It is amazing what a year does within industries like home improvement and new construction. In an effort to keep up with changes contractors must stay ahead of the game to continue to inspire homeowners and grow their businesses. Below are a number of trends that contractors are using to inspire homeowners projects for home improvements in 2016.
Out with the wallpaper of the nineties and shag carpet of the eighties and in with the bold accented walls. The trend for 2016 is the use of bold accent walls; the use of colors and unique materials to accent one or two of the walls in a space is what is popular today. Popular materials that homeowners are using include reclaimed barn wood, metal tiles, stone and combinations of natural, rustic materials and metals. Fireplaces are also in on this trend. Full wall fireplace surrounds are a must in new construction to allow for a central focal point.
Every year there are new colors that hit the market and are instant hits. This year reports of pale pink and purple-blue are popular like the colored pegs in the popular board game Life. As always white continues to be a staple and popular in 2016 as an accent color as well as for trim throughout the home.
Another trend that is prevalent in home renovations is open layouts verse closed up floor plans. In primary locations such as the kitchen and living room are being updated. Instead of being enclosed separate spaces contractors are creating open layouts that work to cohesion to one general space. Contractors are making better use of the space homeowners have and are safely opening up walls and allowing for more functional joint spaces.
A trend in home improvement that is changing because of the way we are changing as a society is the addition of space in our own homes that is specifically designed for our aging parents. More and more society is walking away from the idea of placing elderly parents into long term care facilities and instead allowing them to move in. Project contractors are seeing range from adding wheelchair accessibility and small safety upgrades to adding additional space onto the home in the form of a suite.
Homeowners are always seeking renovations that will return money on their initial outlay in the form of increased equity in the home. The most valuable renovations to homeowners will forever be within kitchens and bathrooms. It is important in any improvement that you take into consideration the neighborhood that you live in. Don’t over upgrade your home as this will only work to make your house seem overpriced to the market. If your neighbors all have kitchens with laminate flooring and counter tops it is likely that more sophisticated upgrades will price your home over the subdivision average.
The main aspect of any home improvement project is to keep up with the ever changing trends while staying true to your own style.