The Recap: 2016 Home Remodeling Trends

November 9, 2016

This week I’m turning my blog over to Shelley Bujdos, one Dover’s accomplished, and acclaimed, designers. Based on her firsthand experience with homeowners, Shelley is recapping the leading home design and remodeling trends from 2016.

It’s been another busy year at Dover, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. Because I work hand in hand with homeowners to help them create their perfect living spaces, I most definitely have my finger on the pulse of Northeast Ohio home renovation trends. Here’s what I see as the big winners from 2016

In the Kitchen:

  • Most popular cabinet finish: WhiteWhite Cabinet Kitchen
  • Island painted/stained a contrasting color
  • Two islands: One for dining and a second for prep/work space—this ties in with the trend of more homeowners eliminating a dining table in the kitchen
  • Cabinets with greater functionality: Rollouts, dividers, built-in warming drawers, microwaves, coffee stations, steam ovens and wine storage
  • Walk-in pantry (when space allows) with custom shelving and decorative, frosted-glass doors
  • Countertops: Marble, quartz, granite and soapstone—all with honed finishes

In the Master Bathroom:

  • Replace tub/shower unit with large, custom-tile shower
  • Inside shower: Multiple shower heads, seats, alcoves, custom glass enclosure
  • Surrounding a free-standing tub with tile wainscoting (large bathrooms)
  • Heated flooring for cold Ohio winters
  • Chrome fixtures
  • Vanities with customized storage/pullouts for hairdryers, curling irons, etc.

Throughout the Home:

  • #1 trend: Open floorplan flowing into the kitchenOpen Floor Plan Kitchen
  • Flooring: Pre-finished hardwood, with slight to dramatic distressing finish—hides dirt, easy maintenance and available in most every species of wood, finishes from matte to satin
  • Barn doors (on rails)—From modern to rustic, single or double, used in between two rooms and as entry doors for bathrooms and pantries
  • Linear fireplaces—These have lower profiles, which allow for TV to be hung at a more comfortable height
  • Mudrooms with cubbies, built-in benches with storage and dog washing stations
  • Laundry rooms—Moving to second floor, equipped with hanging, folding, ironing stations

Whether you want to align your remodeling plans with the latest trends, or use these ideas as your inspiration to create your own unique look, this list gives you a lot of great material to work with.

Good luck!
Shelley Bujdos