2023 Home Renovation Trends
What Are Some Of The Latest Home Renovation Trends For 2023
2022 was a great year, it started slow, but we made it! Some excellent home renovation trends will continue into next year, plus we will see some new emerging trends for 2023. But ultimately, you need to incorporate colours, textures and styles that you love, not what's "in." You've spent a lot of money on your home, which should reflect who you are and make you happy. Plus with the state of the real estate market and rising interest rates it may make sense to invest in your current home.
Home exterior renovation completed by Intelligent Design Group, Unit 178
Homeowner are becoming more conscious of their energy consumption. They’re making better decisions when it comes to conserving energy, being kinder to the planet and saving money. Smart technology, devices, and appliances will become the mainstream, and more homeowners will have the opportunity to integrate them into their homes. If you haven’t already, start introducing these on a small scale until there is a comfort level to go to the next level.
Interior design by Sonata Swan - House of Interior Design, Unit 81/124
Neutral palettes will become warmer with beiges and rich browns, but don't be surprised to see pops of colour and texture.
There are lots of professionals to help you navigate this process and design your space with style and functionality in mind. But let's start by taking a look at what 2023 might bring to your home regarding home renovation trends.
For homeowners looking to renovate or even refresh their homes and feel they need help, it's worth contacting a designer. One of the good things that came out of COVID was the need to still interact with people. Like most of us, many designers had to adapt to zoom and video conferencing methods, and many still offer online consultations for minimal costs. You provide the room and some essential must-haves, and they, through a series of questions, will provide you with a mood board and a design solution for your needs.
Renovation completed by Georgian Renovations, Unit 97/108
Want something more in-depth and hands-on? Contact one of the many designers, kitchen designers and contractors at Improve Canada for a consultation. Just go online to book an appointment or call their customer service team.
Designing your home is very personal. Working with a designer can help you create a functional and ascetically pleasing home for you and your family.
In many of our shows, we often renovate at least one of the homes' bathrooms. Old or new bathrooms renovated incorrectly typically have moisture and mould issues. When renovating a homeowner's bathroom, I used to stick with a neutral colour scheme and design unless a homeowner has specific requests. However, working with designers has taught me to step out of my comfort zone.
We've recently done some boldly designed bathrooms, and I like them. Bathrooms and powder rooms are great places to make a statement or add some drama, whether you create boldness and texture through wallpaper, paint colour, tile, vanity, mirrors or lighting. Add some fun and add your personality.
Bathroom renovation completed by Intelligent Design Group, Unit 178
How To Make A Statement In Your Bathroom
If you think wallpaper is passe, think again. It is making a comeback, and an infinite array of styles, textures and colours are available. There's even self-adhesive wallpaper.
Don't be afraid to add wallpaper – it can completely transform a room. 3D custom wallpaper design by Trendy Blinds, Unit 201
Bathroom Trends For 2023
Using natural wood tones in cabinetry, darker paint colours, bold wallpaper, patterns, and mosaic floors will be popular choices. However, I think the spa-like bathrooms will continue to be popular using natural colours: ocean blues, mint and sage greens, beiges and rich browns. Floating vanities create airiness and the illusion of a larger space, while adding plants and utilizing natural light will help blur the lines of bringing nature indoors.
Bathroom vanity from E-Goal Kitchen & Bath, Unit 319/356
Renovating To Age In Place
I also think it makes sense to renovate at least one bathroom for the future, making it more accessible for mobility issues, no matter the trends. Add a curbless shower, a shower bench and grab bars. If you have the space, keep the bath, but in my opinion, renovating for accessibility means you can stay in your home for much longer.
The kitchen will continue to be the heart of the home for spending time with family, entertaining and even doing homework with your kids or office work. Speaking of doing homework, before starting any renovation project, do your research, especially when doing a kitchen.
Create a wish list, and decide what's important to you and what you envision in your kitchen. Then consult with a kitchen or interior designer, as they will work with you to create a layout that is right for you and provides the best storage solutions. You want your kitchen to look good but also to be functional.
Kitchen design and renovation by New Beginnings Interiors, Unit 368
Kitchen Colour Trends For 2023
I love the all-white kitchen, as they are easy to upgrade. You can add textures, colours, and different metals for a fresh look, on a budget. However, my design friends at Improve Canada tell me that the white kitchen will become warmer, with dark browns and warmer beiges becoming more popular. Generally using more earthy tones will be the trend we see more of next year.
