2018 promises to be an exciting year not only for interior design trends, but also paint colors. Besides seeing fringes, geometric patterns, curvy organic shaped furniture, and metallics in home decor, we’ll see dark and bold colors with warm, earthy hues. There will be lots of purple, black, blue, rust, terracotta, and muted colors. Major paint brands such as Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Glidden have released their 2018 color of the year and it’s a wide spectrum of colors ranging from subtle to vibrant. However, the biggest color we’ll see everywhere in the new year is purple. Pantone, a world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems has named Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple their 2018 color of the year. It’s a thoughtful shade of purple that communicates originality and individuality. Purple is a great color to work with because it has a wide range of hues and can be paired with almost any color. Natural, low-key, and carefree is the going trend for next year so check out a few paint colors below by major brands that will be big in 2018. I hope it will inspire you to give your home or office a colorful refresh in the new year!
In just a few months it will be 2018 and what a year it will be for interior design trends. Some of the interior design trends we saw for 2017 will continue on into the new year such as navy, plants, and brass. However, 2018 will be a year of warm and earthy tones, wallpaper, black kitchens, natural stones, cordless lamps, and portable lighting just to name a few. Below are a few interior design trends that will be sure to make a splash in 2018.
Fall is just around the corner and homeowners are getting ready to give their home a refresh for the autumn season this year. So, where to start? First, browse images for inspiration through sites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Second, read about what home decor trends will be popular this fall to see if you want to incorporate any of the trends into your home makeover. Whether it’s creating intimate spaces with darker colors, adding texture through plush fabrics and woven accents, or creating a more homey and cozy space through quilts, there are ideas to inspire you to make a few changes to one room or several rooms. Regardless of what’s trending or what’s popular right now, the most important thing to remember is to go with what you love. Below are some fall home decor trends to consider.
Open spaces have become the norm as more architects, interior designers, and contractors incorporate the concept of an open layout in residential and commercial designs. Open floor plans actually began as an economical option and have morphed into a preferred way of living in today’s fast-paced world, becoming a favorite layout among many homeowners and corporations. There are benefits to an open space such as creating a connection between 2 spaces, increased social interaction, easier entertaining, more natural light, safety (keeping an eye on kids if you have children), and a link to nature through views to the outdoors.
An open floor plan is great for small spaces making them feel larger, airier, and brighter. But what if you want to open up your space without tearing down walls? If the wall is a partition wall that doesn’t support the roof and upper floors, it is much easier to create an open layout. Partition walls provide no structural support and are used simply to divide a large space into smaller spaces so the entire wall can be taken down. If the wall is a load bearing wall, it is a bit trickier and you will need to consult a structural engineer. A load bearing wall is a structural wall that carries the weight of your house from the roof and upper floors all the way to the foundation so it’s something you wouldn’t want to tackle modifying yourself.
If you don’t have the option of tearing down an entire wall, you can create a pass-through which is essentially a small or large opening in the existing wall. If you have a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and you want to allow light to flow between the rooms or you want more social interaction making it easier to entertain guests, you can create an opening in the wall that allows you to see into the dining room or into the next room from the kitchen. You can add a peninsula or counter in the kitchen leading into the other room with bar stools or custom cabinetry on the other side of the pass-through. Or, you can create a pass-through from your kitchen leading to the outside patio. The most common pass-through is an opening from the kitchen into the next room which could be a living room or dining room.
I highly recommend hiring a contractor or handyman to help you create a pass-through, especially if it is a load bearing wall. Again, please consult a structural engineer if you plan on modifying a structural wall.
If you are ready to start opening up your space, then check out some images of pass-through’s to inspire and motivate you!