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2014 Home Design Trends

What’s new in 2014?  Home Design Trends Exposed

No one can predict the future, but we can make some guesses about what will be popular, trendy, and functional in a home in 2014.  Some of the trends are nothing new, yet others have us saying, “really?!”  Check out some of the up and coming home design trends of 2014.

1. Open Concept Kitchens, Open Kitchen Shelving, Quartz Tops

open concept kitchenThe open concept kitchen has been around for a while now and it looks like it’s here to stay.  Families are continuing to demand open kitchen spaces where their family can relax, eat, and be together  – and nothing’s changing in 2014.  Along with the open concept kitchen comes open concept shelving.  Spacious, airy, and light spaces are in high demand, and open shelving in kitchens helps to create this feel.  The only pitfall: to actually achieve this open feel those shelves better be spotless and organized!

Quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular and will continue to boom in 2014.  Granite countertops have been the golden standard for the past several years, but in 2014 homeowners are looking toward this more durable stone material.  Quartz tops have the same beautiful natural stone look that has made granite counters so popular, but they come with less maintenance as they are less porous and more durable.

2.  More Showers, Less Tubs

A shower with luxurious fixturesHomeowners are beginning to trade in their luxurious spa-like bathtubs for equally luxurious showers.  Steam showers, multi-jetted showers, dual-head showers, and more are becoming increasingly popular.  Those who still love their tubs (like me!) are updating them with elegant stand-alone tubs (reminiscent of the classic claw-foot tub).




3.  Bolder Walls, Subtle Woods

Deep bold wallsNeutrals are always trendy, no matter the year.  But 2014 could be the year of bold, deep wall color.  Many designers are predicting that cobalt blue, turquoise, and other richer tones will make notable appearances.  On the other hand, lighter woods are coming back into style.  Honey colored walnut and oak are back in.

4. Easy Energy Efficiency

touchless faucetWhile the push for larger Green changes (solar panels, tankless water heaters, etc) may have passed it’s peak, homeowners are opting for smaller upgrades that make a difference in their monthly utility bills and eco-footprint.  Energy-efficient lightblubs are continuing to become regular in more and more households.  Tankless toilets are becoming popular.  Touchless faucets are more common and allow homeowners to use less water (thanks to how easy it is to turn them on and off!).  It’s great to remember that small upgrades can make a big difference in your monthly expenses.

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