Kitchen Design by Sonata Swan - House of Interior Design, Unit 81/124
There will also be a mixing of textures, different metals and finishes and natural woods. Matte or brushed pewter, copper, and brass faucets and fixtures will be popular choices. I also like matte black fixtures and finishes and think they will become almost "classic," like polished chrome.
Kitchen faucet from Pyramid Home Improvement, Unit 111
The statement or accent wall will still be popular this year, whether you use wallpaper, paint or tile. Another feature of the kitchen that will be big is the statement range hood. We've done a couple in our shows; they look fabulous and create a focal point of the kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinetry Trends For 2023
New for 2023 will be natural wood-coloured cabinetry with slated, reeded or cylindrical design, adding texture and a more natural feel.
Another trend is disguising appliances, like dishwashers, fridges, microwaves, washers and dryers, by seamlessly integrating them into cabinetry, becoming more of an extension of the surrounding living spaces. Other features include "hidden but practical" storage, like spice racks within the wall or coming down from behind a cupboard. I've also seen designers create streamlined kitchens with push-touch cabinets and no handles.
Even homeowners with the smallest kitchens will want a pantry as additional storage becomes once again crucial to homeowners.
Smart Technology In The Kitchens
Smart technology integration into the kitchen will become more popular with voice-automated controls, smart switches, and plugs. LED strip lighting under countertops and toeboards on kitchen cabinets will continue to be featured in today's kitchens. Smart lighting will continue to be incorporated into every kitchen area, making it inviting, safe and functional.
Flooring is an integral part of your home, particularly when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. It also depends on your lifestyle, but durability, maintenance and cost are the key features to consider.
There are several different levels of quality when it comes to all flooring, particularly when it comes to the thickness of the flooring. When it comes to hardwood, the harder the wood and the thinner it is, the less moisture resistant it is. The best wood for hiding scratches is wired brushed or hand-scrape finishes as they have a texture that hides everything. High gloss wood floors show scratches, dust, and footprints.
What’s The Best Flooring For Kitchens And Bathrooms?
So, what's the best choice for bathrooms? I always choose a porcelain tile because it is durable and easy to clean.
Porcelain Tiles from Surfaces For All Purposes, Unit 374
When it comes to your kitchen, you have a couple more choices, including laminate, engineered wood, hardwood, tile, and vinyl. If you go with hardwood, which is especially lovely for open-plan living spaces, I'd suggest engineered hardwood. It has all the great qualities of natural hardwood but is much more durable and water-resistant.
You can find a variety of flooring options at The Hardwood Outlet, Unit 96/109
Laminate and vinyl are great choices, too, especially for high traffic areas, and if you have kids or pets. It's more economical, easy to install and can mimic any style you like. It’s also durable – but not as durable as hardwood. Luxury vinyl is 100% waterproof and it a great option for condos.
You can find a variety of flooring options at Art De Vie Renovations, Unit 318/357
Is Tile A Good Flooring Choice?
You can never go wrong with tile, particularly porcelain tile for the bathroom. They are durable and waterproof, the colour and styles are infinite. Newer tiles are even designed to mimic wood planks and, when installed correctly, will last very long. However, as with all material you need to spend a bit more to purchase a good-quality tile. In the long run this will prevent you from having to redo the floor if a tile cracks.
Italian Porcelain Tile and Slabs from Palermo Tiles, Unit 176
What Should I Know Before Installing New Flooring?
Finally, just like it’s important to use good quality materials, it is essential to have the proper sub-floor. I always recommend for any floor replacement or upgrade that you remove the existing flooring and thoroughly examine your sub floor. Repair any damaged areas to ensure that the subfloor is in good condition and ready for your flooring.
Most tile cracking comes from an uneven subfloor and or a low-quality tile.
Furniture & Decor
When choosing furniture and decorative elements, the best advice is to start with a good foundation. Most designers suggest that when you want to make cosmetic changes to your home, the first step is always to declutter. We are all guilty of having too much stuff. You'll be amazed at how much more space you will have.
The flow and placement of items is an essential element of home décor and design. It allows you to move throughout the house, encouraging and ensuring a comfortable lifestyle in every space. Flow is also linked to improved emotional control, greater creativity, higher intrinsic motivation, as well as increase happiness, among other beneficial effects.
