Since the beginning of the year, around 1,075,000 homes have been built in the United States. Although this isn’t quite the number we’ve seen during the US housing boom, Americans are predicted to spend $317 billion on home improvement by year end. That’s a 6.7% growth from last year.
With 2017 set to be a big year for home renovations, many homeowners look to emulate popular design choices during their remodeling process. If you’re in the market for a home overhaul, there are plenty of trends out there to fit anyone’s style.
Brightly Colored Kitchens
Bright colors bring a welcoming energy to a room. Colored cabinets, appliances, and fixtures are becoming more common in homes. It offers homeowners the ability to give their kitchen a more personal touch, that’s more free flowing and not bound by strict colors and patterns. In the past, it was much more common to see muted gray and white, now experts are suggesting homeowners to add bright and cheery hues to update your kitchen.
The Connected Home
Technology is making it much easier to monitor and control the safety of your home through the touch of a smart device. Home automation is one trend that is giving homeowners more accessibility, and even affordability (such as using your smart device to turn lights on/off). The implementation of voice activated devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa, have allowed homeowners to give out commands such as to when to dim the lights or play a favorite song on Spotify. These smart gadgets are sure to lower your electric bill.
Marble is In
Marble is back in full force these days. In fact, marble isn’t just for countertops anymore. You can see elegant marble takes on bedroom walls, shower interior, powder rooms, matte marble flooring and everywhere in between. If you’re looking for a classic, timeless look, then marble is key to your redesign.
If you’re looking for a bold look that isn’t in your face, then matte kitchen appliances is the way to go. The matte look goes well if you’re creating a minimalist style that is eye catching yet subtle. Matte appliances are great if you’re drawn to a more modern muted look.
More than your Average Mudroom
Mudrooms are growing in popularity, but it’s not the common the mudroom you’re used to. More homeowners are adding more storage and shelving to their mudroom these days. Building cubbies in your mudroom is great for adding coat racks to store your outerwear.
A “cerused” wood finish refers to the technique that brings out the unique grain of the wood. Cerused wood is a technique that is making a comeback after a 500+ year absence. Yeah, that’s right, 500 years! This has been a mostly high end trend these past few years, but not anymore. You’ll find this finish on cabinets, chairs, and tables.