As we enter the spring months of the year, the leaves on the trees are soon to bloom and the new home construction design trends of 2018 are forming right before our eyes! Make way for large windows and doorways, pocket doors, and durable flooring. We’re saying “Goodbye” to and “Hello!” to the addition of bright and bold colors mixed with warmer neutrals and soft whites. Here are the new construction design trends of 2018, courtesy of our friends at Homes by Dickerson!
Starting with the Exterior
So far in 2018, tons of homeowners, builders, and designers are opting for painted exterior brick on any and all home styles from Colonial to the Modern Farmhouse. Lighter colors such as whites, creams and soft greys tend to be the most popular with some more contemporary homes going darker grey or even black. Shutters in similar light neutrals, paired with the painted brick, make for a, “calm welcoming entry to your home.”
The enthusiasm for outdoor living is still a trend going very strong as we are seeing more and more homes with outdoor patios, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens.
A few major structural trends we are seeing in many new homes this year are exposed beams, exposed brick, and open shelving. Designers and builders are opting to keep beams exposed and either stain or paint them, giving the space a unique, rustic feel while also adding an attractive design element. Leaving the beams exposed is a great way to enhance the height of the ceiling, making the room feel larger and more open. Leaving sections of exposed brick is also on trend! Either painted or left neutral, this look is a definite offshoot of the highly popular Vintage Industrial trend. Another factor contributing to this favored look is open shelving. This trend seems to be a big hit in kitchens and butler’s pantries as well as in bathrooms and living rooms. We are seeing stained shelves in the Vintage Industrial styled homes and crisp white painted shelves in the equally popular, Modern Farmhouse style.
Wider doorways, pocket doors, and large windows are a few more structural features we are seeing frequently in new construction. With the already existing trend of open floor plans, wider doorways, pocket doors, and large windows are added components builders are using to make even the smallest spaces feel much larger and more open. These open concept floor plans also give the homeowners more flexibility as to how they prefer to use the space.
Our Favorite Space: The Kitchen!
As for the kitchen, the all-white look is starting to fade, and bold, costumed colored islands and darker painted base cabinets mixed with lighter, white or off-white painted upper cabinets are becoming more and more popular. The use of just traditional light fixtures is also being swapped out for the economically and visually attractive LED track lights. The use of these lights hidden in the back of the face frames of cabinet or bookcases is not only an economically efficient way to light up a room but also a great source of mood lighting.
Builders are using up every inch of space to their advantage, making use of the awkward nooks and crannies that we sometimes find in homes, and making them into workspaces.
Low-Maintenance, High-Durability Flooring
In addition to creating these more open spaces, new trends are forming in the use of laminates as flooring to replace hardwood and tile. Now that laminates can be found designed as planks that resemble reclaimed wood patterns as well as soft greys, painted barn wood, and also come in random wide widths, many builders and designers are using this durable flooring feature in children’s playrooms, laundry rooms, man caves, basements, and work out rooms. The fact that many laminates also come with a 10-year commercial warranty makes them a great advocate for families with small children and dogs.
Along with these structural trends we are also seeing a lot of new accent elements trending in new construction design. As far as paint colors and trims, we are seeing lots of bold, saturated colors added to the mix of the past and present neutral and whites craze as, “both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore opted for supersaturated picks for their 2018 Color of the Year.” Designers are also making trim an added design element by painting it a different color than the walls to accent the wall color.
In lighting and accessories, brass and mixed metals are all the thing! Tons of mixed metal usage from brushed brass to brushed gold and champagne to iron, designers are loving mixing up finishes.
The granite trend is officially nearing its end as the clean-cut and durable Quartz countertops are in high demand. In addition, subway tile is still very popular as new patterns like Herringbone, are definite new trends of 2018.
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