Let me be among the first to round up some remodeling trends for the New Year! We've hardly logged in a week of January but, like the sprigs of springtime, notions about where homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are leaning have already begun to sprout.
The Orlando Sentinel's fashionista, Jean Patteson, laments that most of us won't have the cash to decorate or remodel "with abandon" during 2010 But she reports that the home decor style known as "soft -contemporary" will be in vogue.
That means instead of powering tons of colors and accent pieces into a room, homeowners are more likely to settle on a few, solid items of furniture and some accents. When it comes to furniture, natural fibers, recycled metals, and sustainable wood products and other "green" materials rush to the head of the class. The color of choice for accents--red--according to Patteson.
Going Green in Renovations and New Building For those who are considering new homes or improvement projects, the accent will be on functionality, fewer frills, and energy efficiency. I wrote last year that 2010 might be a good year to do energy efficient remo0deling projects that qualify for a Federal Tax Credit. If you're interested in finding a project and materials that may qualify, visit the Energy Star website.
When it comes to getting the most bang out of the repair or remodeling buck this year, consider the projects that fared well in 2009. I reported in November that minor kitchen remodeling projects brought the best return in value for their costs (for mid-scale projects). For more ambitious investments, replacement siding or new windows brought the highest returns.
Use Primary Colors Home Depot suggests that the best paint choices right now are primary colors. Neutral hues of fresh greens, earth-tone browns, and light blues are at the peak of popularity.
The names for the new colors reflect environmentalism and spa influences: Strawberry Freeze, Ionic Sky , Hot Pepper, Aged Mint, and Serengeti Plain. Reflecting Patteson's trend commentary, Home Depot says a tone of "antiqued Chinese red" works exceptionally well for accents.
The practice of doing the work yourself when you can means even more in 2010, according to writer Krista Watterworth, with upgrading what you have being easier to accomplish in a distressed economy than building something new. She, too, believes that organic, recycled, low VOC, repurposed materials and hardware will power the trend.