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Want to renovate? Here are the top design trends | HomeWork

Now that spring is here, many of us are getting the urge to renovate and update our homes. According to the Zillow Digs Trend Report for 2014, here’s what’s trending for this year.


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Q: What are some of the new design trends for 2014?

A: Now that spring is here, many of us are getting the urge to renovate and update our homes. According to the Zillow Digs Trend Report for 2014, here’s what’s trending for this year.

Black is the new, well, black when it comes to kitchen countertops, open shelves or glass-front cabinets. Black countertops are stunning in combination with white walls but also make an elegant statement with this year’s trend toward darker paint tones such as deep brown, dark red and rich copper.

For bedroom updates, designers are dialing back on color and keeping design elements simple for a more contemporary look and feel. Bedroom redoes are showing up in neutrals.

Gray is a top choice because of its multifaceted versatility. It can look rustic or contemporary and in the right shade, mixes well with other neutrals like beiges and blues. If you are redoing your master closet space, think about creating your own mini-boutique with compartmentalized storage, shoe walls, vanity areas and other focal points.

If your closet space is small, consider some of the many ingenious storage options such as under-the-bed storage or storage units that can hang from closet doors. An old trunk or storage bench at the foot of the bed can be other options.

One of the hottest bathroom trends is to build or remodel the space to accommodate large, frameless showers that have multiple shower heads, to create a spalike shower experience. It puts less emphasis on having a tub.

Glass tiles are on trend for their light and bright look, which can make a bathroom space seem larger. Heated floors and towel racks are also popular.

If you are planning a remodel, work with your contractor to create custom storage solutions to keep your new bathroom uncluttered. One of the advantages of the frameless shower and lack of shower curtain is the free wall space it leaves, which can allow for storage or showcase the glass tiles.

Due to the increasing popularity of telecommuting, another trend is for owners to create a home office. If space is a challenge, reconfiguring a guest room allows it to serve double duty.

Sofa beds or Murphy beds and light desk furniture help a home office transform into a guest room as needed. Vintage furniture is hot for home offices, but remember to keep things simple to maximize space.

Trending home office/guest room colors are hues of browns and grays, which are not distracting and have a soothing effect.

Whether you are looking at a major remodel or just have the urge to refresh your home with on-trend color schemes, use brighter colors for kitchens to whip up energy and drama. Other rooms in the house can take a more muted and subdued color palette to create soothing calm.

HomeWork is the weekly column by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ Remodelers Council about home care, repair and improvements. If you have questions about home improvement, send them to homework@mbaks.com.



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