It’s winter and we’re looking around the house and yard and thinking “this could use an update!”
Let’s face it – 99% of us do not belong to the 1% club. We actually HAVE budgets and bills and timelines so tearing out everything we don’t like and starting over just isn’t an option. To help you know how to get the biggest bang for your buck here are the biggest trends in 2018 in home and garden design from the experts all over the world:
- Bolder Colors – unless you’re about to sell your home go ahead and get dramatic with those colors. Here is Behr’s 2018 color pallete:
Blues and grays are big this year with a few reds thrown in too. But you don’t have to keep to these colors. If you want a sunshine yellow bedroom, go for it!
- Mixed metals everywhere – move over brushed nickel, stainless steel and rose gold. This year just about anything can be used anywhere. Black is big in kitchen fixtures because it’s dramatic and doesn’t show fingerprints. Gold seems to be the trend in bathrooms. Copper is seen everywhere from walls to sinks to lighting fixtures. If you see something you like go ahead and use it. There are no rules this year!
- Flowers anyone? – Florals seem to be everywhere. Couches, pillows, walls, bedding – there is definitely a trend to bring the garden into your space.
And speaking of gardens….
- Turning homes into greenhouses – there is a definite trend for more plants in the home. People these days are saying goodbye to grandma’s fern and hello to fun and functional plants like aloe, aluminum, indoor herb and salad gardens and creating terrariums. With all the benefits plants bring to a home this is a great trend to embrace. Just make sure the plants you purchase are child/pet safe if that is a concern in your home.
- Wallpaper – this has been an emerging trend that is hitting big this year. Forget the tiny patterns and stripes of the 1900’s. Today’s wallpaper can be customized to be anything you want. Florals are huge (of course) but so is using wallpaper to create an agate focal wall. Very cool!
- Extending living spaces outdoors – our homes can only be so big so the trend is on making our yards more functional by providing outdoor living rooms, dining rooms and compact kitchens. None of these have to be big or expensive – in fact, this may be the best way you can update your home.
- Groundcovers – there is a plant that grows in my area that has round green leaves and purple flowers in the spring. It has replaced about half my lawn. I’d love to say it was intentional but this is a horrible weed nicknamed “Creeping Charlie.” Why am I telling you this? Because the trend this year is to replace some or all lawn space with groundcovers – low growing plants that permanently protect the soil and look good. I’ve tried to pass this weed off as a “groundcover” but I don’t think anyone is buying it.
Time to plant some phlox. It will look so much better than the Creeping Charlie!
- Creating quiet places – the trend for water features is still hot, hot, hot but it no longer requires you to create a waterfall, stream and koi pond. The trend this year is on smaller water features, often homemade, in a place in your yard that is off the beaten path (if there is such a thing.) Adding a bench or chair may finish off this space and make it a place you would like to retreat to.
- Edibles, bouquets and more – This year’s trend seems to be all about practicality. We are growing more of our own food. If you like fresh flowers in the home you are planting tulips, gladiolas, lillies, dahlias and coneflowers. You are thinking about bees and planting flowers you love to pollinate. Plant milkweed for butterflies. Gardens are much more earth-friendly and sustainable this year.
- Bring character to your space – gardens these days are becoming personalized, transformed beyond a lawn and border of flowers and trees. Homeowners are introducing unique water features, sheds, play houses, decks, gates, arbors — whatever you can imagine.
Purchasing many of these custom items can very expensive but if you are just a little bit adventurous you can learn to build just about any wooden item or structure you like.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these trends. If you’ve found inspiration for a project this year, please let me know. I’d love to year from you!