What’s going to be “in” for home remodeling this year? We’ve consulted our designers, as well as those from around the country, to bring you the latest trends for your home. Here’s what 2013 has in store:
KITCHENS: The brains behind the beauty will continue to be the theme for kitchen design in 2013. Today’s kitchen must move beyond looking gorgeous, serving the practical needs of the busy family. Innovative storage solutions, quick-cooking appliances, low maintenance materials and functional flow will be integral parts of kitchen remodeling projects. “Open –concept kitchens that allow for flexible space, including a central gathering point like an island, or even two islands, will still play a central role in kitchen design this year,” according to Deborah Mader, an Interior Designer at CaseIndy. “With the growing interest in food culture, shared cooking space is in high demand. Kitchens that include many work stations, as well as casual eating spaces, are a growing trend.”
BATHROOMS: Removing the large garden tubs of old and installing large, custom showers will continue to be the trend in 2013. “Many homeowners are tired of the unused tub taking up so much valuable space in their master bathrooms,” states Larry Greene, president of CaseIndy. “As long as there is another one somewhere on the same floor, taking out the tub adds tremendous value to a home. The new technology available allows us to bring the “shower experience” to our clients. Multiple shower heads, body jets, lighting, music, and steam systems are just a few examples of the options that can be included in today’s shower.” Bringing the spa-feel into the everyday will also continue as a popular bathroom remodeling trend, including details such as frameless glass enclosures, free-standing soaking tubs, glass tile, heated floors and soothing color schemes.
TECHNOLOGY: Today’s family is electronic and mobile, and home remodels must support this trend. Planning for items such as electrical outlets for charging and use stations, as well as Wi-Fi-enabled appliances and other smart home technology, allows for a home to keep up with the times.
COLORS: The bright, bold hues of the past few years are being pushed aside by softer, more subdued shades. Gone are the days of chili red and deep gold. “We are now seeing spa-influenced colors move out of the bathroom and bedroom and into the public spaces of the home, says Mader. “Grays, deep tans, and pale greens and blues are being used in kitchens and baths more and more these days.”
OUTDOOR LIVING: Moving the comforts of indoors to the outdoors will continue to grow in 2013. “There is a large demand for designated outdoor entertaining areas these days,“ says Greene. “Many homeowners want their screened porches to become multi-use, three or four-season rooms. Open engineered wood decks with built-in fire pits, and stamped concrete patio areas with stone fireplaces are popular as well. Homeowners are looking to recreate the central gathering place of the indoors in their backyards.”