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10 home design trends for 2018

By: Megan McDonough The Washington Post
February 10, 2018 Updated: February 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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photo - Vintage light fixtures are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology. (Kimberley Bryan/Houzz)
Vintage light fixtures are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology. (Kimberley Bryan/Houzz) 

The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its top 10 predictions for home-design trends. The forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts and trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes - and on our social media feeds.

Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker spoke about Houzz's conclusions and why these trends are gaining traction.

More color in kitchens: Although white will always be a classic kitchen color, homeowners are injecting rich colors, such as mahogany and other warm wood tones as well as grays, blues and other neutrals, to bring a warm, fresh and unique feel.

Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to "what's possible, what looks fun and what they can personalize themselves," Parker said, encouraging them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to color.

Rich colors throughout home: Warm grays paired with "camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks," as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals.

"These rich colors are not like the avocado green and mustard colors from the 1970s. They won't date quickly," Parker said. "They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colors and textures."

No white or steel sinks: The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish and will spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts "more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze or black."

"As people set out to personalize their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time," Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is "waking people up to trying something new and different."

It "harkens back to simpler times, and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment."

Florals: The tropical palm print may have flooded your Instagram feeds last year, but people aren't yet tired of eye-catching, oversized graphic florals. Houzz expects even more interpretations of over-scaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colors, in 2018.

Vintage lighting: Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.

"I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms," "Today" show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. "Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early-20th-century French crystal chandelier to a '60s Sputnik."

Trough or bucket sinks: Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn't dying: Deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids' bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic.

Concrete accents: Step aside, white marble: It's concrete's time in the spotlight.

"It's a really affordable, high-impact design element," Parker said.

Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now showing up in more iunexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.

"We're seeing new uses (of it) on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces," Parker said. "On anything you can think of, people are casting it."

Millwork walls and detailing: The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world. "Before, if you wanted to find millwork or reclaimed wood, you really had to know where to go and find somebody who was good at working with it," Parker said. "Now you can DIY it and put it right against the drywall behind your bed to create a feature wall."

Wallpaper-like backsplash: Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom? Stay away from subway or hexagon tiles and instead consider contemporary tiles that look like wood, concrete, resin, fabric or even wallpaper.

Casual, calm bedrooms: Homeowners are running with the "less is more" notion 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, along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces.

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