What’s New and Trendy This Year???
This same questions has been asked by almost every homeowner year after year. In this day and age, everyone is always looking to stay fresh and up-to-date with the newest trends, but sometimes that can be difficult when you’re on a tight budget. Here are a few of the most practical items that have been extremely popular so far for this year. Not only are they affordable, they will certainly add a bit of flair and excitement to your home.
– Grab bars and shower seats: Showers has previously been designed for use by people in the upright position, but lately we’ve been getting more and more request for shower seats. They are functional and perfect for seniors or if you would simply prefer to sit. Grab bars are also another great option to keep in mind if you have seniors in the home. You can install them just about anywhere you might need them, but in our experience, showers and tub surrounds have been the most popular and practical place to install them.
– Freestanding tubs: Unless your bathroom layout doesn’t allow it, built-in bath tubs, which used to be extremely common, are now becoming significantly less popular these days. They offer a lot of flexibility in placement and some might even chose to place their freestanding tub in their shower area. Freestanding tubs will add a bit of unique personality to the home and can provide you will a little more room, generally making your bathroom look a more spacious.
– Heated floors and towel racks: We can all agree that bathroom floors are generally cold all year long, but they certainly don’t have to be! Heated flooring is your solution… and guess what? Its affordable! Heated floors are particularly used in bathrooms because of their ability to help dry out moisture and humidity, but you can certainly use them all over the house, including in the kitchen, laundry room, etc. Heated towel racks, mostly known as towel warmers, are another great gadget to have in the bathroom. Who doesn’t enjoy being wrapped in a warm and fuzzy towel after a shower or a bath? They also act as a supplemental heater and damp outerwear dryer.
– Colour trends: Colour trends vary from year to year, but so far we have noticed that beige has been in a huge decline for bathrooms in 2016. While it used to be the number one colour choice in the past decades, it has become somewhat outdated as of late. White, greys and blacks are all the new rage in 2016, with subtle hints of brightness – specifically colours such as mauve, turquoise or light green accessories.
– Kitchens and living areas: Mixed materials in kitchen such as rustic wood beams, stone columns, subway tiles and bright shiny counter tops are huge part of the 2016 kitchen trends.
– Brick and stone walls: Exposed brick and stone walls are a very nice and interesting way to add a rustic charm to your home. The kitchen, for example, is the perfect room to take advantage of the stone or brick especially through an accent wall that ties in your living area. Another way of using these materials in your kitchen would be behind floating wooden shelves, which can display and compliment your favourite dishware or decorations. You don’t have to limit yourself to a stone accent wall. You can also use it for backsplash or even for covering up the ceiling with rustic wooden beams.
– Cabinetry trend: Solid colour painted cupboards with touches of natural wood are an innovative new trend that has already picked up significantly this year. It is becoming very popular to have cabinets now painted in a very earth toned, grey colour and to add a wooden island or decorative legs. While your at it, why not add a wooden custom hood fan to the design! The options are endless and are guaranteed to leave you happy and in love with your kitchen for years to come!
– Hardwood floors in kitchen: Hardwood floors bring warmth and comfort to the kitchen design and goes with any style/colour of cabinetry. It will make your kitchen look timeless and way beyond the shelf life of the typical 10 year trend cycle.
These are just a few of the design trends of 2016 that you can use to spruce up your home — the possibilities are endless!