2012's Five Hottest Remodeling Trends

April 3, 2012

Knowing you want to remodel or renovate your home is one thing; knowing where to start, however, is another story. Homeowners often get stuck at the very first stage of the home remodeling process: the design stage. With so many home improvement projects available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Well, fret no more! We’ve compiled the top five hottest home improvement design trends for 2012. We hope these tips provide some inspiration for your next big Portland home remodeling project!


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1. Unusual Tile Applications

For too long, ceramic and glass tile has been used in a very limited way; namely, in bathroom and kitchen applications only. Modern designers, however, have been using tile in creative applications in rec rooms, living rooms, and even bedrooms. A full ceramic tile floor can seem a little cold, it’s true, but using the material as part of a built-in headboard or in wainscoting can add a unique, decorative look to an otherwise conventional-looking room.


2. Bathroom Transformations

Today’s bathroom remodeling goes way beyond retiling a shower or adding a vanity. Modern interior designers are embracing the bathroom’s potential for being a personal spa retreat, employing such luxurious features as dual shower heads, jet tubs, and unusual sink and counter fixtures. We’ve always said that the bathroom is one of the most important and overlooked rooms in the house – if you’re going to remodel, why not start with the bathroom?


3. Kitchen Makeovers

For homeowners looking to sell, remodeling the kitchen is one of the smartest home improvement moves you can make. Real estate professionals agree that a newly remodeled kitchen significantly increases the value of a home. Even if you aren’t selling your home, a kitchen remodel can breathe new life into a tired, drab home décor.


4. Eco-friendly Materials

Modern homeowners looking to go green with their remodeling projects have many options: recycled ceramic tile, bamboo flooring materials, reclaimed hardwood decking materials, and more. At Improvement Remodeling, we’re dedicated to completing home remodeling projects with our client’s environmental concerns in mind.


5. From the Ground Up

Switching from linoleum or carpet flooring to hardwood or tile flooring can dramatically change the look and feel of your entire home. If you want a vibrant, fresh new look for your home but are unsure where to start, try looking down. Starting with a beautiful hardwood flooring variety is sure to inspire you with all sorts of creative design ideas.


If you couldn’t tell by now, we’re dedicated to bringing the hottest national design trends to every Portland home improvement project we do. Contact us today to discuss your future project.

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