Home remodeling is back in style and this year has a bunch of new trends.
1. Modern Kitchens
Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel with warm paint colors and cabinetry, and wrought iron hardware and lighting. Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs. Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.
2. Brass Accents
Brass is making a comeback this year. It’s not the highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting; it is the rustic, dull and hammered brass that is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.
3. Updated Bathrooms
Bathrooms came in second to kitchen remodeling. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.
4. Vibrant Colors
The kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment next year, but other rooms will have color. Bright accent colors such as turquoise, yellow and orange that were popular in 2013 have a new twist; in 2014, they’ll be more of a focal point and even more vibrant with colors such as Green Flash, Lemon Zest, Nectarine and Rouge Red. Vibrant accent walls, main paint colors and flooring throughout bedrooms and main living spaces will be featured.
5. Sustainable Materials
Going green is nothing new, but sustainability may get easier in 2014 remodels. Manufacturers and builders are constantly getting greener and greener in the way they source materials and put up homes. As a result, energy efficiency is becoming an assumption. Remodels will include more renewable materials such as bamboo, energy-efficient appliances and additional designs that incorporate the local climate as well as repurposed materials. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a green solution and a less expensive solution to new cabinets.
For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.