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4 reno trends for 2019 and beyond

Reno trends come and go, but some continue to be popular with clients for years. Here are the top 4 trends you can count on to stick around for the foreseeable future.

1. Open concept layouts
Open concept renovations continue to be popular with homeowners. Open floor plans allow for family members to engage in their own activities, while parents can still keep an eye on their kids. It's also great for entertaining as the kitchen, dining room and living room make a large party space. Some other advantages include layout flexibility, shared natural light, better traffic flow and improved real estate value.

2. Kitchens with texture and colour
Farmhouse-style kitchens with shiplap panelling are very popular with warm wooden accents. Instead of all-white kitchens, the trend is to add some colour. It can range from a splash of colour to bold choices in cabinets and furniture. Colours trending now are moss greens and dark blues. Many homeowners want butcher block countertops because of its low maintenance, while granite and marble are still trending. The wood-look for kitchen floors is in and there are many types to choose from, for example, waterproof vinyl, cork, tile, engineered and laminate. Smooth floors are classic, but 2019 is about textures like hand-scraped, wire-brushed or distressed.

3. Large, splashy bathrooms
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms when buying or selling a property. It is a place where people relax and unwind at the end of a long day, like a mini spa. Some new trends to consider when upgrading a bathroom are stand-alone bathtubs, large walk-in showers with glass doors or no doors, steam showers and heated floors. To add a touch of luxury to a bathroom reno, add attractive lighting, like chandeliers. Other materials that are popular in bathrooms are marbled floors or vanities, wood cabinets, and glass accessories.

4. Smart technology
When renovating, it's essential to ask your client what technological solutions they will need in the future. There's a wide range of options in smart tech from smart thermostats, lighting, and appliances that can all be preprogrammed based on your client's needs. Your client can manage these preferences through their phone from anywhere. Many smart home products can also be integrated with voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa. The benefits of using smart products can increase energy efficiency, security and much more.

Whether it's renovating a kitchen or bathroom or adding smart tech to a home, there's a lot of options available to customize an upgrade to suit a client's needs and wants.



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