Trendy design is everywhere. From home remodeling blogs to television shows, the lure to remodel your home to reflect the hottest features and looks is almost irresistible. If you want a solid investment that yields high-quality results you’ll be happy with for years to come, however, consider choosing timeless, classic looks over up-to-the-minute remodeling trends.
Here are just a few reasons why classic design can pay off big time in your NY Westchester County home remodel and why trendy renovations should be avoided as much as possible.
Your living area will look dated quickly.
In the 70s, flowers were splashed all over yellow and orange bathroom remodels. In the 80s, linoleum was the rage. Homeowners in every decade try to catch up with the “now” in their renovation projects, only to see their trendy designs go out of fashion in just a few years. Conversely, classic designs will still look fresh and inspiring a decade later, and a timeless foundation in your remodel will make changing paint colors or hardware every few years quick and easy.
Trends don’t add home value.
Though some high-value remodeling features happen to be popular at the moment, such as granite countertops, only upgrades will increase the resale value of your home. Trendy fixtures or quirky colors can even turn off potential buyers. Unless you’re planning to sell your home in the next year after your renovation, stick to classic upgrades that will hold up a decade or more after the fact. Otherwise, your investment will vanish right before your eyes when you have to remodel again before selling. Choose upgrades over lateral changes to your renovation project.
Materials won’t be tried-and-true.
When design trends hit the industry, manufacturers try to churn out their versions of products as quickly as possible. While this is great for convenience, it also means that nothing being manufactured has been in homes yet, nor subjected to years of consumer testing and feedback. As with any product, quality improves with tweaks and testing. Choosing classic design will give you the opportunity to add proven, high-quality materials and products to your remodeling project. Even if a trend looks as though it has sticking power, waiting a few years to add it to your home will give you the ability to get a higher-quality version.
Contractors need time to catch up.
Continuing education is key to honing a skill; it’s true in any field. The most reputable contractors will take the time to learn how to work with trendy materials as they come down the pipeline. Then they’ll be able to teach their construction teams, who will then need practice working with new materials and designs on actual remodeling projects. This means that for the first several years after a design feature becomes popular, contractors will still be teaching themselves and their teams how to perfect their craft. Give a new trend a few years. By then, you’ll know for sure that it’s sticking around, and you’ll be able to find contractors who have honed their skill in executing the trend in question.
What if, after all these considerations, you’d still like to move forward with incorporating trends into your home renovation project? No problem; just add trendy pieces as accents to your classic foundations. When it comes to flooring, cabinets and countertops, choose classic, but feel free to add trendy paint colors, hardware, or lighting fixtures to make your renovation look both timeless and fresh.