What Colours and Design Trends Are We Going To See In 2023?
Muted tones and colours will always provide a calming effect, and for a punch of colour you can change up your throw cushions, blankets or even drapes. Introducing seasonal colour schemes will allow you to keep your living and family rooms fresh and up-to-date.
Shop colourful throw pillows and a wide variety of fabric selection for all your home reno projects at Persan Home Studio, Unit 84/121
Wall décor can be the piece that ties a room all together. For example, it could be a painting, a tapestry, or a sculpture. You can create an accent wall with pop-through paint, wallpaper, wall finishes or a mural graphic of a forest or ocean shore. Anything is possible.
What are 2023 Furniture Trends?
I recently finished renovating my kitchen. It's modern but warm with rich browns and beiges, and we incorporated a few vintage pieces that are family keepsakes. They bring a warm and cozy feel to the space that we love.
As consumers place a greater emphasis on sustainability, vintage or upcycled funiture and décor items will be added to homes. The use of eco-friendly materials in furniture and décor will also remain fashionable.
Shop sustainable, natural-wood decor and furniture at Heft Home, Unit 272, 273, 309
Home designs this year will incorporate modular furniture, earthy colour schemes (think warmer beiges, rich browns, oranges, yellows, and greens), and striking patterns and textures.
Find modular and storage sofa solutions at Berre Furniture, Unit 132
With an open concept and flex rooms becoming increasingly popular, incorporating larger pieces of furniture will also be on trend, but with the flexibility to change the configuration. Furniture will also be multi-functional, with sofa beds or chairs, coffee tables or cubes with hidden storage and wheels for easy moving.
In reality – your style is your own, and I encourage every homeowner to be true to their style. Your home is your most significant investment, and you want to love it, so create a home that represents you and your style.
Windows, Doors and Window Coverings
Replacing your windows is a big purchase so start saving, do your homework and contact a professional, preferably one that installs and manufactures the windows. This is the best option as they will be able to give you both window and installation warranties. If you have old windows older than 20, consider replacing them with a high-quality double or triple-pane Low-E window. Wood, vinyl and fibreglass are all excellent choices depending on your budget.
Talk to the window experts at WD Craftline, Unit 156 for your next project.
If you have any choice for your front door, it should be at least 91 cm wide. Why? You will never have any issues and will quickly get through with a lot of bags, strollers, and even a wheelchair if you or someone in your family has mobility issues. If you are considering getting a new door, make sure you have a good contractor and installer that know what they are doing. 91 cm is wider than the minimum code, so you will have to alter the structure around the door frame.
Talk to the window and door experts at Total Home Windows & Doors, Unit 167 for your next project.
The size of your door is just one thing you need to consider: what material do you want - a steel or wooden door? What kind of locking mechanism do I need? What about security? All these are great questions, and you can find the answers from any of the door and window specialists at Improve Canada.
All window coverings produced after May 2022 must be cordless. They come in basic manual kinds, like roller shades. Instead of utilizing ropes as you would with traditional blinds, roller shades roll up and down when you pull on the shade itself or a looped cable.
Motorized blinds are also becoming increasingly popular. Some can even be controlled via Bluetooth and an app on your phone. For large windows, motorized control is ideal, so you don't have to stretch to get the blind.
Trendy Blinds, Unit 200/201 has a variety of blinds to choose from.
Blinds and curtains for windows should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. While picking your window coverings and treatments, consider the quantity of humidity and light control when choosing the type of cloth. Check out the Window Specialists at Improve Canada
Motorized Blinds Are Becoming Very Popular
Motorized blinds are becoming very popular and come in many features and costs. However, most entry-level versions have a remote control and offer simple functions like up and down motion and pre-set levels based on the time of day.
V+ Plus Homes, Unit 37/38 has a variety of window coverings including motorized blinds and drapes.
Up to five blinds can be controlled by one remote. Blinds can also be fully integrated into a whole-home automation system, be battery-operated, plug-in, or more sophisticated using WIFI and Bluetooth with an app on your smartphone.
Full-service window treatment providers will offer customization and instructions to meet your demands and guarantees covering repairs to their motorized systems.
Drapery and Plates
Drapery is still trendy, and different styles and colours can help transform any room. The top part of the curtain or drapery is called the drape or curtain plate. Pleated panels or pinch pleats are a traditional drapery form and are attached to the hanging system with hooks. They go best with formal or traditional decorating styles since they have a classic appearance. However, they never truly go out of style, even though their popularity fluctuates with fashion trends.
