A new generation of cutting-edge design inspirations is making 2017 a big year for home renovations. Here's a look at some of this year's most intriguing remodeling trends.
Bright colors are making a major splash in contemporary kitchen design. Colored cabinets, appliances and fixtures are invigorating muted whites and grays, and introducing a softer edge. Colored appliances in particular provide engaging focal points and instant conversation starters.
Functional décor is revolutionizing the home entryway. Smart-but-stylish storage solutions like trunk benches and built-in shelving will give your entryway a welcoming first impression while keeping clutter to a minimum. Avoid over decorating. Excess knick-knacks will create a cramped entrance and detract from your home's overall charm.
Garage remodels improve your home's storage and organizational capabilities, while providing an opportunity to increase aesthetic appeal. Custom shelving, tool walls, peg boards and storage drawers are simple additions that will eliminate clutter and increase utility. Flooring updates will prevent unsightly stains and deterioration. New counters, lighting updates and seating areas will transform your garage into a functional-yet-fun part of your home.
Mudrooms are growing in popularity. Designing your mudroom to include storage benches, coat racks, shelving and cubbies will streamline your space, contain messes and minimize household clutter. And, installing easy-to-clean tile floors, wainscoting and laminate countertops will simplify tidying up and prevent expensive damage. Mudrooms are also the perfect location for pet washing stations.
Home Automation Updates
Home automation has proven to be a critical part of any remodel. Wi-Fi-connected security cameras and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are simple, and affordable, updates that will allow you to monitor and control the safety and security of your home from any smart device. Automated creature comforts like smart phone-controlled coffeemakers, smart TVs and automated food recyclers are also becoming popular. The Internet of Things (IoT) isn't just for security- or entertainment-minded homeowners. Home automation is also a major player in energy efficiency. Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, automated blinds and smart light bulbs are helpful gadgets that will lower your energy bills.