Thursday, 27 March 2014

Home Remodeling Trends in 2014

In home remodeling as with everything else in life, blindly following trends and fads is not a good idea. As a person and as a family, you are unique from everyone else and your tastes and needs are your own. No good will ever come from doing anything just because others are doing it. Having said that, there is no harm in being aware of what the current trends are. There may be something that does appeal to you and which you can adopt. Here are a few home remodeling trends that are big this year.
  • 21st Century Kitchens. Surveys among home remodeling contractors show that over 60% of them expect to do complete kitchen remodels this year, more than any other room in the house. And the majority of these remodels are expected to be of creating modern kitchens. Till recently, kitchen design was based on a traditional look and feel. Warm colors and lights, wrought iron hardware and a ‘cozy’ atmosphere were the major considerations. Today people are looking at minimalist designs with the maximum of built in appliances, simple countertops, cool colors like grays and white and contemporary hardware designs. The idea is to give the kitchen a sleek, clean and uncluttered look.
  • Brass Accents. Brass fittings have been around for a long time and have gone through various stages of popularity over the years. So what’s new in the trends of growing popularity this year? Brass has gotten a facelift and it is no longer the staid material. The highly polished brass lighting and hardware of the past is gone and the dull hammered look is in. This offers an interesting counter point to the modernist trend in home design reducing the amount of polishing and maintenance that is required.
  • Spa Bathrooms.Next to kitchens bathrooms are the big remodeling space for 2014. The traditional bathroom with the vintage look of claw foot bath tubs and wainscoting is no longer as popular as it used to be. Resort style bathrooms are now in. Jacuzzis, walk in showers fitted with multiple shower heads, heated floors and towel racks and other such features are what many people are looking for. Lighting is cool with colors like light blue, off-white and ash gray dominating. Glass tiles which add openness and light to the room is another very popular design feature.
  • Bright colors. Although the kitchen of 2014 is modern, minimalistic and uses simple cool colors, the colors of the rest of the home need not follow suit. In the last few years, colors such as yellow, orange and turquoise were popular for the other rooms of the home. Now vibrant shades like Rouge Red, Nectarine, Green Flash and Lemon Zest are the trends. Beyond these bright colors, homeowners are also looking at using vibrant wall accents to add a touch of flair and drama to places like dining and sitting rooms.
  • Eco Sensitivity. Green remodeling has been around for many years and this is one trend that is getting stronger with the passage of time. Contractors are constantly looking at greener remodeling options. Manufacturers are also looking increasing the energy efficiency of the equipment they produce for the home and energy efficient home appliances are now no longer an add-on to remodeling; it is a taken for granted as being a part of the whole concept.

These trends may not be for you and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s your home and you have every right to go your own way. But there is no harm in looking at these and other trends to see if there are things that do appeal to you and which you want to add to your home remodeling plans.

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