Homes today are our place of refuge, personal gyms, private offices, and the neighborhood playground. As a result, it is only natural that we would want to invest our energy into designing our living spaces. But what renovation/remodeling trends are out, and which ideas are the most practical to spend our precious time and dollars on right now? Whether you’re planning a home renovation or just want a little inspiration for your living space, here are some of the top picks for the best design and renovation trends this year.

Trend #1: Convertible Spaces

Having a home office is no longer simply a home decor trend. It’s an essential element of modern living. Although not every home is equipped with an extra room for an office, carving out creative and purposeful spaces in the home is key. But who says you need an entire room for an office? Add a floating desk (equipped with plenty of storage) and a modular chair to part of your wall. When folded up, the desk can turn into a chalkboard, or act as a decorative piece.

Trend #2: Maintenance-Free Siding

While they may cost more upfront, low-maintenance materials save you money later on frequent repainting and replacement, without sacrificing curb appeal. More people are opting for fiber-cement siding. It’s a combination of cement, sand, and cellulosic fibers that look like wood but won’t rot, combust, or succumb to termites and other wood-boring insects.

Trend #3: Green Solutions

An increasing number of homeowners are trying to do their part to improve the environment. Installing larger systems like solar power or rainwater harvesting is the best way to achieve this or something more simple such as HVAC upgrades or eco-friendly insulation.

Trend #4: Bathroom Sanctuary

According to a trends study, 41% of homeowners who renovated a master bathroom say they rely on their new space for relaxation. Some of the most popular elements in homes today include heated floors, wet rooms, and freestanding tubs. You can go big with soaking tubs and steam showers or start small with aromatherapy showerheads and bathtub fillers that can hold a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

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