Whether you are contemplating a full remodel or want to spruce things up based on the latest interior design trends for 2018, there are two directions you can take. You can go with your gut or you can go with the trends, based on research and statistics. We at Inside Park City Real Estate are very calculating people, so we always like to play it safe with design choices. We’ve put together a list of 10 interior design trends based on research from reputable sources.
The extent to which you take this research and make it your own is entirely up to you. If you’re looking to flip a house or sell it in the near future, we recommend sticking closely to today’s trends. But if you’re in your forever home, take the trends and personalize them for what works for you. One caveat–make sure anything that is ultra personal to your own tastes or lifestyle is reversible. Paint and light fixtures are easy to neutralize.
Trend 1: Making Decluttering an Obsession
According to a Houzz survey of 1,700 U.S. homeowners, remodels today are largely centered around organization. Removing clutter from kitchen surfaces and incorporating unique storage and organization features, such as pull-out trash cans and in-cabinet lazy Susans, will remain a hot trend.
Trend 2: Increased Use of Technology
From smart appliances to in-home assistants, the same Houzz survey shows that American homes are becoming more connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). The future smart home is becoming more of a reality today, with devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa controlling everything from security systems to temperature.
Trend 3: Create Space for Wellness
According to the L.A. Times, interiors in 2018 will be centered around self-care. More homes feature quiet spaces with calming colors to promote meditation and mindfulness.
Trend 4: Incorporate Greenery
Not only do plants reduce carbon dioxide levels and increase humidity, the L.A. Times states that plants—and the vessels in which they are contained—are a huge part of interior design in 2018.
Trend 5: Use Natural Elements
House Beautiful recommends incorporating regionally appropriate natural elements into the interior design “reflecting the geography of the location”. This means using stones, metals and woods that will stand the test of time for a specific location.
Trend 6: Larger Tiles
Subway tiles have become a safe material and there is a shifting trend toward using larger slabs of tile. Not only will this require less grout, it is “easier to install and maintain”, according to House Beautiful article.
Trend 7: Bold Patterns
Incorporating bold patterns into a more subtle overall palette is definitely making a comeback, according to House Beautiful. From florals to geometric shapes, even patterned wallpaper has seen a comeback.
Trend 8: Vessel Sinks in the Bathroom
We’ve seen the vessel sinks in Park City homes for quite sometime, and according to The Spruce, the trend will stay, with one twist. Hand carved stone vessel sinks have an organic look and also use natural elements, another trend on our list above.
Trend 9: Calming Bedrooms
While bolder patterns and colors may be making a comeback in the living room and kitchen spaces, the bedroom should be a place for serenity. According to Houzz, pared down, minimalist colors and patterns are best for the sleeping quarters.
Trend 10: Open Floor Plans
As we wrote about last year, the tiny home/downsizing movement is taking hold in certain regional locations, but the open concept home is still largely the favorable choice for single family homes.
What about you? We want to know what projects you’re working on! What design trends are you buying off on and which ones are you going to skip to see if they have staying power? I’d be happy to share more photos and discuss any trends you’re seeing. Leave me a note in the comments to keep the conversation going!