If you resolve to update your home in the New Year, here are FIVE interior design and remodeling trends that might inspire your projects in 2018.
COLORFUL, HIGH CONTRAST PALETTES
People are growing tired of gray and beige, so get ready to see some bold color choices in 2018. Paint industry giants Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr revealed their 2018 Color of the Year selections in late 2017, and trend-setting powerhouse Pantone Color Institute recently announced their own prediction: Ultra Violet. Color is an emotional cue, and according to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone, Ultra Violet is full of “creative inspiration.”
In addition to seeing more intense and saturated colors in the New Year, be prepared for high contrast palettes, including dark floors with light cabinetry, or light (even white) floors with dark cabinets or wall color. Design veterans also predict floral chintz and velvet fabrics, brass fixtures, and bold geometric patterns, as well as darker, more dramatic living spaces in 2018.
Many homeowners are opting for little to no interior trim this year, saying goodbye to classic crown mouldings, window casings and baseboards in favor of the ultra-clean look of drywall wrapping. Another popular trend is tone-on-tone trim – painting the trim work and walls the same color.
UPDATE WHAT YOU HAVE INSTEAD OF BUYING UP
Years ago it was standard practice to buy a smaller, less expensive starter home and then sell that to buy a newer, bigger, more expensive house to accommodate a growing family. Over the last several years, we’ve seen more and more families stay in the neighborhoods they love, and remodel or add square footage to their existing homes, to fit their changing lifestyles.
The trend to stay put and remodel has been steadily gaining momentum since the recession in 2008, and this year is no exception.
BUILDING OR REMODELING A “FOREVER HOME”
In keeping with the “Update What You Have” trend mentioned for growing families (above), many empty nesters are making big living changes after their kids leave the house so they can age in place. As homeowners near retirement, many are investing in one final “forever home,” making it the dream home they can enjoy while they’re healthy. But these retirees are practical about their future, too. We’re seeing more requests to add wider doorways and hallways to accommodate a possible scooter or wheelchair down the road. We’re also installing more sliding pocket doors and barn doors, which take up less room, and can be easier to operate for seniors than a swinging door.
ARTISAN LIGHT FIXTURES
Good lighting has the power to make any room feel warm and inviting. It can also serve much more than its functional purpose; good lighting can be a reflection of personality. We’re seeing increased demand for unique artisan light fixtures made from repurposed materials, or made to look like a vintage piece. Chandeliers will take a backseat this year to one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures that serve as both works of art and prominent focal points in a room.
Our team is on top of these design trends and more. If you or someone you know is thinking about remodeling an existing home, or perhaps building new, contact HighCraft for a free consultation.