One of the predictions for 2018 made by the economists at Zillow is that many homeowners will remodel rather than sell. I think that's a pretty good bet. So whether you are buying (and fixing up) or staying in place and refreshing the look, here's some design trends you can expect to take hold. Here's the 2018 version of last year's design trends article.
MORE KITCHEN COLOR = LESS WHITETell the truth, you were getting kind of bored with the super white look in all those open houses you went to, right. Me too. Nice but after a while they all look the same.
While white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, expected to start to see bits of color thrown in, especially other neutrals like gray and blue. Where we are already seeing this is in some cabinets and islands (see above). We've also seen a trend toward wood tones for kitchen cabinets.
VINTAGE + RETRO LIGHTINGExpect to see vintage-style fixtures, such as aged copper pendant lights, as a focal point for the living room kitchen or dining room.
If the lights date from another era (doesn't matter whether that's the 70's, 80's or 90's), it’s time to put in more modern lighting fixtures. In addition to brass, I'm also seeing some shades of gold again. This might lend appeal and who knows, a touch of class.
This is usually inexpensive to do and yields big dividends regarding making the house look more expensive if you are thinking of selling and more enjoyable if you are going to living there. There's lots of great options from Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Lightopia and Lamps Plus.
"COASTAL" AND CONTEMPORARY WILL CO-EXIST!A lot of the new construction we saw last year in North Redondo Beach tended to be more contemporary than Mediterranean which has been the tried and true standard for years. While we also saw our fair share of contemporary in South Redondo Beach, new construction townhomes and SFRs showed a fair share of Coastal as well.
FYI, Coastal style is at its best when it sets a mood rather than hitting people over the head with its "beachiness".
While you can expect to see some Santa Barbara and Craftsmen homes built, the preponderance will be Contemporary or Coastal (which some people also refer to as "Plantation").
If you are not sure as to what constitutes "Contemporary" as opposed to "Modern" or "Mid Century", the characteristics of this style includes simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of decorative trim. The exteriors are a mixture of siding, stucco, stone, brick and wood. The roof can be flat or shallow pitched, often with great overhangs.
LESS GRANITE MORE MARBLE, QUARTZ AND OTHER MATERIALS - EVEN CONCRETEAnother old standby, granite, may be standing down for a bit. While we have seen the rise of other materials for quite a while, the lure of the granite kitchen may be waning temporarily (although I'm sure there will be a comeback).
Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn't porous like granite, it's easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free.
Like granite, marble is very strong and resistant to damage. However, it is much more porous and will stain easier than granite.
A common question is what's the difference between Granite and Marble?
Although both are natural stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble's relatives - limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. The greatest difference between granite and marbles lies in their porosity, softness and durability.
As for Granite vs Quartz, Granite will take a hot pot while quartz is less resistant to high heat. Cons: Quartz is a manufactured stone and it is hard to duplicate the veining and pattern look you get from genuine marble or granite.
Move aside marble and granite! 2018 may be concrete’s time to shine. According to Houzz, concrete has become a more popular material choice and homeowners will be taking it beyond the floors on to countertops and mores.