Are you considering remodeling your home? Have you been going through blogs and magazines looking for ideas. Before you put the shovel to the ground, go through our top trends lists for home remodelling.
1. Colour Palettes
There is nothing better than adding a bit of colour. Of course, the spectrum of colours is really wide and this makes the task of choosing quite difficult. Sometimes, it helps just to know the latest trends and incorporate that as an inspiration. This year Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. It has been an instant hit for those looking for a revitalizing, back-to-nature hue that brings zest while still managing to work with warm wood tones.
2. Smart Homes
With the boom of Internet of Things devices, connected devices now transcends to connected homes. Products like Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot provide as a voice-activated interface for many smart home devices. Google Home or Apple’s Homepod will also be a great device with a design to suit any home.
Besides basic commands like news, calendar updates and the weather, these devices will connect to your lights, power ports and other electronic devices. The devices have now opened up to third parties so companies like Philips Hue, Wemo, Nest, Honeywell and more. This means from your morning pot of coffee to your last activity of the day can all be controlled simply by your smartphone or just your voice!
3. Satin Finish Brass
It is always exciting to pair the straight and simple elements of modern design with antique finishes. Brass finishes have been making a comeback in recent years, preferred for their ability to bring shiny golden tones to space without the high price tag.
For the latest look in your home consider selecting satin or brush finished brass which gives a warm and muted look but adds that wonderful golden accent to your interiors. Satin brass finishes create pleasing breaks in the design and can complement a number of styles.
4. Kitchen Storage Walls
Kitchens are the most used space of the home, and home owners are always struggling for space for gadgets, appliances and other kitchen equipment. When looking to free up more space in the home, one cannot keep adding cabinets and cupboards in every nook and cranny. Consider letting go of the expanses of upper cabinets and re-space all that storage onto a single hard working wall. This will become a one-stop hub that frees up the rest of the space to create a breezy look.
5. The Organised Laundry Rooms
There is great value in re-doing your laundry room. While this area is not in typical view for guests an organised laundry room can bring great ease to the daily activities of the family. Opening up the area with better natural light, modular and well designed storage systems and systematic areas for functional work of the space can give homeowners a great feel good factor when doing laundry and other chores.
According to the 2016 Houzz & Home Report, people remodeling their laundry rooms of 150 square feet or more will spend an average of US $2,700. Take away appliances, and that’s a sizable budget to splurge on tile and other details.
6. Splurging on Entryways
The compact space of the entryway can be a great space to get creative with the design without burning through your cash. A simple feature like wallpaper, a statement mirror or a creative shoe rack can lift this welcome zone of your home.
7. Outdoor-feeling Indoor Showers
There is nothing that says luxury more than an outdoor shower. Of course, these are expensive and not always practical in terms of privacy. Designers have now been able to create strategic locations and are looking at designing intimate courtyards to create this luxurious bath experiencing while maintaining privacy and still achieving that great connection with the outdoors and a real luxurious feel.
8. Counter-depth Fridges
For homes in the big city remodelling is all about placement and one is often fighting for the inches. Counter-depth refrigerators are a great innovation in this regard, they sit flush with adjacent cabinetry and countertops, freeing up just a bit more space while creating a streamlined look.
9. Kitchen Conversation
Kitchens are the heart of the home. Kitchens are important but they’re also expensive. Few things to remember when considering a fresh look for your kitchen. Understand your needs and manage your storage well – every inch of the kitchen may not need drawers. Ventilation is key, while there is no way of doing away with chimneys and fans, it is important to choose the right one for your cooking needs and the safety of your loved ones.
Stainless steel and granite are synonymous with high-end kitchens, but why not think out of the box. Granite, once considered a premium material is now considered old-fashioned and over-used. Engineered stone and other countertop options can add a touch of class and originality to your home kitchen, they are available in varied colours and textures and add great accents to your kitchen decor.
Consider glass finished counters in different colours, these are also easy to clean and keep things hygienic. Imagine how great the glass counters will look with the tasteful tile and plumbing fixtures you’ve so carefully chosen.
For cabinets, think about some of the lighter woods or more natural-colored walnuts, or go bold with some matte lacquers. Trends mention a big comeback for white kitchens.
10. Natural Selections
Dark wood floors are now a thing of the past. You can choose from a selection of engineered woods with lighter, more natural finishes. research suggest that white, gray and washed wood finishes are really in trendy right now. Talk to your designer about getting bleached, limed, or fumed woods with matte finishes or sealed-only floors.
Although engineered woods are not the cheapest option in the market they can give great appeal to the decor and also come with a certain durability that your home requires.
Fun Fact: To get the look of steel windows, ask the contractor to match wood on the inside of the window to the colour of the outside of the window. Steel versus wood could be a huge difference in price!
11. Energy Efficient Homes
The biggest and most decision when remodelling is to consider energy efficiency. Not only will this help you in the long run with your bills, with cities like Sydney aiming for Carbon negative by 2030, your house can be a model example for many to follow. If your budgets and space permit, discuss solar energy panels for your roof going off the electric grid could save you thousands in the long run.
Rain water harvesting is now a must do for many environmentally conscious folk, consider roofing fixtures and outdoor piping that allow you to collect rain water.
For those with a green thumb, there is nothing smarter than composting. Many community led organisations will help you install composters and how to manage them.
Imagine yourself building a home that is self sufficient in food, water and energy!