With remodeling spending expected to remain strong -- double-digit gains until the middle of the year -- we should see more home owner demand for organized spaces. Many companies are already reporting strong sales for the last quarter and that the New Year is off to a good start as well.
A recent report by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) backs that up, revealing its highest ratings on business conditions in years.
“Many remodelers entered 2014 with jobs in the pipeline, which hasn’t happened in the past few years,” said Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee, in a statement.
A Houzz Remodeling Fall 2013 study also noted that the demand for more flexible storage options and blended rooms remained a consistent and popular trend. And of its survey respondents who were in the process of or planning to renovate, approximately 48% wanted to improve organization and storage.
With so much pent-up demand and home remodeling projects scheduled, it's good to stay on top of the latest design trends. To that end, Closet Factory has issued its 2014 Walk-in Closet Design Trends Guide. It's filled with insights gained from its own designers and industry partners as well other design disciplines, including fashion.
The report contends that closet design this year will revolve around the concept of flow -- "a closet working in tandem with our intuitive way of doing and locating things. As we become increasingly techno-centric, depending on multitasking and multiple forms of communication, our closets are actually transforming into a room where we can do all our our tasks with ease, even pleasure."
Closet Factory's guide takes a look at how the closet has transformed and divides up the trends into six themes: Mars/Venus - closet design that takes into account differences between the sexes; Celestial Spaces - using design to create a calming mood making the closet a haven or sanctuary; Curation/Minimalism - a concept that less is more and designing around a carefully considered wardrobe; Nature - shapes and colors of the natural world; Artful Elements - bring art, color and personalization into the closet; and Technology - creating a stylish place for multitasking and using electronic devices.
Describing these trends as "layered and multi-dimensional," Closet Factory also notes that they often blend with aspects of other trends creating a modern and highly custom aesthetic.
Erika Kotite, content director for Closet Factory, will delve into each of these design topics in a series of blogs for Woodworking Network. Make sure you check the Home Storage Blog channel for updates.