Opening up the kitchen

Removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining room remains one of the hottest trends in home remodeling. The project appeals to homeowners because it instantly creates more space and dramatically changes the look and feel of the home.

 

Installing hardwood flooring in the kitchen

Open kitchens have sparked a new flooring trend. Most people are doing hardwood floors in their kitchens now instead of tile. They want to have some continuity when they open up that wall from the living room, which might already have hardwood. They want to continue that flow there to make it one big room.

 

Combining old and new styles

A hot design trend this year involves old and new concepts. It’s a mix and match of more contemporary products with older style, design and materials.

 

Vibrant Colors

While the kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment next year, designers have a different idea for other rooms.

 

Brass accents 

Are you picturing the bright, polished brass from the past? If so, think again. Today, brass is more rustic and is dull and hammered. This trend will be featured in kitchen and bathroom fixtures, as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the entire home. 

 

Black is the New Gray

Gray and "greige" will remain popular, but black is the new color darling for 2014. From bathrooms and kitchens (with crisp white fixtures) to interior doors and exterior siding, we're even seeing people paint the outside of their house black as a way to modernize an older home.

 

 

Metal Backsplashes

Tile remains the most popular backsplash material, but people are increasingly selecting metal tiles and other sheet materials including stainless steel, glass, and stone slab—it looks sleek and makes for easy cleaning.

 

Upgrading the Man Space

The man cave is emerging from the basement in many homes, often serving as a multipurpose space that isn't hidden away behind closed doors. This room is frequently open to the rest of the household, but this is still the man’s domain.

 

Wood Grain Is Back

Wood is extremely popular as people skip the paint and opt for natural beauty. In fact, butcher block was the third most popular choice for counters, and hardwood was most popular flooring. Expect more live-edge wood (i.e., carpentry with natural edges) in 2014 for both furniture and countertops.

 

Updated bathrooms 

This is another trend that deviates from the nostalgia of what’s vintage to focus on the modern. Instead of claw-foot tubs, 2014 will feature resort-style bathrooms that have amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple showerheads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. Glass tiles will be a popular feature, as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.


This and That

 

 

Cobalt Blue - From stoves to tile, this is the hot color.

 

Custom Built ins - Bringing skill and craftsmanship back to the job site.

Mud Rooms - This is a must and can be done on a smaller budget.

 

The U-Socket - has USB plugins for charging tablets and smart phones.