Bored with the same four walls? The sofa you have doesn’t quite fit your family’s needs anymore? Or, maybe you need to make room for an in-law? You’re not alone! Check out 8 of the hottest home improvements trends in 2019:
#1: Play with color
If you’ve got a case of cabin fever, adding a splash of color to your home can make the same old space seem like a new adventure. Jeweled hues like sapphire, emerald, ruby, turquoise, gold and amethyst as an accent wall or as throw pillows, a lighted vanity, sofa, or even accent walls, will immediately bring your home to life. If jewel tones aren’t your thing, check out Sherwin-Williams color of the year, Cavern Clay. The down-to-earth terracotta color is a great way to bring a little warmth and relaxation into your home.
#2: Add decorative pieces
The details are what make a simple room, magnificent. Replacing ceiling fans and lamps with pendant lights and brass light fixtures or candlesticks can add a new dimension and texture to any room. You can purchase them new or, even better, rummage through your basement or storage—you never know what you might find. Garage sales and estate sales are another great way to find some hidden treasures for your home. Plus, unlike other metals, brass is easy to clean and restore.
#3: Make a bold first impression
Nothing says hello and delivers curb appeal like a bright and welcoming front door. Customize your home with a door that pops color in a neighborhood filled with ivory, taupe, and grey—select a shade of blue, green, or red that brings out your personality.
#4: Create a comfortable space
Comfortable living is in! Whether you’ve got a small space to work with or large open floor plans, soft and overstuffed sofas, chairs and ottomans are the perfect addition to help fill the space without clutter. You can find affordable plush accent pillows, faux fur blankets, and soft sheets with bold colors at stores like Target, T.J. Maxx, and Home Goods to make your home pop without the expense.
#5: Paint your kitchens bold
Royal blue cabinets, quartz counter tops, and colorful kitchen appliances are making a comeback, or did it ever really leave? Simplify darker cabinets with bright, clean counters, hardwood tiles, and playful backsplashes. Add even more touches of color with jewel-toned table linens, seat cushions, and appliances to really make your kitchen pop. Your kitchen isn’t just a place to cook… It’s a place to socialize.
#6: Choose black stainless steel
Go to the dark side and outfit your kitchen in sleek, modern appliances that have all of the bells and whistles to make meal prep-time more convenient. Whether your kitchen is contemporary or country chic, this hot appliance trend works well with most finishes, color schemes, and design styles. Plus, it hides smudges and fingerprints—requiring less cleaning time.
#7: Build an addition
Make room for the family by renovating your basement, adding an addition or even building a tiny house to your backyard to accommodate multiple generations under one roof. In 2016 alone, over 60 million Americans lived in multiple generational households. With an aging and more diverse population this statistic will likely increase and could add value to your home in the years to come.
#8: Magnify your space
If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, adding pocket doors, hideaway tables, and Murphy beds are great way to give the illusion of more space. Plus, they’re a practical option for individuals who may need assistance, such as a walker, to move from one room to another.
It’s never too early to begin planning your home improvement projects. Whether your projects are big or small, DuPage Credit Union has low-rate Home Equity Loans and Personal Loans to meet every budget. If you’re planning for the future and looking to increase the resale value on your home, check out our Future Value Home Equity Loan. It’s the perfect solution for a long-term project.