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Kitchen and bathroom renovations are two of the biggest “return on investment” projects homeowners can undertake. Not only do upgrades and updates add immeasurably to your home’s functionality and comfort; but, should you sell your house, renovations to these rooms add tremendously to your home’s resale value.
 
In an earlier article, we spoke about kitchens and bathrooms being two of the highest return-on-investment improvements a homeowner can make.
 
Today, we’re taking a look at what’s trending in kitchen renovation projects. At the same time, we caution homeowners to strike a healthy balance between the trendy and the classic. Why? Because kitchen renovations are costly, and the work done needs to last for years without being easy to date.
 
WoodKitchenKitchen cabinets are the first, and biggest, decision to make when undertaking a kitchen reno. Back in style now are oak cabinets, perhaps a little surprisingly!
 
Mixed wood cabinets are also in style, with a number of trend-setting designers favoring driftwood-inspired tones that read “gray” overall.
 
White remains one of the freshest new “neutrals” and it’s a colour that makes good sense in the kitchen when you’re thinking simple, clean, uncluttered and unfussy.
 
While stainless steel appliances have been hot for a number of years, at the moment there’s an increasing trend towards blending white appliances seamlessly into white cabinetry.
 
If you like your home to show leading-edge design, adding metallic to gray colour stories is an up-to-the-minute trend.
 
The newest paint shades offer metallic finishes, as do a number of designer backsplash tiles. These two simple updates can transform even tired kitchens, without breaking the bank!
 
Oil rubbed bronze kitchen fixtures such as faucets, knobs & pulls and lighting are an important surface for 2015. If oil rubbed bronze is too dark or too dramatic for your kitchen, check out another trending finish – brushed nickel.
 
Warm, inviting kitchens hold universal appeal. Warm accents are easily added with the current hottest trend in kitchen design – warm-coloured metals.
 
Brass and copper accents are two of the easiest ways to add warm metals to your kitchen – copper pots and pans, a copper range hood, brass-framed art, brass or copper wall scones and candlesticks – the possibilities are nearly endless.
 
WhiteFarmSinkPlain white sinks, particularly farm sinks, are extremely popular again for 2015. Besides giving your kitchen a fabulous look, their generous proportions lend themselves to all kinds of practical applications too!
 
Open concept kitchen plans. The trend towards open plan homes has been around for some time now, and shows no sign of going away anytime soon.
 
For kitchen renovators, this means considering the following important detail. Décor between your kitchen and other open spaces that have visual access to the kitchen should be consistent.
 
That doesn’t mean matchy-matchy. It means selecting pieces that harmonize well, and placing them strategically throughout the open space plan. Coordinating area rugs, several pieces of art by the same artist, or harmonizing wall colour palettes are all great places to start.
 
But perhaps the most important kitchen renovation trend is this. Homeowners are increasingly cost-conscious, and in search of cost-saving solutions. Interestingly, and somewhat ironically, this is leading a trend towards demand for “trend-proof” design concepts and products, especially when it comes to nearly permanent improvements such as cabinetry and flooring.
 
 


Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald

 

Alexandra Kelter

 
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.
 

 
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Kitchen and bathroom renovations are two of the biggest “return on investment” projects homeowners can undertake. Not only do upgrades and updates add immeasurably to your home’s functionality and comfort; but, should you sell your house, renovations to these rooms add tremendously to your home’s resale value.
 
We checked some of North America’s hottest design sites and home improvement magazines, and found these trends to be unanimously popular.
 
bathroomtrends11.Roomy Walk-In Showers
 
Large, comfortable walk-in showers have been trending for the past few years, and will remain a hot commodity through 2015 and beyond.

 
In fact, many homeowners are choosing to replace existing 5 and 6-foot tubs with big, low-threshold walk-in showers, often with multiple showerheads and/or body jets.
 
A developing trend is open walk-in showers, which increase the visual space in a smaller bathroom.
 
For those who prefer an enclosure, frameless glass continues to be the number one choice, with new tinted glass (in soft, beachy blues and greens) becoming increasingly popular.
 
 
2.“No Tub” Bathrooms
 
For a number of reasons (including hectic schedules, aging population and the evolution of the “green” movement) many home designers and renovation specialists are reporting that homeowners are requesting bathrooms without bathtubs, and instead, are asking for spacious, walk-in showers.

 
bathroomtrends23. Stand Alone Bathtubs
 
Not everyone wants to give up their tub, and for homeowners who love their tubs, free-standing designs are the tub of choice!

 
Jetted, stand-alone soaking tubs are increasingly popular, and add to the relaxation element of a long, hot soak.
 
4. Hand Showers
 
It’s nice to be able to direct a shower spray exactly where you want it, and hand showers or dual showers (overhead/hand combinations) help enable that!

 
5. Water Saving Toilets
 
Energy efficient and cost-saving solutions such as low-flush and dual-flow toilets are currently in high demand, particularly in comfort-height and elongated bowl designs.

 
6. Vanities With Sinks
 
In both master bedrooms and main bathrooms which are shared by many, double sink vanities are trending high for 2015.

 
7. Heated Floors
 
Living in Nova Scotia, where it’s cold for a significant amount of time each year, most homeowners are not thrilled at walking around on cold tile floors.

 
The solution: Radiant Heated Floors, which have become virtually a “must-have” in most bathroom renovations.
 
bathroomtrends38. Interesting Metallic Finishes
 
Bathroom fixtures are available in a variety of interesting finishes and colors. Look for chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze, not to mention a variety of different warm-colored coppery, brassy and bronze-y metals.

 
9. LED Lighting
 
Highly energy efficient, LED lighting is in high demand for bathrooms and bathroom cabinet lighting.

 
In larger bathrooms, look for layered lighting techniques combining cabinet lighting with above-mirror lighting, in shower lighting and chandelier styles suspended over freestanding tubs

 
 


Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald

 

Alexandra Kelter

 
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.