With 2017 coming to an end and 2018 on the horizon, many homeowners are looking for ideas on how to improve their homes in the coming year. Kitchen remodeling projects are always big and 2018 will be no exception. In real estate circles, the kitchen is still king when it comes to home buyers. What else will homeowners be looking to update, remodel, or otherwise improve in the new year? Read on to find out…
Wide Open Spaces for Your Remodel
Despite the fact that some people pooh-pooh the idea of an open floor plan, it’s still as popular as ever — so much so, that tearing down smaller walls and opening things up (especially on the main floor of a home) is something that’s appealing to homeowners looking to improve their homes during the coming year.
An open floor plan on the main floor creates a sense of flow and continuity, and makes the home feel bigger. Opening lines of sight also make it easier to keep an eye on the activities of young children while parents are busy in the kitchen preparing a meal or cleaning up after dinner.
Of course, an open floor plan opens the kitchen up to guests as well as family members, which places an increased emphasis on creating a kitchen that functions well and looks great too. One of the big kitchen trends that designers at Houzz predict will gain traction in kitchens is new tile that has the look of wallpaper with intricate designs, yet cleans up easily like — well, tile!
Must-Have Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2018
While there is a trend toward softer and more neutral colors like grey, taupe, creamy or white finishes, look for more color too, in both cabinetry and walls. Decorative tile that looks like wallpaper patterns will grace backsplashes. White kitchens will still be popular, but homeowners will be adding contrasting colored islands (blues, grays and earthy tones), and vintage pendants for a more personalized look. Other kitchen updates will include replacing white or stainless steel sinks with darker hued sinks in copper, stone and polished concrete.
Smart appliances are becoming popular in modern kitchens. Updated touches such as touchless kitchen faucets that sense when hands are moving underneath and one-touch faucets that turn the water stream on and off with the touch of a finger are replacing the old manual styles. Refrigerators that can alert you when your grocery items are running low, coffee brewers that can be programmed to start brewing when you arise, and even ovens that can be controlled from your smartphone will all be items in demand.
Cutting down on clutter has raised the demand for better storage solutions
within the cabinetry. These can include appliance garages for small appliances, pull-outs for spices, roll-out trays and caddies for pot & pans; as well as deep drawers. Check out your options before deciding on your cabinetry.
Hardwood flooring is still the most popular upgrade for kitchen flooring, but ceramic tile is a close second. Some homeowners are even opting for tile flooring that mimics hardwood floors.
Islands as Focal Points
Kitchen islands are still popular, but the most demanded are multi-functional. Islands are serving as eating spaces, storage solutions, task centers, and even homework pods. Many islands are painted in different colors that complement cabinet colors and help the island to become the focal point of the room.
Related Read: Are Granite Countertops Still Popular?
Luxurious Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2018
Free-standing tubs and zero entry or no-threshold showers as well as combination bathtub/shower wet rooms are holding their own in remodeling projects.
Vertical cabinets, free-standing pieces, and open shelving are all popular trends in modern bathrooms.
Tile with interesting patterns including waves, circles, and geometric designs is trending on walls, backsplashes, and shower enclosures.
Bathrooms are becoming havens of escape, so spa-like features including heated floors, towel warmers, and high-tech spa-like body sprays, water jets and shower heads are becoming more commonplace.
Televisions, wireless speakers, Bluetooth devices and docking stations are being incorporated into bathroom mirrors, showerheads and vanities.
Our Top Master Suite Remodeling Trend for 2018
Another trend to watch for 2018 is the “borrowing” of an adjacent guest room to create a larger master suite with features like a walk-in closet/dressing room, an over-the-top bath, and space for lounging. Expect neutrals and more minimalist furnishings in bedrooms versus the ornate spaces of the past.