Nothing bursts the cold weather bubble like visualizing the year ahead in all its sunshine and glory. Back in December, we brought you our wrap-up of the design trends that defined 2017. They included reconnecting to the outdoors, embracing smart(er) technology and enjoying a variety of indoor activity spaces. Single- or multi-family, new construction or remodeling, homeowners (and would-be homeowners) requested and responded to these design trends over and over through the course of 2017.While we’re sure to see some of these same ideas grow in 2018, what we really want to get to are the new ideas. What’s the next “big thing” in single- and multi-family construction and remodeling that you will be asked for through the course of 2018? From wall patterns to colors; prints to finishing treatments, we’ve got you covered.
6 Design Trends to Look for in 2018
Geometric Wall Patterns
Mixing neutrals with strong colors will remain popular, but switching it up by placing equally vibrant warm and cool tones side by side will become an increasingly requested way to showcase a wider variety of the color trends reaching maturity this year. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838) which in itself is a bold, vibrant color made up of the two diametrically opposed sources, red and blue. Pantone also put together eight palettes in which to best use Ultra Violet that range in presentation from calm and nearly monochromatic to “zesty” and high energy.
Wood and Metallic Window Treatments
Concrete has been popular in single- and multi-family construction with countertops and floors for years. Durable, industrial and a great neutral backdrop from which to create an endless number of styles. But look in 2018 for a growing number of concrete uses for accent elements such as kitchen islands, wall coatings and fireplaces.
In 2017, granny florals made a big splash on the fashion runways, so it’s only a matter of time before they begin to hit the walls of 2018 model homes. But if you’re envisioning the wall-to-wall, tight floral patterns of the 1980s, think again. Big, blowsy blossoms used as accents not unlike the use of geometric patterns that allow for the pops of color homeowners want.
Finally, the 2017 trend that has become a design movement, now demanded in single- and multi-family homes: Blending Indoor & Outdoor Environments
This will only continue to get bigger and bigger in single- and multi-family construction through 2018. Once limited to seasonal barbecues and pool parties, the traditional back patio has transformed into a year-round destination space. Outdoor environments range from fully equipped kitchens with casual dining areas to family living and entertainment rooms. Expansive glass-paneled walls and doors provide sweeping views and efficient circulation. Homeowners also welcomed nature inside through terrariums, green walls and lots of natural light.