As the year winds down, new home design trends are the big topic of conversation for all things home related. If 2018 is the year to update your home, prepare your home to sell, or buy a new home you can make all your own, the latest in design trends is sure to inspire. Many of the newest trends are in fact a return to what once was popular at different times during the 20th century.
Often the first thing people think about when it comes to home design and decorating, is color. While neutral tones are best for anyone planning to sell their property, there is now a wider definition of what neutral is. Lighter shades of natural tones help keep rooms feeling bright and airy. Keeping the idea of natural shades in mind, there is a growing trend to incorporate soft greens, blues and even purples into the scope of neutral shades.
Color trends for 2018 also incorporate shades of olive and lavender as accent walls. If you don’t want to go quite so bold, adding in a tint of green or purple to a white base can give the impression of more color, without overwhelming. Tinted paints can be subtle enough that they only show when natural light comes in, keeping the overall color truly neutral.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, 2018 is expected to see more rich, bold colors, and not just on walls. From kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, to furniture, and decorative trim and molding elements, darker, deep tones are growing in popularity. Rich blues and grays and earthy browns and yellows are showing up as a way to enhance focal points in rooms, and add a sense of texture to furnishings.
Texture is another big trend in home design ideas. Feature walls in living areas and bedrooms are incorporating mill-worked accents on trim and wood paneling. There is also a shift towards backsplashes which look like fabric, wood or even wall paper; this is one of the hottest items now available for home design.
Natural textures in particular, are making a comeback, especially in kitchens and baths, with stone, copper and quartz sinks and counters. Large, farm, or trough-style sinks are also on the rise. These larger sinks make life easier, and can help keep the mess a bit more contained. They also harken back to a simpler time, when handcrafted home furnishings were the norm, and stood up to the test of time.
Speaking of back when, vintage and artisan-crafted fixtures are expected to be front and center in many homes come 2018. Both lighting and plumbing fixtures have seen a return to the past for inspiration in their designs. One return to the past will have some mixed reactions to be sure; it seems brass plumbing fixtures are making a comeback, word is in response to stainless steel becoming too common place.
You can learn more about 2018 design trends at this great list published by Inman, and discover what House Beautiful has to say for even more inspiration. When preparing to sell, or buy a home, working with an experienced Realtor® who knows the region, gives you a local resource to rely on throughout the process. My team and I are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533- 6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.
Patrick Driscoll, 2018 Home Design Trends, Home Sellers, Home Buyers