Today's Remodeling Choices: Overblown Trends or New Classics?

Today's Remodeling Choices: Overblown Trends or New Classics?

Dabney Frake
Mar 16, 2012

Reading about the worst decorating trends made me think about remodeling patterns as well. There's no question that certain materials and fixtures crop up again and again. They often become popular for valid reason; either they are practical, beautiful, inexpensive, or all of the above. Others however--like granite countertops--take hold of the market and just don't let go. Chances are good it's these finishes that will scream 2012 to our contemporaries.

I'll throw out a few candidates, just for kicks:

Vessel Sinks: These could easily have been a novelty, but they seem to be gaining in popularity.

Granite Countertops: Given its attributes, this stone is a very practical choice, but it's not breaking news that these are in tons of new remodels. Is there an end in sight?

Floating Vanities: These are a great solution for small spaces, and can be super pretty, but are they just a trend?

Travertine: This stuff can't be stopped.

Mixed Material Cabinets: I'm a fan of this look, but it remains to be seen if they stand the test of time.

Commercial / Stainless Steel Appliances: Everybody and their mother is guilty of this one, myself included.

Are there any that you happily embrace, or others you wish a speedy cultural demise? Are these things everywhere for good reason, or are people just jumping on the renovation bandwagon? And does knowing their days are numbered stop you from using them?

(Images: diyshowoff, synergy design, maydan design associates, hgtv,, remodelista, houzz, sara richardson, and houzz)

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