Written by: Lauren Matas -
Published: February 15, 2018
At J. Fuller Homes, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of design as we craft our custom and semi-custom-built homes to the highest set of standards. Here’s what’s trending in design for 2018.
Kitchens: Same & Different
As more families gather, work, and entertain in their kitchens, the potential for new design trends is alive and well.
Trough/Bucket Sinks: A continuing trend is the shift to bucket or trough sinks—sinks wider and deeper than traditional sinks, with an apron front. Say goodbye to white or stainless steel. Sinks composed of natural materials, like stone, copper, concrete and granite, is the new go-to. Expect this shift in bathrooms and laundry rooms as well.
Backsplashes: Subway tile, of course, manages to stay relevant, but like 2017, geometric patterns continue to gain traction (and are actually becoming accents elsewhere in the home). Looking for more variety in the new year? Consider a scalloped or fish-scale pattern. Houzz claims, This look offers more movement, and a bit more interest, than rectangular tile but is still versatile.
Color: Again, while white kitchens still reign, color continues to seep into kitchen design, particularly grays and blues. And Houzz predicts an increase of warm wood tones becoming popular for kitchen cabinets to help cozy up the room.
Colors: Bold in 2018
If the Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is any indication, 2018 will bring deep, bold colors. Same goes for Sherwin Williams’ selected color, Oceanside. Rich colors, coupled with the geometric patterns mentioned earlier, will add bold texture to 2018 design trends. Whether you call it Harvest Gold, Burnt Yellow or Gen Z Yellow, it’s a color on the rise. Décor Aid adds, Yellow is a color that exudes happiness, confidence and cheer…and is sure to make your home feel joyous in 2018. With all the talk about boldness, design in master bedrooms still remains calm. Popular on the first-floor, masters’ design elements include calming colors, minimalist furniture and soft fabrics—all to ensure the bedroom remains an oasis for rest and rejuvenation.
It’s often the accents or the materials that complete the overall look and feel of a home. Many design features—some new and some old—will make 2018 another inspired design year.
Millwork Walls: Be on the lookout for the use of shiplap, millwork panels, and reclaimed wood planks being used instead of paint or wallpaper. Once difficult to secure, The Washington Post claims, “The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world.”
Vintage Lighting: Homeowners like the retro look of vintage lighting, while incorporating sconces, pendants, lanterns, or chandeliers into their homes, with brass and copper finishes being most popular.
Flower Patterns: Florals are a trend with staying power. Keeping with the year’s bold theme, dramatic floral patterns with high-contrasting colors and oversized proportions will prevail in 2018 design.
Natural Elements: Expect to see natural elements integrated into décor, with the use of stone, copper, concrete, and granite. In fact, concrete is stepping into the forefront. The Post says, “The versatile, accessible material is now being used in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in-home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.”
Mixing Metals: Once a no-no, designers see inspiration in marrying brass with matte black finishes (another rising trend) or featuring a copper light fixture by pairing it with chrome hardware. The contrast of materials piques interest and adds variety throughout the home.
When working with J. Fuller Homes, you can rest assured we are on the forefront of design while staying rooted in the classic workmanship our homeowners always expect. Whether crafting a signature kitchen, integrating bold accents or utilizing natural elements, we design homes - with style—that are built to last.
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