Home design trends, Part 2

Part 2: Renovation

Last month, I shared with you some of my favourite cosmetic design trends for 2019.

From the return of vintage and old-world textiles, to the never-ending fascination with white, I hope you found something interesting to blend into your own home’s style.

While paint colours and area rugs are impactful yet relatively easy changes to make to a home; full renovation requires more careful deliberation and decision making.

Whether you are currently in, soon will be, or simply hope to be in the renovation or new build game, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite trends in home design and building materials for you to ponder.

Be “open”

The German design movement, the “Bauhaus,” was a highly influential design movement that focused on the harmony of the function of an object and its design.

I believe we are seeing a resurgence of this in today’s minimalist society, as we strive to lessen the purely ornamental and increase what is both beautiful and useful.

One of the ways I believe we see this style put into play today is with the trend of open shelving. This relatively-easy renovation is being used most commonly in kitchens, but also in bathrooms, living areas, and office spaces.

It allows homeowners to display commonly-used items as décor while simultaneously keeping the design light and airy.

Be “raw”

This next trend in home renovation focuses on texture and material.

For years, home design has focused on hiding the bones of a structure with ornamental layers. Increasingly, we see the layers being peeled away to reveal more organic materials.

From exposed wood beams and unfinished cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms, to natural stone tile floors and back splashes and massive marble slabs, the trend forecasts the use of more raw materials in home renovation.

Be “clean”

To total chagrin of most home buyers today, the trend of the past was tiny, hidden laundry spaces. Ironically, this very commonly used area of the house was often the least considered in the building process.

Today, homeowners are looking for dedicated rooms and spaces for their washer and dryer. Think folding tables, a large sink, and drying racks for the utmost in laundry luxury.

To utilize this renovation trend in a more practical way, consider combining with a mud room or rarely-used bath.

Be “smart”

The smart home style has already been around for a while, but while in the past this technological trend was something used on occasion, now we are seeing it as the standard.

From TVs and refrigerators, to outlets and small appliances, it’s becoming increasingly easy to utilize smart technology in your home.

When renovating or building, ask your contractor about installing LED recessed lighting, smart thermostats, or blinds that you can control from your phone.

he benefits of this are also two fold, while simultaneously making your life easier, smart appliances are a great way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

For a full analysis of the best items to focus on for resale for your home in the coming year to increase the value upon sale by up to five per cent, give your local real estate professional a call or give us a shout at 250-549-7258 or [email protected].


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Lisa Salt is a Vernon born Realtor® who, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan. 

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