As much as we can’t believe it…the New Year is HERE. We are only 8 days in and already things are buzzing around Urbanology. If 2018 is anything like 2017 we are in for a fun ride! What a blessing to look back and see all that we were able to accomplish and be a part of in 2017. AMAZING clients, collaborations, design nominations and design awards…2017 was one for the record books! God is so faithful and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for us this year, including the opening of our Urban Firehouse! But for now let’s talk design trends and what is gaining traction in 2018…
While everyone is trying to stick to resolutions the design world is setting its sights on new trends for 2018. I love writing this post every year because I get to see what’s still in, what’s out and what is new each year. We agree with some trends and others…well…not so much. We’ve narrowed it down to 8 of our favorites. So whether you’re a first-time homeowner, looking to update your current home or just want some new design inspiration take note:
More Color in Kitchens
I can’t believe I’m actually typing this but there will be LESS white (some of you are probably singing HALLELUJAH) in kitchen design this year. Although white will always reign supreme as the classic color for kitchens, homeowners are shying away from all white and incorporating rich colors to create interest and personality.
Read more about this kitchen design here
Oversized Statement Art
It turns out a single piece of high-impact art can be just as stylish as a perfectly curated gallery wall. Let an eye-catching piece of artwork make a big impact in your entry-way, bedroom or kitchen. Also, we are seeing the popular typography art craze wane a bit in favor of moody photography.
You can read more about this office remodel here.
Beautiful statement art from our Flower Mound remodel
The indoor plant trend has been going strong for quite a few years now. Along with succulents, fiddleleaf fig and cactus we can add plants with patterned leaves like calathea to the list. Indoor plants are just the pop of green that every room needs.
Bold Patterned Rugs in the Kitchen
Unless you’ve been on a Pinterest cleanse, you’ve no doubt seen the abundance of gorgeous Turkish and Persian rugs (mostly runners) showing up in kitchens. These days homeowners want their kitchen to be as thoughtfully decorated as the rest of their house and a stunning rug does the trick.
Kitchen from a recent walk-thru
Pottery and anything handmade will continue to be a popular trend in 2018. People are looking for unique home accents and real art to make their space personalized and meaningful to them. eBay and flea markets are great sources to find one-of-a-kind pieces for your home.
Performance fabric used to be a no-go for indoor spaces due to their rough touch and canvas-y look. But with today’s technology, the tables have turned, and high performance fabrics have evolved in their textures and designs to offer a natural look and feel. Some of our favorite performance fabrics include Sunbrella and Crypton. Especially for families with kids or pets, because they’re super easy to keep clean! Who can argue with that?
Sofa made with high-performance fabric from our Flower Mound Remodel
Tone on Tone
It’s been big news in fashion, and now this decorating trend of focusing on just one color is hitting interiors. Tone on tone is about embracing the variety of any given color, and working with that by layering surfaces in subtly different tones from the same family. Using subtly different colors (or even the same) on every surface (including trim, ceilings and doors) creates a deep and rich look that feels creative and luxurious. You can go neutral with this or totally bold…we love both!
photo source: David Cleveland/The Guardian
Beautiful example of white-on-white tone in our Fort Worth Loft Remodel
Quartz: The King of Countertops
As far as kitchen countertop trends go, quartz is king and the trend is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. When it comes to selection, maintenance and durability, quartz countertops can’t be beat. You’ll find engineered quartz in a broad range of colors that you won’t see among other types of stone giving homeowners endless design possibilities.
Quartz countertops in an Arlington kitchen remodel
Happy Decorating in 2018!