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Top Remodeling Trends For 2015

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 21 December 2014 9:52 am
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Does the impending new year have you thinking about remodeling? There are some of us who never stop thinking about, but this time of the year tends to make people who already had the inkling start looking at trends and making soft plans for a small reno or a complete redo.

Thankfully, it's also at this time of the year that trend reports start coming out for the new year. If you've got that itch, give it a little scratch by checking out the home remodeling trends for 2015.

1. Bathrooms are big

"This year, the kitchen as we know it completely changed," said Huffington Post. "Shelving opened up, cabinets went darker and metallic accents moved well beyond cabinet knobs. But come 2015, we can expect to see a major overhaul in a different room of the house -- the bathroom.

Everything from sinks and color schemes to tubs and tiles will see some sort of upgrade, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's style reports."

2. Bath, Not Shower

Inside that bathroom, trends are moving away from showers and toward large soaker tubs. "Forget about glass-encased showers—these days it's all about the soaking and free-standing tubs, so much so that we can actually expect a decline in standard tubs with shower-surrounds," said the San Antonio Express-News.


3. Not So Fast With That Shower

For those that do want to keep their shower, bigger is better, said Houzz. "That's certainly the current school of thought when it comes to the shower…with more walk-in showers with oversize panes of glass or solid walls that completely enclose the space, rather than bathrooms with tiny cubicles.

4. Color

As gray continues to invade every aspect of our home, replacing beige as the go-to color, darker hues are starting to make an impact. "Shades of charcoal are finding their way back into our kitchens with a mix of whites and black giving them a sophisticated and refined feel and look," according to Imagineer Remodeling.

For bathrooms, gray is also a growing trend, according to Huffington Post. And all those white tiles on the wall? They may soon be replaced by sleek black.

5. The Sink

If you're remodeling and your kitchen is more than a few years old, you're probably due for a new sink. Those giant two-bowl sinks are on their way out, said Houzz. "Deep, single-bowl sinks are the current trend in kitchen sinks." This style of sink can more easily accommodate large bowls, pots, and pans.

6. The Healthy Home

According to design-build remodeling firm Neil Kelly Company, remodeling for health reasons is the next frontier. "Remodelers have a critical role to play in helping people make changes—large and small—to improve their home environments," they said. "Whether it's non-offgassing finishes, no-formaldehyde cabinets, or better air filtration systems, homeowners realize a benefit to the family in creating a healthy living space. Take this notion one step… or flush… further and you'll discover Kohler's SanSouci Touchless Toilet. That's right, to flush this water closet you just wave your hand over the toilet — no touching required."

7. Heavy Metal

The metal accessory trend is apparently going nowhere, and it's largely focused on one particular shade. "Shades and tones of copper are in the mix," says Neil Kelly Design Company's Heidi Hawk. "For 2015, it has moved from accessories to lighting, sinks, and even countertops."

8. Accent Walls

Yes, they're back! But don't go searching for a sea sponge. Today's accent walls are taking on a natural element in a different way. "Inside and out, homeowners are choosing textures and natural wood accents for walls," said Willamette Living. "Reclaimed and vintage barnwood adds warmth. Chalkboard and faux finishes can be used in any room, from kitchen to office to bedroom."

9. Floor It

Hardwood continues to be the leading trend in floors. However, it's engineered hardwood that is showing up as a strong trend for 2015, said HGTV.

For bathrooms, Houzz says to expect an uptick in feature floors. "Statement-making floor tiles proved popular in 2014, and this striking look doesn't appear to be leaving in a hurry," they said. "They are stunning and provide a great design opportunity when working with challenging bathrooms that have no clear walls for a feature wall."

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  • Comment Link Keara Littner Thursday, 21 May 2015 6:26 pm posted by Keara Littner

    It's interesting to me that the current remodeling trend is moving away from showers to large tubs. Though, I can see how it'd be more relaxing to have a tub than it would a shower. How frequent is it that a bathroom has a separate shower enclosure and a free-standing tub?

  • Comment Link Ann Monday, 18 May 2015 12:01 pm posted by Ann

    Agreed with most everything but the soaking bathtubs seem like a waste. Yes, every house should have a bathtub but the big soakers, especially with jets, just don't seem to get used. You find out really fast that soaking dries up your skin big time. I will take a beautiful extra large shower with multiple shower heads over a soaking tub.

  • Comment Link Deanna R. Jones Friday, 08 May 2015 3:49 pm posted by Deanna R. Jones

    I've also noticed that more homes are being remodeled with accent walls. Vintage designs seem to be quite popular right now. I really like how some people use brick designs when remodeling. One of my friends decided to use paint and wallpaper over certain parts of a brick wall that was put in one of the rooms of her house to go for a very rugged look. It seemed rather clever, so I hope that I can copy that same principle for my own home.

  • Comment Link Dressed For Sale Sunday, 03 May 2015 6:31 pm posted by Dressed For Sale

    It's great to see that people now see the value in remodelling homes, especially when they are up for sale.

  • Comment Link Rose Henderson Wednesday, 25 March 2015 9:06 am posted by Rose Henderson

    I have to agree about the shower. Tiny showers make me feel claustrophobic, so if I could have a bigger space I would feel better. Not only that, but small showers make it rather difficult to shave my legs. All of the ideas here are really fun. I'm looking to do a big home makeover sometime in the next few years. I just might implement some of these suggestions in my plan!

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