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Home remodeling may have taken a backseat during
the recession, but not anymore. According to a
2013 Hanley Wood survey, remodeling sales were
up 10 percent compared to 2012, and 45 percent
of remodelers surveyed expected another 10 percent
growth in 2014.
Home remodeling is back in again, and with the desire
to improve our homesteads come a bunch of
new and exciting trends we’ll start seeing this year.
61 percent of remodelers expect
to complete kitchen remodels in 2014, more than any
other room in the house. And, those remodels are expected
to follow a new trend. Not so long ago, remodeled
kitchens had a rustic feel with warm paint colors
and cabinetry, and wrought iron hardware and lighting.
Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry,
simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs.
Appliances are more likely to be blended into
the design or hidden away from view entirely to give
the kitchen a sleeker appearance.
Bathrooms came in second to
the kitchen with 58 percent of remodelers planning to
do bathroom remodels in 2014. As far as style, vintage
bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs
won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature
amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple
shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and
jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will
be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors
like ash gray, light blue and off-white.