Top Trends in New Home Construction

by Islands

If you’re like many people who are looking to build a new home or renovate an existing one, you’re probably hoping to strike the perfect balance between timeless design and the hottest trends that are currently in fashion.

Digital and Smart Technology

Technology is playing an increasing role in residential home building in two key realms. First, more attention than ever is being given to technology features that increase a home’s overall efficiency. Second, digital tools are making homes more interactive, from house-wide entertainment system, to smartphone controlled temperature, and more.

Blending of Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

The-Islands-Windward-8771-web.jpgGone are the days of the screen door serving as the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Today more homes are integrating the in and the out, creating rooms that aren’t quite indoor living rooms, and aren’t quite outdoor porches. This delivers benefits such as improved airflow and sunlight, access to the outdoors during periods of unfavorable weather, and all-around greater enjoyment of the home’s varying spaces.

Inviting Aesthetics

For some time now, modern design has been criticized for being too severe and sterile. Lately, however, homeowners have begun favoring a softer, more inviting feel. Rather than offering cold, harsh aesthetics, homes are taking on a warmer, “handcrafted” sensibility.

Kitchen with More Colors

Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colors, such as warm wood tones and neutrals, into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.

More Vibrant Colors Throughout the Home

The-Islands-Windward-8889-web-1.jpgWarm grays paired with camel, rust, tobacco and brown-blacks, as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.  Popular hues for 2018 include cobalt, emerald, onyx and cranberry.

Vintage Lighting

Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback.  In every room of the home, rustic- and vintage-looking fixtures are back in style. 

Natural Elements

Stepping away from the technology-obsessed decor we saw dominate the 2017 design trends, 2018 move towards fresh, natural materials such as stone, copper, concrete, and granite. These elements will help bring an organic and serene ambiance to any space while reflecting the world around your home. Get some ideas on how to add natural elements to your urban abode.

Copper Accents

Rose gold was one of 2017’s most used decor trend, yet for 2018 we are expecting to see less rose gold and more copper accents, along with a mixture of other metals. With it’s red and orange tones and overall earthy hue, copper is a much-needed breath of fresh air for the new year. 

Bucket Sinks

Also known as Trough sinks, bucket sink joins the list of vintage design trends that are predicted to make a massive comeback in the next year. Farm-house inspired, these pans are family friendly and will add personality and a touch a nostalgia to any kitchen or bathroom.

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