Looking for custom drapes? Check out Haute Couture Drapery, Unit 271
The most recent drape plate style is wave fold, ripple fold or S fold which provides a classic yet contemporary feel and structure to the drape and is very popular now.
Drape or Blinds – Which is Better?
They are both excellent options for dressing your windows and enhancing the look of your home's interior. It comes down to personal preference; combined, they are a perfect choice. Blinds provide a clean and contemporary feel and functionality depending on your needs. Fabric blinds with UV protection can prevent your floors and furniture from fading from the sun. Drapery adds warmth and coziness to specific living spaces, like a bedroom or living room, and is a great way to complete the room's overall look, complementing your furnishings and home décor. Drapery and blinds can create an illusion and help make a room appear bigger or even a window.
Trendy Blinds, Unit 200/201 has a variety of blinds to choose from.
When replacing your doors and window, there are many things to consider, but when the time is right, make sure you do your homework and contact the experts at Improve Canada. Their window and door experts will help you find the best options for your home and budget. Contact them today to find out more.
Building A More Energy-Efficient Home
When thinking about energy-efficient homes, there are two main things to consider: the building envelope and the heating and cooling systems in your home.
The insulation in the attic is essential. Your attic should have a good thermal break with an R-value of at least an R-60, which is approximately 24" to 26" of blown-in insulation or spray foam insulation.
Can New Windows Make My Home More Energy Efficient?
Go with windows manufactured and installed by the same company – this way, you can guarantee that if you have any issues, you can take advantage of the warranties without any loopholes! Also, choose at minimum two-pane energy-efficient windows. I prefer three-pane but no matter what, ensure they are correctly installed, especially if you are replacing your original windows.
When replacing your windows, choose at minimum two-pane energy-efficient windows. Windows from Total Home Windows & Doors, Unit 167
How To Pick An Energy Efficient HVAC System?
Most energy-efficient furnaces have a AFUE rating of 95%, which means the furnace uses 95% of its fuel to generate heat for your home, allowing 5% to escape. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the furnace. However, selecting a furnace with a variable speed blower is vital as the fan automatically adjusts to keep the temperatures close to the thermostat settings. Plus, they are much quieter than a two-stage furnace.
Furnace installation by Maple Air, Unit 162
Other products to consider are your mechanics, like your furnace, water heater, and air conditioner.
If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, look for one with a minimum SEER 14 that are ENERGY STAR certified, but they go up to SEER 20. The higher the SEER, the more energy saving. However, discussing your needs with a professional heating and cooling expert is always essential.
Contact Improve Aire, Unit 9 for more information on Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems.
A pro can assess your home's current system and make the best suggestions to optimize your overall HVAC system. They can also suggest providing you with a hybrid HVAC system using other mechanics like an ERV/HRV or adding a heat pump that can act as an air conditioner.
Tankless water heaters take up less physical space. They heat only the water you are using and take less energy to run, their parts are easy to replace, and there is less waste at the end of the product's lifecycle.
Tankless Water Heater From Simply Smart, Unit 94/95
Tip: Check for Provincial and Federal Rebates on all energy-efficient and smart home products.
Smart thermostats can help homeowners save 15-20% per month on energy bills. The great feature of Eco and smart thermostats is that they are programmable and can be hooked up to your phone or hub, allowing certain rooms to be at the perfect temperature when you arrive home.
Smart Thermostat from Simply Smart, Unit 94/95
Room temperature sensors can be placed in specific rooms and be programmed to a particular temperature. If you are away on vacation and your furnace stops working, you will get an alert on your phone, so you can get this issue addressed immediately.
Every year, the home décor and renovation industry present the latest trends. Some will be great, and others will be short-lived fads. However the bottom line is to create a home that reflects your personality and lifestyle. As always, it is best to consult with a pro, as they will guide you to the best choice based on your circumstances.
Every homeowner is different and has different needs. But a word of caution, don’t always choose the cheapest option when choosing a material and a contractor. Please take note of what I and many other pros advise, which includes using high-quality materials, and proper installation and construction. If you start any renovation project with a good knowledge base, choose the right materials and the right contractor you will have a much better overall experience. Happy renovating!