renovationtreands-renovationtreands4-Remodeling your kitchen, or bathroom is an investment that needs to last for years. Striking a balance between contemporary trends and long-standing classics is a must. Take a look at what’s trending this year and see what you think will stand the test of time.

Today’s kitchen is the social hub of the home, so it’s important to get it just right. Open kitchens that flow seamlessly into the rest of the house are most desirable. Here’s what’s trending in kitchen remodeling for 2015: Style.

Transitional remains popular with a trend toward the clean and simple lines of the contemporary. This year’s kitchen focuses on high functionality and streamlined surfaces while incorporating traditional ideas for a chic and comfortable look.

Quartz and quartzite are gaining in popularity and giving granite a real run for its money. These two materials are often confused with one another, but are not the same. Quartzite is a natural stone that originated as sandstone and contains the mineral quartz, which is what gives it sparkle. It’s both hard and highly durable, but it must be sealed for protection. Quartz countertops are engineered stone formed by combining ground quartz with polymer resins. Quartz is non-porous, does not require sealing, is heat and chemical resistant and resists etches and scratches.

Although they’re a pretty pricey upgrade, commercial-grade appliances continue to be at the top of homeowner’s wish lists for 2015. High-end refrigerators can be set so they’re flush with the fronts of your cabinets and ranges with four or six burners plus a griddle are yours if you want them.

Under-mounted enameled cast iron sinks, with or without an apron front, come in a variety of colors to coordinate Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom, building a brand new kitchen, or just freshening up a few details, color, style and quality material choices are primary to the equation with any countertop. The heavy foundation of these durable and attractive sinks can take a lifetime of use.

Warm metal finishes such as bronze and copper are certainly on trend and look wonderful with cast iron sinks. Touchless faucets add convenience and are a great choice for the environmentally conscious consumer.

Backsplashes that continue around the kitchen window and all the way to the ceiling to create a “wall splash” are a creative way to use more of the tile you love.

Gray is the new beige. From cabinet finishes to wall color, gray looks fresh and current and is a strong contender for the hottest neutral color, this year. If you want to push the limits of this safe color, add a little luster with one of the many metallic paints currently on the market.

Layering light by using a combination of chandeliers, pendants, under-cabinet and recessed LED cans provides a variety of options for both utility and mood-setting purposes.

A drawer, or cabinet containing an outlet with USB ports eliminates the unsightly tangle of cords and electrical adapters on your counter.


The master bath is your personal oasis: a sanctuary where you begin and end each day, and this year’s trends reflect just that. This area of the home is extremely personal and should be tailored to the homeowners’ particular taste.

Today’s master bath is a contemporary, spa-like retreat that is easy to maintain and clean. Furnishings, although luxurious, are understated and contribute an overall feeling of relaxation.

Homeowners who love indulgent showers are giving up their bathtubs and using that extra space to create oversized showers with multi-function showerheads, body sprays, rainhead showers and steam showers. Conversely, those who appreciate the benefits of a nice long bath are moving toward free-standing, space-saving soaking tubs.

Touching your faucet is so 2014. Easy-to-use touchless technology has these germ-reducing automatic faucets and toilets in high demand.

Electric radiant floor heating systems are solving the age-old problem of cold floors. Programmable thermostats embedded in the ground ensure your floor is warm when you need it. Even your shower floor can be heated to take the chill out of that early morning.

LED lighting is becoming more popular as fixtures and bulbs have improved in both color and price. This highly efficient method of lighting is especially beautiful in bathroom settings and can also be hidden in mirrors for use during make-up application and grooming. Low-heat ceiling or wall lighting with small attractive fixtures add beauty and cost savings in powder rooms and master baths.

Similar to the kitchen, gray is the fastest growing color scheme for bathrooms. For more color, wallpapering the powder room ceiling is a lovely and unexpected touch.

Porcelain has been making a comeback in bathroom design in recent years and will continue to do so in 2015. Porcelain tile is durable, water resistant and allows for highly realistic texture and color depth. Large format floor and wall tile give a contemporary, yet comfortable feel.

The most popular trend in kitchen and bath remodeling will always be one that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle. Be open to new possibilities, but stay true to who you are for a house that feels like home.