Summer and its unbearable heat are almost over, and with more pleasant temperatures comes the perfect time to start considering some home renovations. If you can’t wait to give your home a new vibe, here are some of the biggest interior and exterior trends you can take into consideration.
Ancient Wabi Sabi
Last year, Scandinavian cosiness was a huge hit, but 2018 will be all about ‘Wabi Sabi’. This ancient Japanese philosophy concentrates on finding beauty in imperfection, simplicity and originality. Think handmade ceramics, hand-carved bowls, chipped paint or weathered and distressed copper or iron. It’s all about authenticity and the organic look, not mass production and perfect finishes. To give Wabi Sabi items an appropriate backdrop, earth and muted grey or brown paint palette is the best choice. Organic materials like handmade wool throws and linen bedding also fit the general vibe. Even though there are no set rules to Wabi Sabi, there’s one thing most people who practice it follow: if an item has no emotional, aesthetic or practical use, it shouldn’t be in your home, especially if it’s an item of poor quality.
Just like in 2017, mixing different materials will remain trendy. Blending strong natural materials like marble and timber or stone and copper will be especially popular. However, mixing items of the same family also works wonders. For instance, different wood species can be used for furniture, flooring or framing. The room where material mixing works especially well is the kitchen, and you can expect to see countertops that combine marble and wood or light and dark timbers. Material mixing can also be more subtle—natural wood knobs can look amazing on painted cabinets.
Curvy furniture lines
Since the Milan Furniture Fair was full of curved and plump furniture pieces that are made for comfort and nurturing instead of looking clean-cut and minimalistic, low, curved couches and armchairs in deep, relaxing tones will be more and more present in trendy homes. The fabric choice is also important, with velvet and velour being the most coveted for their rich texture. This trend can be a bit overwhelming, especially in smaller rooms, but it can be beautifully and subtly incorporated if you opt for one statement item. For instance, a curved armchair will update the look of your home and not overtake your entire space.
Classy drink carts
Vintage drink carts will probably be The Homeware of the Year in 2018. They have been gaining in popularity for quite some time now, but they are finally having their huge break. Drink carts can be used to display cocktail accessories, but also other interesting collections and vignettes.
Terrazzo floors are once again in fashion, but this time they come with a small twist. Today, you can buy floor tiles that imitate Venetian Seminato floors but are much easier to install. For instance, Pinch collection from Marazzi offers five colour variations, two surface variants and many different finishes (from glossy to matte). Venetian Seminato tiles are not only stylish and popular but also very durable and slip-resistant which makes them a perfect material for designer bathrooms and kitchens.
Neutral exterior colours
Neutral colours were so popular in the last few years that there is no sign of them going away anytime soon. If anything, they are spreading to exteriors and becoming more sophisticated. The neutral palette is getting a brand new treatment with different textures within a single colour palette. Think polished grey concrete, light grey brick and dark charcoal roofing. You can add small yet interesting accent details, but try to stay true to the neutral palette. For instance, you can buy house numbers and mailboxes in grey stainless steel. They will stand out and add interest, without disturbing your aesthetics.
Custom garage doors
There is nothing stylish and trendy about the cookie-cutter homes, but that effect can easily be avoided by installing custom garage doors. Today, they come in a variety of customisable elements like materials, hardware, dimensions, textures, details and mechanics. There are even green options made of faux wood that won’t warp, rot or crack. Energy-efficient models are also getting more and more popular thanks to their insulation and money-saving properties.
No matter if you like neutral colours or soft velvety sofas, 2018 has something for everyone. Both interiors and exteriors can get a unique design treatment that will make your home look trendy and stylish, comfortable and welcoming.
Author's bio: Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.