There are two purposes to remodeling: to fix or upgrade existing hardware, or to keep the look of your home more in line with current trends. With the former, you’re limited by what your home needs; with the latter, there’s more flexibility as you’re focusing on aesthetics. Keeping that in mind, here are the top remodeling trends for 2014.
Showers Instead of Bathtubs: Slowly, homeowners are beginning to discard bathtubs in favor of showers, especially since there are so many choices with the latter—standalone, alcove, neo-angle, round, curb-less, door-less, and more. With bathtubs, there are only so many ways to configure it.
Bathroom Décor: Along with showers becoming more predominant, so, too, does the inclination to make bathrooms feel more spa-like. This means multiple shower heads, contoured shapes, and a soothing color palette (think pale blues, mint greens, whites, and ash gray.)
Bright Living Rooms: As calm and soothing bathrooms will be, the opposite can be said of living rooms. Expect to see vivid, bright colors, like reds, oranges, greens, and yellows, and especially cobalt blue (the hottest color of 2014.) This color trend began to take off in 2013 as homeowners used bright hues as accents, but vivid colors will take more of a prominent role in 2014.
High-Tech Kitchens: The bright color palette moves to kitchens as well, but not as strongly as in living rooms. Instead, stainless steel appliances will compete alongside tech gadgets like the U-Socket phone charging station. Kitchens as a whole will also have even more of a minimalist design, accented with brass finishes, sleek cabinetry, simple countertops, and glossy surfaces. For those who have extra cash in their wallets, buying appliances that “hide” in the woodwork will be popular in 2014.
What’s On Its Way Out:
Countertop Microwaves: While once popular, putting microwaves on top of counters is now passé. Kitchens are now being built to hide appliances, not showcase them.
Colorful Appliances: The trend is going towards minimalist and sleek, not bright and ostentatious, when it comes to appliances.
Small-Tiled Backsplash: Where homeowners once installed 4” backsplash in their kitchens, they’re now looking for tiles that stretch from the counter to the bottom of cabinets.
Oak and Solid-Surface Countertops: Kitchen remodeling has definitely shifted away from these kinds of countertops, and they’re being replaced with quartz or granite.
Apron-Front Kitchen Sinks: Remodel with a stainless steel sink if you want something tough and sturdy, but stay away from farmhouse sinks.
Garbage Compactors: These handy gadgets do come with fans, but they still require a lot of maintenance that homeowners just don’t want to go through. And with all the small parts and pipes difficult to access, smells can build up quickly, no matter how often they’re cleaned.