2014 is well on its way, and it’s exciting to see what will happen in the world of home remodeling in the new year!
As we’ve mentioned before, high-tech homes have been gaining a lot of ground in the last few years and this year will be no different! Home automation used to be expensive and overly complicated to use, but that isn’t the case anymore. Smart thermostats like Nest are becoming more affordable every day, can be installed in less than an hour, and can save you big on energy spending. Even just a few years ago, something like a USB outlet might have sounded like a novelty. But with the ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and other devices that charge with a USB cable, they can be a really handy way to save outlet space by keeping them free of clunky chargers.
What does the new year have in store for color? If Pantone’s Color of the Year is any indication, it’s going to be a year for bold, statement-making color and décor. Hues that used to be confined as accents are poised to make their way to the main stage. While neutral tones have always been a safe bet, many homeowners are moving towards the expressiveness and personality of vibrant colors. If you’re thinking about going big with color, but are a bit hesitant, remember: it’s not an all-or-nothing choice. You can bring plenty of energy and vitality to your home by reserving the bold color for a single room, or using different colors in different rooms.
We’ll also continue to see the walls come down in kitchen design. More and more homeowners are choosing the flow of open floor plans, blurring the lines between kitchens and living spaces. Our kitchens are so much more than just a place to cook; they’re the center of activity and the heart of many homes. Opening them up to the rest of the house allows us to cook, and enjoy the company of our friends and family at the same time.
But as much as some things change, others stay the same. Has there been a time in the last few decades when granite wasn’t the most popular choice for countertops? No, and with good reason – they’re beautiful, durable, versatile, and now more affordable than ever. Likewise, while oil-rubbed bronze is growing more popular as a hardware choice, silver-tones like brushed nickel and polished chrome remain the most popular finishes by a wide margin.
At the end of the day, what matters is the way you want your home to look, feel, and function. Trends can be a great way to find inspiration and get ideas that you might not have on your own. Homeowners and remodelers all around the world, and right here in Wisconsin, are constantly coming up with innovative ideas and pushing the envelope in design.
Feeling inspired and ready to make the best out of your home for 2014? Give us a call! We can help you take an idea, no matter how small, and turn it into a remodeled home that you’ll love for years and years to come.