Fall 2018 Renovation Trends

We've rounded up the year's best ideas

Are home updates on your fall to-do list? You could be in for a treat. Energy-saving, technology-driven innovations are more convenient, affordable and attractive than ever.

Here are some of the hottest trends to inspire your upgrades:

The Connected Home

Countless technology upgrades add flexibility, convenience and even affordability (such as using your device to control lights). Upgrade your home based on your budget and technology preferences. A few ideas:

  • Lighting and heating systems can be programmed to adjust based on time of day and managed from smartphones or tablets.
  • Apps, like the one from Google Nest, offer notifications if an appliance is left on or malfunctions.
  • Several manufacturers enable users to check the status of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances and balance a myriad of household tasks through a smartphone app.

Smart Kitchens

If you’re not ready to convert your entire home to smart technology, start with the kitchen. One of the biggest 2018 trends is having technology integrated into every kitchen function and appliance. 

Many new homes have kitchens built “smart” from the ground up. Older kitchens can be renovated to include sensors, smart gadgets and devices such as a:

  • Faucet which can sense hands underneath and turns on automatically.
  • Refrigerator that can alert you when grocery items are running low.
  • Coffee maker programmed to have coffee ready when you awake. 

Appliance Upgrades

If the kitchen is going to face a revolution, the appliances can’t be left behind. Among the hottest trends for 2018:

  • New finishes. Stainless steel and traditional white are giving way to gray-toned appliances in a dark brushed metal finish. Also trending are single appliances in a bright color such as a red refrigerator. 
  • Induction cooktop. Those looking for a change from the common range are installing an induction cook-top with a separate wall oven.
  • Steam ovens. The new “must-have” appliance, a steam oven cooks food much faster, retaining nutrients and flavor better than conventional ovens.
  • French door wall oven. These ovens work in small spaces. Some come Bluetooth-equipped, for smartphone control.
  • Paneled refrigerator. A paneled refrigerator adds a sleek and classic look to even the most basic of kitchens.

More Interior Light

Many makeovers include new lighting under and over cabinets, above kitchen islands and on door kick plates. Also popular are pendant lights that add style and personality, especially in kitchens, entry areas, family rooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Another benefit: Today’s LED lights are more efficient and longer lasting. 

Spa Bathrooms

Bathroom makeovers are providing space for a personalized retreat. Trending are upgraded showers with larger and multiple showerheads, seating areas and glass enclosures. Also gaining popularity: smart and heated toilets, heated floors, wireless music systems and towel heating drawers.

Laundry Innovations

Americans spend more time on laundry than other household tasks, according to a new study by Omnibus Research for Whirlpool. Replacing traditional laundry appliances with connected washer-dryers can save time and energy. Several manufacturers offer washers and dryers with smartphone-controlled custom laundry cycles.


If your fall remodeling project includes the purchase of an appliance, don’t forget to look for the Energy Star label that indicates the product meets energy efficiency standards. Learn more here.