Consumer Insights on Home Design & Remodeling

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Neil Kelly Co. named several interior design trends for 2014. Here are some of the findings.

1 U-Socket: Apple devices reign in most households, so the new U-Socket wall plug has two built-in USB ports to power devices including iPhones, gaming devices, digital cameras, Kindles and iPads. The U-Socket features a smart sensor that allows it to shut off when the device is fully charged.

2 Shower Power: Showers are be-coming more popular than tubs. "Homeowners are looking to embel-lish the 'shower experience' rather than the tub experience," said Neil Kelly Design Con-sultant Kathleen Donohue. An increasingly popular feature is the curb-less shower.

3 Floating Shelves: Cabinets can make or break a kitchen design, and Neil Kelly design consultant Fabian Genovesi likes to break up the cabinet layout. "I design kitchens that are not just long runs of cabinets but that are broken up into different sections," said Genovesi. "Don't take up all the space with cabinets. Have floating shelves, open spaces, and room to hang wall art."

Interior design trends run the spectrum from high-tech solutions to eco cabinets.

4 Cobalt Blue: While de-signers may disagree on what constitutes some trends in 2014, on one subject they all agree: Bright colors are most certainly "in." Co-balt blue is a particularly hot color.

5 From Modern to Modest: The industrial modern d?cor of 2013 will morph into a more relaxed, more classic and modest look in 2014. While stone, metal, and wood will still be popular, expect a more relaxed feel and rounded designs with earth shades and raw metal

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