5 Fresh DIY Trends to Improve Return on Investment

2016 home trends to know

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It’s at this time every year when most of us start thinking about starting some of those overlooked remodeling projects that fell to the wayside in the spring. If you’re one of these procrastinators, you’ll want to get things done before the fall and holiday season approaches. Before you get down to business, however, you should take a few minutes to read through the list of home trends for 2016, courtesy of Dwight Sailer and Bryan Soth for Coloradoan, for a little inspiration.


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Bold Accent Walls

Sailer and Soth say the new way to make an accent wall pop is with tile or stone. Unique materials, such as reclaimed barn wood and metallic tiles, “will be boldy applied in 2016” and partial backsplashes will be replaced by full walls of tile in the kitchen and bathroom. You’ll also see full wall fireplace surrounds running from floor to ceiling in 2016, they say.

Colors of the Year

Pantone’s color or colors of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity, “a pale pink and periwinkle blue combo that are stirring much debate,” while Benjamin Moore went with Simply White as the “go-to color” for 2016. Sailer and Soth say that whether you love them or leave them, you’ll see them in paint selections this year.

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Open Layouts

Sailer and Soth says that homeowners will “continue to embrace open floorplans in 2016” and the kitchen will anchor these spaces. Consider safely opening up walls and designing more functional layouts – rather than building additions – to create larger gathering spaces.

Space for Aging Parents

More and more homeowners are wanting to care for their elderly parents at home, say Sailer and Soth. To make that possible, homeowners are doing everything from adding wheelchair accessibility and safety upgrades to building private suites for in-laws.

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Best Project ROI

Sailer and Soth say that the project with the best ROI is a steel door replacement which recoups 112.5 percent of the cost. Second on the list is adding stone veneer (82%) to the street-facing façade to improve curb appeal. Sailer and Soth also say that kitchen and attic bedroom remodels also pay off in resale value and should be considered in 2016.

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