New year resolutions are not always about weight loss and healthy diet, sometimes they are about home renovation. Industry experts discuss, what will be the hottest trends for the year.
— While everybody is getting back on track with their business operations after New Year’s and Christmas festivities, home remodelers look forward into 2014 and elaborate on the trends that will affect their industry.
Home remodeling is an industry that is probably seeing the most changes in terms of design trends. More importantly, with the recovery of the economy, homeowners are now more willing to invest in upgrading or renewing their houses. According to the 2013 Hanley Wood Survey, remodeling sales were up 10 percent, and about a half of the surveyed remodelers agree that 2014 will continue to see this steady growth. To keep up with the growing appetites of homeowners, home remodelers should be aware of the trends that emerged in 2013 and that will become absolute must-follows for 2014.
“One of the top priorities for our business this year will be mastering the process of replacing bathtubs with extended shower cabins,” said Ron Wingler, owner of a prominent Columbus-based bath remodeling company. “A good portion of the jobs that we completed last year was devoted to shower renovations.”
This trend of replacing bathtubs with showers seems to be picking up, and 2014 should be a year of resort-style bathrooms with spacious walk-in showers with several shower heads and glass tiles that will be complemented by neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue, and off-white.
Although, calm color schemes will be prevalent in trendy bathrooms, designers and home improvers agree that bright accent colors will be in the spotlight this year in living areas. According to Pantone, an international color expert, such colors as Green Flash, Lemon Zest, Nectarine, and Rouge Red will prevail in the edgy designs of modern living rooms.
Moreover, the trend of bright and bold colors continues in the kitchen. This year, cozy kitchens with old-fashioned wooden cabinets and pastel-colored wall papers will yield the first spot on the fashion list to the sharp, urban-looking kitchens with stainless steel appliances and bright colored cabinets.
“The trend has been in the making for a long time now,” said Kevin McCloskey, owner of “Americas Top 500 Remodelers” Craftsmen Kitchens. “Our experience shows that black, deep brown, dark red, and copper tones have become the most popular paint colors among homeowners.”
Urban themes in the house will also be complemented by small details throughout the house. Décor elements, wall painting styles, and even electric outlets can contribute to the overall look. The number one detail in the house that needs an upgrade this year should probably entail the installation of a U-Socket, which is a wall plug that has two built-in USB ports to power devices such as iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles, iPads, etc.
“U-Sockets are easy to install when you know exactly what you are doing,” said Don Britton Jr., owner of Punch Out Plus, a handyman services and home remodeling company. “It is a little different from replacing or installing a new outlet, so make sure you are comfortable working with electricity first.”
So, if anyone are planning on refreshing or remodeling their house, these ideas can be introduced in varying degrees to suit the space and personal style.
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