As the new year approaches, many people have plans for home improvements in 2014. Though you many be dreaming of a specific look, it is important to consider the value your project will bring to your home. One way to do this is to know the popular trends in real estate. Home improvements can add substantial value to your home but need to be appealing to potential home buyers as well. I came across the following article from the National Association of Realtors by Barbara Ballinger. This provides some great insight from a realtor's perspective. Consider these trends as you plan your next project.