Home remodeling may have taken a back seat during the recession, but not anymore. According to a 2013 Hanley Wood survey, remodeling sales were up 10 percent compared to 2012, and 45 percent of remodelers surveyed expected another 10 percent growth this year.
Home remodeling is back and there are many new and sensational design trends for 2014 that will inspire and excite homeowners. This is a list of the top 10.
According to data compiled by Hanley Wood and Remodeling Magazine, 61 percent of remodelers surveyed expect to complete kitchen remodels in 2014, more than any other room in the house. And, those remodels are expected to follow a new trend.
Trend #1. Modern Style:
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.
Homeowners who prefer a more traditional style can update their kitchens with popular trends such as black countertops, glass front cabinets or darker paint tones like deep brown, dark red and rich copper.
Trend #2. Floating Shelves:
Cabinets can make or break a kitchen design, and in 2014 we will see more kitchens with less cabinetry and more floating shelves. Kitchens with long runs of cabinets can feel heavy because they take up a great deal of space, both physically and visually. Floating shelves create interest, open up spaces, and leave room to hang wall art.
Trend #3. Eco-friendly Materials:
2014 incorporates looks from Mother Nature, and cabinets will be no exception. Earth-friendly cabinets with no added formaldehyde and non-toxic glues, binders and finishes will rise in demand.
Going green is nothing new, but sustainability is getting easier in 2014 remodels. Energy efficiency is becoming an assumption, not an add-on. This year, remodels will include more renewable materials such as bamboo, energy-efficient appliances and additional designs that incorporate the local climate.
In the Hanley Wood survey, bathrooms came in second to the kitchen with 58 percent of remodelers planning to do bathroom remodels in 2014. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms. Glass tiles (for a glossy, sparkling look that can make the space seem larger than it is), heated towel racks, and custom storage solutions (for that uncluttered, spa-like appearance) are among the top remodeling trends you can expect to see more of this year.
Trend #4. Bigger Showers are Better:
Showers are becoming more popular than tubs. Homeowners are looking to embellish the ‘shower experience’ rather than the tub experience. Amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads and frameless shower enclosures are becoming the standard rather than the exception. Another increasingly popular feature is the curb-less shower.
Trend #5. Stand Alone Tubs:
If homeowners want a tub experience in 2014, it’s likely they will select a free standing tub as a structural element, which takes up much less space in the room than the old tiled-in tub deck.
Trend #6. Multi-generational Living:
Bathrooms are being outfitted with multi-generational features that can accommodate aging parents or boomerang kids. Wall mounted sinks for wheelchairs, walk-in bathtubs, and motion sensing faucets can make the bath a better experience for everyone.
Trend #7. Brass Accents:
Brass made a comeback at home-design and remodeling conventions in 2013 and the trend is expected to pick up this year. While brass is nothing new, it has gotten a facelift. Highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting is gone; rustic, dull and hammered brass is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.
Trend #8. Vibrant Colors:
While designers may disagree on what constitutes some trends in 2014, on one subject they all agree: Bright colors are most certainly “in.”
While the kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment this year, designers have a different idea for other rooms. Bright accent colors such as turquoise, yellow and orange that were popular in 2013 have a new twist; this year, they’ll be more of a focal point and even more vibrant with colors such as Green Flash, Lemon Zest, Nectarine and Rouge Red. Designers will start featuring vibrant accent walls throughout bedrooms and main living spaces. Cobalt blue is a particularly hot color in 2014.
Trend #9. U-Socket:
Apple devices reign in most households, so the new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads. The U-Socket also has a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged — an environmentally friendly feature that prevents “vampire drain.”
Trend #10. Self-Expression:
Whether it’s bold use of color or ornamentation, homeowners won’t be afraid to express their personality. Jeweled colors, mixed metals, and unique finishes will be methods of self-expression in 2014.