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5 contemporary house design trends for 2018

a year ago | Kate Harvey



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  • We’ve been keeping track of many of the most popular contemporary house design trends that are bound to keep your house fresh and up to date. With a few of these in tow, you can send your home hurtling into 2018 in nothing but cutting-edge style. As a rule of thumb, the new year in the world of design advocates unearthing your roots, an eco-friendliness and along with it, ‘earthy’ tones, palettes, and textures. Natural materials and slightly tousled interiors are what’s in, so for the latest in house design, look no further.

    1. A Japanese ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetic

    This one you may enjoy hearing. The latest trend is not to achieve the unachievable – instead, it is to embrace the fleetingness and ‘imperfection’ of life through interiors and aesthetics. Gone are the days of recreating an ‘untouched’ interior that lacks credibility. In fact, what the Japanese have demonstrated to us is that a house should look ‘lived in’, and should bear the marks of the inhabitant. The ‘wabi-sabi’ philosophy is the Japanese beauty in imperfection; this in itself is a charming trend that we can all get on board with. Think marked and aged wood for your dining table, faded rings from your cup of tea on wood, crinkled linen sheets and dishevelled newspapers in the living room. Wear and tear is the essence of this trend – you can breathe a sigh of relief!

    2. Raw material finish for contemporary home plans

    Raw materials such as concrete and metal will certainly be making more of a appearance in 2018. Use copper to introduce a warmth to your interiors, and raw metals and ceramics for an earthy feel that will give your home a truly contemporary design aesthetic. Copper and marble make a fantastic pairing – try using various raw materials together for a contemporary look.

    3. Textured pinks, reds and greens

    There is no surprise that with this trend that has so obviously emerged, that the Pantone colour of the year was ‘Greenery’, a zesty shade with plenty of vitality. In 2018, we’ll be seeing plenty more earthy greens, reddy-orange hues and of course, the all-important ‘millennial pink’ in our contemporary colour palette. Texture will be of paramount importance, and vintage-feel pieces will be teamed with a velvet interior to soften simple, Scandinavian furniture. Personalise the minimalistic style that so often comes when building a contemporary home.  

    4. Artisan crafts and custom carpentry

    Gone are the days of mass-produced and de-personalised furniture. 2018 will see an emergence of unique contemporary house plans including one-of-a-kind pieces, artisan crafts from local buyers and flea markets. In many ways 2018 is about being kinder to the environment, and along with it comes a storm of individualised materials. Despite its ‘trend’ status (which arguably could cause homes to look somewhat manufactured) this trend is quite the contrary. Instead, it is a bonafide way of creating a look that is both unique and special for your interiors. Besides, you could save a lot of money in the long run from avoiding disposable goods.

    5. An ‘eco-friendly’ feel to your contemporary house design

    Whether that be the shade of Pantone green that’s on every designer’s lips, or using plants and botanicals themselves as part of your interior, ‘eco-friendly’ is what 2018 is all about. Prioritising the green agenda of your home can work wonders for even a small contemporary house design, and can really open up a room connecting it to the great outdoors. 2018 will be about decorative climber plants, small air plants, potted cacti and colourful Japanese acers. We’re going to see a ‘kinder’ trend in 2018, one which requires delicate TLC, particularly for your plants.

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    Kate Harvey

    Hailing from the UK, but collecting ingredients, books and musical genres from here, there and everywhere else.