As the new year approaches, there’s a certain buzz about what 2018 will be like. For your benefit, we decided to compile a list of new trends that will makes waves and demand attention in 2018.
As constantly evolving art, architecture is as much influenced by socio-cultural trends as it is by maverick designers. Having worked with the likes of Phillipe Starck, Jon Hitchcox, and Kelly Hoppen, we know that exciting is as exciting does! While we don’t expect you to knock down your walls anytime in 2018, adopting few design changes in the way your home looks and feels is the way to go! Let’s look at some trends that are likely to be rule the roost for a some time.
1) Open Space Living:
Long gone are the days of formal living rooms and enclosed kitchens à la Mad Men. Open-plan living is an embodiment of togetherness. It also offers serious challenge in styling, but when done right, open-space layouts are the best!
Come 2018, we see more experiments with open-plans especially with layouts precisely because the setup is great for entertaining large groups.
You may also consider, creating visual separation in an open-space by defining areas. How you do that, is up to you!
2) Natural Lighting
It is a universally accepted truth that nothing brings more character and cheer to a home like natural light! 2018 foresees more focus on using, adapting, and even manipulating natural light to bring out more harmony in your living spaces.
Lighting is the jewellery of a room, and natural light will remain the crown jewel. We expect more designers experiment with the perceptual and aesthetic aspects of natural light by using its inherent dynamic and variability.
3) Smart Homes
Right at the forefront of the digital revolution, is the need to make homes make more smarter. Technology integration in homes will certainly be keystone to residential architecture.
One interesting development we look forward to closelty, is the possible rise of gesture-controlled devices. Voice-activation or even remotes will be obsolete as gesturing becomes more intuitive action for users. Imagine, for example, changing the channel on your TV by swiping your hand, or controlling light intensity using your fingers!
If this list excites you, here’s our further recommended reading on what to expect in 2018: