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2018 Guide: The Latest Trends in Home Construction and Renovation

Along with the upcoming year come some of the most exciting design trends in home construction and renovation. From enchanting home décor details and inspiring colours to new construction trends, such as smaller, but open homes and environmentally-friendly features, the design scene of 2018 brings innovation and diversity. Image source:

Intensely colourful

While certain classics like all-white kitchens will never go out of style, the homes of 2018 will welcome more intense colours to their designs. One of the hottest palettes called TECH-nique will be among the most popular choices, with hues that include bright blue, green purple and fuchsia paired up with luminous white, hot pink and frosted almond. Of course, the year 2018 will also have a special place for earthy tones, such as camel and tobacco, as well as the warm wooden tones and different shades of grey and blue.

Carefully selected

The upcoming year is all for eye-catching, powerful details that will add character to a home. However, the key to creating a daring yet tasteful design lies in carefully selected statement pieces. From daring paints to unique combinations of iron and steel, design in 2018 is all about making carefully planned risks. You can install intricately designed tiles, a contemporary floating staircase or use beautiful wallpaper for your ceiling. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but make sure not to go overboard with eccentric details. Remember, a single piece is enough to make a powerful statement. Image source: Pexels

All things geometric

Home décor in 2018 will be inspired by geometry, so get ready for some beautiful geometric patterns. Depending on your personal style, you can introduce geometric patterns to your home in small doses or go big if you want to create a truly unique look. Those who want to add just a tad of geometry to their homes can use different patterns for accent details, such as throw pillows, blankets, artwork or area rugs. For a more eye-catching effect, an accent wall with geometric patterns will work as a stunning statement. Those who aren’t afraid to experiment and want to go big, wallpapering your entire room will certainly capture the attention of your guests.

Clean and sleek

Clean lines and sleek finishes will be more than welcome in 2018 homes, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Instead of cluttered and heavily decorated spaces, you can expect to see simpler, cleaner looks with pops of unexpected details. Not only will this bring a sense of elegance to your home, but it will also help you give your space a timeless value. Subtle quartz surfaces, clean, natural wooden floors and pieces with sleek lines will replace curvy and elaborate designs. Image source: Pexels

Increasingly eco-friendly

While the green trend has already established its presence in the world of construction and design, you can expect new eco-friendly improvements and greener homes. If you’re ready to go green yourself, you should think in terms of energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, low-E windows and energy-saving HVAC systems. However, the year 2018 is bringing even more! From water-saving features, like low-flow and dual flush toilets, tankless water heaters and water-saving faucets, to sustainable building materials and cool roofs with reflective shingles, there will be plenty of green improvements that you can try.

Small and open

If you’ve been thinking about building a new home from scratch, why not do it the Millennial way? The construction will feature wide, open spaces and an ambiance of airiness. Millennials want small, but spacious homes, so instead of going with traditionally separated rooms, they choose open-floor plans with different zones. The key to implementing such a design lies in dividing your zones by using various design elements, such as flooring, lighting and decorations. Look into different home design options, and go for the one that best reflects your Millennial style. source:

Technologically improved

With so many technological advances waiting for you in 2018, your home will be smarter than ever. Automation is one of the most popular home trends and it will only continue to grow. From smart thermostats that will adjust your home temperature depending on whether you’re home or away to home systems controlled by your voice, in 2018, you can have a state-of-the-art home. Furthermore, technological advances will help you design a home that will be able to learn from your habits. Not only will your home “know” when you wake up in the morning, but it will also be able to set your desired temperature on a chilly evening. Whether you’re planning to build a new home or renovate your old one, design trends in 2018 will ensure that you have a stylish, green and smart home.

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator.  She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.

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