AIA: Homeowners shift focus to bathroom and kitchen design

A few weeks ago, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) published its Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2012. According to the data, homeowners are particularly interested in decorating and renovating their kitchens and bathrooms. And, as the economy continues to improve following the Great Recession, it’s likely that more people will be able to afford investing in these projects.

The survey suggests that kitchens are once again being considered the “control center” in a house, so to reflect this sentiment, property owners are paying more attention to this important room by implementing computer stations, charging centers and other technological upgrades. Though the amount of space that people desire in a kitchen hasn’t changed significantly, individuals polled said that they want bigger pantries and more room for recycling.

As for bathrooms, universal design, accessibility, adaptability and utility are key factors when it comes to both layout and decor. Stall showers that don’t include bathtubs are becoming increasingly popular, for example. Additionally, respondents indicated that energy-efficient features such as LED lighting and water-saving toilets rank high on their list of wants.

If you’re hoping to revamp your Milwaukee area kitchen or bathroom this spring – or any other part of the house – you can turn to Bazaar Home Decorating for your interior design needs. Implementing new curtains is always a great way to freshen up a room, and we can make you custom window coverings from your choice of more than 1,000 of our beautiful in-stock fabrics. Additionally, if you find that you require storage space in either of these parts of your home, our custom home organization solutions can help you declutter a pantry or linen closet.