While a fad is something that ends in a quick flash in the pan style, a trend is lasting development, as well as a prediction of things to come. That’s why it’s useful to take a look at some of the top remodeling and home improvement trends each year, to determine what may be of use to you in your future projects. These top seven trends of 2017 are poised to grow with the coming months and years, making now the ideal time to consider them for yourself.
It’s predicted that nearly every new home being built today will have at least one connected device or system in the Smart Home genre, with many older homes also beginning to connect at a very fast rate. There are numerous ways to create a Smart Home, and not all of them are in a futuristic or entirely novel way. Current trends include smart security systems that include cameras and off-site monitoring via smartphone, as well as smart thermostats that can sense when you’re in the home and adjust accordingly, and lights that stream music or turn themselves off when you leave a room.
Smaller, More Lavish Spaces
Another fast-growing trend in the remodeling field is a direct contradiction to many trends seen in the last several decades. While for several years it was the norm to expand a home during the remodel, today’s trends are now focused on creating smaller, more lavish spaces. Trends are now on ensuring that the space that you do have is remodeled to include all types of luxury, rather than adding on spaces or converting existing spaces into new ones.
Fiber Cement Siding
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interiors when it comes to trends. In this case, it’s the material that’s beginning to take off in a big way – fiber cement siding. Fiber cement gives you the look and feel of real wood, but without the maintenance and durability issues. The material is available in several styles and colors, allowing you to mix and match and create your own look, but can go 10 or more years before needing to be painted – a big plus for homeowners who want to enjoy their homes, rather than care for them.
For several decades now, polished finishes like stainless steel have ruled inside the home. And while there was a brief nod toward warmer finishes a few years ago, it didn’t stick the way that more current trends seem to be. In this case, matte finishes such as black stainless steel and honed granite are beginning to take over. While polished finishes often speak of luxury, they’re also harder to maintain. As more homeowners want to free themselves from things like maintenance and upkeep of their homes, this leads to newer materials becoming easier to maintain. So, look for matte finishes on appliances, faucets, doorknobs, and counters going forward in the next several months to years.
Mixed and Matched Styles
For both the interior and the exterior of the home, one of the hottest trends of late has been mix and match finishes and materials. For example, in the kitchen blending two different metal finishes or using cabinets that are one color on top and a second color on the bottom. The same holds true for the exterior as well; two tone houses and a mixture of siding styles, such as shingles and lap siding on one home, are beginning to take off in a big way. The idea is to look for finishes and styles that are complementary to one another, without being an exact match, and to blend subtly. For example, you could use fiber cement lap siding on the bottom of the home and shakes above, using the same color on both to let the texture stand out.
Regardless of what architectural style your home has, opening up rooms to create larger, more usable spaces has also seen a big uptick in recent years. This goes hand in hand with homeowners wanting to create more luxurious spaces, rather than adding on. By opening up existing rooms, it creates a feeling of a larger space, but without actually increasing the square footage of the home.
Walk in Showers
For many years, it was common to see a large tub of some kind in every bathroom remodel. Times have changed, however, and now it’s all about the walk-in shower. Nearly every home undergoing a bathroom renovation these days is getting a twist on the walk-in shower design. These don’t have to be lavish, either; in many cases, it’s simply a curbless shower that creates a simple design and helps create a universal appeal.
Capture the Trends of 2017
The biggest focus in 2017 seems to be making your home into something more not only for now, but for the future. Lower maintenance, spaces that work for you, and Smart designs are all making big waves right now. Invest in any of these trends for yourself to pave the way for the future in your home.