If you’re thinking of tackling a major kitchen or bathroom remodel this year, you might be perusing décor magazines and watching HGTV looking for a little inspiration. Which looks or ideas have resonated with you? According to design experts, there are a number of trends that we can expect to see a lot more of in 2015 and one word seems to be popping up quite a bit. This year, it’s all about luxury!

Bathroom Trends:

Rather than economical features, homeowners are opting to splurge on high-end features for the bathroom, in everything from faucets to flooring. Many are forgoing the tub altogether and reconfiguring their space to include chic walk-in showers, complete with double rain showerheads, heated tile and touch-screen operated water controls. When tubs are included, acrylic is out and striking, freestanding tubs are in!

When it comes to flooring, many hip homeowners are choosing to turn their floors or a wall into a topic of conversation. “Feature floors” can include fancy geometric tiles in a bold colour or unique pattern. And we’ll soon be seeing bathroom feature walls in everything from live plants to reclaimed wood.

Much like the rest of the house, grey is the new beige when it comes to choosing a neutral shade. Cabinetry, paint colour and tiles for the bathroom will come in every tone of grey.

Finally, many homeowners are doing away with the door when it comes to their master ensuite and opening things up. 2015 is seeing a trend towards open-air master retreats, with the bathroom visible and accessible from the bedroom area.

Kitchen Trends:

One of the most prominent trends kitchen designers are seeing this year is the creation of custom, “furniture-style” cabinetry in place of standard kitchen islands – workstations that blend in with a home’s total décor and serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose. You can expect to see kitchen islands raised on legs rather than flush with the floor and intricate paneling to add visual interest.

Brass fixtures are hot this year. Shiny gold faucets, range hoods, sinks and light fixtures will be all the rage.

Finally, kitchens are getting smarter. We’ll be seeing a lot more “smart” appliances – think ovens that store your favourite recipes and built-in iPads for creating your grocery list.