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Top 10 Home Improvement Trends For 2018By admin
Friday, 7 December 2018
We have compiled this fascinating guide to 10 home improvement trends for 2018 that have been predicted to become very present in many homes throughout the upcoming year.
Enjoy a few tips on utilising available spaces and learn about some advanced concepts already creating a buzz amongst those who like to enhance their living with smart home technology. Read more…
The Minimalistic Scandi-Design Trend
Pared down aesthetics are here to stay, with natural materials taking precedence over synthetic substitutes for use in the home.
Although this trend has remained on top for the past several years, it seems set for a renewal of interest in the coming months, as books such as ‘’Hygge: The Danish Art Of Living Well” and ‘’The Little Book Of Hygge” top the bestsellers’ list in time for Christmas.
As part of the Scandi-design trend, we’re set to see greater attention to the little details that are often ignored, such as small candles to create a warm and welcoming ambience, and soft-focus lamps that simulate natural daylight, to tide us through the darkest depths of Winter.
Micro House Design
As homeowners continue to get short changed for space, there is a tendency to adopt multi-purpose, micro house design, with beds folding out to become tables, and the ability to fold everything away after use.
Although the ‘micro house design’ trend appears to be a relativity new concept to us here in the West, it’s a way of life for those in Japan-and has been for a number of years.
In Japan, restrictions of sizing and space has led to impressive levels of ingenuity; instead of having a designated use for each room (and the subsequent limitations this creates), homes have been designed to enable a bedroom to transform into a living room, with the simple folding of a futon.
Japanese furniture tends to be portable as well, ensuring ease of manoeuvre when required; something which will prove invaluable to UK buildings, as this trend continues to take hold.
Car boot sales and flea markets provide a veritable treasure trove of finds that, although appearing a little worn and tattered on the face of it, can be restored to their former glory, with just a minimal amount of effort
Using Repurposed Items
With the financial uncertainty continuing, the trend towards ‘mend and make do’, rather than purchasing brand new, seems set to soar in 2018.
This includes: reupholstering old chairs with new fabrics, and repainting and stencilling existing cupboards and cabinets.
Investing in a Home's Potential
Identifying unused spaces in your home will inspire you to make some reconfiguration & present you with a way to incorporate contemporary solutions in an outdated interior.
As more and homeowners continue to stay put, rather than move, there is likely to be a concerted move towards allocating their budget into home improvement products and projects that will increase property value immeasurably. So where do they focus their efforts? Unsurprisingly, designing the dream kitchen the top of everyone’s’ list, with sleek, marble countertops proving particularly popular among property owners.
For the majority, creating an open plan layout is the overall goal, as it offers a seamless transition between rooms, as well as creating the illusion of additional space.
Tankless Water Heaters
Unlike traditional water heaters, these heaters only provide water at the rate its needed, enabling homeowners to keep their costs in check.
They’re also significantly smaller than the current models on the market, making them the perfect option for UK homes, where space is at a premium.
This trend feeds into the larger move towards smart energy management systems in general, with thermostats also proving popular among property owners, due to their ability to be controlled remotely
As younger generations move back in with the parents to offset the untenable cost of living, thoughts seem set to turn to adapting homes to accommodate several generations under one roof.
Basements and attics are both feasible options for bedroom conversions, so investment in transforming these much-maligned spaces into homely habitations shows no sign of abating any time soon.
Smart Lighting Controls
AIl is set to pave the way to a brighter future in 2018-quite literally!
Such systems have been designed to be fully customisable to consumers, enabling them to be adapted in accordance with the seasons, as well as the time of day.
Needless to say, for UK homes, space is always at a premium, and with allotments considerably costly as well, the trend for homeowners to take things into their own hands, and work with what they’ve got (ie. limited roof space) is a trend that seems set to continue
Creating A Roof Deck:
For those with minimal garden space, where a ‘windowsill garden’ doesn’t quite cut it, looking skyward offers the ideal solution.
No, we’re not talking an observatory (although that would certainly be nice), we’re talking creating a mini roof deck space that you can relax and grow your plants in.
Hunger For Natural Materials
Bold yet balanced juxtaposition of old & new can add that extra touch of cosy comfort to fit the purpose of modern living. With the ‘smarter homes’ trend looking to take centre stage in 2018, homeowners are likely to find themselves hankering after natural materials, such as wood, to bring a touch of the outdoors inside.
From hand-carved bowls, to stunning wooden sculptures, such objects seem set to add a personal touch to properties, providing a complementary contrast to the more impersonal technology used within them. Remember the ‘buy local’ trend that had shoppers grilling grocers on the origins of their greens?
This same principle is set to apply to home improvements as well, with a move towards making use of location specific materials (such as limestone), to provide focal features in houses.
Mix And Match Appliances
Just when you thought your home couldn’t get any more sophisticated, fridge freezers have had the ultimate upgrade as well! Giving the concept of multi-tasking a whole new meaning, mix and match appliances offer homeowners the chance to take control of conditions within their fridge-freezers-from air purification systems, right down to humidity controlled crisper drawers.
At the upper end of the market, some models even feature built in cameras that let you see whether there were any items you left off your list whilst out shopping (although the cameras could come in handy for detecting fridge invaders as well…)
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