Go bold, not bland

When it comes to selecting interior paint colors, neutrals reign supreme. Shades of gray, taupe, beige and white have always made an excellent background palette for your furnishings and
                           artwork. But this year, lets
                           expand the definition of
                           “neutral” and consider PPG
                           Paints’ 2018 color of the year,
                           Black Flame. With undertones
                           of deep indigo, this timeless
                           hue gives a room a modern
                           look, whether it’s used as an
                           accent wall or to highlight
                           cabinetry. If using a darker
                           color makes you a bit nervous,
                           start with something small, but be prepared to fall in love with it. It’s time to make a statement – go bold or go home.


A twist on tiles

Geometric tiles can turn the most mundane space into a masterpiece. There are a number of trendy patterns, finishes and colors from which to choose, whether you decide to use these tiles as a back splash, in the shower, as an accent wall or as flooring. The design options are seemingly endless as you can mix and match tiles to give any space a truly unique appearance.


Make room for metallic

Every house can use a bit of shine, and lucky for us, metallics continue to trend through the new year. Gold, bronze, brass, silver and rose gold used as accents throughout the house add warmth and texture. If you’re new to the world of metallics, start off simple with a lamp or picture frame. Or, consider changing your cabinet knobs for a more modern look. Don’t be afraid to mix finishes — try using polished silver with oiled bronze for a more eclectic style. Metallic is a neutral we can all embrace in one way or another, so don’t be afraid to give it a try.


Shout-out for shiplap
Thanks to a certain TV show about a home design couple based in Waco, Texas, there’s nary a budding designer who hasn’t heard of shiplap. While it’s rarely used instead of drywall anymore, it has gained popularity as a way to add warmth and texture to a room. Shiplap is milled boards that fit snugly together, leaving a distinct line between each. Imagine the interior walls of an old barn and you’ve captured the essence of shiplap. But if rustic charm isn’t really your thing, don’t fret — the wood can be stained or painted to complement any décor style. If you want to look of shiplap without a much labor, consider peel-and-stick wood veneer as an option.


Wet rooms
If a bathroom remodel is on your agenda this year, consider transforming the space into one of the latest trends, a wet room. What’s a wet room, you ask? It’s exactly as it sounds – a room designed where everything can get wet. Cabinetry is adequately sealed and the floors and walls are made of water resistant materials to avoid warping. But, as most people don’t like the idea of a soggy toilet seat, a lot of homeowners install a wall of glass to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom. Floors typically slope toward a central drain, and the overall look is sleek and modern.
                             

Have you been mulling over the direction to take your home in 2018? Hopefully some of trends discussed here appeal to you, you can rely on us to do the job right.

Ease of use

Ease of use has become an increasingly popular and central theme guiding homeowner renovation decisions. Convenience and comfort are king when it comes to home renovations. That’s why
Bluetooth and other
wireless technology
linking TV’s, speakers
and home security have
become so popular,
but it doesn’t end
there. Whether we are
talking no-threshold
showers, wall mounted
sinks and shower
seating in the bathroom
or hydraulic cabinet doors
and motion sensor taps in the kitchen, the ease of use concept is here to stay in 2018.

Energy Efficient Technology

Energy efficient renovations are an investment with long-term payoff and one that more and more homeowners are starting to make. The added expense of energy efficient home renovations is recovered in the long-term through savings on your energy bills. Converting to energy efficient appliances, programmable thermostats, higher efficiency HVAC and LED lights can save you up to 30% on your monthly energy bills.


Ageing in place

Not new but growing in popularity are renovations that support staying in the home and making the home suit your change in circumstances. Having a  member of the household require mobility assistance can be accommodated by changing counter heights, modifying cabinetry, widening doorways and enlarging showers to enable access. And all this can be achieved without compromising style.