As the New Year eases into our lives, I thought you might like an update on 2013 remodeling trends. Here’s a quick top 10 that we find occurring in our world.

1. Healthy Home, Healthy Living:

Here to stay is green & sustainable design. Creating a healthy environment, toxin free is the main trend for 2013. Many are taking advantage of governmental incentives to improve their home’s performance. Trends include upgrades in using low VOC materials, radon mitigation and testing for combustion safety.

2. Universal Design /Multi-Generational Living

As our baby boomers age, upgrading their homes for universal design is a growing trend. Incorporating functional comfort & safety throughout the home is key. Increased design options & materials are available. Focus on bath, kitchens, first floor masters & in law suites are strong.

3. Style:

Softening the trend towards contemporary, styles will find a mixture of texture, pops of color and a little jazz will uncover their home’s personal style.

Accents with color & sparkle says personality!

Accents with color & sparkle says personality!

4. Bathroom Stone:

Homeowners still want luxury in their baths. Trends towards quality materials and design enhancements remain strong. Calacatta marble has gained popularity. More rare than Carrera marble, Calacatta has stronger grey veins with a more white background color

5. Color Palette:

Pantone tells us the color of the year is Emerald Green. That strong punch of color works well against black, charcoal & express. Other sources site Indigo, Re-Blued and Lemon Sorbet as contenders for the title. Experts tell us all these & more are ready to sooth our color palettes.

Splash of the Emerald Green will freshen your home!

Splash of the Emerald Green will freshen your home!

6. Stylishly Simple Sinks:

Say adios to the double- sinks! Welcome in the deep single-bowl sink. These sinks have accessories galore; plus, their large size easily fits roasting pans & baking sheets. Stainless is a perennial favorite, but quartz composites offer value and durability.

7. Kitchen Backsplashes:

Mosaic composites of glass/tile/stone are easing out glass tile mosaics. These materials can tie in easily with counter tops & offer endless design options.  Enhancing the contemporary trend, keep your eye out for back painted glass tiles. These tiles create a sleek, polished back splash.

Back painted glass tile keeps your space clean & crisp!

Back painted glass tile keeps your space clean & crisp!

8. Hardwood Floors:

Site finished wood flooring finds tough competition from pre-finished and engineered wood flooring Providing a durable finish, eliminating on site sanding, and easy installation, pre-finished woods are tough to beat. Engineered wood floors also make under-floor heating systems a great enhancement to a home’s comfort.

9. Countertops:

While still popular, granite is taking a back seat for counter top materials. Quartz composite material, practically maintenance free, is finding it’s way to the top. Increasingly more offerings in design and creative applications, quartz is worth your consideration.

10. Kitchen Cabinets:

Kitchen cabinets are trending to a more clean line, contemporary look. Minimizing clutter & details while opting for easy maintenance this trend simplifies time in the kitchen.

Cabinets are trending to clean & simple lines.

Cabinets are trending to clean & simple lines.

I would love to know which of these trends you see happening in your world! Tell me today!