Home Improvement Trends For 2019

Molly GraceOctober 16, 2019

Thinking about making an update to your home, but stuck on where to start? Look to some of the latest trends in home improvement for inspiration.

Let’s check out what trends are emerging, what’s holding strong and what seems to be fading away, according to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey.

From new backsplashes to cabinetry upgrades, kitchens have long been a prime target for home renovators. In 2019, look to open spaces, specialized storage (such as a wine fridge) and smarter kitchen technology.

Kitchen-To-Living Room

Homeowners are craving more open space in their kitchens, favoring a kitchen that blends into other living spaces like the living room.

If your kitchen feels cramped or closed off, you might consider knocking down a wall or two or shuffling around your layout a bit to open it up and let it flow into your living area.

Smart Kitchen

More and more homeowners want a home that’s well-automated and connected to tech, and those desires extend to the kitchen. Look for the latest technology in kitchen appliances to give your kitchen a “smart” upgrade – consider voice-activated faucets, refrigerators that let you see its contents from an app on your phone or smartphone-controlled slow cookers.

Kitchen Lighting

Another emerging trend is concealed lighting, like utilizing under-cabinet light strips.

If you’re looking for more ways to make a statement with your kitchen lighting, long pendant lights hung over a counter or island are always a popular choice. These come in an endless variety of styles, so you can be sure to find something that fits your decor scheme.

When it comes to their bathrooms, homeowners are looking for roomy open spaces with touches of luxury. They want a spa-like experience in the comfort of their own homes.

A Great Shower Is Key

Renovating homeowners value large walk-in showers above many other bathroom features. They want a luxury shower experience as well as to streamline and open up the space as much as possible. To achieve this, look to glass panels or a completely curb-less shower threshold.

Nix The Tub

Perhaps surprisingly, more homeowners are asking for stall showers without a tub. A standalone shower can provide a much cleaner aesthetic than the standard shower/tub combo (not to mention a more accessible entry), but think hard before converting the only tub in your home to a stall. You may have difficulty down the road trying to sell a house without a bathtub in it.

Freestanding Tubs

When they do want tubs, homeowners want that luxe, in-home spa feeling that comes with a freestanding bath.

Freestanding tubs, as the name suggests, stand free from the architecture of your home. This means that they’re not built into any walls. They make a strong visual statement and can feel more luxurious than a built-in tub. Depending on what style you’re going for, you can find tubs that are sleeker and more modern or you can go for the classic clawfoot look.

Home automation technology has been significantly growing in popularity in recent years, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Homeowners want products that make their lives easier, their homes safer and homeownership a lower-maintenance task overall.

Smart Home, Safe Home

If you’re interested in using technology to secure your home, there are plenty of ways for you to do that, and many of the options can be fairly affordable.

If you like the peace of mind of being able to check on your home from afar, there are many different products on the market that not only secure your home, but also allow you to track what’s going on live from wherever you are with your smartphone.

Constantly forgetting whether or not you locked your door when you left in the morning? Want to be able to see what’s going on in your home while you’re on vacation? Worry no more with a Wi-Fi-enabled smart lock you can control from your phone. Many home security cameras now come with this capability built in.

Smart Climate

You can also integrate technology into your home that helps you easily control your home’s climate and even makes your home more energy efficient.

Smart thermostats adjust your home’s temperature according to your daily habits, which helps you save energy and cut back on utility costs. Smart light bulbs can be programmed and controlled from your phone.

Smart blinds or other automated window treatments also seem to be increasing in popularity.

As for the home as a whole, there seems to be less emphasis on the amount of space and more emphasis on the ease of movement through the space. So instead of looking to expensive room additions, you might consider ways to make your home more accessible as it currently is.

Emphasis On Accessibility

Home renovators want their homes to be friendly to older adults, not just for visiting family and friends, but for themselves as well so they can age comfortably in their own homes.

More homeowners are looking to have ramps or elevators added to their homes so that those with mobility difficulties can move throughout the home without having to climb stairs.

Multigenerational Spaces

According to AIA, there’s an increasing demand for a space in the home that can house non-immediate family members. Commonly referred to as an “in-law suite,” this is typically a space either connected to the home or located on the property where an aging family member could live. Even if you don’t plan on having your in-laws move in with you, it can still be useful to have a larger and more functional space to accommodate visitors than a simple guest room.

Outdoor Living

Another feature that’s always popular with homeowners is a beautiful and comfortable outdoor living space. This could include a well-furnished patio or deck, a cozy sunroom or a built-in firepit with comfortable seating.

There’s also recently been an emphasis on indoor spaces that blend into outdoor spaces, such as kitchens that open to a backyard or glass walls that open up. Outdoor kitchens also remain popular.

You Decide What The Next Trend Will Be

Feeling inspired? Checking out what some of the top trends are in home improvement can give you ideas for your next big project, and keeping your home up-to-date with what’s popular can help improve your home’s resale value if you’re planning to sell in a few years.

On the other hand, you’re the one who has to live with whatever decisions you make, so your main goal should be to pick improvements that’ll increase your satisfaction with your home. Go along with the trends or buck them, just make sure you’re spending your home improvement dollars on what matters to you.

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    Molly Grace

    Molly Grace is a staff writer focusing on mortgages, personal finance and homeownership. She has a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter @themollygrace.