If you resolve to improve your home improvement efforts in the New Year, here are a few ideas on how to get a positive outcome and ROI on the Home Improvement and Remodeling projects in 2016.
Bold Accent Walls
Move over paint and wallpaper. The new way to pop an accent wall in any room of the house is with tile or stone. Unique materials, including reclaimed barn wood and metallic tiles, will be boldly applied in 2016, piggybacking on the creative vertical, ledge stone and herringbone-pattern installs we saw last year. Partial horizontal backsplashes will continue to be replaced by full walls of tile in the kitchen and bath. Full wall fireplace surrounds – in stone, masonry or tile – will run floor to ceiling and serve as major design focal points in living rooms, bedrooms and other nontraditional rooms.
Colors of the Year
Every year, industry experts Pantone and Benjamin Moore announce special color picks that reflect the mood and attitudes they “see taking place in our culture.” These select colors often guide fashion and interior design trends. Pantone announced its two-color winner for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pale pink and periwinkle blue combo that is stirring much debate. Benjamin Moore left many scratching their heads, and others jumping for joy, when the company announced Simply White as its top go-to color for 2016 and these colors will pop up in paint selections this year.
Homeowners will continue to embrace open floor plans in 2016, and the kitchen will remain the primary anchor of these spaces. Homeowners are making better use of their existing square footage by safely opening up walls, and designing more functional layouts, to create a larger common gathering place and living area.
Space for Aging Parents
We talk to more and more homeowners who want to care for elderly parents at home rather than send them to costly care-giving facilities. The projects range from wheelchair accessibility and safety upgrades, to building private mother-in-law suites.