FIVE Remodeling Trends for 2016

If you resolve to improve your home improvement efforts in the New Year, here are FIVE trends that might inspire your projects.

1. Bold Accent Walls
Move over paint and wallpaper. The new way to pop an accent wall in any room of the house is with tile or stone. Unique materials, including reclaimed barn wood and metallic tiles, will be boldly applied in 2016, piggybacking on the creative vertical, ledgestone and herringbone-pattern installs we saw last year. Partial horizontal backsplashes will continue to be replaced by full walls of tile in the kitchen and bath. Full-wall fireplace surrounds – in stone, masonry or tile – will run floor to ceiling and serve as major design focal points in living rooms, bedrooms and other nontraditional rooms.

Highcraft see-through natural gas fireplace
Master bedroom stone accent wall with double-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace in a HighCraft Lake Loveland remodel (2015 Parade of Homes People’s Choice winner).
HighCraft basement stone accent wall with fireplace
Ledgestone fireplace wall in HighCraft south Fort Collins basement remodel.
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Reclaimed barnwood sourced locally through E&S Tile, herringbone pattern bathroom full-wall install by HighCraft.
HighCraft bathroom remodel
HighCraft used reclaimed barnwood as bathroom accent wall in Loveland remodel (2015 Parade of Homes People’s Choice winner).
Metallic accent wall in kitchen
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2.Colors of the Year
Every year, industry experts Pantone and Benjamin Moore announce special color picks that reflect the mood and attitudes they “see taking place in our culture.” These select colors often guide fashion and interior design trends. Pantone announced its two-color winner for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pale pink and periwinkle blue combo that is stirring much debate. To get a sense of these colors, think of the pink and blue plastic pegs you add to your car in the classic board game Life.

2016 pantone colors of the year

Benjamin Moore left many scratching their heads, and others jumping for joy, when the company announced Simply White as its top go-to color for 2016. Love ‘em or leave ‘em, these colors will pop up in paint selections this year.


3. Open Layouts
Homeowners will continue to embrace open floorplans in 2016, and the kitchen will remain the primary anchor of these spaces. This doesn’t mean you have to build an addition or expand the existing footprint of your house. Rather, homeowners are making better use of their existing square footage by safely opening up walls, and designing more functional layouts, to create a larger common gathering place and living area.

HighCraft universal design bathroom sink
Wheelchair accessible sink, lever handles and smooth flooring in this “universal design” bathroom by HighCraft.

4.Space for Aging Parents
We talk to more and more homeowners who want to care for elderly parents at home rather than send them to costly care-giving facilities. The projects range from wheelchair accessibility and safety upgrades to building private mother-in-law suites. To explore the latter, be sure to check with city and county planning and zoning departments, and comply with all relevant building codes for Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs.


HighCraft 2015 parade of homes people's choice winner
2015 NOCO HBA Parade of Homes People’s Choice award winner, before and after street-facing facade. New stone veneer, front entry and garage (like those seen in this HighCraft remodel) offer good return on investment for 2016 home improvement projects.

5. Best Project ROI
According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report (www., the project with the best return on investment nationwide is a steel entry door replacement. In Denver and along the Front Range, this project boasts a whopping 112.5 percent recoup of cost. Adding new stone veneer to the street-facing façade generated the second-highest return at nearly 82 percent, confirming market demand for curb appeal. Kitchen and attic bedroom remodels continue to pay off in resale value and are good projects to consider in 2016.

When it comes to remodeling trends, we admit this list barely scratches the surface. But if you’re ready to embrace the adage “out with the old, in with the new” in 2016, then it might be a good place to start.

This content originally appeared in Dwight’s and Bryan’s January 2016 Building Solutions column “Trends to inspire your 2016 home improvement” in the Fort Collins Coloradoan