The 6 Home Design Trends for 2018 You Need to Know About

We’ve been gazing into the crystal ball of home design; and it’s looking damn fine. Stay ahead of the game with these 6 trends that are forecast to flourish in 2018.


The grand scheme of things

Expect purples, navy blues and dark greens to coincide with the natural earthy materials, and darker woods supporting these deeper palettes.

Brass is replacing copper as the metallic of the year, to be followed by a gradual return to silver, with deconstructed luxe replacing hi-gloss or shiny metallic; stick to industrialist elements such as thick exposed brickwork, the use of cement, and raw, natural materials.



 ‘Earthy’ delights

Natural materials, which grew in favour over 2017, will continue to grow as a trend in 2018. The great powers that be predict that in the new year, we’ll see designs with mixed earthy materials and a stronger presence of raw materials in hard structures, such as wooden support beams and columns, stone cladding and textured house facades.

Water features will also continue to grow as an outdoor trend, however they will shift into more modern or futuristic designs with clean lines, such as reflecting pools, water walls or water blades. 


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Health and wellness

Natural materials are only the beginning for 2018 home design trends, as we head back to nature in search of wellbeing and relaxation. In our busy lives, our homes will play an increasing role of sanctuary and repair, which will be the focus of our gardens and communal living spaces.

Feng shui will see a resurgence in the way we harmonise our indoor and outdoor spaces. Glass accordion doors that open to connect indoor and outdoor areas will see a rise in renovation plans, whilst natural light will be utilised through large windows, skylights, mirrors, high ceilings and interior windows.

Outdoor design will focus on wellness and natural healing; Zen or meditation gardens will grace garden themes, the growing mineral water swimming pool trend will offer healing and relaxation benefits, edible gardens will find a residence in more homes and outdoor showers amongst the fronds will allow rejuvenating bathing experiences.


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Efficient and eco-friendly

Eco-conscious choices have nurtured incredible innovation in home designs this year, which will only continue to grow in 2018. Energy efficient and intelligent homes will be the number one request that architects and designers hear.

Green home building techniques like solar energy, rainwater systems, tankless water heaters, water conserving fixtures, Energy Star windows and geothermal energy systems will see a rise in demand, whilst ‘smart homes’ utilising new tech that links your home’s processes and systems to your smart phones or tablets will continue to be installed.

Gardens will focus on natives and sustainable gardening, such as bed head gardens, succulents, rainscaping, edible gardens and permaculture planting practices. The concept of restoring local habitats at home for wildlife by building bird baths or growing common food sources for birds will continue to gain popularity as our consciences shift toward supporting the future of our surrounding ecosystems.



Crafty and customised

In 2017, minimalist design surged within home renovations; however, the emerging trend that will likely grow in 2018 is the level of customisation that countered the conformity of minimalism.

Self-expression and personal style will be showcased through statement design features within facades or hard structures, custom fit pools (as seen above) and custom handles and joinery within the home. Quaint lifestyle items, such as drinks carts and reading corners, will offer a homey warmth to minimalist home design, and commissioning original pieces of art will contend manufactured prints.

On this note, craftmanship will become a priority; handmade objects, leather crafting, original art, mosaic tiling, murals and stone masonry will offer unique feature items for both indoor and outdoor design.

Urban jungle

2018 will see outdoor living and dining spaces being pushed further out into the garden, moving away from the traditional patio connected to the home, whilst pools will be moved closer to the home to enhance its visual offerings.

A sense of privacy will feel increasingly important as home lots are moved closer and closer, and land sizes grow smaller. Front yards will be enclosed by walls, hedging boundaries or fences to maximise the functionality and encourage use of this extra outdoor space.

Indoor and outdoor design will blend, with creature comfort furniture for outside spaces and natural elements and house plants flowing into every room of the home. The championing of plants and gardens will continue, with even bedrooms and bathrooms filled with leafy elements to create an urban jungle; a perfect mix of comfort, cleanliness and nature.


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