep tabs on trends in home design, furnishings and remodeling to weigh in on what’s hot — and what’s decidedly not — in 2008.

Their opinion: The American house of 2008 will be smarter, greener and sleeker than before. But here’s the trick: Homeowners want a home that will work now — and 10 years from now.

Here’s an abbreviated rundown of what’s hot — and what’s not — for your home in 2008.WHAT’S IN

  1. The destination bathroom
  2. The smart house, operated by phone
  3. Turning the house inside out (the trend of bringing the indoors outdoors )
  4. The return of glamour in furniture and décor
  5. Concealed appliances
  6. Home elevators
  7. Bolder Fabrics
  8. The colors of 2008 (a “spice-inflected” palette of colors)

WHAT’S OUT

  1. Living Rooms
  2. Oversized furniture
  3. Dark and heavy (textures on walls, deep, rich colors, lots of molding, etc)
  4. Mosaic tile
  5. The Taj-Ma ceiling (tall ceilings)

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