Before you know it, it will be time to don silly hats and join Baby New Year in bidding “Bon Voyage” to 2012 and ushering in 2013.
So, what does that mean for your home?
If you want to avoid knocking down walls and making huge, expensive additions – and, instead, want to give your house a boost with some simpler renovation trends – read on. Here’s what everyone in the home renovation world will be buzzing about in 2013:
1. Bright colors
If the economy has you feeling a little blue, give your house a pick-me-up with some bright colors. In 2013, expect to see colors that you normally associate with breakfast – like yellow eggs and orange juice – flying off the paint shelves.
If you’re not daring enough to paint your living room bright green, that’s OK. You can still be totally trendy AND remain firmly in your comfort zone by painting your walls neutral colors and getting the brightness from accessories – like throw rugs, lamp shades, and window treatments. That way, you can pick exactly how bright you want to be, without going overboard. (And, as an added benefit, you won’t risk scaring people off when you go to sell your home down the road. After all, tangerine walls may not be so “in” in 2014!)
Ever since the economy tanked in 2008, people have been carefully-guarding their pennies. Now, at least according to the people at the Boston Design Center, they’re ready to reward themselves – even if it’s only one piece at a time.
According to the Center’s annual trend report, the design focus has started shifting. For years, people were focused on saving the most money. Now, they’re starting to focus more on finding pieces they love – even if they’re not the most affordable things in the room. They’re still not spending a fortune, but they’re not completely depriving themselves, either.
3. Unique prints
One thing the Boston Design Center has really seen increase so far – and expects to see more of in 2013 – is prints. Whether it’s animal prints, stripes, or flowers, people seem to love prints these days. So, count on seeing a whole lot more of them next year!
4. Low-maintenance upgrades
Whether you make some renovations inside or out, if you’re looking for stuff that you can “set and forget”, you’re not alone. In fact, low-maintenance upgrades – like artificial grass that never needs cutting, vinyl fencing that never needs staining, or composite decks that don’t have to be painted – should see a major upswing in 2013.
People are busier these days. With the nation’s unemployment rate still hovering around 8%, people are either looking for work, desperately trying to hang onto the jobs they do have, or are working a couple of part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. There are also plenty of people who have reached retirement age – but watched their retirement savings disappear during the recession and can’t afford to stop working just yet.
In the end, most people don’t have time to hang out and take care of stuff at home. They need stuff that’s going to look good, without a whole lot of TLC.
5. Green upgrades
You can feel free to pencil this trend in for the foreseeable future, because it’s not going out of style anytime soon! Green renovations have been trendy for years, and they’ll be just as trendy in 2013. After all, people will always love the idea of being able to save money on their utility bills – not to mention making their homes a whole lot more attractive to buyers at some point down the road!
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