The temps are warming up, the days are getting longer, and many homeowners are itching to tackle a few new home improvement projects. Whether you plan on ‘doing it yourself’ or hiring a professional, summer is a great time to renovate, redecorate, and refresh. Here are the top summer home improvement trends, guaranteed to spruce up your home and give it a brand new look.
Many of the hot trends for 2009 have continued over into 2010 as some of the top summer home improvement trends. Why? Because most of the trends focus around eco-friendly products for the home, and the demand for these products continues to grow. Other summer home improvement trends include creating outdoor rooms, bold color usage, and, surprisingly, downsizing.
Creating an outdoor room is a popular home improvement project you can easily do yourself. Grilling out, socializing, and enjoying a good book are all activities that are more enjoyable in an outdoor room. Chances are, you already have a space that would be perfect to convert into an outdoor room. Find out more on how to create an outdoor room here.
Bold color usage
Browse through any department store, and you’ll see that one of the top summer home improvement trends involves bold color usage. Deep reds, bright greens, and invigorating yellows can be seen virtually everywhere. The colors are being used on walls, home appliances, and almost everywhere else in the home.
Replaying one of the hottest trends for 2009 is the use of eco-friendly materials in home improvement projects. Homeowners are willing to pay extra for natural or recycled items, such as bamboo flooring, recycled glass counters, and quartz countertops. No doubt these eco-friendly materials will be included in many home improvement projects for years to come.
At one time, homeowners had the mindset that bigger was better. But no more. Now, many consumers are choosing to adapt to a ‘less is more’ attitude, which is being reflected in both new and remodeled homes. Upscale convenience products, built-in appliances, and big bulk kitchen islands, are now virtually a thing of the past. One of the top summer home improvement trends that the industry is seeing, is that most consumers are learning to live with less fuss and more functionality.
Do It Yourself
When financial times are tough, there is always an increase in the number of homeowners that are willing to tackle a home improvement project themselves. However, this year there seem to be more consumers than ever willing to learn how to ‘do it yourself’. Many in the industry speculate that the recent boom of DIY television has sparked the jump. While there is a potential to save a large amount of money by not hiring a professional, it may not always be a practical choice. Before YOU make the decision to take on any home improvement project, read this article regarding home improvement considerations.
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