Whether you’re looking to buy a new home or just want to spruce yours up a bit (or a lot – totally up to you), here are some cool trends for 2018 to keep an eye out for. Get ready - some of these will surprise you!
More Color In Kitchens.
We just gutted and completely redid our kitchen and while I didn’t go crazy with color, I did add a soft pop of blue in the backsplash and an orangey-copper in the granite countertops. Doing this helped to tie the kitchen in with the colors throughout the rest of our home. (Plus, it makes me happy.) Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, many homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting bolder colors into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.
My heart is so happy! Now if I could just get my husband to cook...
Open floor plans have been THE THING for years, but for the sake of coziness, privacy, or safety (fires travel faster without walls), people are starting to reverse the trend. People want their spaces defined, whether it’s with cabinets, half walls or different ceiling treatments.
Informal Dining Rooms.
Tired of your dining table that seats 24? Geez, me too. Well good for you & I because that trend is on the way out. Tables seating an average of six are used far more often than formal dining rooms with large tables or small breakfast nooks with minimal seating.
I know, I know – we all say we want a big, spacious master suite. But what if you split that up into different areas to get more bang for your buck? Define the space by making the main part of the room a place just for sleeping, with only a bed and nightstands, and put the rest of the furniture in an adjoining room. If you have the space, add a combined walk-in closet and dressing room too. That way you’re less likely to disturb your partner and you’ll have an area that’s designated exclusively for sleep. (However if you have young children or needy pets, I make no promises on this.)
Geode and agate wallpaper are becoming more popular in the mass market, and while it’s definitely different, that’s not always a bad thing. Right now you’re mainly seeing it in small boutiques, but I think it’s going to become more prevalent in stores such as Target and HomeGoods as time goes by. I mean, come on – how cool looking is this?!
Large Kitchen Islands.
While I’m thrilled with my kitchen reno, I’d LOVE to have a big kitchen island for extra prep space, as well as for more seating. I mean, people tend to congregate in the kitchen whenever you have parties, so why not make it as comfortable as possible for them (and you)? Some of these newer islands are as long as 10 feet! Another cool attribute is to do the island in a contrasting color than the rest of the kitchen to add visual interest and make it a centerpiece of the room.
Go Velvet Or Go Home.
Some of you hear the word “velvet” and think of something old fashioned and stuffy. Well not anymore. Velvet is now viewed as a luxurious yet funky fabric for your space. This multi-dimensional fabric has already started gaining a lot of attention, leading many designers to believe velvet decor will be one of 2018’s most sought-after trends. I mean, look at this gorgeous Chesterfield sofa?? I need this in my life.
You can also do a more modern take on this trend just by the style of your furniture. This sofa has a much more modern shape but is still covered in that rich, soft velvet fabric.
Bye, Bye Wimpy Colors.
Don’t worry, you can still have your neutral colors throughout your home…but why don’t you jazz it up a bit? Charcoal grays paired with camel tans, rust reds or tobacco browns are expected to edge out cooler neutrals such as light gray, beige and cream in the coming year.
Though muted colors can help you avoid making spaces feel overwhelming (and can make a small space appear larger), many designers believe that 2018 will be a year where bolder colors are preferred. Richer hues throughout your home can make your more muted furnishings and decorative decor pop. For example, most of the furnishings in my home are neutral in tone, but our dining room is a dark red, we have a medium, warm tan on most of the walls and a dark teal as an accent wall in our family room. These bolder colors make our neutrals, well, not so neutral anymore.
Casual And Calm Minimalistic Bedrooms.
Homeowners are running with the "less is more" option in the master bedroom and opting for more modern and minimalist furnishings. Instead of bold and busy colors, soothing, neutral color palettes are expected to reign supreme (unlike in the rest of your home – see post before this one), along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces. Find a storage solution for any clutter in your MBR, swap those bright light bulbs out for dimmer ones and invest in some good window treatments to keep the blinding sunlight to a minimum.
Rose gold was one of 2017’s most used decor trend (don’t worry – it’s still on par as a fashion accessory), yet for 2018 we are expecting to see less rose gold and more copper accents, along with a mixture of other metals. Rubbed bronze is also a great option as it's warm tones help tie a room together. Brass is also making a comeback…think of the house you grew up in during the 80's, but with a modern twist.
Concrete – It’s Not Just For Sidewalks Anymore.
Some may wonder why concrete has left the sidewalk, yet 2018 will be the year it steps through the front door of people’s homes. Providing a crisp, clean look that’s easy to compliment, concrete isn’t just for countertops anymore. Concrete tiles in geometric shapes (another hot trend for 2018) will become increasingly popular and will add a unique design element to your home. Plus, you can stain concrete to add warmth or a specific color to tie it in to the rest of your home’s décor.
This is a trend that many will be shocked to see making its way back into the new year. The vintage lights we are expecting to see will be less exposed lighting and more of vintage pendants and sconces, in brass and copper finishes. Another cool concept is using glass bottles and jars and creating your own take on vintage.
So there you have it – these are just some of the trends for 2018. Use a few, use them all – it’s your home, so make it yours. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to see a man about a velvet Chesterfield sofa.
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