To Trend or Not To Trend


Every year there are new trends in building and decorating and 2015 is no exception. Some of the trends are simply a continuation or stepping stone from prior years. Much like in the last few years, it appears that there remains a strong desire to transform the compartmentalized house into a family-friendly, entertainment-ready, open concept home. Improving flow and updating/adding new efficient windows and French doors allows for more natural light and a spacious feel… even in the most modest size dwelling. In fact, dream homes are no longer about size…the luxury is simply in the details.

The hotel inspired or spa-like bathroom with its soaker tub and separate multi-head large shower, lined with 12”x24" tiles with thin grout lines for a sleek look is an example of exquisite functionality. With exceptionally natural looking man-made porcelain tiles, it is now possible to achieve the lavish look of stone without the added cost. Granite and marble countertops are still in great demand, but quartz seems to be making a real gain in popularity going into 2015. Sleek wall hung vanities, sinks, and toilets are part of the new trend for this year as well. With the addition of a fireplace in the bathroom the rest room is literally about just that. It is about tranquility in the midst of full out glamour that is cleverly portrayed with a minimalistic sense. Less appears to be more!

If a little ‘bling’ however appeals to you, than 2015 offers numerous glass or crystal handles and lights that can act as the ‘jewelry’ for dressing up your sanctuary.

Ongoing trends also include the incorporation of a separate bathroom bedroom combination for children with a design suitable for an adult …simply put...the ensuite is not just for the master anymore. There are practical, convenient, and resale advantages to this trend.

In-floor heating is still ever popular and is being combined with wood grain tiles throughout the entire house; tile is being utilized in more than just the bathroom and kitchen. These tiles look like hardwood but offer ease of maintenance and durability, allowing for usage in any room of the house.

Black tiles, recycled glass, and bolder accent tiles offer intriguing new dramatic looks from floor to ceiling.

Larger trims and built-in cabinets are also still part of an on-going trend. Especially, with new open concept designs, the need for well-designed multi-purpose built-in cabinetry is a must. Shaker style (recessed panel) cabinets are going to continue to be a popular choice; they appear to be timeless.

Dark stains are still current, but there is an increasing demand for lighter painted surfaces in cream and light grey tones with glossy finishes. In 2015, grey continues to be a strong neutral contender. As another option horizontal grain textured flat panel cabinetry seems to be making a comeback this year.

Those warm metals (gold, brass, bronze, and copper) that we have not seen in a while, are indeed making a comeback…you will see this in everything from handles, faucets, fixtures, and lighting to vases, frames, and decorative sculptures. But that doesn’t mean you need to change all of your hardware and décor. This new trend encompasses a ‘mix and match’ approach to metals, so feel free to incorporate a little brass and copper right along with your stainless to warm up your kitchen or bath.

It is the year to play with contrasts of scales, colours, patterns, and textures. Top colour trends include Marsala, the pantone colour of the year, and Guilford green, Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year, along with light hues such as barely pink, taupe and grey.

When renovating or building it is vital to differentiate between classic and trendy and find a balance suitable to your personal lifestyle. For the best financial value, try to incorporate ‘trendy’ through accessories and paint colours that can be updated as they change in a more affordable way. Flooring, cabinetry, and fixtures, however, are a substantial investment and are likely to be a part of a home for many years. These should be chosen based on classic design principles that have staying power and will improve the value of your home.

If you are looking to renovate or build your dream home, call the experts at Vanderzalm Construction Inc. at (905)562-4463 or (905)684-5823.