Home Improvement Trends In 2016

Nearly everyone desires a low maintenance home, but the millennial generation is at the top of the list. Many home improvements today focus on making a home lower maintenance for all generations while other home improvements look to add a more modern design or increase energy efficiency. Let’s outline the eight top home improvement trends for 2016.

Kitchen Trends

Do you think plain old stainless steel appliances are top of the line? Think again. Many home renovations are including stainless steel in new looks with attractive features. Take, for instance, the slate appliance line that GE recently introduced in a graphite finish. Kitchen Aid, Samsung and LG have also introduced new types of stainless steel finishes that offer special features such as hiding fingerprints better as well as providing a more modern appearance. Luxury appliances have also become more prevalent in homes with top brands like Jenn-Air, Thermador and Viking being used.

Quartz countertops, accent walls, white cabinetry and unique backsplashes are all top kitchen design trends this year. Other top kitchen trends to watch for include two-tone kitchen cabinetry, upper cabinets versus lower cabinets in different colors or a different color cabinetry used on the island as opposed to the main kitchen cabinets. Drawers are also being used more prevalently into kitchens instead of the traditional cabinetry with shelves.

Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters continue to be in high demand as they appeal for not only delivering water as needed, but also increasing the overall energy efficiency of the home. Additionally, smart water heaters have also hit the market which allows for water consumption to be tracked in real time.

Living Rooms Made for Family Time

Instead of a technology-infused living room that has the big screen TV and surround sound, many people are opting for a place to ditch the technology and curl up with a good book or engage in conversation with family members or friends.

Reflecting on Bathrooms

Medicine cabinets have become a dated trend and statement mirrors have become popular. From a vintage piece to ornate wood frames, the sky is the limit in choosing a unique bathroom mirror. Large format tiles are also being utilized more in roomier bathroom spaces.

Lighting a Fire

Fire features and fireplaces are making their way into more and more homes across the country. From electric to gas to wood burning, there are so many options to choose from and all create the unique warm ambiance.

Bedroom Upgrades

Converting the attic into a bedroom space has become a top home improvement trend for many homeowners. Additionally, statement walls where the bed is centered are also becoming more common. From switching up the paint color on one wall to installing rustic wood or wallpaper, the possibilities are endless.

Opening up Spaces

If an open floor plan doesn’t currently exist in a home, then homeowners are opting for taking out walls to create an open concept floor plan.

Replacing Doors and Windows

Energy efficiency is one of the top reasons to look into replacing doors or windows. Last year, homeowners that replaced windows received 75 percent of the total cost back. While a 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report showed that steel entry door replacement had the best return on investment. Replacing the garage door is also a top renovation project that has a high ROI. On average a garage door replacement will cost around $964, with $848 expected to be recouped at the time of resale.

The Two D’s of Home Improvement – Design and Decorate

A great deal of time is spent at home. It is a refuge from a hard day of work and a place to enjoy family activities and gatherings.

We want to make our home attractive, comfortable and efficient for our use. In the process of decorating our home, we want to make sure it fits the architecture of the space. Designing the interior provides a certain “feel.” Interior decoration includes applying wallpaper, painting the walls, choosing furniture and fittings such as light fixtures, and adding decorative elements such as paintings, flowers, and statuary.

The concept of home interior decoration began in the late 18th century. The concept has evolved over the years and has gone through many trends and transitions. Today, home interior decoration and design focuses on innovative ways to decorate on a budget.

The objective of interior decorating is to improve the home functionally and have it to reflect the owner’s tastes and personality in a unique way. This is a challenge.

An interior designer and/or an architect can help with the design and decoration. In years past, there has been a distinction made between an interior designer and an interior decorator.

Interior decorating focuses on finishing such as wallpaper, window covering, furnishings, and paint. Interior design deals with the architecture in addition to the decoration. Interior design is focused on the space as a whole such as the layout of the rooms as well as custom made furnishings.

Color palettes change, the same as in fashion, as trends change. Color is also a unique preference. While some homeowners may follow current trends, others may use colors that fit their personality whether they are in vogue or not.

Innovative home interior decorating ideas which cost less but give the impression of being up-to-date decorating schemes are what young professionals and newly married couples are trying to achieve. Most of these ideas are eclectic decorating styles in which the home owner can put their own stamp of uniqueness. Harmony has to be balanced with uniqueness so that the home provides functionality.

In one year alone, homeowners spent approximately $175 billion on home improvement. About 65% of this can be attributed to interior decoration. Most money is spent on improving bathrooms and kitchens. Growing in popularity are specialty rooms such as home theaters and craft rooms.

There are new trends, new styles, new decorative elements, and new colors each year. It is difficult to keep track of these trends. The important rule in home decorating is that whatever you choose to do with your home be functional and comfortable for you.