Home Renovation Trends to Expect in 2015

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Everybody’s got something they’d like to change about their home. More and more, home owners are moving towards open space, natural lighting and home extensions. Here’s a few of the trends you’ll likely be seeing throughout 2015, though it’s impossible to know everything that’s going to catch on in the next 12 months.

1. High Ceilings

High ceilings saw a real resurgence last year, and the trend is continuing into 2015. More than ever, people want space. They’re making their lobbies bigger, their lounge rooms bigger, they’re going with open plan kitchens and they’re bringing high ceilings back. Homes that feel cluttered or claustrophobic make it harder to unwind after a stressful working week. Raising the roof, even a few inches, can make even a smaller room feel quite spacious.

2. Outdoor Spaces

As the warmer months get warmer, people are beginning to expand their homes into the outdoors. Patios have become especially popular for relaxing and entertaining alike, with specialists like Additions Building Company helping homeowners open up a cooler, more spacious area of their homes in no time. Even vertical spaces are thriving with decks becoming the favourite outdoor area for those without a lot of room on the ground.

3. Skylights

Natural light is going to be huge in 2015. Many homeowners have taken to installing skylights in open-plan kitchens, creating a very serene feel. Natural light looks far nicer than anything a fluorescent bulb can produce and will create a completely different mood in house. It will also keep you from switching electric lights on during the day and anything that helps keep the power bill down is a huge benefit.

4. Floating Shelves

In keeping with the ideas of open spaces and more natural light, the kinds of shelving people are opting for is changing too. Having loads of cupboards in the kitchen can really start to make the room feel dense and cluttered, so homeowners are turning to floating shelves to break up the monotony. Floating shelves don’t block out the light and they gel quite well with an open-plan design.

5. “Passive Homes”

Homeowners and renovators alike are going to be seeing an awful lot of this phrase popping up in 2015. The “Passive Home” is the culmination of a lot of different trends, like the ones mentioned above, that combine to create a home that is as eco-friendly and inexpensive to run as humanly possible. Solar power, eco-friendly furniture, even building vegetable gardens for a renewable food source are all growing in popularity. Clean living is in, and it promises to be bigger than ever in 2015.

These are just a few of the trends you can expect to see in renovations and new homes this year. As we’ve become more eco-conscious and strive to live in a way that doesn’t damage the planet, our homes have begun to change with our attitudes. What are your favourite renovation trends? Which trends did you like or dislike in 2014? Do you like the idea of the Passive Home? Sound off in the comments below.

Sarah Pinkerton

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